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


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.


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.


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.


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."


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


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.


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.


If you are using MyParispApp, note that they have changed the Calendar option. When you open the Calendar, click on Featured Events and select Our Lady of Fatima.
Click on "Our Lady of Fatima ↓"
If you don’t have our Parish App, you can download it at myparishapp.com .


QR CodeThe season of Lent begins this Wednesday. We have Lent Reflection booklets at the doors of church. 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 or scan the QR code.


CrossStitchSaintsAre you interested in sharing your faith through hand crafts? A fun craft that you might enjoy can be found at www.dosmallthingswithlove.com. This is the blog of a young mother who writes about her Catholic family life and has created inexpensive cross stitch patterns of over 100 saints. Wouldn't they be perfect as part of a special gift for a child or a special accessory for our homes? She also has a set of Catholic coloring pages available for free.


PinterestThere are many Catholic resources to be found on Pinterest. Type Catholic in the search bar and you will find links to prayers, pod casts, people & things that inspire, images of Mary and the Saints, bible study information, and resources for kids. Each link is tied to a Board of related material. You can choose to follow any that you are interested in. Check out my Catholic Board which can be found at www.pinterest.com/msmauk/catholic/


What does it mean to have a Mass "offered" for someone? "An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit ones soul." Continue reading the history of Mass Intentions in the church at the CatholicEducation.Org website found here.

Contact the Parish Office to schedule a Mass for a special person or special intention. We have cards that you can send to notify a family.


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.


On Christmas Day, all churches of our Diocese took up a special collection for Catholic Charities of WV. This agency is the largest private social service provider in the state, serving more than 68,000 people each year with outreach programs and services in rural and populated communities. To learn more about their efforts in WV, go to catholiccharitieswv.org.


This week we learned of the recent death of Joanna Roberts, MD, who was a consecrated virgin in the Diocese. Do you know what it means to be a consecrated virgin? Read about the “Consecrated Life” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and at the USCCB site here: consecrated-life. Full text of the Catechism is available at forms of consecrated life.


iBreviary.com provides you with an electronic breviary, the book used to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. It uses the same translations for the psalms and prayers as a paper breviary. It also provides the Mass readings of the day, a short saint biography on feast days and TONS of prayers and blessings. It's available for nearly every device out there, and it also has a WEB INTERFACE that can be accessed from anything with a browser.


Pope Francis asks all people of good will to engage with a new, cutting-edge technology powered by the Pontifical Missions Societies called MISSIO. First launched by the Holy Father in 2013 as a mobile application offering news about the hope-filled work being done around the world by the Catholic Church, the platform – now available on desktops and mobile devices – offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the “frontlines” making a difference for the poor and marginalized through direct, daily service. Go to missio.org or search the App stores for MISSIO or The Pontifical Mission Societies.


Have you ever tried to use the ourfatimafamily.com website on your phone or tablet? The popup menu items don’t work so there are Alternative Menu Links at the bottom of every web page. These list the links so you can select them directly. I hope this will help you get the most out of our Parish website.


FREE in the Google, Apple, and Amazon APP Stores is the new APP from EWTN. Carry EWTN with you everywhere! You can enjoy EWTN Live Streams (TV & Radio), many of the popular TV and Radio shows On Demand, prayers and devotionals, and keep up on the latest Catholic news. Plan out your viewing time by using the real time program schedule. Also included free is the full RSV-CE Bible and Gospel of Mark audio from the Truth & Life New Testament Audio Bible. If you wish, the purchase of the full Audio Bible at $19.99 will help support EWTN.


Not all persons experience loving families and receive multiple gifts. Remember those who are bought and sold as commodities for greed and pleasure. The US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery. (sistersagainsttrafficking.org)


The season of Advent begins this 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.


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 that you can print a flyer that you missed, the Birthday List, or the School Newsletters in COLOR. While on the website, check out the Church and Eucharistic CALENDARS, E-GIVING, PARISH, SCHOOL and LINKS.


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.


In today's world, environmental protection is a controversial and divisive topic, but that's all the more reason to see what the church has to say. Thanks to a priest, a deacon, and a nun, there is an easy way to do that. It's called Creation, a six-part DVD series that either can be purchased or watched online for free at www.SaltandLightTV.org/creation.

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