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 begins on Tuesday, 1/17/14. Classes are held every Tuesday evening in Fr. D’Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and include dinner! There is no cost, and childcare is available for children two years of age and older.
The Pillars series, by Sean Innerst, is a four-part, in-depth study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The first in the series, Pillar I: The Creed is a 12-part study that guides participants through the first of the 4 “pillars” of the CCC. It provides the foundation needed to continue the journey through the entire Pillars series. The Creed opens up the structure of the Catechism and shows how it is far more than a list of “faith facts,” but instead a sure map for their journey of faith.
The new Pillars/Creed study group will meet on Fridays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the staff meeting room of the parish office, beginning 1/10/14. Each participant will need his or her own copy of the CCC ($9-$35 at your local bookstore, depending on print format; electronic versions are available, too--check your e-reader's online store), as well as the Pillars I study kit, available at the first class attended for $19 each. (Married couples usually share one.) The facilitator is Jeannette Schlicher (
December 16th marks the start of the Christmas Novena! The Novena will be celebrated with Mass each morning at 9:00 AM, and with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30pm.
There will be multiple priests hearing confessions. At the evening service there will be at least one visiting priest in addition to the parish clergy! Everyone use this opportunity to get to confession for Christmas!
When: December 16th - December 24th @ 9:00 AM and 7:30 PM
If you would like the Novena Masses offered for one of your special intentions, or for your loved ones, living or deceased, the request envelopes are at the doors of the church. With them are very nice Christmas cards that you can give telling them that the Novena of Masses are being offered for their intentions.
My dear family,
The big event this week is the Solemn High Mass of THANKSGIVING DAY - Thursday, Nov. 28, at 9 am.
Of course, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but a day of special prayer. My friends, it is such a beautiful thing to go to Mass on Thanksgiving Day. So many people have forgotten the meaning of this feast - a day to GIVE THANKS to GOD. When we start the day with Mass, all of our feasting and celebrations seem so much more fitting and joyful. And - it is one of the most lovely and stirring Masses of the year, with both our Liturgical and Children’s choirs taking part.
I do hope that, if at all possible, you can attend Mass that day. On Thanksgiving Day, there will be only the one Mass at 9 am. The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Many thanks to all of you who so generously donated food to the St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving food basket distribution. Many families will have a happy Thanksgiving Dinner thanks to you. God bless you.
I hope you all enjoyed Deacon Larry sharing with us about stewardship last Sunday. This week you should have received your Intention Cards for 2014 in the mail. Please pray and think about you commitment for next year, and return the card to the office by December 15.
If I don’t hear from you by then, I will have to send you a reminder!
Today we celebrate the glorious feast of Christ the King - the feast when we rejoice in the universal Lordship of our Savior and look forward to the manifestation of that Kingdom on the Last Day. It is also the end of the Year of Faith, and our series of sermons on the Creed. I hope that our year-long meditation on the truths of the Faith has deepened our knowledge and love of God.
Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent - the start of the Year of Grace 2014.
Our parish has long had the tradition of celebrating a Novena in preparation for the feast of Christmas, consisting of nine days of special Masses, prayers, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Many people like to have this Novena offered as a Christmas gift for their loved ones, living or deceased. If you would like to do so, there are Novena request envelopes at the doors of the Church. With them are beautiful Christmas Cards, that you can send, telling them that the Novena is being offered for their intentions.
A blessed week! Safety to all who travel!
Msgr. Doug Raun
By now, most of your know the wonderful news that we have reached our $6 million goal for the Build My Church Campaign. With all my heart I want to thank all of you, my dear parishioners, who so sacrificially gave towards this critical project for the future of this parish. And of course I want to thank all the people who worked so hard as volunteers in the Campaign. God bless you all!
Now we will enter discussions with the Archdiocese about financing our buildings, and continue work with our architect. We will keep you posted! God bless you all!
Those who are on our parish email list got word of this as soon as it happened! Do we have your email address? If not, call the parish office and give it to us, so that you can keep up on all the latest parish happenings! (ed. Subscribe HERE!)
This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday - the time that we get ready to recommit to our support of the parish for this next year. This weekend, Deacon Larry Carmony from Holy Child Parish in Tijeras will be sharing with us. This week you will receive your intention card for 2014. Pray, reflect on the teaching of the Word of God, and return the card to the parish in the next few weeks. If I don’t hear from you by December 15th, I’ll need to send you a reminder!
Remember the four points of stewardship:
1. God give all to us: in gratitude we must make return to Him.
2. Our return to Him must be planned (not just giving God the left-overs, but putting Him first), proportional (according to the size of our income), and sacrificial (it should “hurt” a bit.)
3. The Bible tells us what this amount should be: 10% of our income. (In our parish, we recommend 5% to our parish, and five percent to other pious and charitable causes. The Capital Campaign is part of that second 5%.)
4. As we expect the parish to be accountable in its use of our money, we are accountable for the giving of the money by making our intended giving know to the parish and “gift-wrapping” our offering in the envelope. Stewardship is the sole means by which the parish is able to provide ministry to her people. God bless you for your stewardship!
This Thursday is the feast of the Presentation of our Lady in the Temple. On this day, our beloved Sisters, the Religious Teachers Filippini, renew their vows for the following year. Our Sisters take the traditional three vows - poverty, chastity, and obedience - but then they take a fourth vow: to devote their entire life to the religious education of youth. What a beautiful vocation. What gratitude we owe to these women who give their entire lives, in Christ, to the spiritual care of our children!
Pray for our dear Sisters, and pray that God will raise up vocations to join their ranks to serve future generations of our children!
Next Sunday is the glorious feast of Christ the King - the end of the Year of Grace 2013 and the end of the Year of Faith. Advent is coming!
A blessed week!
This Monday, Nov. 11th, is Veteran’s Day. The office will be closed, but we will have the normal confessions-Mass schedule.
On this day we should thank God for all the brave men and women who have served in the defense of our beloved country. I also like to remember the original meaning of the day - Armistice Day, the day the First World War ended, the “war to end all wars”. On this day let us pray that indeed war may end, and the world be filled with a just and lasting peace!
Next weekend our Confirmation kids go on retreat. I will be with them for a good part of the weekend, hearing their confessions and celebratingMass for them. Pray that our kids be open to the power of the Holy Spirit and experience true and deep conversion in their lives!
Next Sunday is Stewardship Sunday in our parish. Deacon Larry Carmondy of Holy Child Parish in Tijeras will share his testimony with us and remind us of the basic Biblical principles of tithing. This will be in preparation for us renewing our financial commitment to the parish for the year 2014.
Last year we did not have a Stewardship Sunday because we were in the midst of our Capital Campaign. But stewardship remains the bedrock of our parish’s finances, and it will do us all good to renew ourselves in these great Biblical principles which have brought us as a parish and as families and individuals, so many blessings.
All of the month of November is a time of special prayer for the souls in Purgatory. Remember them in a special way at Mass and in your daily prayers.
(During November I have long had the habit of giving the penance in Confession and asking the penitent to offer it “for the souls in Purgatory”. On last Saturday we were “slammed” with confessions - all sorts of people coming and we priests all had to put in a lot of “overtime” - oh happy problem. Then it struck me - the souls in Purgatory were prodding people to get to confession to get the extra prayers!)
And I was very pleased with the attendance at the All Saint’s Day Mass. The High Mass that evening was especially beautiful and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise God, and may the saints always intercede for us and our dear parish.
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9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Closed on Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation.
Saturday: 5:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 6:00pm.
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Weekdays: 8:30am & 5:30pm. Saturday: 8:30am, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, & 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
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