Pastor’s Desk

20 January 2019

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Miniatures on the Mass: Blessing of the Deacon before the Gospel

Have you ever wondered what the priest says to the deacon when he blesses him before the reading of the Gospel? Well, here it is: “May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips, that you may proclaim His Gospel worthily and well, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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The Sisters are Coming!

We are blessed to have two religious from the Sister of the Merciful Jesus coming to the diocese and to our parish! They will be here from March 21-26. During that time they will join us for various devotions and offer us a Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 23.

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Altar Servers and Altar Guard

Christ needs valiant young men and women to serve at His altar. If you are interested in learning more and being trained to serve, please contact the parish office at 598-3595x146. Young men from junior high through college are eligible to serve as part of the Altar Guard and join those who have stepped up for more intense training and duties and wear special surplices.

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Special Speaker Fr. Piotr Prusakiewicz

Fr. Piotr of the Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel, internationally renowned retreat master from Poland and editor-in-chief of the magazine The Angels will speak about angels in the life of St. Faustina at St. Patrick Church on February 8, 2019 at 7:00pm. For several years, Fr. Piotr served as chaplain of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw where St. Faustina began her religious life in 1924. He will share what he learned about her from the sisters who had personally known St. Faustina. Religious items will be available in Fitzpatrick Hall prior to his presentation, and a reception will follow.

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Feast of Blessed Fr. Michael Sopocko

In her diary, St. Faustina referred to Blessed Fr. Michael Sopocko as the “second apostle of the Divine Mercy.” As her confessor and spiritual director, Blessed Sopocko instructed St. Faustina to record her mystical experiences in what is now called her Diary. It was he who found the artist who, under St. Faustina’s direction, painted the original Divine Mercy portrait. He was the first priest to preach on the devotion of Divine Mercy and it was he who founded the Congregation of Sisters of Merciful Jesus.

We are blessed to have Blessed Fr. Michael Sopocko’s first class relic available for veneration each Saturday morning at our 8:00am Mass and Divine Mercy Holy Hour which follows. February 15 is his feastday, so beginning February 6, please consider praying the following novena for his powerful intercession.

Merciful God, you have made Blessed Fr. Michael Sopocko the Apostle of Your Divine Mercy and the ardent devotee of Our Lady, the Mother of Mercy. Grant through his intercession that by praising Your Mercy and trusting in Your goodness, I will obtain the grace of… (her name you petition)… I ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…


Pastor’s Desk

13 January 2019

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Miniatures on the Mass: Holy Water

As we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, we recall our own baptism when we were freed from Original Sin and became children of God. Yet, this is something we recall every time we come into the church and bless ourselves with Blessed Water in the font. This custom goes back at least to the fourth century. A testimony by Himcmar of Reims gave directions as follows: “Every Sunday, before the celebration of the Mass, the priest shall bless water in his church and for this holy purpose, he shall use a clean and suitable vessel. The people, when entering the church, are to be sprinkled with this water and those who so desire may carry some away in clean vessels so as to sprinkle their houses, fields, vineyards, and cattle, and the provender with which these last are fed, as also to throw over their own food.” (“Capitula synodalia”, cap. v, in P.L., CXXV, col, 774).

The water in our font is blessed with the ancient rite of blessing and commingling with blessed salt. The rite in compassed of various prayers, but here is the final one: “Let us pray. O God, Creator unconquerable, invincible King, Victor ever-glorious, you hold in check the forces bent on dominating us. You overcome the cruelty of the raging enemy, and in your power you beat down the wicked foe. Humbly and fearfully do we pray to you, O Lord, and we ask you to look with favor on this salt and water which you created. Shine on it with the light of your kindness. Sanctify it by the dew of your love, so that, through the invocation of your holy name, wherever this water and salt is sprinkled, it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit, and dispel the terrors of the poisonous serpent. And wherever we may be, make the Holy Spirit present to us, who now implore your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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Seminarians

