Parish Bulletin for August 30, 2015
Twenty-Second 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.
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, August 27, 1:00 p.m.
• Finance Council: Tuesday, September 29, 1:00 p.m.
• Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, September 29, 4:00 p.m.
• Knights of Columbus: September 13, 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.
September 7, Monday, Labor Day, Custer County Cares About Cancer Walk/Run/Ride: 9:00 a.m., Silver Cliff Baseball Park. Custer County Cares About Cancer Foundation was organized in 2010 and the first annual Cancer Walk/Run/Ride occurred on Labor Day. Proceeds raised have been distributed to Custer County residents who are currently battling cancer. Even with hard economic times facing all communities, we are proud that we were able to raise so much money for local residents. Thank you to all who supported the event, and we look forward to an even better event in 2015.
Sunday, August 23, Weekly Offering:
Offertory: $1,676; Capital Improvements: $668.
Generosity, Giving, Grace: The decision to give has not so much to do with calendars and budgets. Rather, the decision to give is really a matter of putting your life with God into perspective.
Building the Foundation — Fr. John
Scripture Reading: Acts 6:1-6, especially ". . . the so-called Hellenists complained against the so-called Hebrews . . ." v1
Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, so my thoughts may be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, so my work may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, so I may desire what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, so I may defend what is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, so I may be holy.
Before this summer's San Andreas movie depicting the destruction of San Francisco, there was 1974's blockbuster Earthquake depicting the destruction of Los Angeles, starring Charleton Heston, and, more important, the new sound technology of Sensurround. This process caused movie theaters to physically vibrate during quake sequences. Earthquake won one Academy Award that year, for Best Sound.
Most churches have their own version of Sensurround. When parishioners seem to sense that their parish may be sliding into decline, or just change, there are rumblings. There are rumblings when a parish grows, too, because changes are taking place. Discontented church people find ways to make their displeasure known to fellow parishioners, to the hierarchy, to the whole community. These rumblings send tremors through the parish family.
In Acts 6, the rumblings of discontent were grounded in differences of culture and amplified by differences in language. The church, growing rapidly, had a problem. Leaders responded with a creative solution. Note the pattern: rumblings, response, and innovation.
Rumblings of discontent may shake a parish, yet they are valuable. You may want your parish to be hassle-free, a peaceful refuge from all conflict. But if there are no differences in a family, energy for growth and change is lost. Some conflict in a parish is normal, even necessary. It is an invitation to learn.
Throughout the Church's history, rumblings have stirred creativity. When Catholics respond to conflicts in a sensitive and timely manner, the parish makes progress.
Journal Exercise: When was the last time the pattern of "rumblings, response, and innovation" showed up in a parish you were involved with? Briefly describe those events and the people and issues involved.
The Gifts God Actually Gives Us: Do not think duty. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery. A mystery draws us in, leads us on, lures us. (A duty may numb us out, turn us off, tune us out.)
Simple Gratitude for God's Abundant Blessings
Your friends is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy – they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Contemplative Exercise for Prayer-Filled Life:
Cultivate integrity in your speech by focusing on simplicity and honesty in all you say. Watch for guile and deception, which can creep into your speech in subtle ways. Be ruthless as you seek to tell the truth in everything.
"I'm not like THAT!":
Sometimes I live life from the standpoint of a victimizer, and am attracted to people I can manipulate and control in my important relationships; and sometimes I live life from the viewpoint of a victim and am attracted by that weakness in my love and friendship relationships.
I hate admitting the truth of it. "Don't call me a victim," I thought. "I made it through hell and back. I was tough." The suggestion that I marched through the world choosing sick people offends me, and I take umbrage.
It took a while to come out of my denial. I learned about co-addicts and codependency and "anon" issues and that, without help, I was destined to continue recreating the past.
I started seeing the truth in my daily life -- how my feelings of hopelessness very often had come from thoughts like, "The world is too big for me to handle," and "I just can't make it." I recognized that I felt like a victim who was being taken advantage of. I noticed how I habitually avoided people who seemed self-confident because I didn't know how to talk to them, and they didn't seem to "need" me. I felt uncomfortable around them but didn't know why.
When I understand I am truly powerless over other people, yet not myself, I discover my willingness to change. The 12 Steps give me a blueprint to follow to become self-confident and assertive -- the very type of person I had always avoided and secretly wanted to be all those years. I began to attract others who are self-confident.
If you want to participate in this kind of group, give Fr. John a call 783-3507, or his cell phone 719-369-5291.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
Today Saint James offers us a reminder: "Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls." He goes on to tell us to be "doers of the word and not hearers only." What does it mean to be "doers of the word"? Perhaps what we are called to do is to be more attentive when the scriptures are proclaimed. Too often the sacred word just goes by us, without making any impression. We need to become people who expect that God's word will have an impact on us each and every week when we gather in this holy place. God's word is meant to transform us--our attitudes and actions--into people who radiate Christ, the one who is the eternal Word of the Father. As the word of God is proclaimed today let us pray that we will honor God with hearts transformed and spirits uplifted by that very word.
From Saint Margaret Sunday Missal, copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Company
Tradition is long human memory set, not in stone, but in human interaction. Without this active memory, the bonds of relationship and affection fray and fall apart. Communities dissolve as surely as neglected buildings do. After participating in events, celebrations, and even small rituals, we remark about how good it is to gather and remember. Today's readings remind us of foundations laid deeper than the human will to relate. Today we hear about God's will to relate to us--to be our God as we are called to be God's own beloved people. Today in three readings and three ways we remember the covenant bonds that create us as a people and the obligation and responsibility that express the innermost attitude of soul. You are mine. I am yours. These are God's words that created a people as surely as "Let there be light" created the sun and moon and all the stars.
—(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.
Monday, July 27, Fr. John Farley Officially Became Pastor
at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish and St. Benedict Parish.
For more information, click here.
August 4, Tuesday, Final Mass for Visiting Priest, Fr. Fassero:
Our parish is blessed to have had Fr. Jonathan Fassero, O.S.B. with us while Father Nick took his annual vacation in the month of July. Father Jonathan is a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana.
Thank you so much for another wonderful summer visit to our faith community.
Sunday, June 28, Fr. Nick Celebrates Final Mass at OLA Before Reassignment:
His new assignment is the Scared Heart Parish in Paonia and Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Hotchkiss, Colorado, on the Western Slope collectively known as The North Fork Catholic Community. Fr. Nick's new assigment takes effect on August 14.
Fr. Nick can be reached after his vacation in July at: P.O. Box 988, Paonia, CO 81428-0988.
For more 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.
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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