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,
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.
Now is when we should all be thinking about what voluntary acts of penance we should be doing during Lent – be it keeping the ancient 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 6pm 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.
Also note that we will have extra confessions every Friday of Lent at 7 pm (during the Stations of the Cross). These proved to be very popular last year, and of course the most important thing we do during Lent is make a good confession.
We should also be mindful of what works of almsgiving and mercy we wish to do in a special way during Lent.
Plan ahead now for our Lenten Mission, which will be March 10-13. Fr. Celsus Aguiste, our wonderful and Spirit-filled preacher from the island of Dominica, returns to be our missionary this year.
A blessed Lent to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
ASH WEDNESDAYMarch 5, 2014 ADA Day of Fasting and Abstinence
6:30 am9:00 am12:10 pm4:00 pm6:00 pm (solemn)7:30 pm
STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTIONEvery Friday during Lent: 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
PARISH LENTEN MISSIONMIssionary - Fr. Celsus Auguiste Topic - FAITH!March 10-13 9 am and 7 pm
EXTRA LENTEN CONFESSION TIMESEvery Friday of Lent: 7 pm – 8 pm
The Lenten Regulations
ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are DAYS OF FASTING. Fasting means eating only one meal. In addition, two small “snacks” may be eaten, but together they must not equal another meal. This binds all Catholics ages 18 to 59 inclusive under pain of sin.
ASH WEDNESDAY and ALL THE FRIDAYS OF LENT are DAYS OF ABSTINENCE FROM EATING MEAT. Meat here is understood as the flesh of any animal except seafood. This binds all Catholics age 14 and over under pain of sin.
Any serious health reason automatically excuses a Catholic from these laws if their health would be hurt by fasting or abstinence.
All Catholics are bound to make their EASTER DUTY during the Pascal Season, which in the United States is from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday. The Easter Duty consists of confessing one’s mortal sins in the Sacrament of Penance and receiving Holy Communion worthily.
The whole SEASON OF LENT is a TIME OF PENANCE. Marriage is not to be solemnly celebrated. The faithful are encouraged to practice voluntary works of penance and mercy during the days of Lent, and to keep the spirit of Lent in their daily lives.
This Sunday we make our annual commitment to the Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Appeal. Just as on Stewardship Sunday we make our commitment to the Parish, so today we make our financial commitment to the Archdiocese.
The single biggest expense of the Archdiocese is the education of our seminarians. Thanks be to God, our Archdiocese now has 40 seminarians, and four of them - Michael Niemczak, Joseph Baltz, Timothy Meurer, and, I am happy to announce, Joe Archuleta, are from our parish! And I am confident that we will pick up one or two more parishioners for the seminary this fall. While this is something for us to take just pride in, we need to do our part in financially supporting them.
Then there are our retired priests. The ACA provides long-term care insurance for them. Unlike some other dioceses, we do not have a retirement home for our priests. This insurance allows our elderly priests to go to assisted-living or nursing home facilities when that need arises. (Ah, you might be interested to know how much a retired priest makes in our Archdiocese. It depends on how long you have served. For someone like me - ordained at age 26, so at age 70 having 44 years of priesthood, so just about the maximum - it is currently about $2,100 a month.)
These are just the two biggest items that are covered by the ACA. Of course, there are many more.
Our assessment for this year is $158,500. Being the largest parish, of course we have the largest assessment!
I know you are all giving very generously right now, between your Sunday tithing and the Capital Campaign. But this is our obligation to the work of the Archdiocese that we need to fulfill. If we could all do at least $10 a month - $120 a year, we can meet our obligation!
If you received your pledge in the mail and returned it, all is well. If not, you can make your pledge today at church and put it in the collection box, or return it to the parish office as soon as possible. Thank you!
A heads up for a special treat! I am happy to announce that this Lent, Fr. Celsus Auguiste will be returning to give our Parish Mission. It will be the week of March 10, Monday through Thursday, at both 9 am and 7 pm. His topic for this year will be "Faith and Salvation". Mark your calendars and come prepared for a Spirit-Filled week of renewal!
A blessed week,
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Saturday: 5:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 6:00pm.
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