It was a grace to have our two seminarians, Ian White and Tyler Kluzak, back for Christmas and to see them serve many of our Masses. Let us continue to keep them in our prayers. If you would like to send them a card letting them know that you are praying for them, you may do so at the following address: St. Gregory the GReat Seminary, 800 Fletcher Rd, Seward, NE 68434

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Adoration

It was wonderful to see the turnout for Eucharistic Adoration on the Solemnity of the Epiphany. I am sure that many graces were received by those who came, following the example of the Magi, and knelt before the Eucharistic King. Our entire parish family is blessed by this prayer and allows our Merciful Lord to bestow His graces on each and every one of us. In light of this, we will have Eucharistic Adoration on the first Sunday of every month from the conclusion of the 11:30am Mass until 4:30pm with benediction before the 5:00pm Mass. “May God bless us in His mercy!” (Psalm 67)

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Young Adult “Ad Orientum” Candlelight Mass

On Thursday, January 17 we will have our first Young Adult “Ad Orientum” Candlelight Mass at 7:30pm. This Mass, which was encouraged to continue in the Novus Ordo Mass of 1969 and places the ministerial priest at the head of kingdom of priests, those baptized in Christ as priest, prophet, and king. The ministerial priest leads the faithful toward God offering to Him the Sacrifice of His Son. For more information, please contact Jackie Staton at 598-3595x105 or go to our St. Patrick Young Adult ministry facebook page.

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Sacred Linens

There are two linens used at every Mass. The first is the corporal (from the Latin “corpus” meaning body) on which is placed the paten with the Body of Christ and also the chalice with the Blood of Christ. The second is the purificator which is used to cleanse the chalices. The corporal may contain particles of the Body of Christ and the purificator normally ends up containing remnants of the Blood of Christ. For this reason, these linens are soaked in a special sink called the Sacrarium which drains directly into the ground. Then the linens are washed and ironed. We are in need of people to be trained to wash and iron these linens. If you are interested, please call the office and ask for Patty Henderson at 598-3595x146.


Pastor’s Desk

6 January 2019

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Miniatures on the Mass: Incense

The purpose of incensing and the symbolic value of the smoke is that of purification and sanctification. For example, in the eastern rites at the beginning of Mass, the altar and sanctuary area are incensed while Psalm 50, the “Miserere,” was chanted invoking the mercy of God. The smoke symbolizes the prayers of the faithful drifting up to heaven: the Psalmist prays, “Let my prayer come like incense before you; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice” (Ps 141). Incense also creates the ambiance of heaven: the book of Revelation describes the heavenly worship as follows: “Another angel came in holding a censer of gold. He took his place at the altar of incense and was given large amounts of incense to deposit on the altar of gold in front of the throne, together with the prayers of all God’s holy ones. From the angel’s hand, the smoke of incense went up before God, and with it the prayers of God’s people.”

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Video Ministry

Ever wonder how the words to all the hymns and responses get up on the front walls of our sanctuary? Well, there is someone in the back, in the video booth being attentive and serving our parish family by keeping us all on the right “page.” If you think this is something that you could do, to offer a hand to the most important part of our parish life, that is the liturgy, plese let us know by calling the parish office at 598-3595. Thank you.

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Young Adult Wine & Cheese

Starting January 27 we will be hosting a YOUNG ADULT WINE & CHEESE MIXER in the Fitzpatrick Hall (right across the gathering space) every Sunday immediately after the 5pm Mass. This is just a brief time to meet other young adults and grab some refreshments before heading off to other things. If you are interested in helping to organize this event, please contact Jackie Lon Staton at jlon@stpatscs.org or check out our St. Patrick Young Adult Ministry Facebook page.

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Father Son Dude Ranch Excursion

Based on the interest among our fathers and sons (ages 12-18) we have reserved July 10-14 for our expedition to the Wyoming Catholic College Dude Ranch. Please join our information session on Saturday, January 12 at 11am in Fitzpatrick Hall. All are welcome.


