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Parish Bulletin for April 5, 2015
Easter Sunday

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: 
         • Altar and Rosary Society Meeting: Thursday, March 26, 1:00 p.m.
         • Finance Council: Tuesday, March 31, 1:00 p.m.
         • Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 31, 4:00 p.m.
         • Knights of Columbus: April 12, after 11:00 a.m. Mass
         • Worship Committee: TBA
         • Diocesan Calendar Events: Visit the Diocese of Pueblo Calendar Page frequently.

Assumption Parish Easter Season Mass Schedule: (no confessions prior to Mass April 2 to April 5)
    April 2, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, at 3 p.m.
    April 3, Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion prayer service at 3 p.m. (no Stations of the Cross)
    April 4, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m.
    April 5, Easter Sunday, Easter Mass at 11:00 a.m.
    April 12, Divine Mercy Sunday, Mass at 11:00 a.m.

St. Benedict's Parish Easter Season Mass Schedule: (no confessions prior to Mass April 2 to April 5)
    April 2, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, at 7 p.m.
    April 3, Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion prayer service at 3 p.m.
    April 4, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m.
    April 5, Easter Sunday, Easter Mass at 8 a.m.
    April 12, Divine Mercy Sunday, Mass at 8:00 a.m.

April 4, Annual Altar & Rosary Society Bake Sale: Come one and all and bring your friends! The Altar and Rosary Society will hold their Annual Easter Bake Sale on Saturday, April 4 at the Community Center next to the Library on Main St., from 9:00 a.m. until noon. If you would like to donate baked items, they will be most appreciated. Please take them to the Community Center between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the day of the sale. If you have any questions call Sandy Dunlap, 783-2010

divine mercyOn Divine Mercy Sunday we will begin with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 11:00 a.m. Mass and continue by praying The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. This will be followed by Benediction. All are welcome to attend. Also, you are reminded to begin your Divine Mercy Novena on Good Friday.
   From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God's love is unlimited and available to everyone -- especially the greatest sinners.
   The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
   The message of mercy is that God loves us --€” all of us -- no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. Read how to pray The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.

Procession Palm Sunday 

March 29, Palm Sunday:
The Lord's Passion Mass was celebrated by Fr. Nick and Deacon Mike.

For additional photos, visit the 2015 Past Events page.

Barbara Campbell 3 

Funeral Mass: Barbara Campbell past on Thursday, March 5. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Assumption Church on Friday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m., and it was proceeded by a rosary at 9:30 a.m.

For additional photos, click here.

DMF 2015 

Sunday, March 22, Collection & DMF 2015:
   Offertory: $1,097; Capital Improvements: $518,
   DMF 2015 Campaign Pledges: $20,310, Number of Pledges: 52;
   DMF 2015 Assessment: $22,294; Pledges still needed: $1,984.

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.



God's Word Today—
Our Lenten journey of conversion today reaches the holy city of Jerusalem. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Throughout Lent we have been journeying with the Lord to Jerusalem. Today he enters the holy city amid cries of joy and gladness. Those cries of joy turn quickly to cries of pain and anguish, which culminate in the words of abandonment that Jesus utters from the cross. Imagine the despair the Lord experienced when he felt abandoned by all, especially his own Father. As we prepare to listen to God's word, let us remember the pain and anguish that the Lord Jesus suffered on our behalf.
   The solemnity of todays readings invites us into silent contemplation of the mystery of our redemption. There are so many levels on which to understand the events of the Passion. The woman who anoints Jesus acts prophetically in a way that the other disciples do not yet grasp. Anointing is for priests, prophets, and kings, and also for the preparation of the dead. It is for healing and for holiness. Her action acknowledges the imminent events of the passion and death of the Lord, and points toward his resurrection and triumph over evil and death. He is priest and victim, prophet and God, King and Lord. All these things are acknowledged in her prophetic anointing.
          —(c) Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.

Is today "Palm Sunday" or "Passion Sunday"? Though now known officially as Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, confusion is understandable, since before the 1969 reform of the calendar two separate Sundays bore these titles. Passion Sunday was a week before Palm Sunday. To add to the confusion, the Gospel accounts of the Passion of the Lord were not read on Passion Sunday, but on Palm Sunday! On Passion Sunday, the cross and statues were veiled in full purple drapes. The organ had fallen silent at the beginning of Lent, and now the sanctuary bells were replaced by wooden clappers. The introit (opening chant) for the old Mass of Passion Sunday hints at a reason for reform: "Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight against a faithless people" (Psalm 42). This liturgy was laden with references to the "infidelity" of the Jews, a theme that gave rise to inflammatory preaching and, in some places, attacks against the persons and property of the Jewish people. This does not stand as a "treasure" of any sort in our tradition. Our authentic tradition, rather, is the ability to reflect and repent and to seek reconciliation with the Jews, our brothers and sisters in the love and service of God.

           —(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 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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