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Using your smart phones, tablets, and computers to grow your faith!

1/14/22

Did you know that there is an access portal for Parishioners to our Parish records? The system is called “My Own Church” and is found on our website (www.ourfatimafamily.com). Church members must register for a User Name and Password to access the “My Own Church” website. Click the "New User?" button and then click on the small arrow by Organization and find “Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Huntington.” Complete the fields on the New User Registration Form. Required fields are marked with a red asterisk *. Multiple email addresses are requested because the system must match an email address to identify the family in the database. (If you need to update your email before you register, contact the Parish Office.) Click "Submit Registration" and a request is sent to the Parish Office staff who will accept your registration and send you an email containing your User Name and Temporary Password. Next week we will talk about what you can see and do with this new ID and password.

12/12/21

bookHallow (hallow.com) is a Catholic prayer app that offers audio-guided meditation sessions to help you grow in your faith & spiritual life and find peace in God. Hallow allows its users to press “play,” close their eyes and listen to audio of a prayer. You will find over 1,000 different sessions on contemplative prayer, meditation, Catholic Bible readings, music, and more. After each prayer, you are given the opportunity to journal your thoughts.

Users can access the daily prayers (including the rosary) and the 9-day Intro Prayer Challenge for free. To access the full suite, Hallow offers two auto-renewing subscription options at $8.99 per month or $59.99 per year. If you are interested, read a review at https://catholicreview.org/catholic-prayer-meditation-app-hallow-sees-huge-increase-in-popularity/

12/5/21

bookA wonderful website for Catholic families can be found at catholicsprouts.com. You will find a Daily Podcast for Catholic Kids that strives to plant seeds of faith and a Catholic Sprouts App to help you form your children in the Catholic Faith. They have a Store which features wonderful books like "The Virtues for Catholic Youth" and "The Stations of the Cross Story Book." They offer the "Saints of the Catholic Church in Cross Stitch", a "Nativity Trail: Advent Study for Families", and tools to introduce Adoration to your families. This website can help you make this Advent special for your family.

11/21/21

Great news! We are expecting a baby due December 25!ultrasound

The Church gives us the Advent season (starting Nov 28) to prepare a room/our hearts for His arrival. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman in a reflection called Advent and Self-Denial states, "Now let every one consider what his weak point is; in that is his trial. His trial is not in those things which are easy to him, but in that one thing, in those several things, whatever they are, in which to do his duty is against his nature." Where do you struggle with your nature? Where do you need to clean up your heart to prepare a place for Him? What will you do or NOT do during this season of Advent to prepare for the arrival of this holy Child?

The church has placed Advent booklets at the doors of church for you to pick up and take home. The prayer cards in the pews are there for your use during visits. We have added the recitation of the Rosary on Saturdays at 4:30 P.M. and Sundays at 10:30 A.M.

11/14/21

Fr. George asked last week if you a fan of Gregorian chant. Check out YouTube.com for hours of beautiful music which has been the Church’s primary liturgical music for many centuries. Search for Gregorian Chant or OPCHANT and you will find chants of the Rosary, chants with nuns from St.Cecilia's Abbey, chants with Benedictine Monks, and lots of other choices. Let it comfort you as you go about your daily tasks.

11/7/21

The souls in purgatory died in the mercy of God, this is why they are called holy; however, because they still had attachment to sin at the time of their death, they must undergo a spiritual purification of their souls before they are able to fully love God with their whole heart, mind, and soul for all eternity. Those in purgatory cannot pray for themselves, this is why they are also called "poor" souls. They can no longer merit anything for themselves and they must rely entirely on others to pray and make sacrifices on their behalf. It is an act of charity that we can give for those we have known and loved, for our ancestors who gave us life, for those who were our benefactors, for those whose memory is lost, and for those who have no one else to pray for them.

At americaneedsfatima.org read a collection of "Quotes from Saints about Holy Souls in Purgatory." Then at catholiccompany.com read suggestions of "20 Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory."

