Parish Bulletin for September 21, 2014
Twenty-Fifth 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: Tuesday, September 23, 4:00 p.m.
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, September 25, 1:00 p.m.
• Finance Council: Tuesday, September 23, 1:00 p.m.
• Worship Committee: TBA
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
September 21, Sunday, Religious Formation Begins: If you are new to the parish or have a child ready to begin religious education, please pick up a registration form from the church office, fill it out and return it as soon as possible.
September 21, Sunday, Capital Improvements Committee Meets: And we are forming a committee to determine our long term parish needs. We are asking for volunteers to be on this committee to help access our needs. In the meantime, we will be completing two projects this summer that have been previously approved by our Parish councils (finance and parish). The projects are: 1) Making the East entrance to the church more handicapped accessible. 2) Adding a 5’ by 8’ concrete pad next to the current electricity pad to use for our grill. We will use capital improvement funds for these two projects. Thanks for your continued support. Please use your debt reduction envelopes. In October, the blue envelopes will have capital improvements printed on them and will be included in your envelope packet. Contact Sandy to let her know you would like to serve on the committee to access our parish’s needs.
September 29, Lighthouse Pregnancy Resources of Westcliffe: is planning a fund-raising banquet scheduled for Monday, September 29 at Lange Hall, on Third and Powell Streets, next to the Lutheran Church in Westcliffe, at 6:30 p.m. A free dinner will be provided and a program consisting of music, information about the Lighthouse and a speaker with a story of courage, faith and hope. A contribution to the Lighthouse will be requested. Each table seats eight supporters. We would love to have our parish well represented. If you would like to come and show your support for the work the Lighthouse does, please join us. There will be a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex.
Election Prayer Request: Priests For Life Invites you to pray for nine weeks between September 2 and Election Day. Our Bishops have called for prayer asking that God's people will be active in the electoral process and be guided in their decisions by their commitment to Christ in their documents, Living the Gospel of Life and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
Please visit: www.priestsforlife.org/prayercampaign
September 14, Sacrament of First Communion Celebrated:
Fr. Nick, with Deacon Mike assisting, celebrated the Sacraments of First Communion for Michael Lesser, grandson of parishioner Glenda Lesser-Wyles.
For additional photos, click here.
August 25, Sacraments Celebrated:
Fr. Nick, with Deacon Mike assisting, celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion
for Suzanne Lacy. Connie and Art Ondrejka were her sponsors. For additional photos, click here.
Feast Day Mass, Friday, August 15: began with Bishop Berg blessing a sonogram machine at the Lighthouse at 3:30 p.m. Then Our Lady of the Assumption Feast Day Mass with Bishop Berg was at 5:00 p.m. Followed by a mortgage burning and feast day dinner after Mass. Parish provided pulled pork, brisket, rolls, potatoes au gratin, grillin’ beans, cole slaw, corn medley, tossed salad, cake, ice cream and drinks.
See additional photos in Parish Events, 2014.
Parish Building Fund Goal Has Been Met: Thank you for joining in our dream of paying off and burning our mortgage on our feast day on Friday, August 15. God has blessed us with paying-off our 30-year mortgage in 7 years. Thanks to the generosity, gifts large and small, of so many who have contributed, including numerous visitors. We are deeply appreciative of your generosity and kindness. Fr. Nick will be so surprised! This is a beautiful gift to welcome him back.
In the near future we will be determining our future needs which then must be approved by the parish as a whole and meet diocesan approval. The second collection envelopes starting in October will be for capital improvements, rather than debt reduction. This is the same program set up by Fr.Vicente at St. Benedict's and continued by Fr. Nick. Again we are deeply appreciative of your generosity and we ask you to join us in this celebration of burning the mortgage on our feast day.
Sunday, September 14: $1,209, Offertory Collection: $1,844; Capital Improvements: $131.
Wood Cutters Needed:
We need volunteers to cut down trees and bring the wood to our parking lot. In September with the assistance of the football team we will split and stack the wood for distribution through Custer County Catholic Charities to Custer County residents who are in need. Call Sandy at the office to volunteer.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
It's simply never too late. No matter our state in life or the degree of our sinfulness, God is always ready to bring us back. Business people at Mass today will probably scoff at the business practices of the landowner described in the Gospel. Why would any boss pay the same day's wage for someone who began work at nine in the morning and someone who began at five in the afternoon? This just doesn't seem fair. Perhaps in today's business world it would not be fair, but not in the business of the kingdom of God. God's mercy is without measure. Let us take to heart the words that Isaiah the prophet speaks to us today. Let us seek the Lord and call on God for mercy and reconciliation. Remember, it is never too late
In today's opening reading, Isaiah urges us to "seek the LORD" who is "near" and can be "found" (Isaiah 55:6). Then Isaiah says God's ways are as high above our ways "as the heavens are above the earth" (Isaiah 55:9). So we search, not because God is hiding, but because our tendencies are so different from God's ways that we get lost.
How are God's ways so high above our ways? The example Isaiah gives is that God"s way is to be "generous in forgiving" (Isaiah 55:7). And our way? We try to be "fair." You hurt me, so then I hurt you back, just as hard. Then, of course, you . . . . And on it goe
In today's Gospel Jesus teaches that God is not "fair" like that. Instead, God is so generous we can hardly understand it. The same wage for one hour as for a whole day of work? Not fair! "Seek the Lord," and we might find a God who calls us to be, not fair, but generous beyond expectations.
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In the early years of the church, most people never availed themselves of once-in-a-lifetime penance. Yet penitents were highly visible. They wore distinctive garments or chains, and they were relegated to special zones in the church. They might be dismissed from the Sunday assembly after the Word, forbidden to join in the Prayer of the Faithful or the Eucharist. This dismissal was done with great affection and tenderness as the bishop laid his hands on the heads of the sinners. During Lent almost everyone would identify with penitents by clothing, insignia, or by following the penitents' regular diet. Rather than sit in judgment over them, the church desired to intercede for them before the Lord. "Let Mother Church weep for you and wash away your sins with her tears," said St. Ambrose to his penitents in Milan. Ambrose liked to think of them as Jonah in the whale, meditating on his errors. In a letter to his sister he said that Jonah is also a sign of Christ in the tomb, and so he had great faith in the penitents' future proclamation of the Resurrection with their reclaimed status in the assembly.
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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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