Parish Bulletin for November 29, 2015
First Sunday of Advent
Pope’s General Intention: That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Evangelization: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.
—To see all of the pope’s General Intentions for 2015, go to the Catholic Links page.
• Knights of Columbus: December 6, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass
• Journey of Undying Love: December 6, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass
• Stations of the Nativity: Sunday, December 13, 2:00 p.m.
• Finance Council: TBA
• Parish Council Meeting: TBA
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: TBA
• Worship Committee: TBA
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
Sacramental Confession and Reconciliation will be offered throughout Advent:
Sunday, November 29, 2-3:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption
Monday, November 30, 5:30-7 p.m., St Benedict
Tuesday, December 1, 5:30-7 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption
Wednesday, December 2, 7-8:30 p.m., St Benedict
Thursday, December 3, 5:30-7 p.m., St Benedict
Saturday, December 5, 2-3:30 p.m., St Benedict
And by appointment.
Jubilee Year of Mercy, First Sunday of Advent: Besides a new liturgical year, this Advent features an additional "beginning"--next week's opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a graced opportunity to contemplate more profoundly and live more concretely the mystery of God's unconditional love. Pope Francis says that mercy, as the bridge connecting God and the human family, opens our hearts to welcome God's love for us sinners and our eyes to recognize others, especially society's least loved and most vulnerable, as brothers and sisters entrusted to our care. Today's scriptures provide a perfect Jubilee preparation. Jeremiah comforts us with the promise of God's justice; Paul challenges us to abound in love for all; Luke bids us anticipate Jesus' future coming as the joyful advent of our redemption. But in a unique way, this Jubilee Year's Advent reminds us that Jesus, whose coming we await, is already present among us, in those for whom we need to become instruments of God's mercy. 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 .
Altar & Rosary Angel Tree is Ready: choose an angel and buy a child a Christmas gift.
The annual Angel Tree in the narthex is a loving tradition here at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. 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 13, 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.
USCCB Comments on Medicare's Proposed Rule on Advance Care Planning: The comment letter is available at:
October Offertory: $7,487; Capitol Improvement: $2,029;
Other Giving: $2,148; Total: $11,664; K of C Tootsie Roll Drive: $608
Giving Goal for November: $11,478.
Generosity, Giving, Grace: St. James warns in today's second reading that those who hoard their wealth and live only for themselves will be condemned. But in the Gospel, Jesus assures us that all who give of themselves for His sake will be rewarded.
Thank you for your contributions to the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)! Your generous gifts will help CCHD end poverty in the United States through better education, improved housing, and economic development. Through CCHD and its beneficiaries, we demonstrate Catholic social teaching and carry out Jesus’ mission to “bring glad tidings to the poor . . . to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Lk 4:18). $240.00 has been given to CCHD this year.
Building the Foundation — Fr. John
Scripture: Proverbs 29: 20 -- You see a man dying to speak? There is more hope for a fool.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit: I want to understand your energizing Presence and to open my life more fully to your Power. Stir within me the grace of my Baptism in Christ and animate your gifts within me for the service of God's people. Enlighten and encourage me as I contemplate your inspired word at work in my parish. Show me how to make my life a testimony to God's love. Amen!
Two gentlemen were seated side-by-side on a park bench. One said to the other, "I'd let you talk more, but you're not as interesting as I am." While I would die of embarrassment to put it that way, I often feel that way. I am much more interested in myself than in my conversation partners. As a result, I am happy to do most of the talking whenever I am with others.
This tendency to speak first and listen second (if at all) prevents me from developing wisdom. The Book of Proverbs offers understanding to those who seek it. One recurring theme is the necessity of good listening coupled with discerning speech. The wise say little and listen much. This attitude gave rise to the observation that the Good Lord gave me two ears and one mouth to remind me to listen more than I talk. The New Testament carries this theme still further when St. James observes that taming the tongue is the last frontier of self-control (James 3:2).
Good listeners keep a purpose in mind while listening. They lean into the conversation, provide steady eye contact without staring, and are genuinely curious to understand what the conversation partner is trying to tell them. This is a whole body approach to saying, "I hear you." Their feedback may be nonverbal -- a nod or sympathetic facial expression -- or verbal -- "Really?" "I'm not sure I got that, is this what you mean?" "Please tell me more about that." The best listeners provide both verbal and nonverbal feedback. They listen for feelings behind the words and summarize their conversation partner's thoughts to be sure they have understood them correctly. When they speak, it is to ask a question of the conversation partner, or to build on what that person has already shared.
