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December 24—Music for Christmas:Christmas Choir -- December 24, 2010
Pictured are Monica Backsen, Michelle Tompkins, Jenna Schultz, Christina and Brenda Wilson, Tori Mortenson, Joe D’Angelo, Eric and Patrick Mortenson, Pat O’Connor, Henry Watson, Braden Wilson and Carmel Mortenson. This Sunday morning we send a round of applause and a big thank you to our choir for its contribution to our Christmas liturgies. We are very blessed in this parish to have such a talented and committed group.

October 31, November 21, & December 19—Visiting Priest
Fr. Felix Petrovsky, a Capuchin Monk from Solanus Casey Friary in Colorado Springs
Fr. Felix Petrovsky, a Capuchin Monk from the Solanus Casey Friary in Colorado Springs celebrated three Sunday Masses at our parish.
    The Capuchin Franciscans of the St. Conrad Province in Mid-America are Catholic religious order of friars (brothers), both priests and lay, who take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and strive to live according to the Rule of St. Francis and the sound traditions of the Capuchin Reform. As little brothers of St. Francis, the friars minister to people in all walks of life, but most especially to the poor.
    The Capuchin Friars began as a reform of the Franciscan Observants in 1525. Friar Mathew de Bascio and several others, disillusioned with perceived relaxations of the Rule, desired to adhere to the strict, literal observance as lived by St. Francis and his earliest companions. In particular, they sought a more contemplative life coupled with rigorous austerity, strict poverty and a literal following of the Rule and Testament of Francis. Though originally persecuted for their split with the Observants, the Capuchins were immensely popular among the common people and were officially recognized as an independent Order on July 3, 1528.

November 14—Veteran's Day Blessing
Veteran's Day Blessing
Our Lady of the Assumption parishioners paid a special tribute to all veterans, living and deceased, at Sunday Mass on November 14.  Father Vicente offered special prayers for veterans and their families. After Mass, parishioners Bob Dreher, Wayne Guilmette, and Carol Kennedy-Dreher placed a wreath before the flagpole.

November 7—Helping Hands Food Collection
Helping Hands food collecting
After collecting donations door-to-door for Helping Hands, the high school students from Our Lady of the Assumption and some of their parents joined Jackie Kirsch at the Helping Hands office to pose for a photo. Front row (l. to r.): AnnaMaria O’Connor, Kevin O’Connor, Braden Wilson, Brian O’Connor, Brenda Wilson, Henry Watson, Amy Schultz, Sarah Koudsi, Carly Dunlap, Back row (l to r) Holly Wray, Christina Wilson, Boden Wilson, Patti Schultz, Carmel Mortenson, Nathan Schrieve, Natalie Wray, Jackie Kirsch, Patrick Mortenson and Eric Mortenson.

October 31—All Saints Day Celebration
All Saints Day 1
All Saints Day brought out our favorite saints as some of the youth dressed as saints.

October 23—Firewood for the Needy Project
Cutting firewood 1 Seven of the Seniors of the parish met in the parking lot on Saturday, October 23 to cut, split, and stack firewood for folks who need wood for heat in the coming months. Deacon Mike Patterson organized the work effort and was assisted by Jim Luman, John & Zita Milder, Terry Napolitan, Ed Stewart, and Bill Uhl.
Cutting firewood 2

October 10—Mission Sunday
Sister Terry WasingerSr. Terry Wasinger, a Dominican Sister of Peace of Great Bend, KS and a nurse midwife who ministered in primary health and evangelization in the northwest diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria, West Africa, from 1966 to 1992, came here to tell us about their mission there.

October 3—World Youth Day Fund Raiser
WYD Luncheon 1
The parish youth and their parents hosted a spaghetti luncheon in the Parish Hall after Mass.
On Left: Patti Schultz expertly creates her Artisan Bread.
WYD luncheon 2
The youth working the luncheon included (l to r) Sarah Koudsi, Patrick Mortenson, Kevin O’Connor,
Henry Watson and Brenda Wilson.
WYD luncheon 3
Barb Campbell and Flo Bostick are among the guests who enjoyed dining at the lovely tables in the Parish Hall.

