OLF Parish News
Our Lady of Fatima Monthly News - August 2017
A few items of particular importance to our parishioners.
Our Lady of Fatima is one of only eighteen parishes in Colorado with a Perpetual Adoration Chapel. We need your help to keep it perpetual. Please consider signing up for a regular slot or as a substitute adorer through Pentecost 2018. We can’t do it without you. To become a scheduled or substitute Adorer or if you would like more information about Adoration, please take a look at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel webpage at
. In addition to a couple of overnight slots, we need coverage for 1 pm on Thursday - signup at
For inspiration, look at this month’s Eucharistic miracle: Eucharistic Miracle of Fiecht Austria, 1310: The little village of St. Georgenberg-Fiecht in the Inn Valley is very well known because of a Eucharistic miracle that took place there in 1310. During the Mass, the priest was seized with temptations regarding the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated Elements. Right after the consecration, the wine changed into Blood and began to boil and overflow the chalice. In 1480, after 170 years, the Sacred Blood was "still fresh as though coming out of a wound," wrote the chronicler of those days. The Precious Blood is preserved intact to this day and is contained in
the reliquary in the Monastery of St. Georgenberg. To read more about this Eucharistic Miracle and view pictures of the monstrance containing the Precious Blood and she the fabulous church of St. Georgenberg nestled in the side of a mountain go to this link:
. This year’s Sundancer Gala will be on Saturday, October 21 at Pinehurst Country Club. Please plan on attending. See below for more details,
OLF Dinner Club
. The fourth season of the OLF Dinner Club begins in September. We meet in groups of 10 at various parishioners houses every other month until May. It is a great way to break bread with fellow parishioners and get to know each other better. Click here for some more information:
Questions and Answers
, or email
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A few of the many other things going on in our parish this month:
Fatima Centennial Celebration
Calendar of Final Events Celebrating the Centennial of Our Lady’s Apparitions:
Wednesday, September 13 - Living Rosary recited by Fatima School 1:00 pm & Children’s Hour in honor of Our Lady of Fatima 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
Schedule for the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue – Fatima Tour for Peace:
Sunday, September 17 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, 8:30 am arrival, 7:00 pm departure.
Monday, September 18 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Littleton, 8:30 am arrival, 8:00 pm departure.
Tuesday, September 19 at St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, 8:30 am arrival.
Wednesday, September 20 at Our Lady of Fatima, Lakewood, 7:30 am arrival.
8:15 am School Mass with procession and 8:45 am talk by the guardian of the statue. Statue will be moved to the Adoration Chapel until 7:30 pm.
Friday, October 13 - 6:00 pm Mass in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s final apparition. This Mass will be followed by a rosary.
Saturday, October 21 - Sundancer Gala 5:30 pm at Pinehurst County Club
Friday, October 27 at 7:00 pm - Free organ concert with the organist and soloist from Holy Ghost Church.
Sunday, October 29 - the 7:00 & 8:30 am Mass will be held at their normal times. The 10:00 am Mass has been canceled. The 11:30 am Mass will begin at 11:00 am. Centennial events on that day are:
9:45 am - St. Joan of Arc processional statue of Our Lady of Fatima will depart from the main church steps They will return by 10:30 AM.
10:30 am - Rosary in the Church
11:00 am - Mass and closing of the pilgrimage year and door presided by Archbishop Aquila
12:30 pm - Portuguese lunch in the school cafeteria/gym
We anticipate between 700 and 1000 attendees at this very special Mass and 500 for the lunch. Due to these large numbers, we are requesting RSVPs for both the Mass and the lunch. Please either sign up in the office or contact Mary Herzogenrath at email@example.com if you anticipate attending.
Our Lady of Fatima called us to bring the children to her. In honor of the centennial celebration we are requesting children to participate in the
Art and Trivia contests
. We are accepting trivia answers and art submissions now through October. Find the monthly questions, and information on the art contest in the parish office or at
Habitat for Humanity Outreach Ministry
Our Lady of Fatima and the Habitat Helpers faith coalition will begin work this month on a new three-bedroom home for our partner family, Dismas Niyokumfasha and Beatrice Irankunda, and their three boys. It’s part of the 63-home development at Sheridan Square near the intersection of Hampden and Federal. Again this year, we ask for the help our parish community to become involved through prayers, volunteerism, and financial support. Look for communication in the coming weeks for news about our partner family and a kick-off to the build. Please visit the OLF Outreach Ministry page on the parish website at
for details, contact information, and a link to sign up for a workday. Thank you for your continued support of this life-changing ministry!
