Parish Bulletin for October 4, 2015
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Pope’s General Intention: That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Evangelization: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.
—To see all of the pope’s General Intentions for 2015, go to the Catholic Links page.
• Finance Council: Tuesday, November 29, 1:00 p.m.
• Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 p.m.
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, October 20, 1:00 p.m.
• Knights of Columbus: November 1, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass
• Worship Committee: Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 p.m.
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
October 5 and 6, Assumption's School of Faith and Spirituality: Beginning Monday, October 5 in Florence, and Tuesday, October 6 in Westcliffe, Fr John will offer a 6-session Bible Study on the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts beginning at 6:00 p.m.. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, the Advocate of God, dwells among us, breathes in us, and showers us with spiritual gifts. During these weeks, we'll look at key biblical texts to discover how to rekindle the fire of the Holy Spirit and to allow God's Spirit to manifest these divine graces more richly in us. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and evangelists and who filled Jesus' life, now blows within and among all God's people.
Assistance Needed: A parishioner in Rosita and another in town need a ride for coming to Sunday Masses. Call the office if you can help, 783-3507.
Ask Our Lady to help you. Ask her to entreat her Son
to let you know what you should do.
--Bl. Marie Rose Durocher.
Come join us in praying the rosary!
October 7: Our annual ďOur Lady of the RosaryĒ rosary will be prayed at OLA on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. A free luncheon of soup and salad will be served afterwards in the parish hall. See you there!
October 10: Public Square Rosary Crusade A Public Square Rosary will be said at noon on October 11th at Jess Price Memorial Park (315 Main St.) We are praying the rosary for America. We must stop the secularist advance and pray to God for help. He will hear us, if we pray through intercession of His Blessed Mother. Thatís why we have the public square rosary crusad
October 11: Rosary Sunday ďRosary for LifeĒ Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pueblo, 2:00 p.m.
October 10 and 11, Installation of Fr. John: Bishop Berg will celebrate all the Masses on the weekend of October 10--11 and will lead the community in prayer for the formal installation of Fr. John as the pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption in Westcliffe and St. Benedict in Florence. After the Saturday Mass on October 10, Fr. John will host a brief open house of the redecorated rectory with cookies and nuts, and there will be a reception for Bishop Berg in St. Benedict Parish Hall (St Joseph).
The 12th Annual Saint Benedict Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 17: Itís a great time for Adults to get together for dinner, socializing and good natured bidding on auction items.
Throughout the evening, you can browse through and bid on Silent Auction items, donated by parishioners and local merchants. Jim Crossey be our emcee and will lead the Live Bidding on pies and pastries made by the talented bakers of St. Benís. The drawing for a beautiful Blue-Jean Quilt, hand-made by Jane Worker, will be held at 8 p.m.
We are now collecting auction items to be cataloged and tagged. We need new and gently used items, gift certificates, art works, gift baskets, jewelry, hand-made crafts, canned goods etc. Items can be dropped off at the Parish Office or picked up by calling Judy at 371-8196. Please fill out the donor slip below.
Tickets will be on sale at OLA on October 11 after Mass. Fall Festival tickets are still $10 (a real bargain for food and fun). Tickets for the quilt are $1 each or 6 for $5. (You donít have to be present to win.)
Social Hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30. Pies can be brought the night of the Festival. Tickets will also be available at the St. Benedictís Parish Office.
Please call Judy at 371-8196 with questions or to volunteer.
Generosity, Giving, Grace: St. James warns in today's second reading that those who hoard their wealth and live only for themselves will be condemned. But in the Gospel, Jesus assures us that all who give of themselves for His sake will be rewarded.
Building the Foundation, Transitions — Fr. John
Scripture Reading: Ac 20:36-38, especially "They were deeply distressed because [Paul] had said that they would never see him again.Ē v38.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Merciful Father, may your Divine Spirit enlighten, inflame, purify me, so you may penetrate me with your heavenly dew and make me fruitful in good works, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who with you, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
In Godís Presence: Have you noticed that prayer and tears often flow together? Prayer comes from the deepest part of our bodies, minds, and souls. The feelings underlying your prayers are often very strong. Sometimes so strong that words fail, and you trust the Holy Spirit to intercede for you (Rm 8:26).
When you pray with other Catholics, other Christians, you form durable bonds. You many soon forget people youíve chatted with, but those with whom you have prayed, you remember. The Book of Acts (the second volume of Lukeís gospel), records many impromptu prayer meetings. Paulís farewell to the elders of Ephesus is a powerful example. Just five verses later youíll see another example of a similar prayer meeting Ė this one involving believers of all ages (Ac 21:5). In both situations, people were grieving. God brought them together for a time and they shared a season of life and ministry. When that time ended, goodbyes were hard. People wept.
