OLF Parish News
Our Lady of Fatima Parish News - October 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
Thursday at 8 & 9 pm
- signup at
. For some inspiration, check out this month’s Eucharistic Miracle:
Miracles happen every day on the altars of our churches. Sometimes the Lord lets us see them in a very concrete way. Please use the link below to read more about a Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in Sokolka Poland in the Diocese of Bialystok just two weeks after the beatification of Father Sopocko, the confessor of St. Faustina in that same diocese. Click
Monthly Eucharistic Miracle
. This year’s Sundancer Gala will be on Saturday, October 21 at Pinehurst Country Club. See below for more details, but please consider purchasing tickets following Mass each weekend or by going to
New Parishioner Ministry.
In order to be more welcoming to our new parishioners, we are starting a New Parishioner Ministry for those who have a calling to hospitality. See below for more information about joining the vital ministry and the first orientation meeting on Saturday, September 30 at 8 am in the RE Building.
A few of the many other things going on in our parish this month:
Fatima Centennial Celebration Final Events
The final month of celebratory events to honor Our Lady of Fatima’s apparitions in Fatima, Portugal are upon us! The rosary count is now over 1.657 million! We think we will make it to 1.7million by October 29! Thank you to all who have heeded our Lady’s request to “pray the rosary every day for world peace, the conversion of Russia and your own special intentions.” There will have been over 25 pilgrimages to our parish during this year! We have had numerous events and many, many parishioners have made these events possible! The generosity of our parishioners and pilgrims have contributed to the success of this celebration…thank you to all!
The final events are:
Friday, October 13
6:00 pm Mass to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s final apparition
Consecration to Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart. Individual consecration to Mary for those who have gone through 33 Days of Morning Glory, Rosary to follow.
Saturday, October 21
Cheers to 100 Years: A Masquerade in Portugal
. 5:30 pm at Pinehurst County Club.
Friday, October 27
7:00 pm Free Organ Concert featuring Richard Robertson, Organist and Choir Director, and Cyrissa Anderson, Soloist, from Holy Ghost Church (donations graciously accepted).
Sunday, October 29
The 7:00 am & 8:30 am Masses 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 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 am Portuguese lunch in the school cafeteria/gym (donations graciously accepted).
We are anticipating a very large participation at the
11:00 am Mass
and lunch on October 29. So that we have an idea of how many to prepare for, we are asking parishioners to RSVP. The RSVP list is in the parish office or send an email to
The annual Our Lady of Fatima Parish and School’s annual Sundancer Gala is on Saturday, October 21 at Pinehurst Country Club, and the theme is
Cheers to 100 Years: A Masquerade in Portugal.
To purchase tickets, please do one of the following:
Buy them after Mass each weekend until October 8.
Send in your response card from the invitation sent to your home.
Go online to
Call for gift cards and wine: 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
Asking for donation items: We are still looking for silent auction donations to make the Sundancer complete. Whether it is tickets to a baseball game, ski lift tickets, gift cards, wine or services of any kind - we are in need of it all!
Donation Items are Due by October 7th as we need time process and post the baskets to Gesture. If you are unable to drop off your items at the parish office before then, please reach out to email
October is National Respect Life Month and there are many prayer and learning opportunities in the Denver Metro Area in honor of human life:
• Saturday, Sept. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 10 Our Lady of Fatima parishioners will participate in the fall 40 Days for Life campaign of prayer, fasting and public witness. Please join us in pray for one hour in front of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion center on 38th and Pontiac St, Denver. We will be praying from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. If you didn’t sign-up after Mass, you can still sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/denver for these and other dates.
• Thursday Oct. 12 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm join the “Mid-Point Rally for 40 Days for Life” at Planned Parenthood. A guest speaker from the National 40 Days for Life team will be joining us! Come and hear campaign news from across the nation and world.
• Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10:00 to noon join Archbishop Aquila as he leads a Eucharistic Procession around Planned Parenthood to close out the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign. In 2016 over 1800 people from across the diocese joined in this moving prayer service.
• Saturday, Oct. 21 is the annual diocesan Gospel of Life Conference from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at St. Thomas More parish. Mass will be at 8:30 am with Archbishop Aquila officiating. Conference speakers include Richard J. and Stephen Payne, producers of the documentary “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” You can watch the documentary at
Other speakers include Sister Maris Stella of Sisters of Life and Fr. Daniel Ciucci, St. John the Baptist parish. Register online through Oct 18 at www.GospelOfLifeCo.org Online registration price is $50 per person, $15 per student includes pastries, coffee and lunch. Walk-in price is $55 and does not include lunch.
