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9/17/17

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

8/27/17

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

8/20/17

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.

8/13/17

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.

7/23/17

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.


7/16/17

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.

7/9/17

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/.

7/2/17

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/

6/25/17

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/

6/11/17

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/

6/4/17

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!

5/28/17

"If you had to name a patron saint of the Internet, whom would you choose?" This and the question of "Patron Saints for Modern 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/

5/21/17

On, January 24, 2002 Pope John Paul II said "I dare to summon the whole church bravely to cross this new threshold, to put into the deep of the Internet, so that now as in the past the great engagement of the Gospel and culture may show to the world 'the glory of God on the face of Christ' (2 Cor 4:6)." In line with this challenge, several Catholic websites have added 24 hour live streaming of their Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist. If you would like to spend some time with our Lord and can't make it to church, check out the Adoration Chapel at www.aquinascollege.edu/adoration/online-adoration/ and at fortheloveofgodworldwide.org/prayer-practices/24-hour-perpetual-adoration-24-hour-online-rosary/.

5/14/17

Did you know that the inserts in each week's bulletin can also be found at www.ourfatimafamily.com, our Parish website? Click on NEWS to find the links. This means you can print a flyer that you missed, the Birthday Lists, or the OLOFPS Newsletter! While on the website, check out the Church & Eucharistic Adoration CALENDARS. E-GIVING, PARISH, SCHOOL, and LINKS!

5/7/17

For additional information about Our Lady of Fatima apparitions: you can read an account of the visitation and her message to the world on our Parish website. Go to ourfatimafamily.com/Fatima.html There are additional links there that will give you the full text of the three parts of her message and a guided tour of Fatima.

4/30/17

This weekend brings the first of May and all of its wonderful celebrations. Our young children are preparing to receive our Lord for the first time in the Eucharist. "Receiving Holy Communion for the first, or the hundred and first, time is like nothing else in the world." For an interesting discussion of "how to prepare your child for his/her First Communion, including discussion on dealing with distractions during time of Thanksgiving prayer." Check out www.eatholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=601 This is a great refresher for all of us.

4/16/17

The 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.

4/9/17

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."

4/2/17

Have you ever considered reading the New Testament and contrasting the Gospels as written by the evangelists? A wonderful resource has been made available by the University of Toronto Religious Studies program. Created for students, this reference uses the RSV version of the Bible which will read a little different than the ASV used in the US. Here you can compare the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, referred to as the Synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar wording. Synoptic Gospels

3/19/17

RosaryHere is a beautiful blog post that recounts the different promises made by Mother Mary to those who reverently pray her rosary. . We have beautiful rosaries available in our Parish Gift Shop along with brochures to guide you through the mysteries of the Rosary. Pray The Rosary There are additional links there that will give you the full text of the three parts of her message and a guided tour of Fatima.

3/12/17

How much do you know about the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to the three children in Portugal? As we prepare for the lOOyr Anniversary of her appearance, you can read an account of the visitation and her message to the world on our Parish website. Go to OurFatimaFamily.com/Fatima There are additional links there that will give you the full text of the three parts of her message and a guided tour of Fatima.

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