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!)
A new Great Adventure Bible Study group is forming to study the 24-session foundational Bible study, The Bible Timeline. It will meet on Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Religious Education Center, room 11, beginning 6/26/14. (The times will change to 7:30-9:30 p.m. following Labor Day.) The RE Center is located directly behind the church, off of Sara Road. The facilitators are Ronda and David Fernandez.
All Great Adventure studies require participants to have a Catholic version of the Bible and a Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The optional, but strongly recommended study kit will cost $30.
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,
Yes, I an in Colorado this weekend, but I am writing this on Friday, August 22. God has graciously granted our prayer for the badly needed rain, and we all woke up to a gentle rain that has lasted for hours. It will be wonderful for our drought-stricken land.
There are TWENTY buckets in the church at this moment. The right front wall of the Adoration Chapel is saturated.
When I came here 19 years ago as pastor, all the former pastors told me that the church has leaked from day one. They all spent lots of money trying to stop the leaks , but to no avail. In these past years under my pastorate, we have spent lots of money trying to stop the leaks, but nothing seems to work.
Every time it does this, it does structural damage, especially in the winter, when it freezes at night and expands.
And that is one of the reasons why we need a new church!
The Sunday School teacher asked, "Now Johnny, tell me - do you say prayers before eating?" "No," he replied, "We don't have to. My mom is a good cook."
A pleasant Labor Day to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
Religious Education (Catechism) Classes for students Kindergarten through 8th Grade begin on September 2nd. If you have not done so already, now is the time to get your children enrolled. You can do so by calling the Children's Ministries Office at 892-1497, or going to stanm.org and clicking on the "Formation" tab.
It is essential that all of our young people be receiving religious education - that knowledge that gives them peace and happiness in this life, and glory in the life to come. Religious Education must continue after First Holy Communion. Who of us would be content if our kids had only a third-grade understanding of math or reading? So often I meet Catholics who have next to no knowledge of their faith - and almost always, they went to catechism only until they made First Holy Communion.
Remember - there is no fee for Catechism Classes. They are paid for by your weekly Sacrificial Giving at the Sunday Offertory.
Also - many thanks to all of our dedicated volunteer catechism teachers. They are among the unsung heroes of our parish. May the Lord reward them for all that they do for our young people!
Tonight the new LifeTeen semester kicks off for our high school students. LifeTeen is our non-classroom based Religious Formation program for our kids in High School. They meet every Sunday night after the 6 pm Mass for dynamic study of the Faith, combined with fellowship and lots of fun. No registration is required - just show up! we encourage all of our high school age parishioners to come.
Parents - grandparents - godparents ! Let's make it our goal to see that all of our kids are receiving a religious education! This is the commitment we made on the day of our child's Baptism, and it is the greatest gift that we give them.
Our dear Fr. Anthony Akabogu will be leaving us on September 2nd to return to Nigeria. He will be working in the Seminary of his diocese. Father has been such a blessing to our parish, and we thank him for all he has done for us! God bless you, dear Father.
With Fr. Anthony leaving, it's just Fr. Bernabe and myself running the parish. Well, that will keep us busy!
So - I'm taking advantage of Fr. Anthony's last week here, and taking a week of vacation for the last week of August/Labor Day weekend.I'll leave August 25 and be back in the parish September 3rd.
A little boy in church for the first time watched as the ushers "passed the basket". When they came near his pew, the boy said loudly "Don't pay for me Daddy, I'm under five!
A blessed week!
All of the seminarians are returning to school, and it is my great joy to announce that, with the start of this school year, we will have seven men from our parish studying for the Sacred Priesthood! They are:
Michael Niemczak - 3rd Theology
Joseph Archuleta - 2nd Pre-Theology
Joseph Baltz - 4th Philosophy
Timothy Meurer - 3rd Philosophy
Jordan Sanchez - 3rd Philosophy
Christian Murphy - 2nd Philosophy
Austin Reed - 1st Philosophy
Few things show the spiritual health of our parish better than this outstanding number of vocations!
Please pray for our seminarians, and for more vocations to the Sacred Priesthood!
Confirmation classes are starting in a few weeks. Let's remember what the law of the Church says about this important Sacrament:
Canon 890: The faithful are obliged to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the appropriate time; their parents and shepherds of souls, especially pastors, are to see to it that the faithful are properly instructed to receive it and approach the sacrament at the appropriate time.
In our parish, Confirmation is administered to those in 11th grade. Twelfth-graders who were not confirmed the year before are also welcomed.
Adults who are not confirmed are encouraged to call the Adult Ministry Office at the parish to prepare for this Sacrament. We have special adult Confirmation classes for adults.
Parents - grandparents - godparents : our young people desperately need the knowledge, strength, and grace of the Holy Spirit! Please get your kids registered for the Confirmation Classes!
We are very happy to announce that on September 5-7, our parish is sponsoring a Healing of Families Seminar, conducted by Father Yozefu Ssemakula, (commonly known as Father Joseph).
Father Joseph has conducted these seminars throughout the world. As written on his website:
Your family is beset with problems. That is to say, it is a normal family. Since you are a believer in God you have most certainly prayed to God about many of these problems. And maybe you have had the joy of answered prayer for some, some respite for others, but there are still those problems that don't seem to go anywhere! Your image of God is seriously shaken because you don't understand why He doesn't seem to hear you on these particular issues. Your voice feels like a cry in the desert.
This serious issue is addressed in a truly fresh and inspired book, "The Healing of Families", by renowned author Father Yozefu-B. Ssemakula, who hails from Uganda, and is now ministering in the U.S. based in the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese. His in-depth book is filled with powerful prayers to cleanse and heal the family.
Fr. Ssemakula presents a simple, effective, and powerful prayer method for freeing you and your family from problems you have prayed about for a long time without results, including health issues. Through Father's inspired book and seminar you will learn to distinguish between the true Cross of Christ that we have to carry for our salvation, Mt 16:24 (necessary suffering), and the false Cross, which is a simple captivity and oppression of God's children, LK 4:18 (unnecessary suffering).
Information for registering for this seminar can be found in today's bulletin.
The prospective Father-in-law asked, "Young man, can you support a family?"
The surprised groom-to-be replied, "Well, no. I was just planning to support your daughter. The rest of you will have to fend for yourselves."
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