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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 March 1, 2015
Second Sunday of Lent

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. 

Important Dates: 
         • Finance Council: Tuesday, March 24, 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 24, 4:00 p.m.
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, March 26, 1:00 p.m.
         • Knights of Columbus: TBA, after 11:00 a.m. Mass
         • Worship Committee: TBA
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

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2015 Lenten Calendar available here. Note: Holy Week services are tentative at this time.

Stations of the Cross, Fridays: on each Friday of Lent, a soup and bread supper will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Following at 7:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church, ending in Benediction.
   If you are unable to attend and/or wish to pray the Stations at another time, an online version using the OLA station statues is available by clicking here.

Lenten Reconciliation Service, Tuesday, March 17:. There will be a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Sacrament of Reconcilation at 5:00 p.m. with Msgr. Nunez assisting Fr. Nick.
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Sunday, March 15, Sister Appreciation Dinner: This annual event will be held at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Hall to honor the sisters from the Pueblo Area. Registration is at 2:30 p.m. in the hall, Vespers at 3:30 p.m.in the church followed by social hour and dinner. The dinner is sponsored by the Serra Club and is open to the public. If a sister has touched your life, we welcome your attendance. Donations are welcome or anyone may sponsor a sister's dinner. Tickets must be purchased by March 11 from any Serra member or by calling Jackie Filangi at 542-4711 or Barbara Berg at drberg6@msn.com. Tickets are $20 per person.

March 24, No OLA Tuesday Mass Due to Chrism Mass:
   There will be no Tuesday Mass here due to the Chrism Mass being held at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral in Pueblo.

February 7, Third Anniversary of Fr. Vicente's Passing: to hear his voice, visit: http://bit.ly/FrVicente

DMF 2015 

Sunday, February 22, Collection & DMF 2015:
   Offertory: $1,909; Capital Improvements: $230,
   DMF 2015 Campaign Pledges: $17,735, Number of Pledges: 36;
   DMF 2015 Assessment: $22,294; Pledges still needed: $4,559.

Eucharistic Adores are Needed on Tuesdays: ideally a minimum of two adorers are needed each hour after Tuesday's 10:00 a.m. Mass until Benediction at 6:00 p.m. If you can't make the weekly commitment, possibly you could come once or twice a month. The benefits are immense! Please call Patti Schultz, 783-2730, for times that need to be filled.

Christmas Day gospel & homily 

Blessing of the Throats in Photos:
For more photos visit the 2015 Parish Eventspage by clicking here.


 Eucharist

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:

God's Word Today—
Today we listen to two stories that take place on mountaintops. In the first we hear the story of how Abraham was put to the test. He is referred to as "our father in faith" precisely because he was willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, because the Lord God had commanded it. When Abraham stands ready kill Isaac, the Lord God intervenes, prevents the sacrifice, and blesses Abraham in abundance. In the second story, the only Son of God is transfigured on a mountaintop before the eyes of Peter, James, and John. As the sacred word is proclaimed, let us ask God to strengthen our own faith and lead us one day to share in the transfigured glory of Christ.
          —(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.


Within the tradition of the Christian church, there are differing ways of observing a Lenten fast. For Eastern Catholics and Orthodox, the discipline is close to our understanding of "abstinence." Certain foods are eliminated from the diet entirely. The rules are basically monastic rules, and the customs of a monastery table are embraced in the home. This year, "Meatfare Sunday" was February 26, and it is the last time that meat is admitted to the diet until Easter. The following Sunday, known as "Cheesefare Sunday," takes cheese and all dairy products from the table. It is also known as "forgiveness Sunday" because a true fast is about crowning life with love, holding back harsh words, and cutting off anger.
   The Eastern churches fast even from celebrating the Eucharist from Monday through Friday. We don't count Sundays as fast days, but Eastern Christians fast through the weekends. People are expected to come as close to the ideal as possible, and the Lenten services keep reminding them not to take pride in their fasting, since the devil himself never eats! What's left on the menu? Grains, vegetables, eggs (maybe), and fish. Imagine the joys of the Easter table after such a fast!

           —(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 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;
email: leonierandall45@gmail.com


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

For a list of Catholic-related links: click here.

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