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12/1/19

Happy New Year! The Catholic Liturgical Calendar begins a new year on the first Sunday of Advent, which is Dec 1 this year. It consists of the cycle of liturgical seasons that determine when feast days and other holy days are observed, and which Scripture and Gospel readings are used at Mass. Aside from the readings, the liturgical calendar also determines the interior decoration of a Church, the priest's vestment colors, the timing of spiritual seasons and practices such as Lent, and much more.

The "Lectionary," the Mass readings from the Holy Bible, follows a Sunday cycle and a weekday cycle. The Liturgical Calendar follows a three year cycle, each year being represented by the letters, A, B and C. During the year A cycle, the Gospel of Matthew is the primary Gospel that is used for the readings. In year B, Mark is the primary Gospel. In year C Luke is the primary Gospel. The Gospel of John is proclaimed on particular Sundays in each of the years. On weekdays in Ordinary Time, there is a 2 year cycle numbered I and II. Year I is read in odd number years such as 2015, 2017, 2019. Year II is read in even years such as 2016, 2018, 2020. Therefore, if a person attends the Holy Mass every day for 3 years, having been present for all the readings of the 3 cycles, most of the Holy Bible will have been read to him during that time frame. The new year, 2020 will be a Cycle A year and we’ll use those readings from the hymnal.

For more information, check out: catholic-liturgy-year-calendar-2020

11/17/19

FORMEDAll members of our Parish 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.

FORMED is accessible on the Internet through your computer browser as well as through the FORMED App from the app store for iOS and for the Android. Go to FORMED.ORG and scroll down to find videos demonstrating Signing In and Getting Started

10/13/19

USCCBAn excellent resource for Catholics is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, at www. usccb.org. If you click on Prayer and Worship, and then Prayers and Devotions you will find links to a discussion of how to pray. There are links to familiar prayers as well as prayers for Eucharistic Devotion, Meditations, Litanies, Rosaries, Mary, the Saints and the Stations of the Cross.

9/15/19

God MomentThe God Minute is a reflective daily prayer based on the Divine Office of the Church. But instead of reading it, you listen. Led by a Vincentian priest, it includes music, scripture and a thoughtful, spiritual message to begin your day with the Lord. On your computer or tablet go to TheGodMinute.org. On your iPhone or iPad, download the God Moments App. Additionally, the God Minute podcast is available wherever you access your favorite podcasts .

9/8/19

Divine Mercy DailyGet 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.

9/1/19

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.

8/18/19

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.

8/11/19

Computer ManSacred Heart Parish in conjunction with Catholic Charities will provide Computer Training for Seniors. The Beginner Class is on September 12, 2019 at 1 :00 P.M. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 2015 Adams Ave. Huntington, WV 25704. For a Class reservation contact 304-429-4318 Or e-mail shcchwv@gmail.com

7/28/19

TwitterDo 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)

7/14/19

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. A way of implementing a Purgatory Box can be found at the following website: http://bit.ly/29K1ABJ .

7/7/19

St GiannaThe 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/.

6/9/19

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.

6/2/19

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.

Pray Catholic Novenas - A simple way to pray novenas with daily reminders.

Prayer 2000+ This app is great for finding the perfect prayer for every occasion. These Apps can help you stay focused on prayer during the busy summer.

3/3/19

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday. We have Lent Reflection booklets at the doors of the church for adults. We also have some for young adults and middle schoolers.

If you are using MyParispApp, note that they have added a "Lent" button on the bottom of the home page. Here they will be posting Daily Lent Reflections. If you don't have our Parish App, you can download it at myparishapp.com.

2/17/19

IIf you like to say the Rosary, there are many apps that can assist you. Some free apps are: Holy Rosary-Scriptual Edition by LifeStyle, Holy Rosary - Standard Edition by Joe Meineke, and Touch Rosary for Android.

1/20/19

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.

1/6/19

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.”

12/12/18

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.

11/4/18

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.

10/14/18

Catholic SharingAppealOur 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!

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