Good listening is rare because most people would rather talk, or listen with an intent to refute what is said. But the wise are different, and as a result their wisdom grows.
Journal Exercise: Write down the names of people who speak to you frequently. How well have you been listening to them? Today, give them your undivided attention. Summarize what they have shared with you to be sure you have understood correctly. Do not speak until they have finished talking. When you return to this journal, write a brief description of each person’s response to your improved listening.
The Gifts God Actually Gives Us: I have frequently felt that I have not so much chosen but that I have been chosen. If it gives you great joy to give as much as you possibly to those in need. If you give money and things freely to others because God has given so much to you. If you give sacrificially when confronted with the urgent needs of other people, the Church, or groups which work for a worthy cause. If you do without things so you can give more to others. If you are so confident that God will meet your financial needs that you are free to give sacrificially. You might have a special gift of giving.
Charismatic Exercise for Spirit-Filled Life: Cultivate integrity in your speech by focusing on simplicity and honesty in all that you say. Watch for guile and deception, which can creep into your speech in subtle ways. Be rigorous as you seek to tell the truth in everything.
Simple Gratitude for God's Abundant Blessings: Simple Gratitude for God's Abundant Blessings: Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for their goodness. Whatever you are waiting for -- peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of God’s abundance -- it will surely come to you when you are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
Many of us found that we had several characteristics in common as a result of growing up in dysfunctional homes. We had come to feel isolated and uneasy with other people, especially authority figures. To protect ourselves, we became people-pleasers, even though we lost our own identities in the process. All the same we would mistake any personal criticism as a threat. We either became alcoholics (or practiced other addictive behavior) ourselves, or married them, or both. Failing that, we found other compulsive personalities, such as a workaholic, to fulfill our sick need for abandonment.
We lived life from the standpoint of victims. Having an overdeveloped sense of responsibility, we preferred to be concerned with others rather than ourselves. We got guilt feelings when we stood up for ourselves rather than giving in to others. Thus, we became reactors, rather than actors, letting others take the initiative. We were dependent personalities, terrified of abandonment, willing to do almost anything to hold on to a relationship in order not to be abandoned emotionally. Yet we kept choosing insecure relationships because they matched our childhood relationship with alcoholic or dysfunctional parents.
These symptoms of the family disease of addiction or other dysfunction made us "co-victims," those who take on the characteristics of the disease without necessarily ever taking a drink or a drug. We learned to keep our feelings down as children and kept them buried as adults. As a result of this conditioning, we confused love with pity, tending to love those we could rescue. Even more self-defeating, we became addicted to excitement in all our affairs, preferring constant upset to workable relationships.
This is a description, not an indictment.
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.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
The Coming Kingdom: Jeremiah could see it coming--the kingship of Jesus and the restoration of Jerusalem. But was anybody listening? Is anybody listening now? It must have been tough being a prophet, but Jeremiah was persistent in his message because he knew that it needed to be heard.
Also persistent in his message is Paul as he encourages the Thessalonians--and all of us--to live in accordance with the kingship that Jeremiah foretold. He encourages us to conduct ourselves in ways of holiness so that we may be well prepared for the king's coming. Finally, Jesus himself tells us to be ever diligent so that we may gain favor before our God and King.
Jeremiah could see the kingship of Jesus coming. As we begin the season of Advent, Paul and Jesus tell us not only how to prepare for the Kingdom, but how to live it day to day.
From Saint Margaret Sunday Missal, copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Company
The gospel message proclaimed throughout the New Testament invites us to live in harmony with the world. This is a challenge to care for the world and be stewards of all that God has given us. Like generations before us, we are entrusted with the care of the earth so that generations to follow may enjoy the same gifts. Sometimes, however, we are absorbed into the ways of the world. When we are of the world, we rely heavily on the power of wealth, beauty, fame, and accumulation of material possessions. We want earthly possessions and carelessly turn our hearts from the responsibilities of stewardship and conservation.
The readings today challenge us to walk away from the world so that we might inherit our share of God's kingdom. How we live our lives directly reflects our love for God.
—(c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co
Recent Events at the Parish
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.
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.
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