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5/16/21

Have you had a chance to enjoy any of the plethora of Catholic podcasts available to us? Lifeteen.com/blog/, a Catholic website created for Youth Ministers, has a blog post with their choice for the top 5 podcasts every Youth Minister should be listening to right now available at lifeteen.com/blog/top-5-podcast-rn/ These are good recommendations for all of us too. They include The Bible in a Year podcast (media.ascensionpress.com/all-bible-in-a-year-episodes/) with Fr. Mike Schmitz and The Crunch,(thecrunchcast.com/ a comedy podcast. Check out one of them and let us know what you think.

5/9/21

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 .

4/25/21

The souls in purgatory died in the mercy of God, this is why they are called holy; however, because they still had attachment to sin at the time of their death, they must undergo a spiritual purification of their souls before they are able to fully love God with their whole heart, mind, and soul for all eternity. Those in purgatory cannot pray for themselves, this is why they are also called "poor" souls. They can no longer merit anything for themselves and they must rely entirely on others to pray and make sacrifices on their behalf. It is an act of charity that we can give for those we have known and loved, for our ancestors who gave us life, for those who were our benefactors, for those whose memory is lost, and for those who have no one else to pray for them.

At americaneedsfatima.org read a collection of "Quotes from Saints about Holy Souls in Purgatory." Then at catholiccompany.com read suggestions of "20 Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory."

4/18/21

Great Adventure GameThe task and responsibility of educating our children in our faith ultimately belongs to us parents. We rely on the church to assist thru Faith Formation for Children and our Parish School but we must reinforce the training through our own practice of the faith. Ascension Press has introduced the new Ascension Kids brand which is dedicated to creating faithfully-Catholic, high-quality resources for children ages Toddler - 12. You can find books, gifts, and curriculum that will help you inspire their curiosity, and strengthen their faith. Check out "My First Interactive Mass Book," "Catholic Bible Chronicles," "Catholic Flash Cards," "Bible Activities," puzzles & games at ascensionpress.com/pages/kids.

3/28/21

stationsThe Rosary of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the Middle Ages, but it gained new popularity following the Marian apparitions in Kibeho, which have been approved by the Catholic Church. During Mary's apparitions to Marie-Claire Mukangango, she assigned the young visionary a mission to reintroduce this special rosary to the world. She (the Holy Virgin) promised that when prayed with an open and repentant heart, the rosary would win us the Lord's forgiveness for our sins and free our souls from guilt and remorse. She also promised that over time, the rosary would develop within us a deep understanding of why we sin, and that knowledge would give us the wisdom and strength to change or remove any internal flaws, weaknesses of character, or personality faults causing unhappiness and keeping us from enjoying the joyous life God intended for us... Learn how to pray this Chaplet/Rosary of the Seven Sorrows at https://www.immaculee.com/pages/7-sorrows-rosary-prayer or at https://www.marian.org/mary/prayers/sorrows.php.

Download a PDF detailing these prayers HERE on our Parish website.

3/21/21

stationsHave you been able to join the Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent following the Noon Mass? The Stations of the Cross is a wonderful spiritual exercise during Lent. If you can't make it, then you can join a virtual Stations of the Cross from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, with "Catholic meditations, led by Catholic priest and exorcist Msgr. Stephen Rossetti. Featuring sculptures by famous artist Gib Singleton, readings and prayers by Washington Nationals Chaplain, Msgr. Rossetti, and singing by local DC opera singer Crossley Hawn, this moving presentation can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home." Search Stations of the Cross on YouTube.com or go to ChurchPop

2/28/21

We have Lent Reflection booklets at the doors of the church for adults. If you are using MyParispApp, note that they have added a “Lent” button on 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

2/14/21

Bible Looking for a way to deepen your prayer life this Lent? Join Bernadette Kime for “Journey with The Saint John’s Bible,” a FREE online series by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. This opportunity is available for anyone in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. You’ll explore the Church’s tradition of reading Scripture and depicting it in art, explore several spectacular illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible—a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible crafted in the 21st-century, and take a deep dive into the Scripture passages those illuminations depict. You’ll also learn how to pray with Scripture and art through guided experiences of lectio and visio divina and have the opportunity to grow in faith with others. For more information or to sign up, contact Bernadette Kime at bkime@dwc.org. For more information on the Saint John's Bible Check out "Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible" on YouTube HERE.

