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THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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Mandatory Parent and Teen Orientation is Tuesday, September 8th @7pm in the church.
Classes will be on mondays at 7pm, starting September 14th.
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"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
This weekend we celebrate the glorious feast of All Saints. This feast serves two purposes:
1. It allows us to honor those canonized saints whose feast day we do not keep. There are about 4000 canonized saints, and only 365 days in the year. Many saints are celebrated only in a particular country, or region, or town, or even only in one church! Today we honor all of them.
2. It allows us to honor the saints whose names are known only to God. Anyone who reaches heaven is a saint. The number of the saints is much greater than those who have been canonized (officially declared a saint) by the Church. God willing, many of our departed loved ones are among their number. We praise God today for them and seek their prayers in our behalf.
Tomorrow (Monday, November 2nd) is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed - commonly called All Souls Day. This day we pray for those souls who have not yet reached Heaven, but who are still being purified in Purgatory.
There are many indulgences we can gain for the souls in Purgatory at this time of year:
Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls
• A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.
• A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public chapel on November 2. In visiting the church or chapel, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.
• A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This can be prayed all year, but especially during the month of November:
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
On All Soul's Day the Pastor will offer the traditional three Masses for everyone on our parish altar list of the dead. The 6 pm Mass on November 2nd will be a Solemn High Requiem Mass, offered especially for those who have died this past year in the parish.
Let us remember the words of Holy Scripture: "It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead." As we hope to be prayed for in death, so it is our loving duty to pray for others in life.
Because of the All Souls Day High Mass, there will be no Adult Education Class this Monday. We resume the classes on Monday, Nov. 9, on Purgatory: Why believe in it? What is it? Are you going there? Taught by your unworthy pastor.
We welcome to our parish this weekend the Little Sisters of the Poor from Gallup, NM, who have come to tell us of their work with the aged in that poor area of our state, and to give us the privilege of assisting them with our alms for our annual Mission Collection. Please be generous.
A blessed week to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
Adult Education this Monday will be about "Our Lady of Fatima - Her Prophecies and Warnings: Are They Still Important?", presented by your unworthy pastor. Many people think that because the Soviet Union has fallen and religion is openly practiced in Russia, the message of Fatima no longer has meaning. But it is more important than ever! Come learn about this great apparition of our Lady, and it's meaning for us today!
Adult Ed is every Monday at 7 pm, in Fr. D'Arco Parish Hall. It's a one hour presentation, followed by refreshments and, for those who wish to stay, a half-hour of questions and answers. Come learn about your faith!
Speaking about Fatima, it's still the month of October - the month of the Holy Rosary. Blessed are the people who pray this powerful devotion every day. Blessed are those families that daily pray the Rosary together!
Next Sunday is the great Feast of All Saints. Of course it is a Holy Day of Obligation, but because it falls on a Sunday, this year we get a "two-for-one". Come prepared to celebrate a glorious feast of praising God in His Saints!
As you know, as a rule we have only two special collections in a year: a collection for the missions in the fall, and a collection for our Fillipinni Sisters at the end of January. This year we are inviting the Little Sisters of the Poor from Gallup NM to receive our mission collection.
The Little Sisters are a world-wide religious order dedicated to serving Christ in His poor. One of their major ministries is running "old-age homes" where the aged poor can spend their final years not only with physical care, but an atmosphere of faith and love. Their home in Gallup takes care of many elderly Native Americans who have no other place to go. (But not only Indians. Many of you may remember that our beloved Deacon Aston Baily spent his final years under these wonderful Sisters' care.)
The Little Sisters of the Poor will be with us next weekend, speak briefly at all the Masses, and receive our alms for their work after Mass. Please be generous.
All Souls Day is a week from this Monday. We will offer the traditional three Masses for all those on our parish list of the dead that day. If you would like your beloved dead remembered at these Masses, please use the envelopes included with your monthly packet, or take one of the envelopes found at the doors of the church, and return it by next Sunday.
A blessed week!
Today (Sunday) is the feast of the great saint of charity, St. Vincent de Paul - therefore, we celebrate this weekend the Society that serves the needy among us under this great saint's patronage.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a global organization of Catholic laypeople dedicated to serving Christ in His needy among us. Working in close cooperation with the clergy, the Society collects the alms of the parishioners (our monthly collection for the poor), and then distributes it to those who come to our parish in need of financial assistance, regardless of their religion, helping everyone who turns to the parish for help as our finds permit.
This is never done in an impersonal way, but according to the "Vincentian System", where everyone receives a home visit to see what is needed and to extend Christ-like love to the person in need.
The members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are among the unseen heroes of our parish. Their ministry is one of the most difficult and time-consuming of ministries, yet is one of the most fulfilling. They are very dear to the Heart of Christ.
I can assure you that they use your donations wisely, trying to help as many of the truly needy who live within our parish as possible.
Support them with your prayers and donations, and think if God is calling you to be involved in this great work of love.
We had a great attendance at our first Monday night Adult Ed class of the season. This Monday, Fr. Bill Woytavich will give a one-hour presentation on "Prayer - Tradition and Practice". As you may know, Fr. Bill spent ten years as a monk, so he comes with special insights into
the practice of prayer. It's sure to be interesting. Monday, 7 pm, in Fr. D:Arco Hall.
Monday, our parish pilgrimage goes off to Rome. Fifty of our parishioners, including Deacons Dave Little and Frank Smith and their wives, Steve Woodbury, Fr. Mansfield and myself are going. We promise to pray for all of you at the holy places, and to leave your petitions at the tomb of St. Peter. And I would ask you to pray in a special way on October 1st when our parishioner, Michael Niemczak, is ordained to the sacred order of Deacon at St. Peter's, the final step before Priesthood.
A blessed week !
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