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


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)


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.


With the national elections being held this week, we have constantly been 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.


ANY GIVEN SUNDAY is a website developed to help you better prepare for Mass. The weekly reflections are written by some of the best known Catholic youth speakers, musicians and comedians in the country. The reflections are relevant, understandable, personal and geared toward 13-18 year-old students. They are written for you! And best of all, it's FREE! WWW.ANYGIVENSUNDAYPROJECT.COM.


CatholicDaughtersDid you notice the ladies in purple and blue robes at the 10:45 Mass last Sunday? They are members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. The CDA is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive "to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness." Check out their website at www.catholicdaughters.org. For information on joining the local chapter, contact the Parish Office.


AmazonSmileThe Christmas shopping season will soon be upon us. Do you plan to shop at Amazon? 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.


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.

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