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, January 5th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation)
Febuary 10, 2016
Ash Wednesday Mass
6:30am, 9:00am, 12:10pm,
6:00pm Solemn Mass,
Join us for Adult Education Soup N Scripture starting Monday 15 Feb.Feb 15 - Catholic Social Teaching (history)
Feb 22 - Catholic Social Teaching Part II (human Dignity, Solidarity, and Social Justice)
Feb 29 - Catholic Social Teaching Part III (Principles)
Mar 7 - Catholic Social Teaching Part IV Encyclicals and official Documents
Mar 14 - Temptation and How we Can Overcome them
We are in need of 10 Volunteers to help make soup for the First Weeks Soup. Please Contact Deacon Dave in the pairsh office to volunteer.
My dear family,
Today holy Church celebrates Gaudate Sunday : "Rejoice" Sunday. The purple vestment turn to rose-colored for a day (and the rose-colored candle of the Advent wreath is lit) to celebrate that we are now halfway through Advent.
The Christmas Novena begins this week on Wednesday, December 16th. Each day the novena will be prayed at 9 am with Mass, and at 7:30 pm with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. At each novena service there will be priests available for Confession, and at the 7:30 pm service there will be at least one visiting priest present.
This is your opportunity to make a good Christmas Confession, which is the most important thing we do to prepare for Christmas! Remember, the lines are shorter (and the priests are in a better mood :-) in the early days of the Novena.
The Novena helps us to keep Christ in These hectic days leading up to the Feast of our Savior's Birth. Even if we cannot make the Novena every day in church, let us pray it at home - even gathered together as a family.
CHRISTMAS NOVENA PRAYER
Holy Infant Jesus, true God and true Man! Our only Lord and Savior! I offer You, as a gift for Your Birthday, the love of my heart: I give You my entire life, with all its joys and sorrows. O loving Jesus, I am sorry that I have offended You by sin, but confident in Your infinite goodness and mercy, I trust that You will forgive me. Now look upon me, with the love You showed us in Your Birth, and grant the favors I humbly ask, if they be for the glory of God and my salvation.
(Here each person presents their requests to God in silence)
O Infant King, we beg You, by the mystery of Your Birth in Bethlehem, Your flight into Egypt, and Your childhood in Nazareth, to grant our prayers. Give us the grace of being devoted to You with all our hearts; and let us serve You faithfully all the days of our lives. Then, may we leave this world, with a holy death, assisted in our last hour, by the prayers of Your holy Mother, and St. Joseph, whose zeal for Your honor shall lead us into Your divine presence, to praise and bless Your divine mercy, for all eternity. Amen.
It's easier to preach ten sermons
Than it is to live one.
The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose,
But mosquitoes come close.
When you get to your wit's end,
You'll find God lives there.
A Blessed Advent week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
Today we begin the holy season of Advent, during which we prepare for the celebration of our Lord's Birth at Christmas.
As the world more and more forgets the real meaning of Christmas, it becomes increasingly important for real Christians to keep this season with devotion, especially in our families. Perhaps special prayers before dinner, centered on the home Advent wreath? Or praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary every day? And as we know, the most important preparation for Christmas is a good confession, that our hearts might be prepared to receive Christ there on Christmas Day.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I want to give special thanks to all the parishioners who brought food for the St. Vincent de Paul Society Thanksgiving basket distribution. And - many thanks to the members of the St. Vincent de Paul who gave so generously of their time in organizing this really massive project. Thank you and God bless you!
A blessed Advent!
This weekend we celebrate the glorious feast of All Saints. This feast serves two purposes:
1. It allows us to honor those canonized saints whose feast day we do not keep. There are about 4000 canonized saints, and only 365 days in the year. Many saints are celebrated only in a particular country, or region, or town, or even only in one church! Today we honor all of them.
2. It allows us to honor the saints whose names are known only to God. Anyone who reaches heaven is a saint. The number of the saints is much greater than those who have been canonized (officially declared a saint) by the Church. God willing, many of our departed loved ones are among their number. We praise God today for them and seek their prayers in our behalf.
Tomorrow (Monday, November 2nd) is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed - commonly called All Souls Day. This day we pray for those souls who have not yet reached Heaven, but who are still being purified in Purgatory.
There are many indulgences we can gain for the souls in Purgatory at this time of year:
Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls
• A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.
• A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public chapel on November 2. In visiting the church or chapel, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.
• A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This can be prayed all year, but especially during the month of November:
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
On All Soul's Day the Pastor will offer the traditional three Masses for everyone on our parish altar list of the dead. The 6 pm Mass on November 2nd will be a Solemn High Requiem Mass, offered especially for those who have died this past year in the parish.
Let us remember the words of Holy Scripture: "It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead." As we hope to be prayed for in death, so it is our loving duty to pray for others in life.
Because of the All Souls Day High Mass, there will be no Adult Education Class this Monday. We resume the classes on Monday, Nov. 9, on Purgatory: Why believe in it? What is it? Are you going there? Taught by your unworthy pastor.
We welcome to our parish this weekend the Little Sisters of the Poor from Gallup, NM, who have come to tell us of their work with the aged in that poor area of our state, and to give us the privilege of assisting them with our alms for our annual Mission Collection. Please be generous.
A blessed week to you all!
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