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


Ash Wednesday begins Lent this week. Pope Francis has challenged all the faithful that "the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy." Links to many resources, both web-based and Apps, can be found at catholicapptitude.org/lenten-apps/.


With the national elections being held this year, we are constantly being confronted with discussion about Social Issues. What does our Church teach us about social issues? The USCCB addresses these questions on their website under the topic of "What We Believe." Go to www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/index.cfm to read a discussion of "Catholic Social Teaching" prepared by the Bishops of our Church.


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.


Have you wondered about your namesake Saint? Are you looking for a patron Saint name for your child? Do you like to read about the lives of the Saints? A good resource available on the computer is found at AMERICANCATHOLIC.org published by Franciscan Media. There are links to Saint of the Day, Patron Saints, Saints by Date, Saints by Name, etc. There is a companion App called "Saint of The Day" on iOS and an Android App to be released soon.


Brand new to the market is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops all-inclusive USA Catholic App which is free for Apple and Android. As the title suggests, it is an attempt to bundle parishes and (arch)dioceses across the United States—even the Vatican—into one, single mobile resource. You'll get comprehensive coverage on news of concern to Catholics from the Vatican and Catholic News Service (including CNS videos). This ambitious app is designed to be of service to every Catholic in the United States. Major additional resources are planned for this app.


iBreviary 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.


There 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/


The Fulton Sheen Audio Library is an MP3 collection of nearly 300 talks given by the great 20th Century Catholic saint, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen! Download the iPhone or Android app for free and sample two talks in each category listing. Upgrade to the full version for $8.99 to have unlimited access to the complete library of talks.


Pope Francis has announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting December 8th of this year until November 20th of 2016. During this year, we are all called to focus on mercy – God's mercy toward us, and how we can live more merciful lives as Christians. 365 Days to Mercy, a free app from Our Sunday Visitor, will inspire and uplift you all year long with Pope Francis meditations and tweets, a daily special devotional on mercy, prayers and novenas, and a lot more.


If you are interested in any of the technology links referenced in the bulletin over the last few months, the Technology Corner is now available on our Parish Website. It is located under LINKS and contains active links to all of the sources referenced. Click around and see what you can discover!


Are you a user of Facebook? There are many interesting Catholic sites that you can follow. Some of these are Catholic Saint of the Day, Catholics Come Home, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Padre Pio Devotions, and Mary's Miraculous Medal Family. Our Parish and Parish School can be found by searching for Our Lady of Fatima Parish and Parish School and our Diocesan site is Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.


Do you ever listen to Podcasts on your phone or on your computer? There are some wonderful Podcasts being produced on the topic of our faith. Some popular ones include: “Catholic Bytes”, “The Saintcast”, “UMD Newman Catholic Campus Ministry , Fr. Mike Schmitz”, “SQPN – The Break, Fr. Roderick”, and “Catholic Stuff You Should Know.”


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 and join in Adoration.


Do you know how to knit or crochet? Join the women of the Parish on Monday afternoons at 1:00 pm as they share fun and fellowship while serving the less fortunate in our community. Patterns for knit scarves can be found on our website at www.ourfatimafamily.com/scarf.html.


FudgeDid you know that The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani is a monastery near Bardstown, KY and the final resting place of Thomas Merton, author of The Seven Storey Mountain? This is a Trappist Abbey that follows the rule of St. Benedict and prays the seven hours of the "Liturgy of the Hours" daily. You can learn about the monks and view the beautiful grounds at their website, www.monks.org. The monks support themselves through their Gift Shop found online at www.gethsemanifarms.org. Visitors to the Abbey and on-site Gift Shop are encouraged. Retreats are offered throughout the year for guests.


Our parish uses the Parish Soft database for tracking contact information for our parishioners. It is great when we can attach photos to help us identify families. You could help us out by sending us a digital picture of your family to the Parish Office at church@olofatima.org. If you would rather drop off a printed photo, send it to the Parish Office and we will digitize it. Thanks for helping us out!


Laudate for iOS and Android is touted as the most popular and most comprehensive free Catholic App, available in English and Spanish. It contains the Daily Mass Readings with Saint of the Day and Reflections, Liturgy of Hours, Latin Liturgy of Hours, Latin Mass, New American Bible, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Seven Sorrows Rosary, Chaplet of St. Michael, Franciscan Crown Rosary, Latin Rosary, multiple Stations of the Cross, Douay-Rheims Bible for offline use, and even podcasts for daily meditations and Rosary. It also includes the Catechism of the Catholic Chmch and the Code of Canon Law.


cassockIn general terms your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life. Everybody is called by God to know, love and serve him. The difference is how each one does this. If you or someone you know is trying to discern a vocation, check out these resources at http://www.vocation.com/ and http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/. "Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision.... Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love." – Pope Francis


Scrip BannerLearn about the SCRIP Program that supports our School on our Parish website, ourfatimafamily.com/scrip.html.


The dark underbelly of society is not something we like to think about - much less talk about - but it's there. Our Diocese has made us aware of a phone app that will enable us to help fight sex trafficking. TraffickCam allows anyone with a smartphone to help by uploading photos of hotel rooms when they travel. Sex traffickers regularly post photos of victims posed in hotel rooms in their online advertisements. Investigators can use these photos as evidence to find victims and prosecute perpetrators if they can determine where the photos were taken. To download the app on iPhone or Android systems, search for "TraffickCam" by ei. They also have a Facebook page under Exchange Initiative. For questions directly to the developers, please contact Molly Hackett, Principal; MHackett@Exchangelnitiative.com or 314-645-1455.


Breast Cancer RibbonDo you know someone who has been touched by cancer? Do you ever wish that there was a way for you to help them or someone like them? A group of ladies have gotten together to create soft, comfortable, knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors. You can read all about them and find downloadable knit & crochet patterns at www.knittedknockers.org/. If you would like to make chemo caps, check out www.chcmocaps.com/.
Join the ladies of our parish on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the Parish Office Conference Room as we work together on mats for the homeless and on learning to knit/crochet. Everyone is welcome to come!


Check out the Church's new facebook page at facebook.com/olofatima. Another way to keep you posted about Church activities! The school facebook page is still available at facebook.com/ourfatimafamily.


If you own a smartphone, check out the App Store for some great Catholic apps. I use iOS and some of my favorite apps include: “iMissal”, “iRosary ”, “iPieta”, “Divine Mercy”, “Mary”, “Divine Office”, and our Parish App found at www.myparishapp.com. Search your App store for “Catholic” and see what treasures you can find. Let us know your favorites so we can also check them out! Good recommendations can be found at catholicapptitude.org.


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.


Purgatory ImagePurgatory BoxHave you ever heard of a Purgatory Box? This old tradition is a way of encouraging daily prayers for the souls in Purgatory. It was used by many great saints of our church including St. Padre Pio and St. Philip Neri. Two different ways of implementing a Purgatory Box can be found at the following websites: http://bit.ly/29K1ABJ and http://bit.ly/29IBVfC.


Did you notice that Fr. Paul has announced new Mass times for our church starting August 7th? You can keep up with the new Mass times as well as other church and "back-to-school" activities on our Parish Calendar. Find it on our Parish website at www.ourfatimafamily.com/calendar.html.

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