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Mass Times Changed

Several Mass times have been eliminated from the schedule. Starting August 1, weekend Mass times will be Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 8:00 AM; 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM. Spanish Mass will be held at 9:30 AM on the 2nd & 4th Sundays.

OLOF Parish School
Celebration of Mass to resume as of May 23-24, 2020

With the approval of Bishop Brennan, Fr. Paul Yuenger has announced the resumption of Mass at Our Lady of Fatima. Read the full announcement letter HERE or in Spanish HERE.

Highlights include:
1 - New Mass times - Saturday: 5:00 PM; 6:30 PM - Sunday: 8:00 AM; 9:30 AM; 11:00 AM; 6:30 PM - Spanish masses will resume July 12
2 - There is limited seating due to distancing, so reserve a seat for mass time & number in your family at reservations@olofatima.org or phone (304) 525-0866, M-Th 8-2
3 - Enter through main church door on Norway starting 15 minutes before Mass
4 - Masks required for entrance
5 - No collection will be passed, baskets will be found at front of center aisle where you can place your envelopes while approaching for Communion
6 -Stay home if you are sick or vulnerable, the faithful of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice

Press Release from DWC

Click HERE to read the press release from the Diocese about the plan to resume public celebration of Mass.

Public Sunday Masses are scheduled to begin with the Masses of May 23-24, 2020, if the parish plan submitted by the pastor in accordance with the directives from the diocese is approved by Bishop Brennan.

Parishioner Response to Self-isolation

Home AltarOn Friday, March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 virus, Bishop Brennan suspended all masses in our Diocese and requested the church doors be locked during this epidemic for the physical health and safety of his flock. Admittedly I was stunned, shocked, and for days literally felt like a lost sheep. How, during this special time of Lent, was I going to continue my walk with Christ without being at church, going to Mass, and especially receiving the Eucharist? How were my prayers going to be made without the home distractions? As a cradle catholic I have acquired many icons, statues and pictures. I had them displayed throughout the house, but I had never taken the time to make a special place of prayer in my house. I never took the time to set up a home altar; to set up a place of encouragement for a prayer-centered life: a place for devotion. I did not create a place in my home dedicated to God. It was a simple thing to do. I took a corner of a room and placed a small table, kneeler, and bench. I then placed on the table some blessed catholic icons and a place to lay my prayer intentions. Now, when I pray, participate in the Mass via the Internet, say the Rosary or Stations of the Cross, I go to my home altar. No, it is not church, however, it is my place of honor in my home dedicated to God. I only wish it did not take this epidemic for me to give God a room in my home as he creates a room for me in His (John 14:2). - a Parishioner

SoulCore available through Facebook

SoulCoreIn the absence of being able to join together at the OLOF parish hall during the COVID-19 restrictions, we are joining together for Soul Core on Face book LIVE. We have been streaming from my main page - "Anna Hood Kinker" and then the video is shared to "SoulCore - Anna Kinker". The videos are saved on both locations for viewing anytime.

There are a couple of ways to join in. Send a friend request to "Anna Hood Kinker" so that you can join live, or go to "Soul Core-Anna Kinker", like the page, and view the shared/saved video. We have been having daily SoulCore getogethers Monday thrn Friday at 10 AM. I typically post a schedule for the week on Sunday. Looking forward to having you with us!

COVID-19 Response

Until further notice, Our Lady of Fatima Church will be open it's normal hours for private prayer. Fr. Paul will fulfill the published mass intentions with private masses. The Parish Office will be open from 8-Noon M-F. You can contact the Parish Office staff at church@olofatima.org as needed. With God's blessing, may we all stay healthy and be back to normal soon.

Message from Bishop Brennan

Per Bishop Brennan's message - all Masses, meetings, classes and dinners are cancelled as of Saturday afternoon, March 14, 2020 until further notice. Father Paul will be offering up the Mass intentions privately. If you need to contact the Church, use Father Paul's number in an emergency: 304-663-2877. Everyone stay safe and God Bless you all.

