Mass Times

Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. Buswell Chapel



Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 7:00 a.m. Buswell Chapel  

    

Saturdays: 5:15 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Spanish

(Sunday Liturgy)



Sundays: 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

Contact

Parish Office 719 589 5829

Emergency Sick Call 719 589 3211

Parish Fax 719 589 5820


Location:

Church 715 4th Street

Parish Offices 726 3rd Street


Office Hours:

Mon//Thurs 9am - 4pm

Fridays 9am - noon


Mailing:

P.O. Box 547 Alamosa, CO 81101

Adoration

Adoration in the Buswell Chapel. Wednesdays 1 - 3 p.m.

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HOPE: Here is Your Part PDF Print E-mail

 

 

God's Door is always open to us...

 

 

Decades ago when I was planning my career as a psychologist I found amusing the image from the Peanuts Cartoon of Lucy at her makeshift Psychiatric Office with the shingle indicating that the doctor “is in.” Imagine if God had an office. What would his shingle say about His hours of operation? It seems to me it would always say that God’s door was open. If He knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7), He would certainly always know our needs at every moment. And we wouldn’t need to make an appointment or stand in line, because He could help any number of us, at the same moment.

   Here's the requirement: WE are to seek HIM and let Him guide us. We are to make that positive move.

   There is a visual image of this. If you haven’t seen it, just close your eyes and visualize it right now. It is of our beautiful Lord Jesus standing at the front door of a home --perhaps your home (representing your heart). He is knocking on the door to let you know He is there – always there – but He has arranged things such that (through free will) you are not forced to go to Him. Opening the door is left up to you.

   This represents HOPE, one of the three theological virtues (along with Faith and Love, about which I have written recently). Like the other two, Hope is first infused in us by God. With the theological virtue of HOPE, two sides are needed – us and God. (Of course, Satan didn’t see things that way, as he believed himself to be self-sufficient and not in need of divine Hope.)

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Encounters with Angels PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

A visit to the local bookstore will reveal a whole shelf of books on angel encounters, angel channeling, and angelology. There’s even a book called The Physics of Angels which tries to blend quirky physics theories with the theology of St Thomas Aquinas. A quick look at the books on offer make you realize that the New Age understanding of angels stretches from “listening to the light within” to the fully fledged summoning up of the “dark angels” — in other words, modern angelology is the stuff of fantasy, neo-gnosticism and a rather nasty occult religion.

 

In the face of this phenomenon, Catholics might be inclined to steer clear of angels altogether, but that would be to throw the angel out with the exorcism. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Sacred Scriptures remind us that angels have been part of our revealed religion from the beginning. It is an article of the Catholic faith that angels are real. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, ‘The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.” (CCC ¶ 328) Other Christians agree. A survey amongst non-Catholic, Christian denominations discovered that most Christian denominations agree with the Catholic Church on the basics about angels.

 

They all agreed that angels are created by God.  They dwell in His presence. They are sent as His messengers to earth. They are of superior intelligence. They have no bodies, but can take visible form. They also agree that while there are good angels, there also exists a band of fallen angels who have similar powers, but have twisted their energies against the good.

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faith formation 2014 PDF Print E-mail
 

 

Faith Formation begins September 21st

 

 

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19 Ways to Let Your Parish Priest Know You Appreciate Him PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

 

Our parish priests are some of the hardest working members of the Church. The typical parish priest works every weekend and holiday, lives in the same building as their office, and only gets one day off a week, not to mention they’re being asked to care for more souls and take on more responsibilities and roles than ever before.

 

Today is the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. To mark the occasion, we asked a some parish priests how we could best let them know we’re thankful for them and all the work they do for us.

In no particular order:

 

1. Pray for Your Priest(s)

The most important thing a parishioner can do for his/her priest is pray for them. We are always praying for someone, even required to offer a Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation on behalf of our parishioners. It’s just good to know that they pray for us everyday.”

A rosary, a holy hour, a small offering or a daily suffering offered for the priest.”

Send cards to priests with assurances of prayer for their intentions.”

The offering of prayers for the priest and his ministry.  (It’s a great joy to know of prayers since I know that my life and ministry are only as fruitful as the people praying for me.)”

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Prioritizing Your Life PDF Print E-mail
 
 
 

What you are actually living... is not exactly what you want to live?


Here it is, our weekly fact: 24/7 = 168 hours per week. As simple as that!


   But there is a difficulty we moderns have with time. Laura Vanderkam, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, points it out very well:


... by lamenting our overwork and sleep deprivation—even if that requires workweek inflation and claiming our worst nights are typical—we show that we are dedicated to our jobs and our families. Being "busy" and "starved for time" is a way to show we matter. Put another way, it makes us feel important.”

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