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Parish Bulletin for February 7, 2016
Fifth 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: 
         • Knights of Columbus: February 7, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m.
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, February 25, 1:00 p.m.
         • Finance Council: Tuesday, March 22, at 1:00 p.m.
         • Worship Committee: TBA
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

February 10, Ash Wednesday: Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. and a Communion Word Service at 6:00 p.m.
     2016 Lenten & Holy Week Calendar and Resource Links: click here.
During Lent, a soup supper will be held on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.  

Fr. Vicente Memorial 
February 7, Fourth Anniversary of
Fr. Vicente's Passing:


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 

Operation Rice Bowl, Hungering for the Journey: Join with Our Lady of the Assumption parish and St Benedict parish, and 14,000 other Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS’ Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s rice bowl from the parish on Ash Wednesday, February 10 or Sunday, February 14, and download the CRS Rice Bowl app! Remember, what you give up for Lent changes lives.

Reconcilation: will be available on Thursday, February 11, 5:30-6:30pm, and Saturday, February 13, 2:00-3:30pm, at St Benedict. Sunday, February 14, 12:30-1:30pm, at Our Lady of the Assumption.

Thank You to Our Volunteers: Thank you to our many, many volunteers. You are Our Lady of the Assumption’s' treasure. We appreciate your service to Our Lady of the Assumption Church. To see a list of these volunteers, click here.

February 7, OLA's School of Faith and Spirituality: There is a widely- held opinion that the God of the Old Testament is a vengeful and angry God, while the God of the New Testament is a gracious and merciful God. But in reality, both testaments reveal the same God, who is revealed through words and deeds of mercy. This 6-week Bible study will help people “open the door” to the heart of Scripture. Monday evenings at St. Benedict in Florence. Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption.

DMF-2016Diocesan Ministry Fund 2015 Results: Stewardship invites us to share generously what we have with others as members of one Christian community. Stewardship focuses on our dependence on God which goes against society’s focus on independence.
      Diocesan Ministry Fund Assessment for 2015: $22,294
      Actual DMF giving for 2015: $23,195

Already 9 families with Our Lady of the Assumption have contributed toward OLA’s DMF assessment of $22,337. Thank you. We will very much appreciate, count on, and depend on your help as 71 more families give to reach our parish goal of 80 family commitments. If you have not already done so, please bring your intention card and place it in the Offertory collection or mail it to the Parish Office. Make initial checkes out to: Assumption Parish.

donations Offertory Results:
      Total Giving (to all causes) in January: $9,391
      Giving Goal for January, 2016: $8,295
      Number attending Mass in January: 630.
      January average attending previous three years: 540

Almsgiving: You have three opportunities for giving this week. The Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe (on Ash Wednesday), the Black and Indian Mission Collection (on Sunday, February 14), and the Rice Bowls (a project for Lent).
 

Year of MercyJubilee Year of Mercy: During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls us to share with everyone the tender compassion of God that we ourselves have experienced. In today’s Gospel, Luke uses a special Greek word conveying just such tenderness. In the other Gospels, Jesus calls the disciples to be “fishers,” haleis, the same word that means catching fish with hooks or nets, to be killed and eaten. But Luke uses zogron, from zoe or “life,” meaning “catch or gather people alive,” as animal lovers capture without harming, rescue from “the wild” for a better life, and protect in aquarium or zoo, tenderly cared for by professionals committed to the creatures’ well-being. So in Luke’s vision—and Pope Francis’ as well—we who have been “caught alive” by God’s mercy ourselves are to become “missionaries of mercy” during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, rescuing fellow sinners from danger and gathering them into Jesus’ community to enjoy fullness of life.
    --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 .


