2013

Photo Credits — Ed Stewart unless otherwise noted
Be sure to check the captions of larger events for links to additional photos.

December 24 and 25, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses:
Christmas Eve 2013
Fr. Nick, with Deacon Mike assisting, celebrated the Christmas Eve Mass.
Flowers Christmas EveChoir Christmas EveT
The choir sang traditional Christmas songs before and during the Christmas Eve Mass (pictured here with Brenda Wilson featured as the soloist for O, Holy Night) and during the Christmas Day Mass.
Incensing altar
Choir Chritmas Day
The choir also sang at the Christmas Day Mass.

December 1, First Sunday of Advent, Advent Wreath and 2014 Calendar Blessing:
Advent Wreath 2013

November 24, Sunday, Blessing of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion 2014

November 17, Sunday, Pastoral Visit by Bishop Michael Sheridan:
Bishop Sherdan visit 1
Bishop Sheridan visit 2

November 10, Sunday, Veterans Day Blessing and Placing of the Wreath:
Veterans Day 1
Veterans Day 2Veterans Day Blessing

Fr. Louis KirbyFormer Assumption Pastor Fr. Louis Kirby (1922-2013)
Has Passed Away On August 5:
Father Louis (Melvin) Kirby, O.S.B., a monk of St. Benedictís Abbey, Atchison, Kan., died on October 5, 2013, at the Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., after a short illness. Fortified by the Sacraments and having received the Apostolic Pardon, Father Louis was surrounded by monks during his brief illness. Father Louis was the senior monk of the Abbey.

For an obituary, click here.

August 30, Friday, Mass of Christian Burial for Kathleen O'Connor:
O'Connor homily
Fr. Nick, assisted by Deacon Mike, was the celebrant for the Mass. To view additional photos of the services, click here. To view a video slide show with the choir singing the songs from the Mass, click here.

July 14, Sunday, First Communion for Matthew Lesser:
Matthew Lesser first communion
Fr. Jonathan, with Deacon Mike assisting, celebrated the Mass where Matthew received the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time while the proud grandmother, Glenda Lesser-Wyles, watches from behind.

Fr. Jonathan Fassero  
July 7, Sunday, Visiting Priest
Fr. Fassero:

Our parish is blessed to have Fr. Jonathan Fassero O.S.B. with us while Father Nick takes his annual vacation in the month of July. Father Jonathan is a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana.

June 16, Sunday, Father's Day Blessing:
Fr. Nick invited all the fathers to come forward at the end of Mass for a blessing. Afterwards all were invited to come to the Parish Hall for a special tribute pot luck meal organized by the A & R Society.
Father's Day Blessing

June 15, Saturday, Landscape Clean-Up:
Over a dozen parishioners responded to Dianne Whalen's appeal to clean-up the parish landscape.
Landscaping 1
Landscaping 4
Landscaping 2

June 14, Friday, Communion Service for the Christian Burial of Terry Salter:
Deacon Mike celebrated the service followed by Terry's ashes being interred at the Assumption Cemetery.
Military Honors provided by The American Legion, Westcliffe Post 170 Honor Guard.
Terry Saltar burial

May 27 — Blessing of the Assumption Cemetery on Memorial Day:
Memorial Day blessing of cemetery
After the Memorial Day Mass at the church, some of the parishioners, Fr. Nick, and Deacon Mike drove out to the Assumption Cemetery where it and individually requested graves were blessed.

May 26 — Blessing of the Graduates and of the Final Icon:
Carly Dunlap & Sarah Koudsi graduates 2013
Graduates Carly Dunlap and Sarah Koudsi received a special blessing from Fr. Nick.
Icon blessing Pierre ToussaintWith
With Fr. Vicente's sister, Leonie Randall, and Mike Whalen holding the icon of Ven. Pierre Toussaint, Fr. Nick performs a blessing before it was placed in the last remaining alcove to the right of the altar.

May 12 — Mother's Day Blessing & Breakfast:
Mother's Day blessing
Fr. Nick blessed and sprinkled the mothers of the parish with holy water at the end of Mass, followed by a breakfast in their honor cooked by the men of the parish. To view additional photos, click here. 

May 5 — May Crowning:
May crowning 1
May crowning 2Fr.

April 21 – Life Chain:
Life Chain 2013
Fifty-one parishioners including the Baptist youth group participated and many more who prayed for the end of abortion in the United States.

March 28 – 31, Easter Triduum:
Easter Triduum banner
To view photos from all the Easter Triduum services beginning with Holy Thursday, click above image. 
If you wish to go directly to a specific service, select from choices following below.

March 31, Easter Sunday of the Triduum:
Easter Sunday sprinkling
Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike sprinkle the assembly with Holy Water.
   For additional photos, click here.

March 30, Easter Vigil of the Triduum:
Easter Vigil Mass blessing of the fire
Fr. Nicodemus and Deacon Mike perform the Blessing of the Fire and Preparation of the Candle under subdued lighting with acolytes Brooke Flynn and Sam Dunlap (pictured), and Richard Kohler and Grace Flynn.
   For additional photos, click here.

March 29, Good Friday of the Easter Triduum:
Good Friday veneration of the cross
Fr. Kauffman and Deacon Mike process in for the Veneration of the Cross at the Good Friday service.
   For additional photos, click here.

March 28, Holy Thursday of the Easter Triduum:
Holy Thursday washing of the feet
Fr. Nicodemus washes the feet of one of the parishioners during the Holy Thursday Mass.
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March 24, Palm Sunday:
Palm Sunday 2013 incensing palms
In the Parish Center, Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike incensed and blessed the palms with acolytes Sam Dunlap, Karen Kahn, Grace Flynn, and Brooke Flynn before processing to the church for Mass.
   For additional photos, click here.

March 17, Baptism of Baby Zita: Baby Zita Hawley 1
During the Sunday Mass, Fr. Nick baptized Zita Hawley, daughter of Megan and Tim Hawley. The godparents are Kevin Milder and Carmel Mortenson. Deacon Mike assisted during the sacrament.
   For additional images, visit this YouTube link: youtube.com/watch?v=I-yGaI7Dy3w
Zita Hawley 2

February 17, Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl and Anointing of the Sick:Rice Bowl 2013
The parish youth distribute the rice bowls during the Mass.
Annointing of the Sick
After Mass, Fr. Nick administered the Anointing of the Sick to those wishing it.

February 13, Ash Wednesday:
Fr. Nick blesses the ashes
Fr. Nick blesses the ashes with acolytes Richard Kohler and Michael Franta. Distribution of the ashes immediately followed.
Distribution of the Ashes 1
Distribution of the Ashes 2

February 3, Fr. Vicente Paz en la Casa Memorial Mass:
Blessing of the Throats
Blessing of the Throats 2
Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike performed the Blessing of the Throats after the Mass.

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