From the Pastor
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity June 10 & 11, 2017
In last week’s bulletin, I suggested that to better understand the Church’s position on Physician’s Assisted Suicide it might be helpful to ask ourselves some questions about end of life issues and the problem of suffering. These are questions that have from the beginning of human experience puzzled people. Of course we want to know why is there suffering at all? Why does God allow it? But for me, the big question is what do we do with suffering? How do we make it meaningful and helpful in our lives? Or to put it as I did last week: “is there such a thing as redemptive suffering?” I truly believe that suffering can be both redemptive and a path to holiness.
St Ignatius of Loyola enjoyed a very successful military career. He was known for his courage in battle and in his heroic putting himself in harm’s way. Because of his courage he was seriously wounded in battle. His convalescence was a long and painful one. The long days of patiently waiting for healing invited him to serious reflection and to pass the time by reading of the Lives of the Saints. In that quiet reading and reflection he discovered a very powerful relationship with Jesus. His personal conversion led him to be inspired to begin a community dedicated to God, the Society of Jesus (commonly called the Jesuits). Suffering for Ignatius led to sainthood.
St Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower” was a very young Carmelite Sister who suffered great physical pain for all of her adult life. Despite the physical pain which prevented her from doing many physical things, it allowed her to spend her time in deep prayer and reflection. In her autobiography, St. Therese wrote: “I understood that to become a saint one had to suffer much, seek out always the most perfect thing to do, and forget self.” (The Story of a Soul, p. 27) Again suffering created holiness and a saint.
The Lives of the Saints are filled with stories of suffering leading to holiness.
I know what you’re thinking: saints are extraordinary people and I’m not extraordinary. But remember, Ignatius was an ordinary soldier and Therese was an ordinary nun. It was their suffering that invited them to be holy. And look at those people who suffer and even in their suffering contribute so much: Helen Keller, blind, deaf became a great author and humanitarian, Franklin Roosevelt, a paraplegic who became a great statesman, Stephen Hawking whose twisted and disabled body is confined to a wheelchair who became a great scientist. Contributions to the human community can be a great gift when the giver suffers yet continues to give.
St Paul in all his writings reminds us of the paradox of the Cross. “To be crucified usually means death,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s St. Vincent de Paul Society is extending an invitation to any and all persons interested in working with people in need in the Northwest Denver area. The Society helps with rent, utilities, food, transportation. There is never any pressure to participate. Each individual finds her/his own path to helping the needy in out community.
Please contact 303.455.0447, leave your contact information on the voicemail, and a member will return your call.
In a letter from Soles4Souls:
"Thank you for joining our mission and collecting shoes for those in need. We know that this required a lot of effort and commitment on your part. We are truly blessed to have friends like you.
Holy Family contribution:
Total Pairs: 504
With deepest thanks,
There is a parishioner who lives near 104th in Thornton who wishes to attend the 4 pm Saturday evening Mass. If you are able to help with a ride, even once in a while, please call the Parish Office.
Fr. Marty, but for Paul it means Christ living in him. In suffering, when united to Christ’s death now means life.” (“Paul Explains the Meaning of Suffering,” Brian Pizzalato, Director of Catechesis, R.C.I.A. & Lay Apostolate for the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota). The Church has always believed that suffering can be redemptive and a path to holiness. The Church, I think, is saying that Physician Assisted Suicide does not allow suffering to help redeem us because it avoids suffering. Physician Assisted Suicide does not allow participating in the suffering of Christ by being united to Christ in one’s suffering.
Next week: What is the family’s role (or a friend or community of friends) in being with a loved one as they suffer?