10/17/21

Fr. Paul YuengerHave you run into Fr. Paul about town since his retirement? We are lucky that he has retired in our community and we can still have contact with him. Did you know that he has started a blog sharing his Ask A Pastor and Sunday meditations. Check these out at https://countenanceofgod.com. Enter your email and you will receive notice each time a new entry is posted. Let Fr. Paul continue to bless your life in his retirement.

10/3/21

“You know what Our Lady said about the Rosary? That the whole world would change if everybody said it…. If my Mother says, ‘Say it,’ I’m gonna say it.” – Mother Angelica

The Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7. On this day, we celebrate the Holy League’s defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Even though the Turkish forces were very powerful, the Christians won due to the intercession of Mary and the prayer of the Most Holy Rosary. Read more about this battle and this great feast we celebrate at www.ewtn.com/catholicism/seasons-and-feast-days/our-lady-of-the-rosary-14633 While there, pick up the free eBook, Mother Angelica's Rosary Meditations.

“Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” – St. Padre Pio

Join us on Saturdays at 4:30 and Sundays at 10:30 to pray the Rosary together as a Parish.

9/19/21

St MichaelNote that Fr. George has distributed prayer cards throughout the church with wonderful Catholic prayers for our use. He has also started leading the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer following Mass. Composed by Pope Leo XIII, "This prayer is a prayer against evil, so when we pray the St. Michael Prayer, we are praying for protection from evil in our lives and in our world." You can find more information and the history of this prayer at Knights of the Holy Eucharist.

9/12/21

MariansThe Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is a fraternal community of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church. The members of the Congregation are perhaps best known for their work promoting the message of Divine Mercy. They are also known for their devotion to Mary Immaculate, dedication to praying for the poor souls in Purgatory, and active service to the Church. Their website is found at www.marian.org. Download or view PDF format of Marian Helper magazine issues. You can request that the magazine be mailed to you at home.

8/29/21

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the stresses of the current world order? Covid, masks?, Afghanistan, Haiti, drought, flooding, civil unrest, inflation, etc. All present cause for concern in our lives. What should our response be as Catholics? "O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!" Find this beautiful prayer in the Novena of Surrender to Jesus. This prayer was given to Fr. Don Dolindo Ruotolo who was a Neapolitan priest (1882-1970), stigmatized miracle worker and “mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit”. You can see from this novena that much of what our Lord wants flies in the face of normal human inclination and reason. We can only rise to this level of thinking through the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit. All nine days of the Novena can be found on FORMED at watch.formed.org/the-novena-of-surrender-to-jesus

8/15/21

SocialMediaAs a parent, do you ever wonder what dangers for your children lurk just out of sight on their phones and tablets connected to the Internet? Consider a parental control app to keep your kids safe online, canopy.us/bean/. Canopy’s APP automatically detects and blocks pornographic images and videos on every single website on the internet, giving parents confidence that their families are safe in the digital world. Canopy is the only APP anywhere that detects sexting and alerts parents immediately, so families can know when it's time for important conversations. Works on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows smartphones, tablets, and computers. Try it free for 30 days.

7/18/21

Sts Anne and JoachimPope Francis has established the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of July.He said he was moved to establish it not just because of the importance of grandparents and the elderly but particularly because of the neglect and isolation so many grandparents and seniors experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The choice of the fourth Sunday of July is to connect it, as closely as possible, to the July 26 feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. He hopes that, on this day, grandchildren will visit their grandparents thanking God for the gift of grandparents, praying for them, and entrusting to Him those who have died, particularly during the pandemic. He has permitted the granting of a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions, for all those who participate in liturgical celebrations observing it, those who unite themselves spiritually to those celebrations if they are unable to leave their homes, and those who visit, in person or virtually, their grandparents or elderly brothers and sisters in need. A plenary indulgence requires that the individual be in the state of grace by the completion of the acts, and have complete detachment from sin. The person must also sacramentally confess their sins and receive Communion as well as saying a prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father. For more information about receiving a plenary indulgence goto EWTN.

