Parish Bulletin for May 31, 2015
Sunday of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
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.
• Yearly Planning Meeting: Tuesday, June 2, 10:00 a.m., at OLA, Mass at 9:00 a.m. with no adoration.
• Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, June 23, 4:00 p.m.
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, June 25, 1:00 p.m.
• Knights of Columbus: June 7, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass
• Finance Council: Tuesday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
• Worship Committee: TBA
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
May 30, Saturday, Spring Clean-Up Day: We need a few gals and guys to help with weeding, fertiliziing, cutting dead aspens and caring for the front lawn, i.e., the area between the church and Parish Center. Meet at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and bring water, pruners, weeding tools, chainsaws, and yourselvers. Many hands make light work, and we should be finished by 11:30 a.m.
June 9 & 10, Tuesday & Wednesday, Retreat, The Life and Spirituality of St. Joseph: We are once again blessed to have Mr. Tony Hickey join us at Our Lady of Assumption Parish. The topic for this fascinating two day retreat is the Life and Spirituality of St. Joseph. Please join us in the wonderful opportunity to explore in-depth St. Joseph, the Father of Jesus on Earth and the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will also study how his life is still relevant to today.
Mr. Hickey comes to us from Manchester, England with an extensive background in religious studies and scriptural retreats. He has spoken all over the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. We truly are blessed to be able to have him with us for two days.
Further information on Mr. Hickey can be found at www.tonyhickey.org.
For more information on the retreat contact: Veronica Garcia, 719-371-1567. Cost: a free will offering Lunch provided, drinks and snacks are available throughout the day. Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sacristy Renovation: The Diocese of Pueblo has approved the renovation of our Sacristy. The cost is under $11,000 and will be paid out of the capital improvements fund. --Finance Council
Sunday May 24, Sacrament of Confirmation for Dominic Garcia:
Dominic Garcia, with his sponsor Michelle Tompkins, received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Fr. Nick with Deacon Mike assisting.
For more photos, click here.
Sunday May 24, Blessing of the Memorial Day Wreath:
At the end of Mass, Fr. Nick blessed the Memorial Day wreath before Terry Napolitan, Dorothy and Wayne Guilmette processed out to place it at the base of the U.S. National Flag pole.
For more photos, click here.
Congratulations to Graduate Michael Franta: Michael has been an Altar Server since 6th grade. He had the honor of serving at Fr. Vicente's funeral Mass at the Cathedral in Pueblo. In his summers he has attended a Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation Camp, Camp Rocky Conservation Camp, cross country training camps, and the American Legion Boys State. In school athletics, he has participated in cross country and track and field since 7th grade. He has been a state qualifier in both sports. He enjoys downhill skiing during the winter season. He has been a member of both the middle school and high school Knowledge Bowl teams. He has also been a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and served as a class officer. Michael enjoys mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and many other outdoor adventures. He has enjoyed his time being a part of and serving the Our Lady of Assumption Parish. Michael will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He plans to major in aerospace engineering.
Graduation ceremonies are Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 10,
Mother's Day Blessing:
The Mass on May 10 was celebrated by
Fr. Nick and assisted by Deacon Mike and acolytes Karen Kahn and Mary-Lou Giacomelli. After a Mother's Day blessing and sprinkling of holy water by Fr. Nick, prayer cards and flowers were distributed to the mothers of the parish.
For more photos, click here.
Sunday, May 3, May Crowning and Sacrament of Holy Communion:
Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike perform the blessing of the May crown and later in the Mass, the Sacrament of Holy Communion for Andrew Flynn.
For additional photos, click here.
For more about the Sacrament of Holy Communion, click here.
Assumption Parish Easter Triduum in Photos:
Sunday, May 24, Weekly Offering:
Offertory: $2,101; Capital Improvements: $241.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
In today's first reading Moses reminds the people of all that God had done for them. The Israelites kept falling into patterns of forgetfulness, not remembering the great things that God had accomplished. On this Trinity Sunday, perhaps we need this kind of reminder as well. The Lord has given us the gift of this community of faith in which we celebrate the sacraments and continually taste and see God's abundant goodness. We stand in awe on this day of the liturgical year. We are awed by our God who has done wondrous things for us. And for all that this God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--has done, we give thanks and praise.
Theologians throughout the Christian centuries have spilled much ink (and, on occasion, some blood) in describing and defining the mystery of the Holy Trinity. One of the earliest, most poetic, and beautiful descriptions comes from St. Augustine in De Trinitas, wherein he describes the Trinity as One (the Father) who loves, One (the Son) who is loved, and One (the Spirit) who is love. And these three Ones are also one Three.
It might be wisest for us to leave the technical wranglings to the academic theologians, and focus on the fact that the three Persons of the Trinity are indeed persons; they are best known and understood in their love for each other and for us. We are made in the image of those loving persons, and our best relationships are lived out in the context of love. Truly loving relationships are inexhaustible mysteries to be lived in joy. If this is true of our human relationships, how much more so is it true of our relationship with the Trinity. And how much more does it call upon us to be joyful, loving witnesses of the holy mystery of the One-in-Three. This is the mystery to which we were called when we were chosen to be God's own, baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity.
—(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.
There are plenty of "treasures" in our tradition that if resurrected today would cause anxious moments for bishops! Many concern marriage. There was a time when the church "consecrated" both virgins dedicated to prayer and charity, and brides dedicated to husband and family. Virgins were blessed in the sanctuary of the church, and brides in the sanctuary of the home. The custom of blessing the bride in the marriage chamber was standard in England, Ireland, Spain, and France until the eleventh century.
If the groom (the groom's side planned the wedding) chose from the full menu of liturgy, there would be a blessing of the bridal room, solemn evening prayer on the eve and morning prayer on the day of the wedding, a blessing at the church door of the spouses, and then in the church for the wife alone during Mass, and Communion. After the feast, a priest would represent the bride's father in presiding over the legal process by which the bride transferred from her father's clan to her husband's. Some enduring customs hearken back to these days when marriage was seen as a contract between men (the bride's father and the groom) and was not so much about living out one's baptismal call, and certainly not about the equality of the spouses in Christ. Happily, this baptismal focus has been restored and unhelpful customs set aside by today's marriage rite.
—(c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co
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.
Past Parish Events: to view photos of noteworthy occasions from the current year to the Dedication Mass in 2007, click here.
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