Welcoming a new priest, a new pastor, is a time of beginnings. Each beginning is hard, however, because it starts with an ending. Something ends, creating an opportunity for something new to develop. Parishioners say goodbye to one pastor before they can welcome another. Priests bid farewell to parishioners and community before arriving in the new place to serve new parishioners and a new community. The departures and arrivals of pastoral transitions create bittersweet emotional experiences.
Healthy transitions require you to name what you are grieving. Once you have acknowledged the loss, you can mourn appropriately. What are you losing? Who are you leaving behind? Sharing the story of these losses can be an important way to connect with those in your new situation. Talking honestly with each other about your losses connects you to each other. It frees you to embrace the opportunities afforded to you by your new situation.
Journal Exercise: Describe one way that problems or trials have strengthened your life or your parish's?
The Gifts God Actually Gives Us: If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears. However, measured or far away. If you love the wisdom of experience in the Catholic Tradition and enjoy solving practical problems by applying spiritual truths in creative ways. If you make good practical use of information or ideas you learn and have heled others do the same in their lives. If other people say you are deeply perceptive. If other people talk through their problems or decisions with you to take advantage of your insights. If you have helped others make good decisions which reflect Godís purposes in the midst of uncertainty. If you often come up with workable, faith-based solutions to complex problems. You might have a special gift of wisdom.
Simple Gratitude for God's Abundant Blessings:
Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities. As we become curators of our own contentment, we learn to savor the small with a grateful heart.
Contemplative Exercise for Prayer-Filled Life:
Fast from television (videos, internet, etc.) each day this week. Many have found television to be addictive, or at least very time consuming. By not watching television for a week, you will be able to see its effects on your life. Again, use the extra time youíll have for some other spiritual discipline or simply take some time to be with your family, playing a game or taking a walk.
I Deny That Iím Angry (or sad, or afraid, or disgusted, or anything else)!
I have stuffed my feelings from my traumatic childhood and have lost the ability to feel or express my feelings because it hurts so much. I deny that Iíve been hurt and am suppressing my emotions by the dramatic expression of ďpseudoĒ feelings. So itís not as if Iím consciously denying that I have feelings; itís more like Iíve trained myself not to even notice real feelings because Iím so busy trying to demonstrate what I think I should be feeling.
When I came to recovery from my addiction Ė familiar with Step work Ė I felt I had covered this ground before. I knew how to speak ďprogram talkĒ and my life was already better, right? So why were people in this deeper recovery not focusing on the Solution? Whatís with all the complaining?
I donít hide from the pain anymore, at least not for very long. To others, this sometimes sounds like complaining, yet I know thatís not what it is. Rather, I am locating my pain, my grief, my anxiety, so I can heal. I allow my younger self (my emotional memory) to come out of hiding and flourish. First, Iím angry and sad and need comforting. Then I befriend my memories and they become companions in my recovery Step work. I find new vitality as I see where this partnership leads me.
My life has become a great adventure, totally unique. I am learning about myself each day (and learning Godís mercy, too) by integrating my past into my present and seeing I am no longer stuck. When I visit old neighborhoods of feeling, I am no longer dying of thirsting and starving for attention. I nourish myself with the love and support of God, the 12 Steps, meetings, and communion
If you want to participate in this kind of group, give Fr. John a call 783-3507, or his cell phone 719-369-5291. Our group will meet at St. Benedict Parish beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, October 14.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
Our journey of faith through these Sundays of Ordinary Time has been marked by calls to re-examine the attitudes and behaviors that shape our relationships. Today we are called to take a keen look at our understanding of the sacrament of marriage. Divorce, as presented in todayís television shows and movies, is often seen as the first resort when a relationship is in trouble. In this view, marriage is depicted as something that is as easily thrown away as a paper cup. If we believe that Jesus Christ is at the foundation of every sacramental marriage, then todayís worldview is simply turned on its head. As we listen to todayís scriptures, let us be mindful of family, friends, and members of our communities who have struggled with the difficult issues of irreconcilable marriages. Let us also pray that God will strengthen every couple who has committed themselves to love, honor, and cherish one another.
From Saint Margaret Sunday Missal, copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Company
From the beginning of creation, God intended for people to live together in relationship with one another. Much of scripture shows us how to do this as it illustrates and clarifies Godís plans. The readings this weekend guide us in the value and care of our relationships. Specifically, the Gospel focuses on the circumstances of failed relationships. Unlike the Pharisees, we would do well not to focus on the laws that pertain to failed relationships, but concentrate instead on what God really intended for us. Healthy bonds require a lot of our time and energy. They certainly require trust and honesty. Jesus demonstrated a deep commitment to his friends and to us. As our brother, he gave his very life for us. Children work hard at friendships. They trust, forgive, and love without conditions. The final words of todayís Gospel invite us to welcome Jesus and the people of our relationships with the fresh enthusiasm of a child..
