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Sunday Liturgy: 11:00 a.m.; Tuesday Mass: 10:00 a.m.
Adoration: 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays,
ending with Benediction at 6:00 p.m.

Rosary: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. & Tuesday, 9:25 a.m.
Confessions: Sunday, 10:40 a.m., Reconciliation Room

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Parish Bulletin for November 30, 2014
First Sunday in 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 2014, go to the Catholic Links page. 

Important Dates: 
         • Finance Council: Tuesday, December 2, 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, December 2, 4:00 p.m.
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: no meeting in November
         • Worship Committee: TBA
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

No Thanksgiving Day Mass at OLA:  Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 27 at St. Ben's at 10:00 a.m.

Advent Activities:
December 7, Sunday, Refreshments and Reflection: Parish Hall, after Mass at 12:30 p.m., "A Light from Uganda"
                                              by Jude Tadeo Walubo. See the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
December 8, Monday, Mass at 11:00 a.m., Holy Day of Obligation: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
December 9, Tuesday, Reconciliation Service, 4:00 p.m., individual confessions at 4:30, with Fr. Nick and two Pueblo priests.

December 10, Party for Altar & Rosary Members: You are invited to attend the Ladies of Mary Annual Advent Party at Holy Cross Abbey on Wednesday, December 10, following 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Benedicts Parish. The Holiday Buffet will consist of ham and turkey at a cost of $14.00. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, you may wrap a gift for no more than $10.00 which entitles you to draw a gift. Please respond by December 1 if you would like to attend by calling Anne Luman 783-0184.

December 11, Altar & Rosary Meet for Preparation of Gifts for Shut-Ins: on Thursday, December 11 at 11:00 a.m. Those attending will assemble gift packages for shut-ins in the community, enjoy a lunch and Christmas cheer!

December 14, Return Angel Tree gifts: Sunday, December 14, is the deadline to return your gift and place it under the tree in the narthex. Please wrap your gift, attach the angel tag with the boy/girl and age, and place it under the angel tree. 

Dave Crider Funeral:  was held on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the OLA parish.

Veteran's Day 

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

birthday Fr. Nick & Christina Wilson 

Sunday, October 26:
A birthday celebration was held in the parish hall for Fr. Nick and Christina Wilson.

Sunday, November 23, Offertory Collection: $1,037; Capital Improvements: $107, Campaign for Human Development: $290.



God's Word Today—
"Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down." This line from today's first reading from the prophet Isaiah sums up the stance of God's people as we begin another Advent season of waiting, longing, and expectation. Year after year we sing "O Come, O come, Emmanuel," yet, when we look around, we tend to discover more ways that God seems absent from our world. As Advent opens before us, let us join our prayer to the lament of the ancient Israelites, crying out for God's presence. At the same time, let us begin Advent encouraged by the words of Saint Paul, who promises that God is faithful. Finally, let us allow the final word of today's Gospel to sink into our own hearts and the heart of our community of faith. May the Lord not come suddenly and find us sleeping. As God's word is proclaimed today, let that word be like an alarm, waking us out of the snooze of complacency.
          —(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.

Each of the seven sacraments, like other aspects of the Church's pastoral plan, is an attempt to be faithful to the image of Christ we discover in the Gospels. Anointing of the sick is rooted in Jesus' saving deeds of healing and even rescue from death. What is your favorite encounter of Jesus with a sick person? Often, it seems that Jesus would go at once to the person in a crowd who was in the most pain, in the deepest need. A man born blind, Peter's mother in law, a woman afflicted by years of uncontrollable hemorrhages, a little Roman girl beloved by her soldier father, a crippled man lowered from the rafters, and even a man who lost his ear to a swinging sword in the garden of agony. This list reads like an admissions chart in an emergency room, and perhaps that is the point. The whole human experience from childhood to old age, from sudden catastrophic illness to chronic debilitating conditions, is represented by those for whom Jesus has such great compassion. This we can name a treasure of tradition with a capital "T." We are a people of compassion for our sick, who reach out in tenderness to listen, to keep vigil, to strengthen, to touch with reverence, and to anoint with precious oil.
           —(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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