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,
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."
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
This Friday is August 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Heaven. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. All Catholics are bound to attend Mass that day (or the Vigil Mass the night before) unless reasonably excused under pain of mortal sin. This is the oldest and most important feast of the Blessed Mother, celebrating the day when, her earthly life over, Our Lady was taken body and soul in to the heavenly glory prepared for her by her Divine Son. The Mass schedule for the Holy Day is on the front of the bulletin. Plan now which Mass you and your family will attend to honor our Blessed Mother on her great feast!
I received a very nice email from Fr. Emmanuel Abuh that I would like to share with you:
Dear Msgr. Raun,
I write with profound appreciation to you for all you were and did for me during my stay in your parish. I was indeed blessed and enriched by my stay in the parish. I came across the parish as a profound Catholic, loving and living faith community. I am so happy that I visited. Thank you also for the masses you gave to me. I am so grateful. I will keep in touch. Be assured of my prayers and please keep me in your prayers.
We have been blessed with having a lot of priests with us this summer. Just a reminder: Fr. Anthony will be leaving us to go back to Nigeria at the end of this month. Then things go back to normal: it will just be Fr. Bernabe and myself taking care of the parish.
It was Palm Sunday and, because of a sore throat, five-year old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were all carrying palm branches. The boy asked what they were for. His mother told him: "People held them over Jesus' head as He went by on a donkey."
"Wouldn't you know it," the boy fumed, "the one Sunday I don't go, He shows up!"
This Wednesday we celebrate one of the minor feasts of the Church, the Transfiguration of our Lord, when He revealed His divine glory to Peter, James, and John upon Mt. Tabor, in the presence of Moses and Elijah.
It's also the first day of the new academic year at St. Thomas Aquinas School. I'm very happy to report that, according to the latest reports, we are near capacity in enrollment. It is thanks to our dear Sisters and excellent teachers and staff that our school has such an outstanding reputation. Thank you for your support of Catholic education.
I have received the following note from Catholic Charities:
"Dear Msgr. Raun,
Everyday miracles continue to happen at Catholic Charities because of incredible benefactors like your parish who commit to providing much needed assistance to those in need. Your donation of $8,240.51 has been designated for the Children's Border Crisis,assisting unaccompanied children fleeing the worst of living conditions. Your selfless act of kindness creates hope in their world of despair and loss. Please express my appreciation to your parishioners and please keep the children in your prayers.
Executive Director, Catholic Charities"
"Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked his employee.
"Yes, sir" the employee replied.
"Well, then, that makes everything fine" said the boss, "because after you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she stopped in to see you!"
Msgr. Doug Raun
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