Technology Corner

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


The season of Lent begins this Wednesday. We have Lent Reflection booklets at the doors of the church for adults. We also have some for young adults and middle schoolers.

If you are using MyParispApp, note that they have added a "Lent" button on the bottom of the home page. Here they will be posting Daily Lent Reflections. If you don't have our Parish App, you can download it at myparishapp.com.


IIf you like to say the Rosary, there are many apps that can assist you. Some free apps are: Holy Rosary-Scriptual Edition by LifeStyle, Holy Rosary - Standard Edition by Joe Meineke, and Touch Rosary for Android.


It’s tax time again and many of you are gathering your financial records together. The Church statements have been mailed to your house so don’t throw them out with the junk mail. lol

Parishioners who use e-giving will need to print their own statements. On the www.ourfatimafamily.com website, select E-Giving and log into your account. Select My Account and then Print on the right. If you have any problems, contact the Parish Office.


Several apps are available for use while preparing for Confession and to help your re-call while in the Confessional. Our Parish App, myparishapp, has a Confession button which gives you a "How-To-Guide," an "Examination of Conscience," and the "Act of Contrition." Other apps include "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" ($1.99) and "iConfess - Confession Guide" (free). These also contain an examination of conscience, prayers and other references. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find these Apps to be a useful and inviting tool.

These apps are "supposed to be used in the actual confessional,” said Patrick Leinen, co-founder of Little iApps. “This is an aid to confession and in no way, shape or form a replacement.”


The Catholic Volunteer Network fosters and promotes full-time domestic and international faith-based volunteer service opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skills. As the leading membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs, they match volunteers with 185 full-time, faith based volunteer programs with a wide variety of time commitments, from one week to 3+ years. Read all about this program on their website at catholicvolunteernetwork.org . Local programs include the Appalachia Service Project, Bethlehem Farm, Christian Appalachian Project, and Nazareth Farm, Inc.


Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, we now have FREE access to all of the Catholic media located at formed.org. Enter our Parish Code K3QZK6 and then create an ID using your email. You will then have access to study guides for faith formation, sacrament preparation, bible studies and current topics. You will be able to watch movies, documentaries, apologetics and youth oriented material. You can listen to audio dramas, audio books, podcasts, and talks. You can read and download fiction, non-fiction, and youth e-books. Next time, you can return to your material at ourfatimafamily.formed.org Many of these resources are available in Spanish.


Catholic SharingAppealOur parish is raising money towards the paving project and the Parish Hall renovation through the Catholic Sharing Appeal run by the Diocese. You can help between now and the end of December by donating at dwc.org/CSA or picking up an envelope at the entrances to church. 100% of your donations will be returned to our Parish. Your contributions, any amount that you can donate, will really bless our Parish and go a long way towards getting these projects completed. Last year, the Parish received over $47,000 towards our repairs which is a great start. Thank you!


You can support our Parish School while shopping at Kroger through their Community Rewards program. Use your Kroger Plus Card number to login or create a login at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Under My Account, click on Community Rewards. Search by organization number (YU838) or organization name (Our Lady of Fatima) under Faith Based Type. Now when you shop at Kroger, use your Kroger Plus Card and we will receive a donation. You only need to do this one time. Thank you for taking the time to support our school.


With the beginning of a new school year, take a minute to check out our Parish School at OLOFPS.ORG and St. Joseph High School at STJOSEPHHS.ORG. These websites include lots of links for students and parents, as well as copies of the school calendars and information for alumni.


Snow Emergency? Mass Schedule Change?

When there are sudden changes to our church schedule, the easiest and fastest way for us to communicate schedule changes is via our My Parish App for your smartphone. To stay up to date, please download the App at myparishapp.com or from our website at ourfatimafamily.com. We will also post to Facebook so follow us at www.facebook.com/olofatima/.


When you are traveling it can be challenging to find a Church and Mass time for the family. Check out www.thecatholicdirectory.com , www.discovermass.com, or get the "Catholic Mass Times Church Directory" in the App Store. These programs will use your location to identify any local Catholic Churches!


KofCThe Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. A Knights chapter is forming at Our Lady of Fatima that will next meet on July 10 at 6:30 pm. Learn more about the Knights at the national website, www.kofc.org/en/, and the WV website, www.wvkofc.org/.


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.


FranciscanMediaThe Catholic Church has a rich calendar with days dedicated to saints and feasts. A full copy of the calendar can be viewed at www.franciscanmedia.org/sod-calendar/. Explore the saints associated with important days in your life, follow links to read the stories of your patron saints. Come make some new friends.


BrotherFrancisA valuable resource for Catholic families can be found at catholicmom.com. Not just for Moms, this website includes links for Dads, movie reviews, resources for singles including discussion of divorce & annulments, home schooling, Sunday Gospel activities, recipes, and lots of podcasts.


BrotherFrancisOne of the most important challenges for any family is to introduce their children to the faith and the love of God. A great resource for parents & children can be found at brotherfrancisonline.com. Geared to viewers 8 and younger, Brother Francis will keep the kids entertained while learning about the Catholic faith.


ringsForYourMarriage.org offers numerous resources on the meaning and beauty of marriage in God's plan. It provides support to couples at every stage of their journey. There are sections dedicated to dating, marriage preparation, mixed marriages, parenting and family, natural family planning, the stages of marriage among others. A marriage resource section offers daily marriage tips, marriage help and support links with solutions to common challenges. Find answers to questions specific to planning a Catholic wedding as well as related Church documents and teachings.


Divine MercyThe message and devotion to Jesus known as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Jesus said to Sister Faustina: “Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy....” and later “....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior”. You can find the Chaplet at www.thedivinemercy.org.


Fulton SheenMany of us can remember listening to radio and television broadcasts of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Many of these are still available through YouTube. Some of them are just audio recordings of his radio shows. Others are full videos from his TV shows. They are just as meaningful today as they were when we first heard them. Open a search engine like Google and search for "YouTube Bishop Fulton Sheen."


Agnus Dei

Do you remember the Latin Agnus Dei that we are singing in Mass or does it just sound foreign to you? Here are the words and the translation for your reference.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

For more information, check out www.thoughtco.com/translation-of-the-agnus-dei-724428


Holy Water

Do you regularly use Holy Water? Do you keep Holy Water in your home? This blog post, totustuusfamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/holy-water-fonts.html , is a good discussion of how and why one family uses Holy Water in their home. If you’d like to purchase a font for your home, search Google for “holy water font” and lots of sources, including Amazon, will show up.

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