Parish Bulletin for July 20, 2014
Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Pope’s General Intention: That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful.
Missionary Intention: That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.
—To see all of the pope’s General Intentions for 2014, go to the Catholic Links page.
• Parish Council Meeting: No meeting in July
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: No meeting in July
• Finance Council: No meeting in July.
• Worship Committee: TBA
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
Parish Building Fund Goal: Thanks to the generosity of so many who have contributed to our second collection, including numerous visitors, our current loan balance is around $4,800. Our original mortgage with St. Benedict’s was for 30 years, with an interest rate of 6.7% interest. The current mortgage which we completed a week before Fr. Vicente’s untimely death carries an interest rate of 4%. This has saved us many thousands of dollars in interest payments. The loan balance of $4,800 includes the usage of the $3,000 that Fr. Vicente always insisted we keep in a contingency fund to insure that we would not default on our loan if the 2nd collection did not meet the required monthly payment. Thanks to so many of you, we have not had to use the contingency reserve.
The financial and parish council would like to share with you their fondest hope. Remember how wonderful it was on October 18, 2009 when we burnt our second mortgage of $80,000 in the narthex. With Bishop Berg visiting us on our feast day of Our Lady of the Assumption, August 15, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could burn the mortgage on our church loan on the 7th anniversary of moving into our new church?
We would ask those of you who for whatever reason, have not contributed to this second collection, to consider a one time donation. To those of you who have contributed on a regular basis, would you consider increasing your amount to what you would contribute over the next couple of weeks. If we exceed our goal any additional funds will be applied to the future special capital improvements deemed necessary for our parish.
In the near future we will be asking for volunteers to determine our future needs which then must be approved by the parish as a whole and meet diocesan approval. Again we are deeply appreciative of your generosity and we ask you to join us in this challenge of burning the mortgage on our feast day of Our Lady of the Assumption.
Jim Christoff Passes:
on Wednesday, May 21, the OLA parish lost one of its longest standing parishioners. A rosary service was held at the parish on Monday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. -- photo on left.
There was a burial service at the Ula Cemetery after the Mass.
Bernie Smolcyzk Passes:
on Friday, May 30, the OLA parish lost another one of its active parishioners. A rosary service was held at the parish on Monday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Assumption Cemetery after the Mass.
May 25, Graduate Blessing: Fr. Nick gave a blessing to the graduates of the parish followed by a distribution of scholarships by A & R president, Anne Lumens. This year's graduates include: Henry Watson and Brenda Wilson (pictured); and Brian O'Connor and Shantell Lemons, represented by their mothers.
May 11, Mother's Day: Fr. Nick gave a Mother's Day blessing to the mothers of the parish followed by a distribution of prayer cards and flowers by Deacon Mike and the acolytes.
For more photos, click here.
May Debt Reduction Update: Our Second Collection is for Debt Reduction: Last year at this time our loan balance was $53,752 for our new church. Now it is $13,794.
Weekly Offering for June 8, 2014:
Offertory Collection $1,132.00
Diocesan Collection Solidarity Fund for Church in Africa $70.00
Building Fund/Debt Reduction on New Church $365.00
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TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
We have been given the tremendous gift of fifty days to celebrate the salvation won for us by Christ through his death and resurrection. We have traveled the road of this Easter season, trying to figure out just what it means to have put on Christ in Baptism. If we believe that we are the body of Christ here on earth, the wonderful prayer of Jesus in today's Gospel must be written on our own hearts. Just as the first disciples devoted themselves to prayer shortly after Christ's ascension, so too are we called to pray for those entrusted to our care. The Lord, our light and our salvation, calls us this day to remember in prayer those around the world who seek love and reconciliation.
Matthew is the only one of the evangelists who does not speak explicitly of or recount the departure of Jesus from his followers. Mark and Luke recount the Ascension, each in his own way; and John consistently has Jesus speak of the necessity of his departure so the Paraclete might come. Matthew situates his final scene for Jesus on top of a mountain in Galilee (not outside Jerusalem, as Luke does). This is the region where his mission originated, and throughout his Gospel the mountaintop has been the place for him to teach his followers. (We are familiar with the "Sermon on the Mount" from Matthew.) And here Jesus re-echoes those Ascension themes we hear from the other evangelists: It is Jesus himself, risen and glorified, charged with power from the Father, who sends us out; it is Jesus himself who gives us our mission to baptize, heal, teach, and proclaim the Good News of salvation; it is Jesus himself who will be with us always, as we continue to be his presence alive in the world.
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There was a curious custom years ago that perhaps developed in an age when Easter was seen less as a baptismal season than as a kind of tour through the deeds of the Risen Christ. The paschal candle, sign of Christ's presence, was removed from public view on Ascension Thursday, banished to the baptistery. Ascension day does speak of the hidden aspects of Christ's life among us, but it does not have much to do with God's absence. Christ has not shed his human life like an inconvenient shell, but rather has taken humanity into heaven. The theologian Karl Rahner said that it is a festival of "the nearness of God." In vanishing from our sight, Christ has become utterly available to all at every time and every place, and is "closer to us than he ever was." Today is the feast of believing that beyond our final breath is a presence that waits for us, a banquet prepared, a tender homecoming embrace. Rahner said that today is a festival of the future of the world, a day for anticipating the world's true destiny, and therefore hardly a day to be going around hiding candles!
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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 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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