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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 July 26, 2015
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, July 28, 4:00 p.m.
         • Knights of Columbus: August 2, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: No July meeting.
         • Worship Committee: Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 p.m.
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

Paul Schleser's Funeral Service: will be an Eucharistic Service at 2:00 p.m. followed by military honors here at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish on Friday, August 14.

Presentation About the Effects of Pornography: Popular Catholic apologist Matt Fradd will be in Pueblo to deliver two talks about protecting families from pornography. He will speak on August 29 at 6 p.m. at the Shrine of St. Therese in Pueblo. This is a youth/family talk that has material suited for those 8th grade and higher. He will speak again on August 29 at 8 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle in Pueblo West for a men's group talk with material appropriate for those 18 and older. For more information, please contact Jim Boyer at 719-415-0905 or at www.facebook.com/mattfradd.

Fr. Jonathan Fassero  
July 5, Sunday, Visiting Priest
Fr. Fassero:

Our parish is blessed to have Fr. Jonathan Fassero O.S.B. with us while Father Nick takes his annual vacation in the month of July. Father Jonathan is a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana.

Fr John Mass 

Monday, July 27, Fr. John Farley to Officially Become Pastor
at OLA and St. Bens.

For more information, click here.

final Mass 

Sunday, June 28, Fr. Nick Celebrates Final Mass at OLA Before Reassignment.
His new assignment is the Scared Heart Parish in Paonia and Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Hotchkiss, Colorado, on the Western Slope collectively known as The North Fork Catholic Community. Fr. Nick's new assigment takes effect on August 14.
    Fr. Nick can be reached after his vacation in July at: P.O. Box 988, Paonia, CO 81428-0988.

For more photos, click here.

Fried Chicken Dinner After Mass, July 12: Was a great success! Thanks to all who participated and helped with meal.

volunteers needed

06-28DAngelo-blessing 1 

Sunday, June 28,
Joe and Lenora D'Angelo
60th Wedding Anniversary
Blessing by Fr. Nick.

To see more photos, click here.

Father's Day Blessing 

Sunday, June 21, Father's Day Blessing: additional photos are available in Parish Events.

Sacristy Renovation: The Diocese of Pueblo has approved the renovation of our Sacristy. The cost is under $11,000 and will be paid out of the capital improvements fund. --Finance Council

Whalen funeral 

Friday, June 19, Mass of Christian Burial for Mike Whalen:
The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Nick and assisted by Deacon Mike Patterson. The acolytes were Jess Franta and Karen Kahn.

For more photos, click here.

DMF 2015 

Sunday, July 5, Weekly Offering:
   Offertory: $2,376; Capital Improvements: $261.

 


 Eucharist

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:

God's Word Today—
"Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?" This question, posed by the Lord to Philip, signaled the beginning of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, recounted in today's Gospel. In the last few years the world has witnessed catastrophic natural disasters. The destruction that they wrought left us all stunned, wondering how we could help, even in some small way. Today's Gospel reminds us that when even our small efforts at helping people are multiplied, a miracle of comfort and healing is the result. As we listen to God's word and share in the miracle of the Eucharist, let us open our hearts to those in need, doing whatever we can to help alleviate the suffering of many.
     
          —(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.


Sooner of later, as they plan their wedding liturgy, a couple will receive some advice about a "unity candle." They need one, they are told (at great expense); it is a tradition; it is what Catholics have always done. Not so. In the last thirty years or so, the custom has enjoyed wide popularity in the United States. It has never been officially part of our liturgy, and it exists in tension with some of our core symbols. Usually there are two smaller candles and one larger one to be lit from the smaller. Large candles in our tradition always mean Christ, and smaller ones are always tokens of our baptismal candle. If the candles are meant for a kind of renewal of baptismal vows, then the meaning is clearer, yet this is seldom the understanding. Why, then, are those smaller candles extinguished?
     It's hard to tell where these pesky candles came from. Some suggest that the Presbyterian Church, which has a very lean wedding liturgy, introduced them as an option for extending a short service. Generally, it’s been experienced as a "photo opportunity" rather than a genuine liturgical ritual. The "unity candle," a recent invention rather than an authentic tradition, has not been approved as an adaptation to our rite, and it is to be hoped that it will gradually disappear from view. —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

           —(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.


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