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3/21/21

stationsHave you been able to join the Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent following the Noon Mass? The Stations of the Cross is a wonderful spiritual exercise during Lent. If you can't make it, then you can join a virtual Stations of the Cross from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, with "Catholic meditations, led by Catholic priest and exorcist Msgr. Stephen Rossetti. Featuring sculptures by famous artist Gib Singleton, readings and prayers by Washington Nationals Chaplain, Msgr. Rossetti, and singing by local DC opera singer Crossley Hawn, this moving presentation can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home." Search Stations of the Cross on YouTube.com or go to ChurchPop

2/28/21

We have Lent Reflection booklets at the doors of the church for adults. If you are using MyParispApp, note that they have added a “Lent” button on 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

2/14/21

Bible Looking for a way to deepen your prayer life this Lent? Join Bernadette Kime for “Journey with The Saint John’s Bible,” a FREE online series by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. This opportunity is available for anyone in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. You’ll explore the Church’s tradition of reading Scripture and depicting it in art, explore several spectacular illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible—a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible crafted in the 21st-century, and take a deep dive into the Scripture passages those illuminations depict. You’ll also learn how to pray with Scripture and art through guided experiences of lectio and visio divina and have the opportunity to grow in faith with others. For more information or to sign up, contact Bernadette Kime at bkime@dwc.org. For more information on the Saint John's Bible Check out "Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible" on YouTube HERE.

1/24/21

SaintsSaints are the heroes of the Catholic faith. They lived lives in holiness, dedicated to serving God and spreading His message of salvation. Indeed, many Catholic saints courageously met their deaths simply because of their faith. Today, the saints serve as examples for all Catholics, showing us how to lead a more satisfying, more spiritual life in communion with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They are reminders that this life will come to an end, and only what was done for Christ will have a lasting reward. Each saint’s story is a fascinating one. They lived at different times in different places throughout history, but they all shared a love of God that has been meticulously documented through the teachings of the Catholic Church. Read these wonderful stories at EWTN here: www.ewtn.com/catholicism/saints. Additional saints are found at https://mycatholic.life/saints/ and https://www.catholic.org/saints/.

12/20/20

St. Joseph Pope Francis has declared the new liturgical year as the Year of St. Joseph. “All the faithful will thus have the opportunity to commit themselves, with prayers and good works, to obtain with the help of Saint Joseph, head of the celestial Family of Nazareth, comfort and relief from the serious human and social tribulations that today grip the contemporary world,” the decree states. Pope Francis also added indulgence opportunities to the decree. The decree explains four ways to obtain a plenary indulgence throughout this liturgical year. Read what an Indulgence is and how to obtain it in the recent FaithINWV bulletin from our Diocese found at FaithInWV_EBulletin. Another resource can be found at churchpop.com Remember that these links can be found on our website at ourfatimafamily.com

12/5/20

St. Dymphna Inspiration for the whole family can be found in this YouTube video of Fr. Mike Schmitz: "The Hour That Will Change Your Life" | SEEK2015. Fr. Mike addresses the youth attending the 2015 SEEK retreat and talks so lovingly of the Eucharist and Confession. Let Christ touch your heart and your family through the words of Fr. Mike. Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwwiIkrLxTM If you enjoy this video, you can search for additional videos by Fr. Mike like "Fr. Mike Schmitz: Anti-Fragile Faith | SEEK2019" and "Fr. Mike Schmitz: More Than Words | SEEK2017." Fr. Mike Schmitz is part of the "Ascension Presents" You Tube channel found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVdGX3N-WIJ5nUvklBTNhAw You will find many of his videos and Sunday Mass as well as videos from other Catholic sources.

11/22/20

St. Dymphna Do you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, and worried with the pandemic, the election, and the unrest in our country? In this episode of the Catholic Talk Show podcast, they discuss how you can manage anxiety through prayer and the saints, and offer practical tips for participating in online streaming Mass. Catholic Talk Show podcast

Saint Dymphna is one of the Saints recommended as a comfort. She is the patron saint of of those suffering nervous and mental afflictions. You can read more here catholic.org/saints Her Chaplet is found here rosaryandchaplets.com Her Litany is here on YouTube Her Novena is found here natshrinestdymphna.org and here: praymorenovenas.com

11/8/20

Every November, the Church offers the faithful an opportunity to offer a plenary indulgence for the a soul in purgatory. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican has issued a special decree extending the plenary indulgence for the souls in purgatory throughout the month of November. The decree asks the faithful to visit a cemetery and pray for the deceased, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father. Additional information and suggested prayers can be found at CHURCHPOP.COM

A wonderful discussion of Purgatory and the role of indulgences as "salutary remedies for temporal punishment due to sin" can be read at Purgatory

You can find the official definition of indulgences in the Catechism of the Catholic Church found here: Indulgences

10/30/20

November is the month of All Saints and All Souls. Check out this calendar for the Saint of the Day: franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/calendar Click on the name on the date for information about that Saint.

10/18/20

EWTN The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. EWTN has a new page on their website dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, https://www.ewtn.com/ourladyoftherosary.

Scroll down to sign up for a free eBook, Mother Angelica's Rosary Meditations. You can read the history of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, read the 15 promises of Our Lady, enjoy a video of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and watch a video Rosary for Kids.

“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

10/11/20

Blue Army Our Lady's Blue Army is a public association of the faithful devoted to spreading the authentic message of Fatima. Join them for the celebration in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary on the anniversary of the 6th apparition at Fatima. Events begin streaming live at 12 noon. Find links to Facebook, YouTube and on the website at https://www.bluearmy.com/. Follow the Rosary procession, speaker, Holy Mass, Eucharistic procession, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and more.
You can join the Blue Army of Our Lady meetings in the church on Tuesdays after the Noon Mass.

10/4/20

Relevant Radio"Relevant Radio” is essentially Catholic podcasting in an app. This is a free app that grants access to all the shows produced by Relevant Radio, available in live streaming or downloadable content. It also includes audio prayers, a Confession “helper,” and Catholic news from around the world. It’s perfect if you’re looking for ways to fill long commutes or travel with something more uplifting. Find the APP or listen at https://relevantradio.com/listen/get-the-app/.

9/20/20

Pray As You GoDo you struggle to find dedicated, quiet time in your life? Pray As You Go is available as an App and as a website on your computer. The 15 minute (or less) segments are a perfect way to start your mornings as you drive to work. The music is beautiful and the reflections are encouraging and thoughtful without being too deep for a 6:30 a.m. commute. “Pray As You Go” also offers audio prayers, Imaginative Contemplation Exercises, an audio Rosary & Stations of the Cross, and an audio Examen. The App is free for iOS and Google Play. The website is found at https://pray-as-you-go.org/home/

8/30/20

LegoA fun website for family use can be found at www.catholicplayground.com. You will find coloring pages, dot to dot pages, as well as activities, recipes, crafts, and book reviews. One of my favorite sections is on playing with Legos and retelling stories of our faith.. There is a section dedicated to the saints & feasts celebrated each month. If you recreate any of these projects, send us a photo so we can share your work and inspire other families.

8/16/20

CatholicKidTheCatholicKid.com is a new website launched to provide free printable Catholic coloring pages and games for children. They have Pre-K and Kindergarten worksheets for the alphabet and numbers all with a Catholic theme. They have a wide choice of printable coloring pages for many Catholic feasts and services including the Stations of the Cross. They say that they are adding new pages often. Even some of adults in our parish might enjoy the joy of learning new prayers while you color.

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