Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
Are you curious about the Catholic Church?
Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you engaged or married to a Catholic, and want to know why they believe “all that stuff”?
Are you returning to the Church after a long absence?
Or are you simply interested in learning more about the Faith you already profess and practice?
THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, May 6th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!) gg
Monsignor Raun will begin a four week adult education series entitled "Theology of Healing" it will begin on 27 October and end on 17 November 2014. The class will be held each Monday starting at 7:00pm in Father D'Arco Hall. All are invited to attend bring a friend.
Our parish has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)! Adorers are always needed! Click below for times with urgent needs for adorers.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
A new month ! There are all sorts of wonderful things happening!
Monday - Feb. 2nd - is the feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, commonly called Candelmas Day. We bless candles on this day because it is when St. Simeon called the Infant Christ "a Light to enlighten the nations". Bring you candles and place them on the table placed in front of the sanctuary before Mass.
Tuesday - Feb. 3rd - is the feast of St. Blaise, the patron saint of protection from all illnesses of the throat. We will have the traditional blessing of the throats at both Masses on Feb. 3rd.
One ministry that is very dear to my heart is Birthright - our ministry to mothers who are having their child in difficult circumstances, who without that help might be tempted to have an abortion. (As you have heard me say many times, being pro-life is more than just being anti-abortion: it also means helping women who want to keep their children!) Our parish financially assists Birthright every month so that they can have their beautiful facility on Southern Blvd.
Birthright has one fundraiser a year - the "Hearts on Fire" Dance, which will be this Saturday, Feb. 7, 7 pm, in Fr. D'Arco Hall. This is a family friendly dance with great music. Everybody, including the Pastor, (who never learned how to dance!) has a wonderful time. Come, and support this wonderful ministry.
As many of you are aware, our youth minister, A.J. Enfield, resigned at Thanksgiving to take another job in his home town of Phoenix. we have been operating with wonderful volunteer leadership for the past two months. I am happy to announce that Fr. Christopher Bernabe (a former youth minister in Los Alamos) will be acting youth minister of the parish through June. I want to thank Fr. Bernabe for so generously taking on this ministry in addition to his other parish duties!
I am happy to announce our Parish Pilgrimage for 2015. We will be going to the Eternal City of Rome, the Capital of the Church, the City of Sts. Peter and Paul. Going to Rome is always a great spiritual event, but what will make this very special is that we will be present in St. Peter's Basilica for the ordination of our parishioner, Michael Niemczak, to the order of Deacon.
We will spent seven full days in Rome - therefore, we will not have to be changing any hotels, and we can savor all of the spiritual beauty of Rome. We will have a day trip to Assisi. Information is in this bulletin. We have only a limited number of seats, so sign up soon!
In the old calender, this Sunday was called Septuagesima Sunday - the third Sunday before Lent! Time to start thinking - what am I going to do for Lent this year?
A blessed week to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. As is our parish custom, we will have a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving at 9 am, with our combined Children and Liturgical choirs singing.
This is one of the most beautiful Masses of the year. It is so wonderful to start the day in a solemn act of worship, offering God the perfect Prayer of Thanksgiving (of course the word "Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving".) When we start Thanksgiving Day with Mass, everything that follows is wonderful.
There will be no 6 pm Mass on Thanksgiving Day, and the parish office will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Many thanks for listening to our Stewardship Talk this weekend. In a few days you will receive your intention card for 2015 in the mail. Please carefully pray and consider your tithing commitment for this next year, and return it to the parish by December 15th.
God bless you!
This coming Saturday (Nov. 22nd) , is when our St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the Thanksgiving Dinner food baskets to the needy of our community. Last year they helped over 400 families. All of this is made possible by your generosity. This is the week when we really need your help. Non-perishable foods can be left at the church doors: perishable foods (like turkeys!) can be brought to the parish office during office hours (M-F 9am-5pm).
Every year we have been able to help so many have a beautiful Thanksgiving. I know it will be no different this year. Thank you so much!
Next week will be Stewardship Sunday in our parish. We will have the opportunity to renew pour understanding of the Biblical teaching of stewardship and tithing, and make our commitment to the financial support of the parish in 2015.
To that end, we include this year's Financial Report in the bulletin. Two facts stand out: when we add our Sunday tithing and Capital Campaign giving together, the parish is receiving more money than ever. However, if you just look at Sunday tithing (the operational fund), tithing is down. This has required us to dip into our savings to meet operational expenses - a situation that cannot continue. We will have to make more cuts to the parish budget, but at some point the effectiveness of pastoral ministry in the parish will be effected by these cuts. It is important, then, that we all look at the teaching of stewardship, and God's law of tithing. Thank you for your support.
Next Saturday - November 22, is the feast of St. Cecilia - the patron saint of music. In her honor, at 7 pm there will be Solemn sung Vespers and Benediction, followed by an organ recital by several of the best church organist of the metropolitan area. This is a free concert, and all are welcome!
A blessed week!
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