Last Confessions before Christmas – 8:30 am
10:45 pm – final Christmas Novena, followed by carols and anthems
12:00 am – Solemn High Midnight Mass
9:00 am – Solemn High Mass
No confessions or 6 pm Mass on Dec. 25
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,
Thanks to your prayers, all the pilgrims arrived home safe and sound from the Holy Land last Friday. We prayed for everyone in the parish each stop of the way, and placed all of your written petitions on Mt. Calvary, inches away from where our blessed Lord was crucified. A few observations:
- This was my fifth time to the Holy Land, but every time I go I discover new things and am given new graces. If there is ever any one pilgrimage you can go on, go to the Holy Land.
- The plight of the Christians in the Holy Land just keeps on getting worse. To the Jews, they are Arabs. To the Muslims, they are infidels. No longer do the great Christian nations consider it their duty to protect them. They are leaving the Near East, and if this continues, the churches of the Holy Land will become mere museums, not living congregations.
- And where do they all want to go to? America, of course. Friends, granted all our problems, we still do not know how blessed we are.
OK, here comes the yearly question about Halloween. Of course the word means "All Hallow's (All Saints) Eve", and is associated with the feast of All Saints. It seems to have had something with various customs to scare away evil spirits before the Feast. As far as the classical American celebration of the day
- kids dressed up in costume going trick-or-treating
- it seems perfectly harmless.
Your pastor, when he was a kid, went trick-or-treating with a vengeance. I'll let you decide how bad he turned out. We should teach our children the meaning of the word "Halloween" and its relationship to All Saints Day. Of course, anything that would involve occult practices on this day would be very wrong. As far as the modern practice of adults throwing Halloween parties (always involving lots of drinking), well, it strikes me as somewhat between silly and strange. Your pastor shall celebrate Halloween by dressing up as a priest, lighting the fireplace in the living room for the first time this season, and gleefully giving out goodies to all the little ghosts, clowns, and pirates who shall show up at the rectory door.
Yes, All Saints Day, November 1st. One of the great feast-days of the year, when we honor all those blessed souls, canonized and uncanonized, who reign with Christ in heaven, and who aid us with their prayers on our behalf. A feast so great that it is normally a Holy Day of Obligation - except when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, which it does this year. Therefore:
THIS YEAR, 2014, ALL SAINTS DAY IS NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. YOU DO NOT COMMIT MORTAL SIN IF YOU MISS MASS ON NOVEMBER 1ST THIS YEAR.
However, it is not forbidden to go to Mass on November 1st, and to that end, we will have a beautiful High Mass on November 1st at 9 am for the Feast of All Saints, and I invite and encourage everyone who loves the saints of God to attend.
This Monday, we start a new Adult Ed course, taught by your unworthy pastor. It is a four-week course entitled The Theology of Healing. In this course we shall answer these questions:
-What does the Bible teach about healing?
-Does God still heal today?
-How does God heal us?
-How do I pray for healing?
After our seminar on Healing the Family, it is clear that there is a great need for healing, and a lot of questions about healing. Come and learn! Mondays, 7 pm, Fr. D'Arco Hall.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
Tomorrow our parish pilgrimage leaves for the Holy Land. We take with us all your prayer intentions and we promise to pray for the parish at every holy place we visit. Please pray for us as we journey to walk in the footsteps of our Lord.
This week all of the priests of the Archdiocese will be gathering for their annual convocation in Taos. Please keep them in your prayers. Msgr. Bolman and Fr. Aragon will be celebrating the Masses here at the parish during this time.
Few things growing up kept me closer to our Lord and the Church than being an altar server. I know it was serving Mass that nourished my vocation throughout the years.
We are now forming a new class of altar servers. In our parish, any young man or woman in grade 6 and up may serve. It is my hope that every Catholic youth share in the great honor and grace of serving our Lord at the Altar.
Our Director of Servers is Mrs. Dinah Sandusky. She can be reached at 977-4189.
It's that time of year when we report the parish statistics for the National Catholic Directory. This is the first year we report without St. John Vianney being included in the count. As of right now, we have for this past year:
Children receiving Religious Education (School, CCD,
& teen programs) : 1,208
Baptisms & Converts: 132
First Communions: 186
A few more of those silly jokes from ChurchPop:
Who was the smartest man in the Bible?
Abraham. He knew a Lot.
What kind of man was Boaz before he married?
Where is the first baseball game in the Bible?
In the big inning. Eve stole first, Adam stole second. Cain struck out Abel. The Giants and the Angels were rained out.
Why did the hawk sit on the church's steeple?
It was a bird of pray.
Which servant of God was the worst lawbreaker in the Bible?
Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.
Yes, this Wednesday is October 1st, the start of the month of the Holy Rosary. What blessings come to those who are devoted tothis Crown of Roses that we present to our Lady every time we pray the Rosary!
The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that "Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted." She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary.
Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
This Friday, the Archbishop will present the St. Francis Awards in Santa Fe. This year, Mrs. Pauline Salata is our parish recipient of the Award. Pauline, with her husband Mike, has served the parish in different ways for many years, but in a special way Pauline is being honored for being the Night-Time (Midnight to 6 am) Coordinator of Eucharistic Adoration from the time we began Perpetual Adoration almost 19 years ago! In Pauline we honor all of our Eucharistic Adorers, especially those who sacrifice to be with our Lord in the "wee hours" ! God bless you, Pauline, and all your fellow Eucharistic Adorers.
The Scouts of Pack and Troop 1974 have been helping to keep up the Rectory yard. Thank you, Scouts and Scouters of the parish!
OK, here are some "Church Puns" from the fun website, ChurchPop:
1) What is a dentist's favorite hymn?
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Extra Points: Holy, Holy, Holy
2) Who's the arch-enemy of the Gsus chord?
The Dmin chord.
3) What's a salesman's favorite Scripture passage?
The Great Commission
4) Where was Solomon's temple located?
On the side of his head.
5) How does Moses make his coffee?
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