Technology Corner

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


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/.


As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, 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.


AmazonSmileNew Year Resolutions: Have you signed up to spend an hour with Our Lord during Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays? Do you have questions about Eucharistic Adoration and what is expected of you? Check out what the USCCB has to say at www.usccb.org. You can come any Wednesday between 8:00 AM & 2:00 PM and join us in Adoration.


AmazonSmileThe Christmas shopping season is upon us. You can help our parish school by shopping through the Amazon Smile program. Use our organization link at smile.amazon.com/ch/55-0392772 to select Our Lady of Fatima Church. From then on, just start at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Church for the school. Thanks for your support.


MosesThe season of Advent begins next Sunday. We have Advent candles in the Gift Shop and Advent Reflection booklets at the doors of church. If you are using MyParispApp, note that they have added an "Advent" button on the bottom of the home page. Here they will be posting Daily Advent Reflections. If you don't have our Parish App, you can download it at myparishapp.com.


What do you know about the Church's teachings on death, judgement, the resurrection of the body, heaven, hell, and purgatory? EWTN has a great discussion of "The Last Things" on their website at www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/lastmenu.htm. You will find teachings as well as reflections and prayers. As we approach the Advent season, spend some time reflecting on your - last days.


100CSAOur Parish is currently raising money for the parking lot and Parish Hall renovations through the Catholic Sharing Appeal. If you can donate between now and Jan. 1, 100% of your donation will be returned to our Parish. You can donate on-line at csa.dwcministries.org/donations Please consider an End of Year donation to help our Parish. May God bless you and your family for your generosity!


Our Parish e-giving procedures have been revised and modernized. Check it out on our website, ourfatimafamily.com, and on our Parish App. Select "E-Giving" on the website and "Giving" on the App. If you have previously logged in, your ID and password should still work. If you want to create a new login, enter your email address and select a password. You can donate using a credit card or an electronic check. Be sure to select the correct fund. Let us know if something needs to be added. The system allows you to make a one-time donation or to set up recurring transactions.


MosesDo you have kids or grandkids who like to play with LEGOs? Check out these sets at OurPicnicTree.com which feature Mini-Figures from the Bible, a 140 Piece Nativity Set & a set with Lehi, Sariah, Nephi and his Broken Bow! Bring your favorite Scripture Hero's and stories to life for your kids.


In our Parish App, found in the Apple Store by searching for “myParish – Catholic Life Every Day” and in Google Play by searching for “myParish – Catholic Life”, you can find many beautiful prayers like the following, Litany of Humility.

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved…
From the desire of being extolled…
From the desire of being honored…
From the desire of being praised…
From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted…
From the desire of being approved…
From the fear of being humiliated…
From the fear of being despised…
From the fear of suffering rebukes…
From the fear of being calumniated…
From the fear of being forgotten…
From the fear of being ridiculed…
From the fear of being wronged…
From the fear of being suspected…

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I…
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease…
That others may be chosen and I set aside…
That others may be praised and I unnoticed…
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…



Start each day with an inspiring quote sent directly to your inbox. The authors at Dynamic Catholic share the spiritual wisdom from Matthew Kelly and other leading Catholic authors of our time. These Daily Reflections, simple yet powerful messages, will help you to live each day with passion and purpose. Sign up for free at dynamiccatholic.com/daily-reflections


Our Lady of the Seven SorrowsOn September 15, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and Fr. Paul will offer a Mass for those parents who have lost a child. Read about the origin and history of this Feast at the Catholic Education Resource Center


Looking for a good book to read? Want to buy a great book for your kid? Look no further than stuartsstudy.blogspot.com/ Stuart covers everything from fiction to Theology and offers a thorough and thoughtful perspective.


Check out the Our Lady of Fatima Parish School's webpage at olofps.org. This is a great way to keep you posted about school activities.


CatholicsIf you are a Facebook user, check out and follow "Catholics Striving for Holiness" at www.facebook.com/CatholicsstrivingforHoliness. You will find beautiful photos and prayers as well as inspiring stories of saints and their feast days.


Padre PioPadre Pio used to say, “Unite yourself to my prayers.” Be inspired by the life and prayers of St. Padre Pio, including the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which he prayed every day. padrepiodevotions.org/

“Pray, pray to the Lord with me, because the whole world needs prayer. And every day, when your heart especially feels the loneliness of life, pray. Pray to the Lord, because even God needs our prayers.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina.


Sacred HeartSt GiannaThe Catholic Church has a long tradition of honoring the relics of Saints. Do you know what relics are? Do you know that there are relics of three Saints held under the altar? If you know who they are please talk to Fr. Paul. We also have a relic of St. Gianna Beretta Molla displayed near the statue of the Sacred Heart. For more information on relics check out "church-teaching-on-relics" at catholiceducation.org. Learn about St. Gianna Beretta Molla at saintgianna.org/.


Immaculate ConceptionWe pray to saints of a certain patronage to ask for their special intercession. Patron saints can be venerated as the Heavenly advocate and special intercessor for many things, even entire nations. If you want to ask for the special intercession on behalf of your country, do you know who to pray to? Check out this fascinating list at http://www.ucatholic.com/blog/the-catholic-patron-saint-of-countries/


After Pentecost, the Church resumes what is now called the season of “Ordinary Time.” But what does that really mean? Is it some sort of generic season in the Church that has no focus? Read the history of this season of the Church at https://aleteia.org/2017/06/05/the-surprisingly-deep-spiritual-meaning-behind-ordinary-time/


As we near Father’s Day, do you find yourself reflecting on what is important in life and how to convey important life lessons to your family? Author & blogger, Randy Hain, has put this into words.

"How many of us have benefited from the influence of our fathers, grandfathers, and other important people in our lives? Out of my strong desire to raise my sons to be strong and faithful Catholic men, I have composed a letter to them which I hope inspires the readers of this post to do something similar with your children and grandchildren."

You can read it at www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2016/06/randy-hain-letter-to-my-children/


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!


"If you had to name a patron saint of the Internet, whom would you choose?" This and the question of "Patron Saints for Modem Challenges" is discussed in an interesting article from Franciscan Media. Read about Patron Saints for divorced people, single mothers, AIDS patients and their caregivers, homeless people, television, those suffering from discrimination, and lapsed Catholics. www.franciscanmedia.org/patron-saints-for-modern-challenges/

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