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1/24/20

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/.

1/10/20

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

10/11/20

Blue Army Our Lady's Blue Army is a public association of the faithful devoted to spreading the authentic message of Fatima. Join them for the celebration in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary on the anniversary of the 6th apparition at Fatima. Events begin streaming live at 12 noon. Find links to Facebook, YouTube and on the website at https://www.bluearmy.com/. Follow the Rosary procession, speaker, Holy Mass, Eucharistic procession, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and more.
You can join the Blue Army of Our Lady meetings in the church on Tuesdays after the Noon Mass.

10/4/20

Relevant Radio"Relevant Radio” is essentially Catholic podcasting in an app. This is a free app that grants access to all the shows produced by Relevant Radio, available in live streaming or downloadable content. It also includes audio prayers, a Confession “helper,” and Catholic news from around the world. It’s perfect if you’re looking for ways to fill long commutes or travel with something more uplifting. Find the APP or listen at https://relevantradio.com/listen/get-the-app/.

9/20/20

Pray As You GoDo you struggle to find dedicated, quiet time in your life? Pray As You Go is available as an App and as a website on your computer. The 15 minute (or less) segments are a perfect way to start your mornings as you drive to work. The music is beautiful and the reflections are encouraging and thoughtful without being too deep for a 6:30 a.m. commute. “Pray As You Go” also offers audio prayers, Imaginative Contemplation Exercises, an audio Rosary & Stations of the Cross, and an audio Examen. The App is free for iOS and Google Play. The website is found at https://pray-as-you-go.org/home/

9/13/20

MariansThe Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is a fraternal community of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church. The members of the Congregation are perhaps best known for their work promoting the message of Divine Mercy. They are also known for their devotion to Mary Immaculate, dedication to praying for the poor souls in Purgatory, and active service to the Church. Their website is found at www.marian.org. Download or view PDF format of Marian Helper magazine issues. You can request that the magazine be mailed to you at home.

8/30/20

LegoA fun website for family use can be found at www.catholicplayground.com. You will find coloring pages, dot to dot pages, as well as activities, recipes, crafts, and book reviews. One of my favorite sections is on playing with Legos and retelling stories of our faith.. There is a section dedicated to the saints & feasts celebrated each month. If you recreate any of these projects, send us a photo so we can share your work and inspire other families.

8/16/20

CatholicKidTheCatholicKid.com is a new website launched to provide free printable Catholic coloring pages and games for children. They have Pre-K and Kindergarten worksheets for the alphabet and numbers all with a Catholic theme. They have a wide choice of printable coloring pages for many Catholic feasts and services including the Stations of the Cross. They say that they are adding new pages often. Even some of adults in our parish might enjoy the joy of learning new prayers while you color.

8/2/20

Divine Mercy Our Lord gave the Divine Mercy Chaplet to us and promised, “Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy....

The Divine Mercy App from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception is available for iOS and Android at www.thedivinemercy.org/apps. I love to set this app on auto and let it play while I drive. While you are there, pick up the Mary App for a great version of the Rosary.

If you prefer the song versions of the Chaplet or video images for meditation, search on "Divine Mercy video." You'll find a selection of spoken and sung versions of the Chaplet. You can also search "Divine Mercy EWTN" to get their broadcast versions. These can play on your computer and on your phones.

7/12/20

Holy RosaryOur Blessed Mother left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary. "Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces." Read more of Her promises at http://www.themostholyrosary.com/15promises.htm

 

My favorite iphone app is Holy Rosary - Standard Edition by Joe Meineke. This app will play the daily rosary without any interaction from you. This means that I can pray while I wash dishes or while I drive to church. It makes it very convenient to get in your daily rosary. There is a version available for android also called Holy Rosary by Joe Meineke. Remember, Our Lady of Fatima said "Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it." (Our Lady, July 13, 1917)

6/28/20

Catholic Online SchoolA fascinating resource for Catholics can be found at https://www.catholiconline.school Catholic Online School offers FREE classes, lessons, instructional videos, educational resources and a personalized learning experience that allows learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Over 5,000 free lessons offer instruction on the Saints, Religious Education, K-12 instruction, Moral Theology, the Blessed Virgin, Ancient History, Novenas, etc. We all have an obligation to continue our learning in Catholic teaching and tradition.

5/24/20

MissalAs we begin to resume the celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Fatima certain changes are being made to help keep us all safe. The hymnals/missals will be removed from all pews since they can't be sanitized. However, you can bring a copy with you if you would like the familiarity of having the readings and prayers available. Both Magnificat (https://us.magnificat.net/free) and Word Among Us (https://wau.org/subscribe/) offer printed copies of their monthly missals. If you prefer to use your phone, digital versions of each are also available for iOS and Android. Other Apps include iMissal ($4.99), Laudate (free), and iBreviary (free) which also includes the Liturgy of the Hours. Some of these apps are available for Kindle Fire as well. Search for these titles in your App Store.

5/17/20

During this time of self-isolation many of us have turned to streaming services. A valuable resource available from EWTN offers ON DEMAND content. The daily programming like Daily Mass, News and the Rosary are available for free from any device that can access the Internet. Their children's series like Tomkin and The Friar are free to use. Other items, like their Documentaries (including the recent one on Saul Alinsky, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing), are available for rent or purchase. Find it all at https://ondemand.ewtn.com/

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