Building the Foundation — Fr. John   

Sunday Scripture Reflections
Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-5, especially “but a man whose household is well-managed, with obedient and well-mannered children” v4.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Come, Holy Spirit, let me claim your seven-fold gifts: the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Help me use your gifts for God’s glory and for building up God’s kingdom.
Opening the Doors: Household A priest’s, especially a pastor’s, friends and family can feel blessed and oppressed at the same time. They feel blessed because the fruits of obedience to God’s calling provide them with a powerful sense of being in the center of God’s will. In that center, they enjoy a sense of security and well-being found nowhere else. They feel blessed to know many loving, supportive people in the parish. They often receive extraordinary kindness from people in the wider community as well. And they often develop a special kinship with the family and friends of other clergy.
    These blessings are great. Mingled with them, however, are other factors which cause some clergy friends and family to feel oppressed. Boundaries between home and work become blurred. Privacy lessens. Demands are unrelenting. Some people may have unrealistic expectations, not only for the priest, but for his friends and family as well. These and other aspects of priests’ personal life bring occasional feelings of frustration or resentment.
    Some priests believe their calling to serve as pastors has affected their personal lives negatively. Other pastors say their calling has influenced their personal lives for the better. The same pastors might respond differently to the question at different times in their ministry – or even different times during the same week!
    The Scriptures teach that a leader who fails to manage his household, his support network of family and friendships, is not qualified to care for God’s household, the parish. No one has the right to expect perfection from any family, but this is good reason to support priests, their families, their friends. Pray for them.
Journal Exercise: List the names of your priest and deacons and all the members of their families, and their closest friends. Linger prayerfully over each name, asking God to guide you in how to pray for that person. If appropriate, send a note of appreciation to one or more of them.

      The Gifts God Actually Gives Us: Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise – then you will discover the fullness of your life. Gratitude is a double-sided love – love coming to visit you and your love running out to greet a welcome guest.
      Charismatic Exercise for Spirit-Filled Life: Find out your spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 lists nine gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, working miracles, prophecy, discernment, speaking in tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. Use your Bible to explore these gifts through prayer, asking God to point out to you one or more which might be a neglected gift of a gift which needs to be stirred up. God may have a desire to counsel, heal, and minister to the Church in ways you have yet to consider.
      Gratitude for God's Abundant Blessings: Choose today to quench your thirst for the “good life” you believe others have by admitting the good who already exist in your own life. You can then offer God the gift of your grateful heart. You only live once – and if you work it right, once is enough.
      Spiritual Exercise for a Prayerful and Prayer-Filled Life: Learn to appreciate God through his creation each day this week. Take a walk in a park or a forest or down a canyon or simply sit and watch a sunrise or sunset. Consider the majesty of God’s creation, giving thanks and praise for the world he has created.


Celebrate Continuing Recovery and Support:
   If you want to participate in this kind of group, give Fr. John a call 783-3507, or his cell phone 719-369-5291. Our group will meet at St. Benedict Parish at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesdays.



 


 Eucharist

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:

God's Word Today—
“Holy, holy, holy!” Ancient languages, like the Hebrew used in the scriptures, did not always have a way to express superlatives in one word. Isaiah could not say God was “holiest,” so he used the threefold repetition of the same word. This bit of scriptural minutiae about these “three little words” that we sing at every Mass serves as a reminder that answering God’s call has to be grounded in awareness of God’s holiness. In Isaiah and in the Gospel passage today, we hear accounts of the revelation of God’s power and might: the seraphim in the temple and the miraculous catch of fish. These are not wondrous revelations for their own sakes. They lead to a response in mission, Isaiah’s “Here I am, send me!” and the disciples’ leaving everything to follow Jesus. And so must our own “Holy, Holy, Holy!” lead us to Christ in the Eucharist every Sunday, and to a life following him day by day.
     — Copyright (c), J. S. Paluch Co.
     
As the Roman Empire shattered and collapsed, the bishops were the people best equipped to catch the falling stones. In the West (that’s us), they sought to stabilize society by weaving a structure of laws and courts to uphold the rights and dignity of married couples in a chaotic world. The bishops in the East had a different approach, even allowing the dissolution of marriages in certain cases. To an extent, the bishops took a measure of control away from the fathers of families in order to provide pastoral care for those who suffered most in the social collapse: women and children.
   In the West, much of the marriage law was contained in the “penitential books” the bishops devised to regulate the lives of public sinners. In the seventh century, Theodore of Canterbury’s penitential book said that he had the power to give consent to remarriage in the case of a poor fellow whose wife had been carried off by the Vikings. If the Vikings subsequently brought her back, she could remarry, too! No bishop ever made peace with divorce, but there was never a time when the pastoral concern of the church was not struggling with how to care for people in unhappy situations.
           —Copyright (c), J. S. Paluch Co


 


 

Recent Events at the Parish

Year of Mercy 
Revisit 2015 at OLA in Photos:

by visiting this page: 2015 Paish Events.



 

Could you not watch with Me one hour? 

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.

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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