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ending with Benediction at 6:00 p.m.

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Parish Bulletin for December 28, 2014
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

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. 

Important Dates: 
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: January 22, 1:00 p.m.
         • Finance Council: Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m.
         • Worship Committee: TBA
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. and Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m. 

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.

Tuesday Adoration Times:
December 23 and December 30, after Mass until noon with Benediction. 

December 30, Parish Needs Committee:
will meet on Tuesday, December 30 at 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 

Knights of Columbus:
will meet on January 4 after Mass. The Knights will be holding a First Degree Ceremony for Deacon Mike Patterson. Also a big Thank You to the KofC for the manger for the nativity set, it's beautiful!  

Veteran's Day 

Sunday, November 9:
Veteran's Day Blessing by Fr. Nick.

Sunday, December 21, Offertory Collection: $1,164; Capital Improvements: $754, Christmas Flowers: $85.


 Eucharist

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:

God's Word Today—
Have you ever waited for something for a very long time? The Scripture readings for this feast of the Holy Family focus our attention on four elderly people: Abraham, our father in faith, his wife Sarah, Simeon, and the prophetess Anna. Abraham and Sarah trusted in the word of God, even though what was promised seemed absolutely impossible--a child, even though each was past the age of generating and giving birth to a child. They waited for many years for an offspring. Isaac, their son, was the fulfillment of God's promise to them. Simeon and Anna were two older people who were in the temple almost constantly. They, too, waited for the fulfillment of a promise. They awaited the arrival of Christ the Lord. Today we hear what happens when Joseph and Mary bring the child Jesus to the temple to consecrate him to the Lord. Advent was the time during which we waited for the coming of the Lord. Like Abraham, Sarah, Simeon, and Anna, let us welcome the fulfilled promise of God—let us welcome the Lord Jesus present in the word proclaimed this day.
          —(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.


The scriptures of Israel are filled with many stories of barren couples who were miraculously granted the gift of children by God. Surely the best known among these is the first reading from today, from which Luke took inspiration when he recounted the miraculous birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah and Elizabeth, and the more miraculous birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph. In each instance, we are given examples or role models of those who trusted in God. More than examples of those who trust, they are models of self-surrender. They abandoned their own presuppositions and prejudices about the workings of the world and turned their lives over to belief in a God who can make life grow where none ought to; a God who can turn death around into a new and unimagined life; a God who can, today, take a tiny child of humble parents in an insignificant town and make him into a light for all the world. This is what we, as God's holy family, are called to do each day: to trust not in ourselves and the way we think things should be, but to open ourselves and surrender ourselves in faith to a God of endless promise.
   In the last century, a few new feasts were blended into the Church year, including today's. After World War I, the chaos of daily life in Europe made its impact felt on the family structure. Partly to offer Christians an image of hope and holiness in married family life, and also to promote the welfare of children, today's feast was "invented" in 1921. In 1969, it became a feast of Christmas.
    The prayers today remind us not only of family life, but of life in the community of faith. We ponder the mystery of a God who loves us dearly enough to embrace the struggles, joys, and daily sorrows of family life. The message of Christmas shines through: God-with-us is available to us in the ordinary patterns of our lives and commitments. The lives of people who raise their children in difficult circumstances, and of people who remain faithful to life in the Church in spite of some of their own family struggles, occupy a special place in our hearts today in prayer.
           —(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.


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