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May 29 - No Divine Mercy Chaplet

There will not be a Divine Mercy Chaplet on this Wednesday, May 29.

K of C Raffle

The Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of Fatima Council 17096 are raffling off a Complete Premium Fishing Kit valued at over $450! The Drawing will be July 1, 2019. See any member for tickets at $3 each or two for $5.
Hands

Help A Girl Out - Feminine Product Drive

HandsDuring the month of May we are collecting feminine hygiene products - sanitary napkins and tampons - for our area homeless women, The collection dropoff is located in the back of the church.

Confirmation

ConfirmationConfirmation will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at a 3:00 P.M. Mass. Candidates and their sponsors need to be in the parish hall at 2:00 P.M. The Very Reverend Donald Higgs will be coming to talk with you, a group picture will be taken and we will be lining up to participate in the processional. Please remember there will be a heavy hors d’oeuvre reception, with cake and beverages in the parish hall after the Confirmation Mass that you and your guests are invited to attend. Please receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Confirmation. If you have any questions, call Ron and Loretta Piaskowski at 740-306-2629.

ECCHO Items for May

Peanut Butter and Jelly, Crackers .... Summer Food for Kids

Please place items in the ECCHO cabinet near the Cry Room.
Thank you for your generosity!

School News

May 5 ~ First Communion

May 9 ~ Feast of Our Lady of Fatima Celebration/May Crowning

May 14 ~ Awards Day/Spring Concert

May 27 ~ No School/Memorial Day

May 29th -11:00 Kindergarten Celebration
- 6:30 8th Grade Graduation

Thursday, May 30th - Fatima Fun Day at Camden Park

~Open Enrollment Continues for all Grades for the School Year, please contact the office to register or to set up a time to tour our school!

Reverend Fr. Tom Graven Funeral

Fr. Tom GravenA Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 26, at 11:00 AM for for our beloved guest priest, Fr. Tom Graven. Visitation will be in the church for two hours prior to the service. A luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall. Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville (Ohio), will preside over the funeral.

May the soul of Fr. Tom Graven and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Save the Dates!

The OLOFPS Reverse Raffle will be held on April 27 from 6:30-10:30 pm.Tickets are available through the school. This year's theme is a 1950's sock hop.

Divine Mercy Sunday falls on April 28 this year. We will celebrate Benediction and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 pm.

Parish First Communion is scheduled for May 5 at 10:45 am Mass. Please pray for these First Communicants.

The Annual Mother Daughter Banquet will be held Monday, May 6, at 6:00 pm. Start hunting for the perfect hat to wear!

Spanish Community First Communion will be held on May 12 at 9:15 am Mass. Please pray for these First Communicants.

Semi-annual Confirmation is scheduled for Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm Mass. A Reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please keep the Confirmation Candidiates in your prayers.

Important: Schedule Changes

Important: Starting next Monday, March 25, the Monday Noon Mass is being permanently moved to Tuesdays at Noon.

Youth Ministry Night

The DWC Office of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry staff will be offering a program entitled PURSUIT here at Fatima on Monday, February 18, at 6:30 pm. This evening is an inspiring, fun and faith filled night for families and will include praise and worship music, prayer and content based on Philippians 3:12. It will be a great opportunity for parents and teenagers (6th-12th grade) to have a fun and spiritually enriching evening together. The evening is FREE.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus will assist with Stations of the Cross on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 P.M. with a short meeting to follow. Saturday, March 16th, the Knights of Columbus will institute their Degree program in the Parish Hall--10 A.M. to 3 P.M. and then attend Mass at 5:30 P.M.

Prayer for the Appointment of a New Bishop
composed by the Most Reverend William E. Lori

Heavenly Father,

we thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In the power of your Holy Spirit you have imparted an abundance of spiritual blessings and gifts so that the Name of Jesus and his Gospel would be proclaimed in every mountain and valley and in every city and village of the great State of West Virginia. Through the Sacraments, the abiding presence of your Son lives on in our midst healing and transforming our souls, creating in our midst missionary disciples, strengthening our families, raising up vocations, making us advocates and servants of the poor and vulnerable. Forgive us for our sins and failings and for anything we have done or failed to do to advance the mission of evangelization entrusted to us by the Good Shepherd.

Now, as we await the appointment and arrival of a new bishop, we turn to you in heartfelt prayer. In your goodness, send us a shepherd who will love and care for this local Church and tend the flock of God after the heart and mind of your Son Jesus. May he be an ardent yet gentle herald of the Gospel, a priest and bishop filled with missionary zeal and pastoral love, whose heart is centered upon the Eucharist and love for the poor. May he guide and serve the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston with love, humility and justice and lead many souls to holiness and eternal life.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For more resources, please check out Praying In Hope

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.

Women's Service Project

Would you like to help make waterproof mats for the homeless?
If you would like to learn more about this activity, please join our ladies on Mondays at 1 P.M. in the conference room of the Parish Hall Office Building. For more information contact Janet Yost or the Parish Office.

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
Scrip Wish List
Kroger Reenrollment Procedure
Kroger Renewal Procedure
Census Info & Links
Local Mass Schedules
Our new App - myParish App
E-giving Handout
OLOFPS Scrip Information & Procedures
"My Own Church" and Thank You!

Kroger Scrip Changes

The Kroger Co. has announced that they will no longer credit Our Lady of Fatima Parish School for money loaded to Kroger gift cards after Aug. 30, 2014. They are implementing a new system tied to your Kroger Plus Card. The new set-up instructions can be found HERE.

Stewardship Funds Running Low

The monies in the Stewardship Fund are running low. This money is used through I&R(Information & Referral) to help people with gas, electric, and water bills or those who may be behind in their rent. Our Parish has responded generously in the past to this request to serve our fellow man. Checks may be written to OLOF and marked Stewardship. If you would like more information about the Stewardship Fund, contact Susie Smith at 304/417-1697

ENCYCLICAL LETTER ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Pope Francis has issued an ENCYCLICAL LETTER ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME. You can read the English translation of the Encyclical HERE.

Pastoral Letter: My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation;
Ministry With & Among the Elderly in West Virginia

DWC Bishop Michael Bransfield has published his pastoral letter, "My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation; Ministry With & Among the Elderly in West Virginia." The pastoral was published in The Catholic Spirit or it can be accessed HERE.

Parish Finances

Parish Finance Statement

The 2017 6 month Parish Financial Statement is available for review HERE.

School Finance Statement

The Parish School Financial Statement for School Year 2017-2018 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.