Parish Bulletin for December 4, 2016
The Second Sunday of Advent
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.
• Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: Vigil Mass, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
(in addition to the regular 10:00 a.m. Mass).
• Christmas Eve Mass, 8:00 p.m.
• Christmas Day Mass, 11:00 a.m.
• Finance Council: Wednesday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m.
• Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m..
• Knights of Columbus: First Sunday of the month, after the 11:00 p.m. Mass.
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
Sunday, December 11, Deadline for Angel Tree Gifts: 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.
Return your wrapped gift by December 11 with the angel card attached and place it under the tree.
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.
Wednesday, December 14, Altar & Rosary Year-End Party: The Altar & Rosary Society would like to invite all in the parish to attend our year-end party on at 11:00 a.m. at the Parish Hall after the weekday Mass. We will have a pot luck and put together gift bags for the members of our parish who are not able to attend Mass. Please bring 2 dozen cookies or treats for the bags and a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you!
Knights of Columbus: are men who are guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity who work to overcome hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. We are a growing organization — more than 1.9 million members — and for over 130 years have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows and orphans in our local communities.
Joining your local council of the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith. Councils conduct many programs that support your parish and community, we are men of faith and men of action. By joining your local council does not mean that you need to sacrifice quality time with your family. By volunteering an hour here or an hour there - with your family - can make an enormous difference in your life and in the lives of others.
If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and your familial relationships, growing in your faith, then consider joining the Knights of Columbus. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church. Contact Steve Yackley 719-213-0672 or Mike Kienbusch 719-783-0858.
Snow Removal: The OLA Knights of Columbus is offering snow removal services for our widowed and elderly parishioners. This is a donation-based service. To request snow removal, contact Mike at 783-0858, cell: 303-960-1326; or Gary at 783-2755.
Sunday, November 20: Thank you to all who helped with the Bake Sale. The total collected was $340.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total giving (to all causes) in November: $8,531.
Giving goal for November: $11,240.
Giving goal for December: $28,565.
October, 2016, Sunday Mass Attendance: 555.
November, 2016, Sunday Mass Attendance: 500.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
How many times have we read or heard about someone who’s gotten into trouble—maybe even fired from a job—because of a brush with the law? While our “Christian” minds tell us to be sorry and even pray for the person, a little voice inside our heads may also be saying, “I’m glad I would never do anything like that.”
And perhaps we wouldn’t. But are there some things we do that are still not pleasing in God’s eyes? Today’s readings caution us not to look so intently at someone else’s wrongdoing that we overlook our own weaknesses and shortcomings. When we measure ourselves against the worst people we can think of, we come out looking pretty good. There is a danger, however, in using someone else’s behavior as a way of reflecting our own goodness.
— 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
Sunday, September 25 — Blessing of Religious Education Teachers:
Fr. John blessed the religious education teachers: Sara Flynn, Karen Kahn, and Mike and Mary Kienbusch.
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.
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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