Habitat for Humanity Outreach Ministry
Our Lady of Fatima and the Habitat Helpers faith coalition are currently building 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 of our parish community to become involved through prayers, volunteerism, and financial support. 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!
New Parishioners Ministry!
Our goal is to personally reach out to new parishioners and make them feel welcome and loved at Our Lady of Fatima. We are planning on doing this by looking for a team of volunteers to meet one on one with a new parishioner. On average, a volunteer would meet with a new parishioner once every two months. This would entail calling/emailing the new parishioner, meeting with them one on one at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and showing Christ’s love to them by creating friendships with them. The New Parishioners Team is holding an Ambassador Training Meeting
on Saturday, September 30th
from 8am-9am in RE building for all who are interested in joining us with this ministry! If you can’t make this meeting, let Rich Phillips know at 575-644-5643 or email@example.com, or Danielle Jones at 303-233-1283 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can set up a time individually to go over the training.
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 Ignatian prayer with Scripture, silence and intentions on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Church.
Sunday Bible Study.
3-4:30 pm we will do the Great Adventure study of the Gospel of Matthew starting 10/15/17 in the Fireside Room. This is the same time as the Edge Youth Group and it is open to all adults. You are welcome to join us for one or all of the sessions.
6:30-8 pm we will do the Great Adventure study of Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible starting 10/15/17 in the Fireside Room. This is the same time as the LifeTeen Youth Group and it is open to all adults. You are welcome to join us for one or all of the sessions.
10/4/17 - 6:30 - 8:45 pm: 1st Wednesday Adoration, Praise and Prayer in the church followed by "The Story of Salvation" at 7 pm in the Parish Hall.
10/11/17 - 6:30 - 8:45 pm "Who is Jesus" in the Parish Hall.
10/18/17 - 6:30 - 8:45 pm to be announced.
10/25/17 - 6:30 - 8:45 pm "Mary and the Saints" in the Parish Hall.
Schedule your readiness for the Rites interview to be completed by 11/17/17
Please help us build His Kingdom:
* Become a sponsor or Godparent!
* Invite others to the Catholic Faith!
Religious Education / Youth Ministry
Religious Education Calendar:
Monday, October 2 - 7:00 p.m. - Parent Meeting for Confirmation candidates in School Cafeteria. This meeting is for parents only.
Tuesday, October 3 - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I and II begin.
Wednesday, October 4 - 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I and II begin.
Sunday, October 8 & 22, - 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. - A Family of Faith - OLF School.
Monday, October 9, 19, 23 - 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. - Confirmation Monday Option - OLF School - 3rd and 4th grade candidates only.
Thursday, October 12, 19, 26 - 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. - Confirmation Thursday Option - OLF School - 3rd and 4th grade candidates only.
Saturday, October 14 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon - First Reconciliation Workshop I in Parish Center.
Note: Anyone who would like to participate in sacrament preparation, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and/or the Sunday morning "A Family of Faith" program should contact the RE Office for more information and availability.
Catholic Conversations will be available on October 1st and 15th this month, and November 5 at the start of next 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 topics: Oct 1 - How do we build bridges with non-Catholic Christians? Oct 15 - Kids Questions! Nov 5 - Sharing the Faith with your children.
Our Lady of Fatima School
Our First Grade class is holding a coat drive to benefit Coats for Colorado. Please drop off clean, gently used coats of all sizes to the school office during the week of October 9.
Please join your parish school at Chipotle (145 Union) on October 12 for a Fatima Fun Night. A percentage of all purchases is donated to the school.
Thank you to all the parishioners who purchased candy bars in our World's Finest Chocolate Sale! The money raised goes toward many of the things that our Parent Teacher Team supports. Some examples of PTT supported items are: paying the monthly cost of the recycling dumpster, supplementing field trips, assisting teachers with the cost of classroom supplies, and paying for advertising/marketing materials for the school.
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 men’s group meets every Saturday morning at 6 am in the Parish Hal for breakfast and prayer Come check us out.
The Band of Brothers will have its annual men’s weekend on November 3-5 at the YMCA of the Rockies. All men of the parish are welcome. Contact Sam Berning @
for more information
You can also add yourself to the Band of Brothers men's group FlockNote group by clicking here:
Band of Brothers
Knights of Columbus
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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