Parish Bulletin for December 1, 2013
First Sunday of Advent
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 2013, go to the Catholic Links page.
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: December 12, at 1:00 p.m.
• Parish Council Meeting: December 17, at 4:00 p.m.
• Worship Committee: TBA.
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently for events within the diocese.
Advent Begins December 1: beginning on that date, look for a link on the upper right of the homepage for Advent resources from American Catholic. Included are: A Daily Advent Calendar -- for each day of Advent, reflections from Rediscover Advent by Matthew Kelly, Catholic eCards for Advent, suggested family activities, Catholic Treasures with Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M., and Advent FAQs.
Additional Advent choices are available at the U.S. Conference of Bishops by clicking here.
Christmas Choir: The choir would like to invite any parishioners who would like to join them in singing or playing an instrument for the Christmas Masses. Practice is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. You don't have to sing at all the Masses just the one you plan on attending.
Please contact Christina Wilson, 371-1931, if you would like to join us.
December 8, Support Elderly Religious: a parishioner writes, “As a Catholic school student from grades K-12, I was formed to be the person I am by many religious brothers, and sisters, and I am forever grateful.” Show your appreciation for the senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priest who made a positive difference in so many lives. Please give generously to next week’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious.
Invitation to Historic Beckwith Ranch: As you start preparations for the Christmas season, we hope you’ll make plans to visit Beckwith Ranch. We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. on December 7 and 8 and December 14 and 15. The rooms will be decorated for the season. John Boucek has again donated nativity scenes, and our ladies of the Altar and Rosary Society will proudly sponsor that room with a silent auction.
There will be an activity room for the children where they can create their own Christmas art. Hand-made gifts will be available in the Christmas Boutique as well as baked goods featuring some of our traditional Christmas recipes.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. Christmas goodies and hot cider will be waiting, so we’ll be watching for your arrival. Mary Lou Koch and Beckwith Board Members
December 1, First Sunday of Advent, Blessing of the Advent Wreath and 2014 Calendars:
November 24, Sunday, Blessing of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Angel Tree Set-Up in Narthex: Altar and Rosary members put up the Angel Tree decorated with beautiful angels. Each angel contains the age and a boy or girl designation. When you select an angel, please buy an appropriate gift ($20 maximum), wrap the gift, attach the angel tag with the boy/girl and age, and place the wrapped gift under the angel tree. You will be giving a child a greatly appreciated gift and a happy Christmas.
Sunday, December 8, is the deadline to return your wrapped gift with the angel card attached and place it under the tree in the narthex.
This Christmas tradition helps children in our community who otherwise may receive very little for Christmas. Altar and Rosary works with Custer County Social Services and others to obtain a list of families who need some help this Christmas. Altar & Rosary members are the elves who make this wonderful tradition continue.
November Debt Reduction Update: Our Second Collection is for Debt Reduction: Last year at this time our loan balance was $80,864.37 for our new church. Now it is $39,157.48.
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TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
Today marks the beginning of another liturgical year. The tone of today’s readings casts us in the role of students learning solemn lessons. The reading from Isaiah sets the stage, calling us up a mountain to receive the Lord’s instruction. In this passage we study peace. Then Paul steps forth with sober admonitions. We have to wake up; the day is almost here. Live honorably in the light. Paul reminds us that we really do know the time in which we are living. Finally, Matthew presents Jesus the storyteller. Just imagine, Jesus tells us, what it was like in Noah’s time. He paints a vivid picture of ordinary people living ordinary lives and ignoring the warnings that Noah heeded. Totally unconcerned, they were destroyed. How will it be any different for us? No one knows when the Lord will come. But we have been warned. Perhaps we find such sobering scriptures unappealing and threatening. But within them there is promise. We are to live in the light with nothing to hide. We are to be ready.
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“People in love make signs of love,” wrote our bishops in a document guiding the renewal of liturgical music. They were not merely urging us to sing at Mass, but suggesting that the song itself is a sign of the love of Christ. Love never expressed dies, as we know from experience. Flowers for no special reason, a caress, a hug, a turn around the dance floor, a note on the pillow or in the lunchbox, the aroma of fresh bread in the kitchen, all are signs of love’s vitality.
A significant treasure in our Catholic tradition is the place of the sacraments as signs of Christ’s love. We can trace the sacraments back to scriptural sources, through centuries of history They are woven through family tradition and our own life story. Sacraments are the way Christ makes signs of love for the Church. For twenty centuries, God has spoken to us in the arena of the sacraments, and we have responded. For the next year of “Treasure” essays, we will explore the story of sacraments: their sources, their signs and rituals, and the way Christ nurtures and sustains us as we encounter him, the companion on our journey who loves us and faithfully makes signs of that love.
—Peter Scagnelli, (c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co
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.
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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