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Parish Bulletin for August 3, 2014
Seventeenth 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. 

Important Dates: 
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, August 26, 4:00 p.m.
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, August 28, 1:00 p.m.
         • Finance Council: No meeting in August.
         • Worship Committee: TBA
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

loan pay-offParish 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, at 5:00 p.m. 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, July 27 Offertory Collection: $1,501.00; Debt Reduction: $3,487.

Jim Christoff Passes:
on Wednesday, May 21, the OLA parish lost one of its longest standing parishioners. A rosary service was held at the parish on Monday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. -- photo on left.
   There was a burial service at the Ula Cemetery after the Mass.

Bernie Smolcyzk Passes:
on Friday, May 30, the OLA parish lost another one of its active parishioners. A rosary service was held at the parish on Monday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Assumption Cemetery after the Mass.


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God's Word Today—
Now that we have concluded the section of Matthew's Gospel that presents the parables of Jesus, we move into a series of readings that focus on the Lord's miraculous powers. How fitting that we begin today with the miracle of the loaves and fish. Set against the backdrop of the first reading--the Isaiah text calling all who thirst and hunger to the Lord to receive what they need--today's Gospel is real food for us who journey as disciples. In the coming weeks, the Gospel will eventually turn to a description of true discipleship. As we prepare to enter Matthew's school of discipleship, let us come to the Lord this day and ask to be fed with the abundant riches laid out for us upon the tables of Word and Eucharist.
   Grace is everywhere. People of faith act on this belief. As Christians we are called to reach deeply into ourselves and find God's presence there. We are called to reach outside ourselves and find God there, too. The reality of grace has sustained and nourished people beyond numbering. The church never tires of telling the story of the loaves and fishes. It is narrated no less than six times in the four Gospels. We imagine the hesitant apostles reaching into the baskets and finding bread, always more bread. We anticipate the ending. The apostles will wear out before the bread runs out. At another time and place, Isaiah also spoke of an abundance, this time of water, sweet honey, and rich milk. Always, always God is a gift-giver, and we the receivers. Our response is doxology, or praise. In the second reading Paul provides the words and attitude. Praise is everywhere.
          —(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.

Most parishes are now aware of the catechumenate and the journey of new faithful in the RCIA, but this form of sacramental initiation disappeared from view in the thirteenth century along with many other ancient practices. Life back then was hard, and often too short, and priests were increasingly insistent about the responsibility of parents to baptize children in danger of death. Since everyone in that society was under unimaginable threat from famine, warfare, and plague, the liturgical rites changed quickly. Everyone was in danger of death all the time. No longer were babies immersed in fonts, being lowered into the water, although the ritual books never backed down from immersion. Infusion was the new way, a simple pouring of a few drops of water on the child’s forehead.
   The catechumenate collapsed, being reduced to the recitation of the Creed and an Our Father at every baptism. Amazingly, any provision for adult baptism was shelved, so that as late as the 1950s, a person being baptized was presumed to be an infant, unable to answer for him or herself. Questions of creed and commitment were put to the godparents, not to the person being baptized. Even Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, famous adult converts, remained mute at their baptisms while their sponsors answered for them. In hindsight all this appears strikingly odd, yet it was accepted as the way things were. We have good reason to give thanks for the vigorous reforms of the last fifty years!
           —(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 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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