Father Paul & the Parish Office Staff


ECCHO Items for March

Cereal: Branflakes, Cheerios, Cornflakes, Instant Oatmeal

Please place items in the ECCHO cabinet near the Cry Room. Please make sure that items are in bags or boxes. Thank you for your generosity! PLEASE NOTE: Our ECCHO drop off cannot take large items. If you have large items please take them to ECCHO in Milton. All items left at our ECCHO drop off must work (no broken items) and be clean.
Thank you for your generosity!

School News - From Our Principal

We are now having open registration for our upcoming school year. Our school begins with our 2-year-old program and extends to 8th grade.

Visit our website at olofps.org for registration information or contact the school office at 304-523-2861 to set up a time to tour our beautiful school. Do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns.

~ Online School continues until further notice

Seeking Director of Music

Please call the Parish Office at 304-525-0866 or email the Parish Office at church@olofatima.org if you or someone you know is interested.

Bulletin Advertising Opportunities Available!

Vinnie DiNicola representing DIOCESAN (our Bulletin Publisher) will be at the parish soon renewing existing advertisers AND seeking new ones. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS and DIOCESAN, the bulletin is published weekly at no cost to the parish. Please consider purchasing an ad. We feel this is an excellent service and that the sponsors get good coverage with their ads. Your ad and participation make the bulletin successful, and you will attract customers! If interested, please contact Vinnie directly at 614-580-8454 (feel free to text). You may also reach him via email at vdinicola@diocesan.com.

Volunteers Needed

The Serving Hands Fellowship needs people who are willing to cut plastic bags and tie the pieces together to make the plarn (plastic yarn). Our Moisture Barrier Mats for the Homeless to lay their sleeping blanket on continue to bring comfort to those who need them. Our group meets Mondays 1-3 P.M. in the meeting room of the parish office. If you want to participate at home, stop by and pick up supplies and directions. Please send questions to: jan.yost@yahoo.com

Funeral Planning

If you are interested in planning for your funeral or helping a loved one plan for their funeral, we have books available in the Parish Office. Please stop by and pick one up.

Amoris Laetitia--The Joy of Love

Pope Francis has released his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, titled Amoris Laetitia--The Joy of Love. A link to the document on the Vatican website can be found HERE.

New Bulletin Columns

Check out each week's Bulletin for two new columns! Fr. Paul is offering us "Preparation for Sunday Mass" where he is giving us questions based on the Sunday readings. Take time to meditate on these questions and let them grow your participation in your Catholic life. The second column is called "Technology Corner" and will share ways to use your smart phones, tablets and computers to grow your Faith. Please let us know in the Parish Office if you have favorite resources that you'd like to share.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish App

At Our Lady of Fatima we are pursuing new opportunities to foster a stronger parish life. As a part of these efforts we are happy to announce that we now have our own App for Apple and Android phones. Our new App will allow us to send you useful and important messages throughout the week regarding our parish life and events, and allow you to reply to messages or RSVP for events.

Many great features will be a help to all of us, such as, daily Mass readings, Catholic news, prayers and prayer reminders, quick access to E-giving, Confession reminders, and our weekly bulletin.

So, be sure to download the App by visiting myparishapp.com or searching for myparish on your phone's App store, and stay connected with us all week long.

Additional Inserts

The following inserts were included in prior Sunday bulletins.

Cabell Senior Food Program
Parish Volunteer Opportunities
Catholic Charities
Census Info & Links
Local Mass Schedules
Our new App - myParish App
E-giving Handout
OLOFPS Scrip Information & Procedures
"My Own Church" and Thank You!

Parish Finances

Parish Finance Statement

The 2019 Parish Financial Statement is available for review HERE.

School Finance Statement

The Parish School Financial Statement for the first six months of the School Year 2019-2020 is available HERE.

Notices:

Bulletin Updates

Bulletin Information is due on Friday, one week in advance, at 8:00 AM for the following week's bulletin.

Parish / School Event Forms

If you need to schedule an event for the Parish or School, event forms are available in the Parish Office. These forms must be completed and approved prior to the event.

Email/Phone Prayer Chain

The Parish has created a new Prayer Chain that will be available to anyone requesting the support of shared prayer. If you would like to join the Prayer Chain you can sign up in the vestibule of church or by contacting the Parish office. Note: please only sign up for either the phone list or the email list.

If you need to add someone to the prayer list, please contact the Parish office.