7/11/21

With the travel season upon us, finding a Church and Mass times can sometimes be a daunting task. The free App Mass Times For Travel makes this so much easier. Download the app and you are all set to type in your vacation spot and you will be given a list of Catholic Churches in that area, along with the addresses and Mass times. This information can also be accessed by going to masstimes.org The website also includes a map. Going to Mass on vacation is a great opportunity for us to engage with the community and learn about the locals while growing in our Catholic Faith.

5/9/21

Purgatory ImagePurgatory BoxHave you ever heard of a Purgatory Box? This old tradition is a way of encouraging daily prayers for the souls in Purgatory. It was used by many great saints of our church including St. Padre Pio and St. Philip Neri. A way of implementing a Purgatory Box can be found at the following website: http://bit.ly/29K1ABJ .

5/23/21

Purgatory ImageIf you are using MyParispApp, note that thebackground photo has changed to represent the year of St. Joseph. Click the "hamburger" icon [Purgatory Image ]in the upper left corner to access your settings. Click "Find a Parish" to locate our parish or other local parishes. The quickest way to locate parishes is to enter your zipcode. Select multiple locations to add them to your list of parishes. Note that you can add parishes where you like to vacation or where other family lives. Click the arrow to the right of the parish name to switch parishes. Click the "Unfavorite" button to remove the current parish.

Under the list of parishes, two new options have been added. You can change the text size to small, medium, or large and you can change the language default to Spanish if you prefer.

If you don’t have our Parish App, you can download it at myparishapp.com .

5/16/21

Have you had a chance to enjoy any of the plethora of Catholic podcasts available to us? Lifeteen.com/blog/, a Catholic website created for Youth Ministers, has a blog post with their choice for the top 5 podcasts every Youth Minister should be listening to right now available at lifeteen.com/blog/top-5-podcast-rn/ These are good recommendations for all of us too. They include The Bible in a Year podcast (media.ascensionpress.com/all-bible-in-a-year-episodes/) with Fr. Mike Schmitz and The Crunch,(thecrunchcast.com/ a comedy podcast. Check out one of them and let us know what you think.

4/18/21

Great Adventure GameThe task and responsibility of educating our children in our faith ultimately belongs to us parents. We rely on the church to assist thru Faith Formation for Children and our Parish School but we must reinforce the training through our own practice of the faith. Ascension Press has introduced the new Ascension Kids brand which is dedicated to creating faithfully-Catholic, high-quality resources for children ages Toddler - 12. You can find books, gifts, and curriculum that will help you inspire their curiosity, and strengthen their faith. Check out "My First Interactive Mass Book," "Catholic Bible Chronicles," "Catholic Flash Cards," "Bible Activities," puzzles & games at ascensionpress.com/pages/kids.

3/28/21

stationsThe Rosary of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the Middle Ages, but it gained new popularity following the Marian apparitions in Kibeho, which have been approved by the Catholic Church. During Mary's apparitions to Marie-Claire Mukangango, she assigned the young visionary a mission to reintroduce this special rosary to the world. She (the Holy Virgin) promised that when prayed with an open and repentant heart, the rosary would win us the Lord's forgiveness for our sins and free our souls from guilt and remorse. She also promised that over time, the rosary would develop within us a deep understanding of why we sin, and that knowledge would give us the wisdom and strength to change or remove any internal flaws, weaknesses of character, or personality faults causing unhappiness and keeping us from enjoying the joyous life God intended for us... Learn how to pray this Chaplet/Rosary of the Seven Sorrows at https://www.immaculee.com/pages/7-sorrows-rosary-prayer or at https://www.marian.org/mary/prayers/sorrows.php.

Download a PDF detailing these prayers HERE on our Parish website.

1/10/21

If you've ever wanted to read the Bible but didn't know where to start you may want to try a podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz: The Bible In a Year hosted by Ascension Press. It started January 1 but you can still sign up and listen. Each day's podcast is less then 25 minutes long. All Bible In A Year Episodes

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