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


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.


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.


If you are using MyParispApp, please note that they have added a "Lent" button on the bottom of the home page. Here they will be posting Daily Gospel Reflections.

Check out our Parish App found at 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 too!


Do you regularly use Holy Water? Do you keep Holy Water in your home? This blog post, Holy-Water-Fonts , is a good discussion of how and why one family uses Holy Water in their home. If you'd like to purchase a font for your home, search Google for "holy water font" and lots of sources, including Amazon, will show up.


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!

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