Parish Bulletin for May 1, 2016
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Pope’s General Intention: That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.
Evangelization: That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.
—To see all of the pope’s General Intentions for 2016, go to the Catholic Links page.
• Knights of Columbus: May 1, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
• No Tuesday Mass nor Adoration on May 10.
• Parish Council Meeting: May 24, 4:00 p.m.
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, May 26, 1:00 p.m.
• Finance Council: June 28, 1:00 p.m.
• Worship Committee: TBA
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
May 1, Sunday: Gianna Tomassoni will crown our statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and receive her first Holy Communion. Remember her, in your prayers today.
May 8, Sunday, Mother's Day Brunch: In honor of Mother's Day, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a brunch for the mothers and families of OLA. The brunch will be held after Mass in the Parish Center.
June 26, Sunday, Growing God’s Grace: Our New Hope: a parish workshop and conference to notice our strengths, our gifts, the world’s griefs and anxieties, and our community’s joys and hopes, after Mass in the Parish Center. For additional information, see the printed bulletin.
Environment Committee is in Need of Volunteers: Please call the office if you are interested in serving on this committee.
April 13, Confirmation: Jess Franta and Scott Freeburg received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Michael's in Canon City. To view photos of the event, visit: www.tinyurl.com/stmfaith-2016confirmation
Total Giving (to all causes) in April: $6,776
Catholic Home Missions: $313
Number attending Mass in April: 452
3-Year average attendance: 483
Jubilee Year of Mercy: In formal documents, presentations, and homilies outlining the purpose of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis explains that compassion and understanding for those in difficult situations is not only our individual responsibility, but something the whole Church officially needs to manifest. Today’s Acts of the Apostles reading presents a moving example of the early church doing precisely that. Prayerful openness to the Holy Spirit assures the assembly that they have not acted alone in discerning the correct resolution: “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us.” And they have chosen the compassionate response: “not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities” (Acts 15:28). Yet how daringly creative—the Jewish majority sets aside lifelong rituals that establish spiritual identity and express covenant fidelity. How radically trustful—the church affirms universally valid principles while respecting uniquely local and personal situations. Exactly the grace Pope Francis prays this Jubilee Year will renew in today’s Church!
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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 .
Building the Foundation — Fr. John
Scripture: John 1:35-50, especially “Here comes and Israelite, a true one; there is nothing false in him,” v47.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Come, Holy Spirit, direct your church to proclaim the message of Christ crucified and risen. Empower your disciples to proclaim repentance and forgiveness to all people. Show me how to do the work of Jesus in the world today.
Opening Doors: Honesty:
Jesus knew the thoughts (Mark 8:17) and motives (Matthew 22:18) of the people around him. His powers of perception enabled him to assess the character of a person very quickly. This insight proved invaluable as he met and called the people who would become his followers and disciples. As Nathanael approached, Jesus declared him an “honest man” (John 1:47). The statement rang true to Nathanael’s ears and soul. He was so impressed that he became a disciple of Jesus despite the fact that he wondered at first whether anybody worth meeting could come from Nazareth (John 1:46).
Honesty, in the sense used to describe Nathanael, means more than simply being truthful, just, or fair. It means having no pretensions. With Nathanael, what you saw was what you got. He was the same person with all people and in every situation. He never put on airs or tried to act like someone he wasn’t. Nathanael was open and transparent.
People like me, who fear rejection, consider this kind of honesty risky. I want as many people as possible to accept me and, preferably, to like me. As a result, I try to read others’ expectations of me and act accordingly. Like the chameleon whose color changes in different environments, I appear differently in different settings. Managing impressions in this way is not my intentional deception, but it is less than honest because it can be misleading.
When I realize at the core of my being that God knows all about me, and accepts me as I am, and loves me without condition, my life changes. I no longer depend on others to validate or accept me. I can be honest, transparent, and unpretentious. I then expect others to be open as well. Honesty truly is the best policy.
Journal Exercise: If you have recently been tempted to manage the impression you were making on another person, jot down a quick description of the occasion. What motivated you? How might you have behaved in a more genuine manner? What specific thing might you do to encourage others to be more transparent with you? Write a prayer of thanks for God’s unconditional love for you.