Pastor’s Desk

30 December 2018

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Miniatures on the Mass: Silence

If we are attentive, each of us can take advantage of the moments of silence in the Mass. This is a form of active participation and we need to be reminded of it. Our culture tends to fill every nook and cranny with noise. As Cardinal Sarah states so clearly in his book The Power of Silence, “Without silence, God disappears in the noise. And this noise becomes all the more obsessive because God is absent. Unless the world rediscovers silence, it is lost. The earth then rushes into nothingness.”

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With Christmas Gratitude

Fr. Sean and I would like to thank all of you for what seems like your endless manifestations of Christmas giving and greeting to us. The number of cards, gifts, prayers, and edibles has been truly abundant. As priests that serve the people of God at St. Patrick, it is certainly uplifting to be shown so much appreciation and love. Thank you so very much.

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Gifts in Memoriam

We are very grateful to Dr. Jerry and Patrice Tafolla who have generously donated a new and matching tabernacle vigil candle lamp with the same gaelic pattern as the candles. May God be praised!

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Prayer of St. John Paul II for Families

Lord God, from You every family in Heaven and on earth takes its name. Father, You are love and life. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, the fountain of divine charity, grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.

Grant that Your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the families in the world.

Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.

Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of marriage, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.

Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family and through the family.

We ask this of You, Who is life, truth and love with the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Pastor’s Desk

25 December 2018

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St. Francis and the Nativity Scene

Tradition believes that it was St. Francis of Assisi who created the first Nativity scene and held a Mass and the laying of the Christ Child in the manger for the first time. He did this in a cave in Greccio, Italy in the presence of his fellow friars and those who lived in the region. He said, “I want to do something that will recall the memory of that Child who was born in Bethlehem, to see with bodily eyes the inconveniences of His infancy, how He lay in the manger, and how the ox and ass stood by.”

Let us then revere these beutiful scenes which speak to us of our Blessed Lord’s infinite love manifested with such strking simplicity and poverty and allow our contemplation to have a lasting effect on our lives.

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Ministry List

We are posting in the Christmas bulletin a complete list of our ministries at St. Patrick. Please take a look at it and, if you are not already involved in one or more of these ministries, prayerfully consider lending a hand in the ministry that most attracts you. And remember, the Merciful Lord is never outdone in generosity. Thank you so much.

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A Blessed New Year

As we begin a new calendar year, we have so much to be thankful for as a parish. With St. Patrick interceding for us in heaven, joined by our founding pastor Msgr. John Slattery, Fr. Michael Butler, and with so many pouring love into our parish, we can be filled with immense hope for 2019. We look forward to seeing our religious education and youth programs continue to reap such wonderful fruits in our young people. We continue to support our seminarians with love and enthusiasm. We see our young adults coming together to strengthen one another in our Catholic faith and meet the challenges of our world. And every day we are inspired by the selfless generosity of so many of our parishioners who serve the parish and the community in what seems like endless acts of kindness and mercy.

All of us seek to continue growing in this new year through our sacred liturgies, which are blossoming into something beautiful for God and arousing even greater devotion in our hearts. And we remember all of these wonderful graces with thanksgiving and blessed hope in our increasing Eucharistic Adoration program.

In this new year, we will be initiating a pastoral plan for the parish looking to the future, a future gathered around the Eucharistic Christ, seeking truth, and exercising merciful love. We will begin in January our Divine Mercy Cenacles group (and possibly two with the number of those who are interested). We are looking forward to a meaningful Lenten Mission presented by the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus, and among other things, our first ever Father & Son Excursion in July. These are just a few of so many blessings coming our way in 2019. Let us together through the pure hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, entrust our parish family everyday to Almighty God and His Most Holy Will.