September 26—Blessing of the Catechists
Blessing of the Catechists
Those who have been designated by our parish to serve as catechists were called forth that morning to be commissioned by Father Vicente  for their ministry. Pictured from left to right are Carmel Mortenson, Doreen Newcomb, Ginger Koudsi, Joan Kohler, Ileen Lemons, Karen Gourley, Sandy Dunlap, Art Ondrejka and Connie Ondrejka. Not pictured is Michelle Tompkins.

September 12—Baptism of Matthew Dewayne Burgdorff
baptism of Matthew Burgdorff
Matthew's parents, Veronica & Douglas Burgdorff look on with proxy godparent Barbara Napolitan (left) as Fr. Vicente pours the water of baptism. Terry Napolitan also served as a proxy for godparents Bradley & Mary Burgdorff.
Baptism Burgdorff

August 15—Church Dedication Anniversary: (Photos by Barbara Napolitan)
August 15 anniversary dinner

May 31—Blessing of Graves at Assumption Cemetery:
Blessing of the Graves, Assumption Cemetery

May 30—Blessing of Recent Graduates:
Blessing graduates

May 16—Altar & Rosary Society Scholarship Presentations:
Scholarship Presentations The Altar & Rosary Society president Mary Lou Koch gave $500 scholarships to the four students who are graduating from Custer County High School this year. The students will use the scholarships to attend the college of their choice.

May 9—May Crowning and Mother’s Day Breakfast:
May Crowning prayer before Mass Fr. Vicente and Deacon Mike celebrated the Mass which included the May Crowning and acknowledged Mother’s Day with Fr. giving out prayer cards to all mothers present and the men of the parish putting on a special breakfast for them. To see additional photographs or to order prints, click here for instructions for the online photo service.
May crowning procession
May Crowning
Crowning procession
May Crowning of Mary Statue
Women bring up gifts
Mother's Day cards
Mother's Day gifts 2
Mother's Day breakfeast

May 2—Rite of Confirmation:
Prayer before Entrance Procession Bishop Isern was assisted by Fr. Vicente and Deacon Mike at the Confirmation of Natalie Wray, Braden Wilson and Patrick Mortenson along with seven others from St. Benedict's Parish in Florence. The preparation for Confirmation this year has been lead by Eric and Carmel Mortenson. To see additional photographs or to order prints, click here for instructions for the online photo service.

Entrance processsion
Respondsorial psalm
Homily by Bishop Isern
Branden Wilson
Natalie Wray
Patrick Mortenson
Presentation of gifts
Eucharists - wine
Assumption confirmands
Cake confirmation

April 25—First Communion:
First Communion readings Fr. Vicente was joined by Deacon Mike Patterson in the celebration of the Fourth Sunday of Easter Mass that included the First Communion of three of our young people. To see additional photographs or to order prints, click here for instructions for the online photo service.

Presentation of the Gifts

April 4—Easter Sunday:
First & second readings Fr. Vicente was joined by Deacon Mike Patterson in the celebration of the Easter Mass.
gospel reading Deacon Mike
homily Fr. Vicente
Holy water sprinkling Fr. Vicente

April 3—Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday:
Blessing of the Fire Fr. Michael Papesh was joined by Deacon Mike Patterson in the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass.
Second & Third Readings
Fourth reading
Gospel reading
Pouring the water
Blessing of the Water

April 2—Good Friday: 
veneration of the cross Fr. Michael Papesh was joined by Deacon Mike Patterson in the celebration of the Good Friday service that included the Veneration of the Cross and the undraping of the crucifix.

Undraping of the crucifix by Patrick Mortenson & Braden Wilson

April 1—Maundy Thursday: 
Fr. Michael Papesh was joined by Deacon Mike Patterson in the celebration of the Holy Thursday Mass, which included the washing of the feet of a dozen parishioners (not all are pictured). The Presentation of the Holy Oils (for the sick, catechumens, and chrism) was also performed during the Mass.
Fr. Papesh & Deacon Mike
washing of the feet
presentation of the holy oils, chrism, sick, catechumens

March 28—Palm Sunday Mass: 
Palm Sunday, Blessing the palms Fr. Vicente blesses the palms and the congregation then processes into the church for Mass.

Palm Sunday procession

February 21—
Rice Bowls Parish youth conducted “Operation Rice Bowl” for Catholic Relief Services.

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