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Parish Bulletin for October 2, 2016
Twentieth-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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. 

Important Dates: 
         • Faith Formation Began: Sunday, September 25, 9:30 a.m.
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m.
         • Finance Council: Wednesday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m.
         • Knights of Columbus: Sunday, October 2, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m..
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

Life Chain 2016
October 2, Sunday, Life Chain:
is a time for prayerful self-analysis, repentance, and serious commitment to helping end abortion in our nation. Accordingly, LIFE CHAIN is not chiefly a demonstration, and its witness is not intended for the viewing public only. Instead, its first goal is to minister to its own participants — to those who call Christ their Lord and are willing to publicly declare abortion a grave evil that defames the name and holiness of God (Leviticus 18:21).
Location: school west parking lot. Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mary and Rosary
October 15, Saturday, Public Square Rosary Crusade: a rosary will be said at noon on at Jess Price Memorial Park at 315 Main St. We are praying the rosary for America. We must stop the secularist advance and pray to God for help. He will hear us, if we pray through intercession of His Blessed Mother. That’s why we have the public square rosary crusade.

October 21–23, Looking for Spiritual Renewal? If you are, an Adult Search might be just right for you. The Search Retreat Program will be hosting an Adult Search at the Search Retreat Center at St. Leander Parish in Pueblo the weekend of October 21–23. An Adult Search offers a rich, fulfilling spiritual experience, an opportunity to improve communication skills, and a deepening of Catholic Christian awareness. For further information and applications call 719-542-6513 or email Registrations for this Adult Search must be in by October 7.

St. Ben's Fall FestOctober 8, 5:30 p.m., Saturday:
the St. Benedict’s Annual Fall Fest Committee decided to turn back the clock about ten years and simplify the event. We’re still going to have a great adult night out, with a fantastic meal, fellowship with our neighbors, some music, some dancing and of course, a beautiful jean quilt to raffle off. We’ll even throw in a few door prizes. The dinner tickets are still $10 per person (a real deal) and the raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and they will be on sale after Mass on September 25. Or contact Judy at 371-819. See you then!!

Parish Maintenance/Cleaning Position Opening: Beth Cartwright has submitted her resignation notice from the paid, part-time position of maintenance and cleaning. Her last day was September 30. If you are interested in this position, please contact the parish office as soon as possible and leave a message, 783-3507.

Sunday, September 25 — Blessing of Religious Education Teachers:
Blessing new pastoral council members

Fr. John blessed the religious education teachers: Sara Flynn, Karen Kahn, and Mike and Mary Kienbusch.

Your DMF Dollars at Work: In July the Diocese of Pueblo will roll out a brand new email “blast”, the “Today's Catholic Blast.” The purpose is to supplement the print newspaper and better inform our parishioners all across the diocese of the happenings from both the chancery offices and parishes. It will be sent monthly, is FREE, and will be open to anyone!
      To subscribe, email:

Sundays, Coffee for Sale to Support Universal Chastity Education:
African UCE coffee will be for sale following Sunday Mass beginning July 3rd. Coffee costs $15/bag. For every 35 bags sold, Our Lady of the Assumption will sponsor one complete chastity outreach in Africa.
   After the outreach has been completed, the church will receive a report from the chastity team about the outreach we sponsored! Chastity teams are made up of local people, and are led by a priest. Outreaches incorporate personal testimonies, singing, dancing, Scripture, and accurate information to bring a message of Christ, hope, forgiveness, true love, and God’s plan for our lives regarding our sexuality.

donations Offertory Results:
      Total Giving (to all causes) in August: $7,440
      Giving goal for August: $12,373.
      Giving goal for September: $11,457.
      August Sunday Mass Attendance, 2016: 526.
      August Sunday Mass Attendance, 2015: 692.

Year of MercyJubilee Year of Mercy: Mercy is one thing, malpractice quite another. Why, then, does the defrauded master in Jesus’ parable praise the devious steward? Jesus shows by example how to sanctify material goods: by placing all our resources, indeed our very selves, at the service of others. No matter how costly such service, or how minimal the return, such charity is the wisest investment, yielding a reward that is literally out of this world. For Amos and Jesus, authentic worship of God demands practical charity toward our neighbor. Paul, too, declares that the only worship acceptable to God is offered by a community rich in charity. Liturgy must be matched to life, “lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument” (1 Timothy 2:8). This Jubilee Year of Mercy challenges us to live as “children of light,” as devoted to self-sacrificing service as “the children of this world” (Luke 16:8) are to serving themselves, as enthusiastic for God’s kingdom of justice as we are about less-enduring treasures.
    —Peter Scagnelli, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
                    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 .



God's Word Today—
The Good News is that we have all been invited—invited to the Kingdom, invited to be disciples. It’s a life-changing invitation, and like so many other such invitations, it requires a great deal of deliberation and discernment. Whether we choose marriage, ordination, single life, or community life, we know the serious planning and consideration that accompany these profound decisions. Like the tower-builder in the Gospel, we have weighed both the monetary and emotional cost. We have pondered and planned our lives in the direction to which we believe God has called us. And while we pray for guidance and acceptance of God’s will, we often fail to understand so much. Like Solomon, we turn to God for wisdom and counsel in our life-changing decisions.
     — Copyright (c), J. S. Paluch Co.
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.
           —Copyright (c), J. S. Paluch Co


Recent Events at the Parish

Blessing new pastoral council members
August 21, Sunday:
Fr. John blessed the newly elected and current pastoral council members.
   Left to right: Mike and Mary Kienbusch, Terry Napolitan, Veronica Burgdorf, Gary Kirsch, and Steve Yackley. Members not in the photo: Debby Yackley, Fred and Pam Hernandez, Steve Schultz, and Nancy Tracewell.
   Assisting Fr. John are acolytes Mary-Lou Giacomelli and Tony Tomassoni.

June 10, Friday, Funeral Services for Rich Hrpcha: were held at the Assumption Parish, with a rosary being prayed at
9:30 a.m., and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., celebrated by Fr. James from NM.Following the Mass, interment of
Rich's ashes was in the Assumption Catholic Cemetery with a luncheon at the Parish Hall to conclude the services.


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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 5:30 p.m. with Benediction following immediately afterwards. Come and “Be Still” with the Lord for an hour a week.
Note: beginning August 3, Adoration will move to Wednesdays, with Benediction at 2:00 p.m.

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.

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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