Peace, Father Marty
7:30 am Chapel
4:00 pm Church
8:00am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am (Spanish)
7:30 am Chapel
3:00 - 3:50 pm Church
Offertory: June 3 & 4, 2017 $ 6,962.25
Offertory: May 20 & 21, 2017 $ 5,099.50
Offertory: May 13 & 14, 2017 $ 6,455.25
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Coffee & Donuts 8:30 – 12 noon
Gabriel House 9 am - 12 Hosp R
Casino Bus Trip 9 am Call John at
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Gabriel House 9 am - 12 noon Hosp R
Tamales after all Masses PH
HF BAZAAR AUGUST 4, 5, 6,
This Week's Mass Intentions
Mass Intentions: June 10 - 18, 2017
10 Saturday, Weekday, Blessed Virgin Mary
4:00 +John Doyle Family by Peggy Stewart
11 The Most Holy Trinity
8:00 +Parents of Dave & +Lucille Havermann
9:30 Kate Lorraine by Parents (Birthday)
11:00 People of Holy Family
12 Monday, Weekday
7:30 Communion Service
13 Tuesday, St. Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor
7:30 Mary Kilburn by Friends
14 Wednesday, Weekday
7:30 +Antonio, +Fred, +Lucia Lombardi by Ninetta L.
15 Thursday, Weekday
7:30 +Louise Hernandez by Jerry & Karen Caruso
16 Friday, Weekday
7:30 +Cathy Miller by Terri Lorimer
17 Saturday, Weekday, BVM
7:30 Communion Service in Chapel
4:00 +Nick Evancich by wife Joan & Family
18 Sunday, The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ
8:00 +Ray Heronema by Ellen & Mitch Thomas
9:30 +Alfred Iacobucci by wife Maria
11:00 People of Holy Family
We offer our prayers for the homebound, sick, caregivers, those in the book of the sick, and ~
Della Ray .
Jackson Schell .
Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory & our Deceased loved ones.
Pray also for our men & women in uniform:
David Lee Weigand
The Ascension of the Lord
When they had gathered together they asked him “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When they had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
Acts 1: 6-12
Latest News - 4/23/2017
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Family.
As you may or may not know, we have lost some of the adorers who have been with us over the years. Some are not able to come because of transportation, others because of complications of health. All are missed and continue to pray for our parish at home.
This situation has left us absent adorers at certain times. If you will recall Adoration is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 - 5 pm. We have four hours of adoration each week.
WE NEED MORE ADORERS. If you are able to come during these hours, please do so. Call us at the Parish Office if you are able to commit on a regular basis - it does not have to be every week. We at Holy Family will be blessed greatly by your participation in prayer at the Adoration Chapel.
Our Thanks to the couple who just volunteered for Thursdays at 3 pm.
TAMALE SALE - SUNDAY, JUNE 25
After all morning Masses in the Parish Hall
Dry ingredient donations are needed - Please place in the box in the back of church, or drop off at the Parish Office: * Dry Chilis * Corn Husks * Maseca (corn flour)
FOR SALE: 1987 FORD 250 Pickup Needs lots of work. $1,000 Contact the Parish Office at 303.455.1664
HOLY FAMILY PARISH BAZAAR
“SUMMER IN THE CITY”
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
August 4, 5, 6, 2017
On Sale Now!!
$100 a Ticket
(only 400 tickets will be sold)
$10,000 - First Prize $5,000 - Second Prize $1,500 - Third Prize
Stop by the Parish Office during business hours: Tu. - Fri., 9 - 5 p.m.
Our Congratulations to the following who were Confirmed at HF on Tuesday, May 2, 2017:
Janett Avila Olague
Juan Avila Olague
Blanca Banuelos Madera
Debanhy Blanco Saenz
Kevin de la Torre Salais
Christian Garcia Posada
Kaylee Grisel Ruiz
Kevin Hernandez Jorge
Karla Martinez Benitez
Amie Medina Aylin
Uriel Ornelas Janett
Nadia Palacios Ortiz
Ricardo Adrian Palmer
Ernesto Ramos Sanchez
Ashley Reyes Briceno
Oscar Saucedo, Jr.
And to the following who received Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Sunday, May 7, 2017: 9:30 am Mass
Jeremiah Archuleta Essah-Lynn
Joshua Martinez Benitez
Briceno Sonja Ortega Reyes
11:00 am Mass
Carrera Sam Lara