The Gift of Grace: Which is more frightening to imagine: suffering the worst physical pain of your life or not getting a chance to say goodbye to your family?
The Gifts God Actually Gives You:
Ministry is first and foremost about helping people mature spiritually through the use of their God-given gifts to serve each other and the community. If you appreciate and value the gift of life. If you have some capacity to deal with the presence of death. If you have a positive attitude about your health. If you feed your spirit in mission and in prayer. You may have a particular strength for health.
Gratitude for God's Abundant Blessings: Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. To be rooted and have a sense of one’s place in life is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
Spiritual Exercise for a Prayerful and Prayer-Filled Life: Read Tony Campolo’s book, How to Be a Pentecostal Without Speaking in Tongues. It is an excellent introduction to the charismatic life, focusing on the “vital aliveness” found in the Pentecostal churches while helping us deal with the phoniness we so often see.
Celebrate Continuing Recovery and Support:
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.
Click the title to read a discussion on "Is There a List of Mortal Sins?"
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
Do you remember Peter on the night Jesus was arrested? He claimed he had never heard of Jesus. Today we are called to join Peter in testifying to the name of Jesus as he does in the first reading, and in proclaiming our love for him as Peter does in the Gospel passage. The powerful imagery of John’s vision in the second reading from the book of Revelation shows us the company we keep when we have faith in the name of Jesus. We join all living creatures, “countless in number” from “heaven, earth, under the earth, in the sea; everything in the universe” (Revelation 5:11, 13). The dignity and majesty described in each reading are in stark contrast to the dark and pitiful image of Peter and the other apostles at the time of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion. What a relief that we can all be redeemed so completely!
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From the earliest centuries, we know that some Christian women desired to vow themselves to a celibate life to pray and serve. Some, but by no means everyone, wanted a kind of monastic life. Others wanted to stay in the family home. By the fourth century, the church was celebrating the “Consecration of Virgins,” a rite performed by the bishop, and involving a “veiling” of the woman. It was looked upon as a form of marriage with Christ, partly because in the culture of the day a woman’s status in society was linked to a man. The prayers and ritual for the consecration of virgins were exactly the same as the prayers and ritual for the consecration of a bride on her wedding day. The public character of the rite gave the bishop the opportunity to commend the virgin to the faithful, and to threaten with punishment anyone who tried to turn her from her commitment. Eventually, the rite fell into disuse for women living in the world, and was reserved for nuns. The Second Vatican Council directed that it be revived and restored, and in nearly every diocese, single women have embraced this form of consecrated life.
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Snow Removal Service:
The OLA Knights of Columbus is offering snow removal services for our widowed and elderly parishioners. This is a donation-based service to assist our parishioners in need. To request snow removal services, contact Mike at 783-0858 or cell: 303-960-1326, or Gary at 783-2755.
Recent Events at the Parish
Wednesday, March 23, Lenora D'Angelo's Mass of Christian Burial: was held at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Recitation of the the Rosary began at 9:20 a.m. Burial followed the Mass at the Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Silver Cliff and then a luncheon in the Parish Hall.
Sunday, March 20, Palm Sunday:
Beginning the Palm Sunday service, Fr. John and Deacon Chuck blessed the palms in the Parish Hall before processing to the church to celebrate the Mass. Palm Sunday acolytes were Mary-Lou Giacomelli, Ken Kahn, Karen Kahn, and Matthew Keinbusch (not in picture)..
For an additional photos, visit the Past Events page for 2016 by clicking here.
Sunday, March 13, Eucharistic Ministers Installed:
Dorreen Newcomb, Adrian Tompkins, Carol Kennedy, and Rose Moss were installed by Fr. John during the Mass. Assisting in the installation was Deacon Chuck.
For an additional photo, visit the Past Events for 2016 by clicking here.
March 11, Dick Kerstien’s Funeral:
a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, March 11 at the Assumption Parish.
Many OLA parishioners attended for this long-time parishioner.
Revisit 2015 at OLA in Photos:
by visiting this page: 2015 Paish Events.
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.
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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