CHEERS TO 100 YEARS: A MASQUERADE IN PORTUGAL
Please save the date for Our Lady of Fatima Parish and School’s annual Sundancer Gala on Saturday, October 21 at Pinehurst Country Club. Ticket sales will be after all weekend Masses starting August 26 and going until October 8. We hope you can join us for a fun evening in Portugal with dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and different games! For more information or questions, please contact
SUNDANCER GALA GIFT CARD AND WINE DRIVE
We need your help! The Sundancer Gala is in need of different gift cards and bottles of wine for games and prizes at the event! Please consider donating a different type of gift card or bottle of wine. Anything is welcome! Please drop them off in the parish office. For more questions, feel free to contact
Fatima Mass Greeters
Would you like to become a Greeter for weekend Mass? We invite you to sign up and try it out! We especially need Greeters for Saturday 5 pm and Sunday 5 pm Masses. Being a Greeter is simple! We arrive 15-20 min. early to Mass and station ourselves at an exterior door of the church. As people arrive, we offer a friendly hello and open the door. If you are feeling a nudge from the Holy Spirit, email Elisa Foster or signup today online at
. To see a greeter in action, click
. Thank you for prayerfully considering to help welcome the Lord’s flock to the Supper of the Lamb!
Adult Faith Formation
Encounter Prayer Group
You are invited to a beautiful hour of prayer with Scripture, intercessions and sharing led by Mary Nydegger at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays in the Church. Please enter through the Miller Street door. Contact Mary for the code or with any questions at 720-612-0302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Called and Gifted:
August 27, 2017 @ 11am. All Men’s Group Information session on the Altar side of the Parish Hall.
August 30, 2017 @ 7 pm. All Men’s Group Information session in the Parish Hall.
RCIA needs you! We are in need of those “on fire for Christ” to help prepare children and teens for the Sacraments and living out the Catholic Faith. Please prayerful consider if God is calling you to be a co-catechist or an assistant in this beautiful ministry. Please contact Bonnie for more information and to discuss the options for you.
Please help us build His Kingdom - Invite others to the Catholic Faith!
Members of a welcoming and evangelizing community take seriously their call to share the Divine message of salvation. It happens in parish families, in the workplace, in gatherings with friends and neighbors, and in daily contact. Give thanks to God as He continuously strengthens each of us who seek to do his will in offering a gentle, humble, and clear welcome to the Catholic faith. “
Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature
.” (Mark 16:15)
Finishing this August 16! The Fatima Young Adult Ministry invites you to deepen your faith, your relationships, and your connection with the parish community. While there will be many opportunities for each of these, the backbone of the summer will be a fresh batch of Summer of the Saints. These are great events to meet new people, get a good meal, and have a good time with other Fatima Young Adults. This month, the Sisters of Life will share their faith story and their life story to inspire you, wherever you find yourself today. Kate Earleywine and Kate Martin will be hosting this in Golden. Sign up to receive Fatima Young Adult FlockNotes for more information at
Fall 2017: (starting in September) - each month we will have a Bible Study for young adults, a social at Tellers, and a social at a young adult’s house. The Bible Study will be held on Wednesday nights (except the first Wednesday) in the Fireside Room of the Parish Hall. The Bible Study is titled, REVIVE. The social at Teller’s Taproom & Kitchen will be every first Sunday after the 5pm mass. We will meet in the gathering space after the 5 pm Mass OR if you would like to meet us at Teller’s around 6:15 that works as well! Our social at a young adult’s house (house TBD every month) will be after the first Wednesday Adoration. Adoration is in the church at Fatima and goes from 6-7 pm. You can meet us either at adoration or at the house. To stay updated on which house it will be at and other young adult activities, please email Hannah! At
Called & Gifted is starting up again at Our Lady of Fatima! We want to encourage our male Young Adults to come! Called & Gifted is a program that discerns charisms and spiritual gifts. An informational meeting will be August 27th at the parish hall from 11 am-noon. Part 1 of the program will be Sept. 22nd, Sept. 23rd, and Sept. 29th. For more information, contact Danielle at
Young Adults are invited to come to World Youth Day 2019! World Youth Day is a pilgrimage experience for young people in the Church! Normally millions of young Catholics show up. In January of 2019, a group of 22 youth from Our Lady of Fatima will be in Panama City. If you would like to join, we are starting the fundraising process! Contact Hannah at
for more details.
