Each week, our Parish bulletin, the Prayers of the Faithful, and Technology Corner are added to our Parish website at www.ourfatimafamily.com. Check them out from home or on your phone through the Links and Bulletin tabs. You will also find links to the websites for our Parish School and St. Joseph HS. There is a link to the Parish Calendar and a button to download our Parish App.
Get daily reflections from The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalski by signing up for a free daily email at TheDivineMercy.org/dmdsignup. Share Divine Mercy Daily with your friends and family by sending them the link.
Did you know that you can view other church bulletins from our website? Go to: ourfatimafamily.com Click on Bulletins. Click on Discover Mass -other church bulletins. Enter the name of the church along with the city and state. Click on the photo of the bulletin and Enjoy. This is a great way of keeping up with what is going on in our Catholic Communities. Don ‘t forget to view our Bulletin too.
Do you follow Twitter? There are lots of religious priests and sisters offering interesting comments about our church, the saints of the day, and the challenges of their vocations. You will also find many people asking for prayers for themselves and others. It is a real Catholic community that you can be part of. Some of the people that I follow are Fr. Goyo (@FrGoyo); Sr. Margaret Kerry (@Kerrygma); Friar Matt Foley, OFM Conv. (@frathermatt); Friar Mario Conte (@FriarMario); Fr. Dwight Longenecker (@dlongenecken); Fr. Anthony Sciarappa ();Bishop Robert Barron(@ BishopBarron); Sister Anne (@nunblogger); Sr. Miriam James (@onegroovynun)
The Catholic Church has a long tradition of honoring the relics of Saints. Do you know what relics are? Do you know that there are relics of three Saints held under the altar? If you know who they are please talk to Fr. Paul. We also have a relic of St. Gianna Beretta Molla displayed near the statue of the Sacred Heart. For more information on relics check out “church-teaching-on-relics” at catholiceducation.org. Learn about St. Gianna Beretta Molla at saintgianna.org/.
Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, we now have FREE access to all of the Catholic media located at formed.org. Enter our Parish Code K3QZK6 and then create an ID using your email. You will then have access to study guides for faith formation, sacrament preparation, bible studies and current topics. You will be able to watch movies, documentaries, apologetics and youth oriented material. You can listen to audio dramas, audio books, podcasts, and talks. You can read and download fiction, non-fiction, and youth e-books. Next time, you can return to your material at ourfatimafamily.formed.org Many of these resources are available in Spanish.
Prayer is a spiritual discipline we can’t live without. Here are a few of the Best Free Prayer Apps:
Prayer Prompter -This app prompts topics to pray about -worship, adoration, for your spouse, for yourself, etc.
It’s tax time again and many of you are gathering your financial records together. The Church statements have been mailed to your house so don’t throw them out with the junk mail. lol
Parishioners who use e-giving will need to print their own statements. On the www.ourfatimafamily.com website, select E-Giving and log into your account. Select My Account and then Print on the right. If you have any problems, contact the Parish Office.
Several apps are available for use while preparing for Confession and to help your re-call while in the Confessional. Our Parish App, myparishapp, has a Confession button which gives you a “How-To-Guide,” an “Examination of Conscience,” and the “Act of Contrition.” Other apps include “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” ($1.99) and “iConfess – Confession Guide” (free). These also contain an examination of conscience, prayers and other references. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find these Apps to be a useful and inviting tool.
These apps are “supposed to be used in the actual confessional,” said Patrick Leinen, co-founder of Little iApps. “This is an aid to confession and in no way, shape or form a replacement.”
The Catholic Volunteer Network fosters and promotes full-time domestic and international faith-based volunteer service opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skills. As the leading membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs, they match volunteers with 185 full-time, faith based volunteer programs with a wide variety of time commitments, from one week to 3+ years. Read all about this program on their website at catholicvolunteernetwork.org . Local programs include the Appalachia Service Project, Bethlehem Farm, Christian Appalachian Project, and Nazareth Farm, Inc.
Our parish is raising money towards the paving project and the Parish Hall renovation through the Catholic Sharing Appeal run by the Diocese. You can help between now and the end of December by donating at dwc.org/CSA or picking up an envelope at the entrances to church. 100% of your donations will be returned to our Parish. Your contributions, any amount that you can donate, will really bless our Parish and go a long way towards getting these projects completed. Last year, the Parish received over $47,000 towards our repairs which is a great start. Thank you!
You can support our Parish School while shopping at Kroger through their Community Rewards program. Use your Kroger Plus Card number to login or create a login at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Under My Account, click on Community Rewards. Search by organization number (YU838) or organization name (Our Lady of Fatima) under Faith Based Type. Now when you shop at Kroger, use your Kroger Plus Card and we will receive a donation. You only need to do this one time. Thank you for taking the time to support our school.
With the beginning of a new school year, 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.
Snow Emergency? Mass Schedule Change?
When there are sudden changes to our church schedule, the easiest and fastest way for us to communicate schedule changes is via our My Parish App for your smartphone. To stay up to date, please download the App at myparishapp.com or from our website at ourfatimafamily.com. We will also post to Facebook so follow us at www.facebook.com/olofatima/.
When you are traveling it can be challenging to find a Church and Mass time for the family. Check out www.thecatholicdirectory.com , www.discovermass.com, or get the “Catholic Mass Times Church Directory” in the App Store. These programs will use your location to identify any local Catholic Churches!
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. A Knights chapter is forming at Our Lady of Fatima that will next meet on July 10 at 6:30 pm. Learn more about the Knights at the national website, www.kofc.org/en/, and the WV website, www.wvkofc.org/.
The Catholic Church has a rich calendar with days dedicated to saints and feasts. A full copy of the calendar can be viewed at www.franciscanmedia.org/sod-calendar/. Explore the saints associated with important days in your life, follow links to read the stories of your patron saints. Come make some new friends.
A valuable resource for Catholic families can be found at catholicmom.com. Not just for Moms, this website includes links for Dads, movie reviews, resources for singles including discussion of divorce & annulments, home schooling, Sunday Gospel activities, recipes, and lots of podcasts.
One of the most important challenges for any family is to introduce their children to the faith and the love of God. A great resource for parents & children can be found at brotherfrancisonline.com. Geared to viewers 8 and younger, Brother Francis will keep the kids entertained while learning about the Catholic faith.