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Parish Bulletin for August 21, 2016
Twentieth-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pope’s General Intention: That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.
Evangelization: That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.
   —To see all of the pope’s General Intentions for 2016, go to the Catholic Links page. 

Important Dates: 
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, August 25 at 1:00 p.m.
         • Finance Council: Wednesday, August 31 at 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m..
         • Knights of Columbus: September 11, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

Change in Weekday Mass Schedules and Office Hours: Beginning August 3, the weekday Mass for OLA will be changing to: Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m., followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Benediction will end Adoration at 2 p.m. Note: Holy Days will always have special schedules.
    Beginning August 1, OLA office hours will be: Mondays, 8 a.m. to Noon, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and by appointment.
    Because the Santo Niño Activity Center (St Benedict’s Friday fun, food, fellowship, and faith program for kids out of school) will be starting up on August 19, St. Benedict’s parish schedule will be changing: effective August 1, weekday Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings; yes, this means First Fridays and First Saturdays are on!

Blessing new pastoral council members
August 21, Sunday:
Fr. John blessed the newly elected and current pastoral council members.
   Left to right: Mike and Mary Kienbusch, Terry Napolitan, Veronica Burgdorf, Gary Kirsch, and Steve Yackley. Members not in the photo: Debby Yackley, Fred and Pam Hernandez, Steve Schultz, and Nancy Tracewell.
   Assisting Fr. John are acolytes Mary-Lou Giacomelli and Tony Tomassoni.

Fr Jonathan
Fr. Jonathan Fassero:
(St. Meinrad) celebrated the Masses on Sundays, July 31,
August 7 & 14, and on Wednesdays, August 3 and 10. We greatly appreciate his annual visits to give our
pastor a break.

Your DMF Dollars at Work: In July the Diocese of Pueblo will roll out a brand new email “blast”, the “Today's Catholic Blast.” The purpose is to supplement the print newspaper and better inform our parishioners all across the diocese of the happenings from both the chancery offices and parishes. It will be sent monthly, is FREE, and will be open to anyone!
      To subscribe, email:

Sundays, Coffee for Sale to Support Universal Chastity Education:
African UCE coffee will be for sale following Sunday Mass beginning July 3rd. Coffee costs $15/bag. For every 35 bags sold, Our Lady of the Assumption will sponsor one complete chastity outreach in Africa.
   After the outreach has been completed, the church will receive a report from the chastity team about the outreach we sponsored! Chastity teams are made up of local people, and are led by a priest. Outreaches incorporate personal testimonies, singing, dancing, Scripture, and accurate information to bring a message of Christ, hope, forgiveness, true love, and God’s plan for our lives regarding our sexuality..

donations Offertory Results:
      Total Giving (to all causes) in July: $12,670
      Giving goal for July: $11,245.
      DMF paid & pledged: $26,555.
      DMF 2016 assessment: $22,331.
      July Sunday Mass Attendance (5 Sundays): 858.
      June Sunday Mass Attendance (4 Sundays): 532.

Year of MercyJubilee Year of Mercy: “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you” (Luke 12:20). Hardly sounds like mercy! Unlike some contemporary rich folks, there is no indication of lying, stealing, or cheating in Jesus’ parable. The rich man made a living, not a killing. Why does Jesus name him “fool”? First, because of presumption. Five times in nine verses, the rich man declares, “I shall.” God’s not in charge here, I am! Second, selfishness—four times, “my/myself.” No God, no neighbor; he talks to himself, about himself: my possessions, my productivity, my plans! So, instead of chasing “treasure for ourselves,” Jesus and Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy bid us grow “rich in what matters to God” (12:21), namely, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Give food, drink, clothing, and healing; visit the imprisoned; bury the dead. Heal with Jesus’ own gentleness the doubt, ignorance, and sins of others; comfort, forgive, be patient; and pray for the living and dead.
    —Peter Scagnelli, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
                    Jubilee Year of Mercy prayer download (link)
       For the Year of Mercy, Bishop Berg has designated five Holy Doors of Mercy throughout the Diocese of Pueblo that will be linked to the Holy Door at the Lateran Basilica in Rome. Within the Jubilee Year, one can make pilgrimage to pass through the Holy Door, here in the Diocese, and receive the same indulgence and spiritual benefits as though passing through the Holy Door in Rome.
     The locations of the Holy Doors of Mercy are:
          • The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pueblo
          • Our Lady of Guadalupe/ St. Patrick Parish, La Junta
          • Capilla de Todos Los Santos, San Luis
          • Sacred Heart Parish, Durango
          • Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Grand Junction
     The Holy Doors will be opened to inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 13, 2015, the same day Pope Francis will open the Holy Door of Mercy at the Lateran Basilica in Rome. For more information, click here and here .



God's Word Today—
It seems to be commonly accepted nowadays that everyone wants to win the lottery, hit the slots big at the casino, or be a millionaire. This attitude is akin to what the first hearers of the parable of the successful farmer would have thought: Why, of course he’d want to find a way to preserve his good fortune for the future, to secure for himself a life of leisure, eating, drinking, and merriment. It’s exactly the kind of life that the right ticket, hand of cards, or quiz show answer might bring us today. Being surrounded by this “common wisdom” makes the words of Qoheleth, the psalmist, Paul, and Jesus all that much harder to hear today. Perhaps good fortune will be ours, perhaps it will not be. But if we make that fortune or the quest for it the heart, the very center, of our lives, then we will live to regret it. We will not achieve the future security we pursue, and we will lose the present moment in the chase.
     — Copyright (c), J. S. Paluch Co.
From the earliest centuries, we know that some Christian women desired to vow themselves to a celibate life to pray and serve. Some, but by no means everyone, wanted a kind of monastic life. Others wanted to stay in the family home. By the fourth century, the church was celebrating the “Consecration of Virgins,” a rite performed by the bishop, and involving a “veiling” of the woman. It was looked upon as a form of marriage with Christ, partly because in the culture of the day a woman’s status in society was linked to a man. The prayers and ritual for the consecration of virgins were exactly the same as the prayers and ritual for the consecration of a bride on her wedding day. The public character of the rite gave the bishop the opportunity to commend the virgin to the faithful, and to threaten with punishment anyone who tried to turn her from her commitment. Eventually, the rite fell into disuse for women living in the world, and was reserved for nuns. The Second Vatican Council directed that it be revived and restored, and in nearly every diocese, single women have embraced this form of consecrated life.
           —Copyright (c), J. S. Paluch Co


Recent Events at the Parish

Rich Hrpcha diesMay 28, Saturday: early on this morning, long time parishioner Rich Hrpcha passed away.

June 10, Friday, Funeral Services: were held at the Assumption Parish, with a rosary being prayed at
9:30 a.m., and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., celebrated by Fr. James from NM.
Following the Mass, interment of Rich's ashes was in the Assumption Catholic Cemetery with a
luncheon at the Parish Hall to conclude the services.


May 1, Sunday: Gianna Tomassoni crowned our statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and received her first Holy Communion.

For more photos on the 2016 Parish Events page, click here.


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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 5:30 p.m. with Benediction following immediately afterwards. Come and “Be Still” with the Lord for an hour a week.
Note: beginning August 3, Adoration will move to Wednesdays, with Benediction at 2:00 p.m.

Call Patti Schultz at 783-9146 to put your name on the list.

Toussaint iconIcon 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”.

Fr. BillLiving 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.

Fr. Vicente Memorial
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 at:

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;

icon thumbnailIcon Paintings:
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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