1/24/21

SaintsSaints are the heroes of the Catholic faith. They lived lives in holiness, dedicated to serving God and spreading His message of salvation. Indeed, many Catholic saints courageously met their deaths simply because of their faith. Today, the saints serve as examples for all Catholics, showing us how to lead a more satisfying, more spiritual life in communion with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They are reminders that this life will come to an end, and only what was done for Christ will have a lasting reward. Each saint’s story is a fascinating one. They lived at different times in different places throughout history, but they all shared a love of God that has been meticulously documented through the teachings of the Catholic Church. Read these wonderful stories at EWTN here: www.ewtn.com/catholicism/saints. Additional saints are found at https://mycatholic.life/saints/ and https://www.catholic.org/saints/.

1/10/21

If you've ever wanted to read the Bible but didn't know where to start you may want to try a podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz: The Bible In a Year hosted by Ascension Press. It started January 1 but you can still sign up and listen. Each day's podcast is less then 25 minutes long. All Bible In A Year Episodes

12/20/20

St. Joseph Pope Francis has declared the new liturgical year as the Year of St. Joseph. “All the faithful will thus have the opportunity to commit themselves, with prayers and good works, to obtain with the help of Saint Joseph, head of the celestial Family of Nazareth, comfort and relief from the serious human and social tribulations that today grip the contemporary world,” the decree states. Pope Francis also added indulgence opportunities to the decree. The decree explains four ways to obtain a plenary indulgence throughout this liturgical year. Read what an Indulgence is and how to obtain it in the recent FaithINWV bulletin from our Diocese found at FaithInWV_EBulletin. Another resource can be found at churchpop.com Remember that these links can be found on our website at ourfatimafamily.com

12/5/20

St. Dymphna Inspiration for the whole family can be found in this YouTube video of Fr. Mike Schmitz: "The Hour That Will Change Your Life" | SEEK2015. Fr. Mike addresses the youth attending the 2015 SEEK retreat and talks so lovingly of the Eucharist and Confession. Let Christ touch your heart and your family through the words of Fr. Mike. Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwwiIkrLxTM If you enjoy this video, you can search for additional videos by Fr. Mike like "Fr. Mike Schmitz: Anti-Fragile Faith | SEEK2019" and "Fr. Mike Schmitz: More Than Words | SEEK2017." Fr. Mike Schmitz is part of the "Ascension Presents" You Tube channel found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVdGX3N-WIJ5nUvklBTNhAw You will find many of his videos and Sunday Mass as well as videos from other Catholic sources.

11/22/20

St. Dymphna Do you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, and worried with the pandemic, the election, and the unrest in our country? In this episode of the Catholic Talk Show podcast, they discuss how you can manage anxiety through prayer and the saints, and offer practical tips for participating in online streaming Mass. Catholic Talk Show podcast

Saint Dymphna is one of the Saints recommended as a comfort. She is the patron saint of of those suffering nervous and mental afflictions. You can read more here catholic.org/saints Her Chaplet is found here rosaryandchaplets.com Her Litany is here on YouTube Her Novena is found here natshrinestdymphna.org and here: praymorenovenas.com

11/8/20

Every November, the Church offers the faithful an opportunity to offer a plenary indulgence for the a soul in purgatory. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican has issued a special decree extending the plenary indulgence for the souls in purgatory throughout the month of November. The decree asks the faithful to visit a cemetery and pray for the deceased, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father. Additional information and suggested prayers can be found at CHURCHPOP.COM

A wonderful discussion of Purgatory and the role of indulgences as "salutary remedies for temporal punishment due to sin" can be read at Purgatory

You can find the official definition of indulgences in the Catechism of the Catholic Church found here: Indulgences

10/30/20

November is the month of All Saints and All Souls. Check out this calendar for the Saint of the Day: franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/calendar Click on the name on the date for information about that Saint.

10/18/20

EWTN The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. EWTN has a new page on their website dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, https://www.ewtn.com/ourladyoftherosary.

Scroll down to sign up for a free eBook, Mother Angelica's Rosary Meditations. You can read the history of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, read the 15 promises of Our Lady, enjoy a video of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and watch a video Rosary for Kids.

“Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” – St. Padre Pio

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