Memo from Msgr. Raun - Friday, August 14th, 2020

My dear family,

Greetings in the Lord Jesus!


We Can’t Fully Protect Ourselves

The virus is real. Whether or not you have been personally affected is not the point. Even healthy people who wash their hands regularly, wear a mask and are trying to distance themselves are still being affected.

That means, as we do what we can to stay healthy, God is ultimately in control of our health and wellbeing. He is the Only One who can fully insulate us from an invisible contagion all around us.

David said “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). While we may be looking to a political administration, the Center for Disease Control, or the finest medical experts in the world to come up with a vaccine, God is the Only One who can give us the assurance that we are truly safe.

THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY is tomorrow, August 15th. Normally this is a Holy Day of Obligation, but of course the obligation has been suspended during the pandemic. But the 9 am Mass that day will be the Mass of the Assumption, and I do hope that many of us will attend to honor our Blessed Mother on this, the oldest, most important, and most beautiful of her feast days.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION : We are going to resume Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Monday through Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, starting Monday, August 17th.

Of course we ask everyone to wear a mask and to observe social distancing when coming to Adoration. Also, there will occasionally be funerals when we need to suspend Exposition for a half-hour or so.

We do need committed Eucharistic Adorers for during these times listed above! Call or text Sharon Kuchar at 505-259-2797 to sign up for an adoration hour, or to find out more about becoming a committed Adorer here at our parish.

FR. McKEE'S MONDAY NIGHT TEACHINS ON PRAYER have been going very well! Some of you have been wanting to send in questions for him to answer. That's wonderful! Please send them to

PRAYER REQUEST: a parishioner ask for prayers for healing: the person is going too have multiple biopsies and surgeries.

1. All Masses - just show up. But remember that we have to close off the church when we reach 250 people in attendance.

2. Wear a mask.

3. Be prepared to receive Communion in the hand.

IF WE REACH 250 PEOPLE AT A MASS, and a person arrives after that, they will be invited to come to another Mass, or they can go to their car and wait, and they will be allowed to join the Communion line at the end of Mass. We are now broadcasting every Sunday Mass on our new low-wattage FM transmitter, at 106.5 FM. You can receive this signal from anyplace in the parking lot of the church.

Communion outside the doors of the Fr. D'Arco Parish Hall is distributed after the Sunday 9 am Mass for those who do not yet feel comfortable going inside the church.

Weekdays: 8 am and 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am and 2:30 pm

BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES,SICK CALLS and FUNERALS are all taking place, albeit under the restrictions mandated by the Archbishop and the Governor. Just call the parish office and we will gladly help you with the preparations needed.


HOLINESS TIP : The Supernatural Power of Humility, According to the Saints

“May every fall, even if it is serious and habitual sin, always become for us a small step toward a higher degree of perfection.

“In fact, the only reason why the Immaculate Virgin-Mother permits us to fall is to cure us from our self-conceit, from our pride, to make us humble and thus make us docile to the divine graces.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast we keep today!)

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE: These are "play on words". They are really clever, but you have to think about them. Sometimes it helps to say them out loud:

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

OUR PRAYER FOR THE DAY: a prayer of the saint we honor today, St, Maximilian Kolbe, to the Blessed Mother....

“O Immaculate Virgin, my life - every moment of it; my death -where, when, and how; and my eternity belongs totally to you. Of everything in my existence may you do whatever you like.”

I send you my fatherly blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen !

Msgr. Doug Raun

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