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Dear Friends, Our Lady of Fatima Parish is a place where: “ALL ARE WELCOME”! Take a few moments today and prayerfully consider  your personal relationship with Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Think about your memories that are part of your … Continue reading

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Dear Friends,

In our MissionStatement we proclaim that “all are welcome” in this parish! It’s a great challenge to take those words that we read before Mass and live them each day! This might be a great way to start the conversation about how we become a truly welcoming community. Just think about the great diversity in this parish. What a great gift our diversity is!

This was an special welcome announcement at All Saints Lutherean Church in Aurora, Colorado. I thought that it might generate some conversation and personal reflection. 

“All are welcome! We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, fifthly rich, dirt poor, y no habla ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail, or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you, if you sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if your’re just browsing, just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catolic than the Pope,or haven’t been in church since little Joe’s baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk food eaters.

We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems,or you’re down in the dumps,or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here.

We offer a special welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, who work hard, don’t work, can’t spell,or come because grandma is in town and wanted and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced,or both.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts…and you! All are welcome!”

Peace,

Fr. Steve

Are all truly welcome?

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Celebrating God’s Gifts

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Dear Friends, We are so gifted! Next weekend we will celebrate our giftedness. Make sure that you set time aside after Mass to visit our celebration of God’s gifts. Our celebration will be held in the backyard of the rectory … Continue reading

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The Lord is truly Risen! Let us rejoice and be glad! Alleluia! Alleluia!

On Easter Sundaywe came together to celebrate once again to the amazing story of God’s endless love! We sing our Gloria, we fill our sanctuary with signs of new life! Our holy water fonts are filled with Easter water. For the coming Great 50 Days of the Easter season we will listen to the wonderful gospel stories that proclaim the great mystery of our faith, namely that through the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus we have been redeemed and share in the gift of eternal life.

In the second gospel for Easter Sunday (the gospel of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus) the two disciples of Jesus come to recognize him in the breaking of the bread. In the breaking of the bread their eyes are open and they come to see the presence of the RisenLord in their midst. Filled with the experience of the Risen Lord they return to Jerusalem filled with Easter joy to share with the other discipes their experience of the Risen Lord and how thay came to recognize the Risen Lord in the breaking of the bread.

Every time we gather together to celebrate the gift of Eucharist we celebrate the gift of the Risen Lord in our midst! We proclaim our belief in the gift of eternal life and our belief in God’s never ending love for all humanity and creation. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus we are called to have our hearts set on fire within us every time we celebrate the Eucharist for it is truly the celebration of the Risen Lord Jesus in our midst!

It is not simply enough to celebrate the presence of the Risen Lord in the Eucharistic celebration. The Eucharistic celebration must be carried forth in our lives each day wherever we might find ourselves. Our life is meant to be a sign of the Risen Lord Jesus as we minister to one another and care for those who are in need. We are called to minister to one another and care for all those who are in need. We are called to witness tot he RisenLord by the life that we live! At the end of every Eucharistic celebration we are sent forth to proclaim the glory of the Risen Lord by our lives!

May the peace of the Risen Lord fill you and your loved ones every day!

Peace,
Fr. Steve