Religious Education / Youth Ministry
Religious Education Calendar:
August 1- 18 - Confirmation Interviews - select time on Sign-Up Genius.
August 13 - 1:00 pm in Parish Hall - Parent meeting - new Religious Education curriculum - A Family of Faith.
August 14 - 7:00 pm in Parish Hall - Parent meeting - 4th graders preparing for Confirmation in 2018.
August 16 - 7:00 pm in Parish Hall - Parent meeting - 3rd graders preparing for Confirmation & First Eucharist in 2018.
August 17 - 7:00 pm in Parish Hall - Parent meeting - 2nd graders preparing for First Reconciliation in 2018.
August 20 - 1:00 p.m. in Parish Hall - Parent meeting - new Religious Education curriculum - A Family of Faith
August 26 - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Confirmation Retreat - Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je, Bailey, Colorado.
A Family of Faith
As most of you are aware, there have been many changes in sacrament preparation as parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver implement the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation. This has given us an opportunity to reflect on religious education in our parish. We are very excited to begin this new program open to all our parish families whether children attend public schools, parochial schools, or are schooled at home.
A Family of Faith is designed to be used with grade school children, and intimately involves parents in their religious education; precisely as the church teaches. As the first teachers of your children, we recognize that your personal faith formation serves as a powerful witness about the importance of ongoing growth in the knowledge and love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and his Church. You will not be doing this alone or without some guidance since a feature of this program includes a parent guide and instruction. This will truly be a parish family endeavor.
To learn more about A Family of Faith, plan to attend one of the informational meetings on Sunday, August 13 or Sunday, August 20 at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Registration materials will be available at the meeting.
If you have a child in grades 2, 3, or 4, you should plan to attend one of the parent meetings on sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation (2nd grade), Confirmation (3rd and 4th grade), and First Eucharist (3rd grade). These meetings will take place at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall on August 14, 16, and 18. The meeting is for parents only. If you have more than one child preparing for sacraments this year, please select the night corresponding to the grade of your youngest child.
Catholic Conversations will be available on August 20 this month. Marcus Ritosa will be outside the church to help answer any and all questions you might have about Jesus Christ, the Catholic faith, or the intersections of faith and life. This month's challenge question: August 20 - What makes something sinful?
Our Lady of Fatima School
It's not too late to register. Please call for a tour. School starts on August 21.
Men of Fatima
We are looking to communicate better with the men of our parish. Men, please add yourselves to the Men of Our Lady of Fatima FlockNote group by clicking here
. We will send you periodic information on things of interest to the men of the parish.
The Band of Brothers will have its annual men’s weekend retreat in late October/early November. All men of the parish are welcome. More details and the specific dates will be forthcoming. You can also add yourself to the Band of Brothers men's group FlockNote group by clicking here:
Band of Brothers
. All men are welcome.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus council 9597 is back with their award-winning "Peaches For Seminarians" sales. Delicious Palisade peaches can be ordered after all Masses starting on July 8th through August 6th. Delivery of ordered peaches is scheduled for August 19th from 8 am until noon. The Knights accept cash, check and credit cards. Orders can also be dropped off at the parish office with checks. If you just want to make a donation for support of our seminarians, the knights will gladly accept those too! Through your generous support, OLF supported 16 young men in their vocational studies last year. We thank you.
The Knights are always looking for quality men who wish to be better fathers, husbands, and Catholics to join our family-oriented council. Consider coming to a social meeting on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 pm, or talk to a Knight at the prayer program, the pancake breakfast, or join the Knights' FlockNote group at
. They can also be reached at
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From the Archdiocese
To read the Archdiocese's newspaper,
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