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Parish Bulletin for October 23, 2016
Thirtieth 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: Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m.
         • Finance Council: Wednesday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m..
         • All Saints Day Mass: Tuesday, November 1, 5:00 p.m..
         • All Souls Day Mass: Wednesday, November 2, 10:00 a.m..
         • Knights of Columbus: Sunday, November 6, after the 11:00 p.m. Mass.
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

advent wreath for sale 
Advent Wreath Pre-Sale:

The Altar & Rosary Society will be offering advent wreaths for sale again this year. The wreaths are approximately 12" round made of fresh greens, ribbons, pine cones and spices. The candles are included. The price is $25.00. You may pay for your wreath in advance or when picked up. Please fill out the order form in the printed bulletin and return it to the office. Thanks for your support.

October 27, 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Blue Mass: Bishop Stephen Berg will celebrate a “Blue Mass” to honor all law enforcement and fire fighters throughout the diocese. The Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1101 N. Grand Ave in Pueblo. All police, correctional officers, state patrol, sheriff deputies, and fire fighters are invited to be our honored guests as we pray together for safety, justice and peace.
       The tradition of the “Blue Mass” began in 1934 in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It gets its name from the predominant color of uniforms worn by police and fire departments nationwide.
It has been several years since this Mass was last celebrated in Pueblo. Knights of Columbus Council 4286 had the idea of restoring its celebration, led by their Chaplain Fr. Charles Sena. Together with the other councils in the Pueblo County area, they will host this “thank you” to all our brave first responders. Come and support them with your prayers.
       A reception will follow in the gymnasium

October 29, Saturday, Firewood cutting: Any and all able bodied people with wood-splitters and chainsaws, and any able bodied youth for stacking. Wheelbarrows are needed, too! We will split and stack wood starting at 9:00 a.m.

Parish Maintenance/Cleaning Position Opening: Beth Cartwright has submitted her resignation notice from the paid, part-time position of maintenance and cleaning. Her last day was September 30. If you are interested in this position, please contact the parish office as soon as possible and leave a message, 783-3507.

Knights Knights of Columbus: are men who are guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity who work to overcome hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. We are a growing organization — more than 1.9 million members — and for over 130 years have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows and orphans in our local communities.
       Joining your local council of the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith. Councils conduct many programs that support your parish and community, we are men of faith and men of action. By joining your local council does not mean that you need to sacrifice quality time with your family. By volunteering an hour here or an hour there - with your family - can make an enormous difference in your life and in the lives of others.
       If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and your familial relationships, growing in your faith, then consider joining the Knights of Columbus. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church. Contact Steve Yackley 719-213-0672 or Mike Kienbusch 719-783-0858.
       Snow Removal: The OLA Knights of Columbus is offering snow removal services for our widowed and elderly parishioners. This is a donation-based service. To request snow removal, contact Mike at 783-0858, cell: 303-960-1326; or Gary at 783-2755.

Sunday, September 25 — Blessing of Religious Education Teachers:
Blessing new pastoral council members

Fr. John blessed the religious education teachers: Sara Flynn, Karen Kahn, and Mike and Mary Kienbusch.

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:

donations Offertory Results:
      Total giving (to all causes) in September: $10,128.
      Giving goal for September: $11,457.
      Giving goal for October: $11,550.
      September Sunday Mass Attendance, 2016: 484.
      September August Mass Attendance, 2015: 526.

Year of MercyJubilee Year of Mercy: Today’s Gospel graces us with a beautiful prayer that can make every day of our lives a jubilee of mercy: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Religious Israelites despised the tax collector who prayed it, for collaborating with Gentile occupiers and handling currency that bore the “divine” emperor’s graven image. But the Pharisee’s long-winded self-congratulation, mixed with self-righteous condemnation, was no “prayer” at all. “The Pharisee . . . spoke this prayer to himself” (18:11, emphasis added). Praying the tax collector’s simple, sincere, succinct cry for mercy acknowledges our own sinfulness, and “welcomes” other sinners as brothers and sisters with whom we can identify, even empathize, echoing Pope Francis’ famous comment about not being the one to judge. Indeed, the tax collector “went home justified” (18:14), that is, restored to God’s friendship, for God’s mercy is not prize achieved but gift received. “Let your prayer be brief: for tax collector, prodigal son, and dying thief were all reconciled to God by a single phrase!” (Saint John Climacus, 7th century).
    —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—
How many times have we read or heard about someone who’s gotten into trouble—maybe even fired from a job—because of a brush with the law? While our “Christian” minds tell us to be sorry and even pray for the person, a little voice inside our heads may also be saying, “I’m glad I would never do anything like that.”
   And perhaps we wouldn’t. But are there some things we do that are still not pleasing in God’s eyes? Today’s readings caution us not to look so intently at someone else’s wrongdoing that we overlook our own weaknesses and shortcomings. When we measure ourselves against the worst people we can think of, we come out looking pretty good. There is a danger, however, in using someone else’s behavior as a way of reflecting our own goodness.
     — 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

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.

June 10, Friday, Funeral Services for Rich Hrpcha: 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.


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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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