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Sunday Liturgy: 11:00 a.m.; Tuesday Mass: 10:00 a.m.
Adoration: 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays,
ending with Benediction at 6:00 p.m.

Rosary: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. & Tuesday, 9:25 a.m.
Confessions: Sunday, 10:40 a.m., Reconciliation Room

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Parish Bulletin for January 25, 2015
Third Week 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. 

Important Dates: 
         • Finance Council: Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m.
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: TBA.
         • Worship Committee: TBA
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

2014 Tax Statements: parishioners should have received their End of the Year tax statements from the parish office in the mail. The Diocese has mailed out DMF statements for 2014, we should be receiving the green postcard soon. Should you have any questions, feel free to call the office at 783-3507.

January 17 -- January 25: The U.S. bishops annual novena 9 Days for Life begins this Saturday,. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life with new intentions, brief reflections, andmore each day. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message or an app. Join at www.9daysforlife.com!

January 22, Invitation to Join The Altar & Rosary Society Meeting: Altar and Rosary will meet on Thursday, January 22 in the Parish Hall. Election of officers will be held as well as setting the general calendar of 2015 events. Dues are a mere $5.00 per year. Altar and Rosary Society provides a luncheon for funerals throughout the year. We are in need of more help in this area. Please consider joining and helping in this area. We also provide $500 scholarships to our high school seniors. Our meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. and usually concludes by 3:00 p.m.

Eucharistic Adores are Needed on Tuesdays: ideally a minimum of two adorers are needed each hour after Tuesday's 10:00 a.m. Mass until Benediction at 6:00 p.m. If you can't make the weekly commitment, possibly you could come once or twice a month. The benefits are immense! Please call Patti Schultz, 783-2730, for times that need to be filled.

Christmas Day gospel & homily 

Christmas Masses in Photos:
The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses were celebrated by Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike. Many photos are available by visiting the 2014 Parish Events page by clicking here.

Volunteer Thank You: dozens of OLA parishioners volunteer to the many ministeries throughout the year to keep our parish functioning. Click here for a full list.

Sunday, January 11, Collection:
   Offertory: $1,313; Capital Improvements: $404, DMF Assessment for 2015: $22,294.


 Eucharist

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:

God's Word Today—
Today, we are once again given an account of the call of the disciples. These Gospel stories are positioned in the early part of Ordinary Time for good reason. We know that the Lenten journey is just around the corner. That journey will take us once again to Jerusalem and to the cross and resurrection of Christ. One of the characteristics of discipleship is that one does not become a disciple solely on one’s own. There is always a call, an invitation to follow the way of discipleship. When today’s Gospel is proclaimed, try to put yourself in the place of those early disciples who were casting their nets. They were simply doing their daily tasks. In the middle of those tasks, the Lord calls them. Perhaps that is precisely where the Lord calls each of us—in the midst of our daily tasks. As we prepare to listen to God’s word, let us open our hearts to listen to the invitation issued to each of us to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
          —(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.


In today’s first reading, Jonah, sent by God to warn the people, storms through Nineveh, frightening the citizens out of their wits. It works! They repent before Jonah makes his way through a third of the city, and God sees “by their actions” how they have turned from evil.
Then we hear Paul telling the Corinthians that “the world in its present form is passing away.” He calls for a change of heart. He stops short of telling them to set aside their everyday lives, but still he urges them—rather mysteriously—to live as though they aren’t doing the things they’re doing. .
   Finally, Jesus stands on the shore and cries, “The kingdom of God is at hand!” The apostles-to-be abandon their nets and follow him. Thus in all the readings we hear an invitation to a radical and immediate change in our lives.

           —(c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co



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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.

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 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;
email: leonierandall45@gmail.com


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.


Past Parish Events: to view photos of noteworthy occasions from the current year to the Dedication Mass in 2007, click here

Explanation of the Liturgical Calendar: click here

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