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, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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2015 High School Confirmation Registration Is Now Open!!
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Mandatory Parent and Teen Orientation is Tuesday, September 8th @7pm in the church.
Classes will be on mondays at 7pm, starting September 14th.
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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
As I am writing this, I am sitting in the rectory in Chama - and it is snowing, and Snowing, and SNOWING. I have forgotten what it is to be around snow. But the people here are very hardy, and take snow in stride, and so the attendance at the Lenten mission is very good.
Fr. McKee very much enjoyed taking the Masses at St. Thomas last week-end, and was very touched by all the people that remembered him.
This Monday, March 2, is our next Lenten Soup and Scripture, this week presented by your humble Pastor. Soup at 6:30pm, Scripture at 7 pm - a one hour presentation on the Seven Deadly Sins.
Is it really March already?
Every Friday of Lent is a day of abstinence from eating meat.
Remember: Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent at 3 and 7 pm. Also, extra Lenten confessions every Friday night at 7 pm.
A blessed Lenten week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
My dear family,
This week I will be preaching the Lenten Mission in at the parishes of Chama and Los Ojos in the (cold) northern part of the Archdiocese! Therefore, this weekend we have their pastor, and former member of our parish, Fr. Scott McKee celebrating Mass for us. I know everyone will enjoy hearing Fr. McKee. And please pray for the success of the Mission in Chama.
As is our custom every other year, instead of a mission, we will have our Lenten Soup and Scripture talks every Monday in Fr. D'Arco Hall. The Soup Supper is at 6:30pm, followed by an hour-long Scripture lesson at 7 pm. Fr. Bernabe and I will alternate in giving the presentations. The topic for this year is The Seven Deadly Sins. Come learn how to recognize and defeat these enemies of our salvation!
Also, remember that during Lent we have the Stations of the Cross and Benediction every Friday at 3 and 7 pm. This is such a beautiful Lenten devotion that speaks stright to the heart.
Also, remember the extra confessions every Friday night at 7 pm: the two parish priests and a visiting priest will be hearing confessions. Now is the time to make your Lenten confession!
If you have not returned your pledge card to the Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Appeal, please do so soon. This is what supports the important work of the Archdiocese. If we all do our part, we will easily fulfill our assessment for our parish. Thank you for your help in this important matter.
This week is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Holy Season of Lent, when we join our Lord in spirit as He fasted for 40 days, and prepare to celebrate the great mysteries of Holy Week.
Please review the Lenten regulations that you can find on the front page. The days of fasting and abstinence are now so few, and the need to make atonement for sin so great, that we want to keep these days of penance with great care and devotion.
Of course the most important thing we do during Lent is make a good confession in preparation for Easter. To that purpose, we will once again have extra confessions during Lent every Friday at 7 pm during the Stations of the Cross. Both parish priests will be hearing plus a visiting priest. This is your opportunity to get your Lenten confession in early, and avoid those long lines during Holy Week!
Now is when we should all be thinking about what voluntary acts of penance we should be doing during Lent – be it keeping the tradition of only eating one meal for the weekdays of Lent, or giving up any other lawful pleasure.
Lent is also a time of greater prayer. Of course, the best way to keep Lent is to go to daily Mass. Remember that we have the 6 pm Mass especially for people to attend after work. For everyone, but perhaps in a special way for those who cannot attend daily Mass, we have the Stations of the Cross and Benediction each Friday at 3 pm and 7pm. We should also be mindful of what works of alms-giving and mercy we wish to do in a special way during Lent.
This year we will have Lenten Soup and Scripture every Monday during Lent, with Soup Supper at 6:30 pm, followed by a hour-long Lenten teaching at 7 pm. This year our topic will be "Lent and the Seven Deadly Sins" ! The teachings will be presented by the priests of the parish. Come learn about these great enemies of our salvation, and how we can overcome them!
A blessed Lent to you all!
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