Pastor’s Desk

16 December 2018

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Invite Someone Home for Christmas

Do you know someone who has been away from the Church for a while? Someone who just needs a loving invitation to come home? Let us all pray that they open their hearts to the Father’s Gift of His only begotten Son. Invitations are available on the welcome tables. Make use of these to invite someone to come home for Christmas. Or if you think a personal invitation from me would help, please send me an email or address in order to invite them. They, too, will be the greatest gift that the Christ Child will receive!

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Divine Mercy Cenacle

A Divine Mercy Cenacle prayer and discussion Group will begin meeting the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The first meeting will be Jan. 9, 2019 at 6:30pm. The Diary of St. Faustina, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture will be used in conjunction with the Cenacle Formation Manual produced by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. We will be ordering the manuals in December. If you are interested and were unable to attend the meeting held last month contact GeralynHess@outlook.com or Vicki Chiment at 598-3595 to reserve a manual. Looking forward to beginning this spiritual journey with you!

 
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Thank You

I want to thank everyone who worked so selflessly to make our first Lessons & Carols a blessing for our parish. There were many people behind the scenes working on programs, costumes, decorations, bags of goodies, baking, praying, and of course rehearsing to read and to sing. Let us continue to appreciate the gift of our parish family and be a community that, gathered around the Eucharistic Lord, scatters the rays of His Merciful Lord to one another and to all around us.

 

Pastors’s Desk

9 December 2018

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Miniatures on the Mass: Genuflection

In the 16th century the Church adopted the custom of genuflecting on one knee which was part of court etiquette. To distinguish between court and Christian usage, the knee was changed form the left to the right knee. This beautiful tradition endures to this day in the Catholic Church as an expression of love and devotion. As the catechism states, “In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord.” (CCC 1378)

The word genuflection comes from two Latin words, genu (knee) and flectere (to bend) and so the bending of the knees, when we come into the Presence of the Eucharistic Lord, shows our belief and our love for Him. And, as St Paul says, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:10-11)

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Ad Orientum Candlelight Mass

On Saturdays Dec. 15 and 22 at 8:00am we will celebrate amidst candlelight the traditional Advent Mass of the Blessed Virgin facing liturgical east to the dawn of Jesus Christ. We frequently say or sing during Advent, “people look east” and this is the idea of Mass “Ad Orientum” (to the east). In this way, the priest himself joins the faithful in looking toward the Father who sends His Son to us. This Advent Mass was also known as the “Rorate Mass” taking its name from the first line of the antiphon which says “rorate coeli desuper et nubes pluant justum” (drop down dew, ye heavens, from above and let the clouds rain down the just one).

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Father Son Dude Ranch Excursion

Based on the interest among our fathers and sons (ages 12-18) we have reserved July 10-14th for our expedition to the Wyoming Catholic College Dude Ranch. Please join our information session on Sat, Jan 12th at 11:00am in Fitzpatrick Hall. All are welcome. For more information: FrMGoodyear@stpatscs.org.

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New Arrangement of the Altar Candles and Crucifix

Some of you have asked about the new candles and altar crucifix. This arrangement, brought from the rich tradition of the Church, was fostered by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with the intention of focusing our attention on the sacred altar and the Lord it represents. Ever since the priest turned toward the community in the celebration of the Mass, there has been a disruption in the act of worship toward the Heavenly Father. Pope Benedict describes it like this:

The turning of the priest toward the people has turned the community into a self-enclosed circle. In its outward form, it no longer opens out on what lies ahead and above, but is locked into itself. The common turning toward the East was not a “celebration toward the wall”; it did not mean that the priest “had his back toward the people”: the priest himself was not regarded as so important. For just as the congregation in the synagogue looked together toward Jerusalem, so in the Christian Liturgy the congregation looked together “toward the Lord.” Looking at the priest has no importance. What matters is looking together at the Lord.

Moving the altar cross to the side to give an uninterrupted view of the priest is something I regard as one of the truly absurd phenomena of recent decades. Is the cross disruptive during Mass? Is the priest more important than Our Lord?

