Parish Bulletin for August 31, 2014
Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Pope’s General Intention: That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful.
Missionary Intention: That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.
—To see all of the pope’s General Intentions for 2014, go to the Catholic Links page.
• Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, September 23, 4:00 p.m.
• Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, September 25, 1:00 p.m.
• Finance Council: Tuesday, September 23, 1:00 p.m.
• Worship Committee: TBA
• Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.
August 25, Sacraments Celebrated:
Fr. Nick, with Deacon Mike assisting, celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion
for Suzanne Lacy. Connie and Art Ondrejka were her sponsors. For additional photos, click here.
Feast Day Mass, Friday, August 15: began with Bishop Berg blessing a sonogram machine at the Lighthouse at 3:30 p.m. Then Our Lady of the Assumption Feast Day Mass with Bishop Berg was at 5:00 p.m. Followed by a mortgage burning and feast day dinner after Mass. Parish provided pulled pork, brisket, rolls, potatoes au gratin, grillin’ beans, cole slaw, corn medley, tossed salad, cake, ice cream and drinks.
See additional photos in Parish Events, 2014.
Parish Building Fund Goal Has Been Met: Thank you for joining in our dream of paying off and burning our mortgage on our feast day on Friday, August 15. God has blessed us with paying-off our 30-year mortgage in 7 years. Thanks to the generosity, gifts large and small, of so many who have contributed, including numerous visitors. We are deeply appreciative of your generosity and kindness. Fr. Nick will be so surprised! This is a beautiful gift to welcome him back.
In the near future we will be determining our future needs which then must be approved by the parish as a whole and meet diocesan approval. The second collection envelopes starting in October will be for capital improvements, rather than debt reduction. This is the same program set up by Fr.Vicente at St. Benedict's and continued by Fr. Nick. Again we are deeply appreciative of your generosity and we ask you to join us in this celebration of burning the mortgage on our feast day.
Sunday, August 24 Offertory Collection: $1,438; Capital Improvements: $354.
We need volunteers to cut down trees and bring the wood to our parking lot. In September with the assistance of the football team we will split and stack the wood for distribution through Custer County Catholic Charities to Custer County residents who are in need. Call Sandy at the office to volunteer.
And we are forming a committee to determine our long term parish needs. We are asking for volunteers to be on this committee to help access our needs. In the meantime, we will be completing two projects this summer that have been previously approved by our Parish councils (finance and parish). The projects are: 1) Making the East entrance to the church more handicapped accessible. 2) Adding a 5’ by 8’ concrete pad next to the current electricity pad to use for our grill. We will use capital improvement funds for these two projects. Thanks for your continued support. Please use your debt reduction envelopes. In October, the blue envelopes will have capital improvements printed on them and will be included in your envelope packet. Contact Sandy to let her know you would like to serve on the committee to access our parish’s needs.
Come join us for the 5th Annual Custer County Cares About Cancer Walk/Run/Ride on Monday, Labor Day, September 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. Custer County Cares About Cancer Foundation was organized in 2010 and the first annual Cancer Walk/Run/Ride occurred on Labor Day. The group raised over $16,000. Proceeds raised have been distributed to Custer County residents who are currently battling cancer. Even with hard economic times facing all communities, we are proud that we were able to raise so much money for local residents. Thank you to all who supported the event, and we look forward to an even better event in 2014.
Position Opening: John Vaclav has submitted his two-week notice from the paid, part-time position of maintenance and cleaning. If you are interested in this position please contact the parish office as soon as possible and leave a message. 783-3507
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION:
God's Word Today—
For several weeks Saint Matthew has been painting his portrait of the Lord Jesus. We have seen the Lord feed the multitudes with a few loaves of bread and a couple of small fish. We have seen him walk on water and offer words of inspiration and reassurance. This week, Jesus asks his followers, “Who do you say that I am?” This question is also addressed to us. We experience the presence of Christ in so many ways throughout our lives: as teacher, healer, comforter, challenger, deliverer, among many other images. Today’s scriptures summon us, the holy Church founded on Saint Peter, to recognize once again the presence of Christ in this holy place. Perhaps God asks you the question, “Right here and right now, who do say that my Son is?” What is your response?
Peter was Jesus’ choice to lead the fragile band of apostles. In today’s Gospel, Simon is given a new name—Peter, the “rock.” In John’s Gospel, Peter is called to be a shepherd. He is expected to lay down his life for his sheep. And tradition tells us that he did just that. But today we think about the durable rocklike quality that Jesus needed in a leader.
Peter was appointed to his leadership position for reasons we are not able to fathom. God knows, and Jesus knew well, that Peter was flawed. We cannot mistake his enthusiasms, though, his manifest love, and his great, exuberant faith. Those virtues saw him through. They are durable, tough, beautiful virtues. They make Peter a sympathetic and lovable person. They provide us with the balance and humor that we need as we consider our own roles in the universal church.
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In recent weeks, we have looked at the evolution of how Roman Catholics initiate children into the life of the Church. How did customs evolve in the Eastern Church? At one time, Christians in both East and West preferred to celebrate baptism in a community setting, with large numbers of adults and children initiated at Easter. The two branches of Christianity began to split on the proper time to do this.;
In the East, water was blessed in abundance on the feast of the Epiphany, which marked, among other things, the baptism of the Lord. Once infant baptism was fixed on that day, local customs marking a birth began to evolve. One celebration was the giving of a name on the eighth day, another was the “purification” of the mother on the fortieth day after birth. In that blessing, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s journey to the temple, the priest took the baby in his arms and placed the child before the altar. Just as Simeon received the child Jesus, so the priest received the new Christian while chanting Simeon’s prayer. Later, normally on Epiphany, the priest would baptize, chrismate (confirm), and give a few drops of the Precious Blood to the child in a joyous celebration of the whole community.
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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.
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.
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