—(c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co
Recent Events at the Parish
August 14, Friday, Paul Schleser's Funeral Service: was an Eucharistic Service at 2:00 p.m. followed by military honors here at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.
August 9, Fr. Nick Concelebrated the Mass with Fr. John and
Fr. Jonathan: a special blessing was given to Fr. Nick (surrounded by parishioners) for his new assignment.
For more photos, click here.
Sunday, August 2, Fr. John Celebrated His First Mass:
with Deacon Mike assisting and acolytes Karen Kahn and Grace Flynn.
For additional photos, click here.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays: Please sign up if you are interested in continuing the perpetual adoration that began while our teens were in Madrid. We are looking for people to sign-up for Tuesdays beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. with Benediction following immediately afterwards. Come and “Be Still” with the Lord for an hour a week.
Call Patti Schultz at 783-9146 to put your name on the list.
Icon of Ven. Pierre Toussaint Installed: At the end of May, 2013, the final icon of six by Father Bill McNichols was installed to the right of the altar. Pierre Toussaint, the former slave and hairdresser from Haiti, is expected to be proclaimed a saint by the Church. Toussaint’s life was a miracle of charity and kindness. Born a slave in 1766, he did not allow that fact to prevent him from helping his fellow man, whatever their race. He overcame every adversity in his life through his complete embrace of the commandment of Christ, “Love one another”.
Living and working in Taos, NM, Father Bill is described by Time Magazine as “among the most famous creators of Christian iconic images in the world.” In an interview in America Magazine, he said: “I've thought a lot about this connection between our lives and the lives of the heavenly images icons place before us, and it's something I really must mention: What you gaze at you become. Not only what you hear and listen to, but what you see. Ignatius was really brilliant in this way. We always say, you are what you eat.
But you are what you see too, what you gaze at. We Americans will spend hours in front of the television, kind of the new icon that we gaze at, and it glares back at us. And yet, we don't make any connection with what it would be like to gaze at something that truly loves us, and wants to bring us close to God. We need to gaze at truly conversational, truly loving images... images that will return our love.”
Father Bill collaborated with Taos author Mirabai Starron Mother of God, Similar to Fire (Orbis Books) last year. The book features Father Bill's icons of Mary (embracing such diverse expressions as the Black Madonna, Latina, Bosnian, Greek, Italian, and native depictions of Mother Mary) accompanied by Starr's lyrical prose-poems.
To view photos of Fr. Vicente's Mass of Christian Burial and directions to his grave, click here. A memorial video of photos and video clips has been produced to capture Fr. Vicente's interaction with his parishioners and his voice while reading a biblical passage, singing the Mass of Creation, and speaking a homily. To view the video, visit YouTube.com at: http://bit.ly/FrVicente
Father Vicente's Burial Site: Father Vicente spoke to us regarding death planning - he lead by example. He planned every aspect of his funeral and burial. He did not want his grave revered and felt very strongly about the fact he wanted to be buried amongst the poor and be like them in death, too. With love and good intentions individuals have decorated his grave. Father's sister, Leonie, has asked that the grave remain as simple as possible in keeping with Father’s wishes. A simple white cross has been placed to mark his grave. Leonie sends her eternal thanks for all the cards, love, and wonderful support given to her.
If you wish to send a card to Leonie, Fr. Vicente’s sister, her address is: Leonie Randall, The Barn, Thornthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5SA, UK;
all six icon paintings by Father William Hart McNichols have been added to the church nave.
For their stories click here or on the image.
Stained Glass Windows:
Our artist in residence, Doug Bayer, has designed a series of stained glass windows which he based on the Book of Revelation, chapters 21 and 22. The three windows behind the altar will represent the new Jerusalem where God and the Lamb of God are worshipped in eternity.
The main altar window was installed on January 20, 2010. On Friday, August 4, 2011, the windows depicting the Archangel Raphael and the Archangel Michael were installed. The twelve windows on each side of the church nave will represent the twelve healing trees fed by the river of Life in Revelation 22. We who gather in the church will represent, of course, the servants of the Lamb.
Our wonderful friends from Texas have donated $32,000 for the three sanctuary windows. Each window in the nave of the church will cost $9,000. The round window, which will have a Eucharistic theme, will cost $11,000. They
consider their gift of the three windows to be in the nature of a challenge to other parish members to complete the whole design of the windows.
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