A seventh candle may be placed on the altar when the Bishop is present. It is placed on the back side of the crucifix which always faces the celebrant.

We also remember the beautiful symbolism of the candles on the altar, a sign of our love for Jesus Christ. I pray that this new altar arrangement may lead us to a greater focus and fervor in our celebration of Holy Mass.

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We have been so blessed with the beautiful appointments in our sanctuary and now have the vestments, processional torches, altar crucifix, Roman Missal stand, and altar candles. We thank all those who have donated these items as gifts in memoriam and thank our latest donor, the LaMay Family, for giving five of the altar candles. Additionally, we would like to thank a couple of donors who were not mentioned previously. Thank you to the Dionisio Sisters for the gift of one of the altar candles and thank you to Chuck and Mabel Page for the gift of the altar crucifix. As a faith community, we will always be reminded of our love for the Lord Jesus and of the breathtaking heaven that awaits us through these beautiful liturgical items.


Pastor’s Desk

2 December 2018

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The opening prayer of the first Sunday of Advent asks Almighty God that we may “resolve to run forth to meet Christ.” Now, when is the last time our preparation for Christ could be summed up like that! Christmas preparation is certainly characterized by a lot of running around from store to store, from party to party, but it is not always a “running forth to meet Christ.”

This “running forth” is a meditation on the unfathomable mystery of God’s love in the incarnation. We reflect on this Love growing in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate. As St. Faustina so beautifully puts it, “Your beauty so enthralled the Thrice-Holy One’s eye, that He came down from heaven, forsaking th’eternal See’s throne, and assumed from Your Heart Body and Blood, hiding for nine months in the Virgin’s Heart. O Mother, Virgin, this will no one comprehend, that the infinite God is becoming a man; it’s only love’s and His inscrutable mercy’s purpose.”

Each day of Advent we too should grow in our loving response to the Incarnation. In our reflcetions, prayers, acts of kindness, the writing of Christmas cards, the baking of cookies, an act of patience, a helping hand, a word of greeting or encouragement, a listening ear, a look of love, an act of service to our parish family, and so on.

We do all of this remembering the beautiful words of St. John the Evangelist, “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins.”

May Christmas be His infinite love meeting our ever so ardent love expressed in love of neighbor.

With my prayers,

Fr. Michael Goodyear

 
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In Gratitude

Thank you to all who made our celebration of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe so beautiful. The new altar appointments, the crowns of gold and thorn, the wonderful participation of so many who came to Eucharistic Adoration expressing our love to Jesus, the beautiful sacred music and so on. And also as a show of love for the King of Mercy, every single tag from the giving tree has been taken and will be filled with love. God is good!

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Young Adults

Our young adults (ages 21-35) will have our third session on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30pm. Come enjoy some social time with Christmas edibles and then to watch, discuss, and o deeper in your understanding of the theology of the Mass. For more information contact Hannah at hsmith@stpatscs.org or check out our St. Patrick Young Adult Ministry Facebook page.


Pastor’s Desk

25 November 2018

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Miniatures on the Mass: Relics

Although not part of the Mass, some have

asked about why we venerate relics of the

saints. We are blessed here at St. Patrick

to have, as part of Divine Mercy of the

Rockies, three relics: St. Faustina, St. John

Paul II, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko. We also

have a relic of St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Jerome reminds us that “we do not

worship relics, we do not adore them, for

fear that we should bow down to the

creature rather than to the creator. But we

venerate the relics of the martyrs in order

to better adore him whose martyrs they

are.” The saints are canonized by the

Church because, through their intercession

at least two unexplainable things have

happened, what we call miracles. That

seems to indicate that the Merciful Lord is

pleased that we turn to his Mercy with the

help of the saints.

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Gifts in Memoriam

On this Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of

the Universe, we have unveiled our new

altar cloth, altar crucifix, altar candles,

and Roman Missal stand. Thank you to

Vicki Chiment who made our altar cloth

and to those below who gave these items in

memory of loved ones. There are still items

available.

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Pastor’s Desk

18 November 18

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Miniatures on the Mass: Communion in the Hand

For those who choose to receive Holy Communion in the hand, perhaps this reflection by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI taken from ideas of St. Cyril of Jerusalem will be helpful: “They should make a throne of their hands, laying the right upon the left to form a throne for the King, forming at the same time a cross. This symbolic gesture, so fine and so profound, is what concerns him: the hands of man for a cross, which becomes a throne, down into which the King inclines himself. The open, outstretched hand can thus become a sign of the way that a man offers himself to the Lord, opens his hands for Him, that they may become an instrument of his presence and a throne of his mercies in this world.”

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Love to Learn

It is with sadness that I announce that LOVE TO LEARN has decided to leave our community. I put my heart and soul into promoting this program, announcing it from the sanctuary and supporting sign-ups to assist with the program. As with all of our programs, there are Safe Environment norms that must be followed. First and foremost, this is in the best interest of our children but also for all of us in our community. When there were a few norms that were not totally being followed by LOVE TO LEARN, I brought this to their attention. Rather than cooperating, the director of the program, without consulting me, decided to take LOVE TO LEARN out of our community. I pray for all involved.

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Thanksgiving Mass

Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day, we will have a Mass to lift up our grateful hearts to the Lord. The Mass will take place at 9:30am. Those who wish may bring bread and wine to exchange with fellow parishioners. The bread and wine will be blessed for your Thanksgiving tables or to be shared with others.

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Divine Mercy of the Rockies

Divine Mercy of the Rockies has launched our new website www.divinemercyoftherockies.org. Also, we have our Facebook page up and running and you can see 250 photographs from the recent pilgrimage to Lithuania and Poland. We were also able to obtain a relic of Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, St. Faustina's spiritual director and founder of the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus. The relic is a bone fragment from his right arm and will be on display along with the relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II every Saturday morning for the 8:00am Divine Mercy Mass and Holy Hour. Please continue to pray for Divine Mercy of the Rockies and our work in the diocese, as well as the visit of the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus later this month.


Pastor’s Desk

11 November 18

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Miniatures on the Mass: Bowing

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states the following about bowing: “A bow of the head is made when the three Divine Persons are named together and at the names of Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of the Saint in whose honor Mass is being celebrated. A bow of the body, that is to say a profound bow, is made to the altar; during the prayers Munda cor meum (Almighty God, cleanse my heart) and In spiritu humilitatis (Lord God, we ask you to receive); in the Creed at the words Et incarnatus est (by the power of the Holy Spirit . . . made man); in the Roman Canon at the words Supplices te rogamus (Almighty God, we pray that your angel). The same kind of bow is made by the deacon when he asks for a blessing before the proclamation of the Gospel. In addition, the priest bows slightly as he speaks the words of the Lord at the consecration. (GIRM 275.)

St. Patrick Security

Some time ago the Finance Council and Pastoral Council listened to the suggestions of the Emergency Action Team regarding our safety and security. We are in the midst of carrying out many of these suggestions including the following: Increased and better lighting in our parking lots, increased number of security cameras, to include the exterior of the building, different locks on our classrooms, shades on the windows of our meeting rooms and classrooms. We will continue to improve our security. If there are any parishioners who are interested in the Emergency Action Team, please call the parish office.

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Has the Priesthood Ever Crossed Your Mind?

If you are a young man and the thought of priesthood has ever crossed your mind, or if you’re just trying to figure out what you are supposed to do with your life and how you can serve others, feel free to contact me to discuss it. My email is FrMGoodyear@stpatscs.org.

Divine Mercy Home Enthronement

We will begin soon to bless families and images of Divine Mercy for the Enthronement of Homes to the Divine Mercy. If you and your family are interested in finding out more about this blessing, please contact Vicki Chiment via the parish office.