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ANNOUNCING: St. Mary's is now subscribed to  FORMED.org 

A revolutionary digital platform that gives all our parishioners unprecedented access to 
* over 300 video-based study programs, feature films, 
* more than 35 audio presentations, and 
* over 25 eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters.  
* Available in English and Spanish! 

To register, explore and use this great program:
Go to: formed.org;  
Select: Register; 
then enter Parish code: JXWQMW 

Then enter your own email account you would like to use for this app, 
with your own password. 

For technical help, 
call: 1-844-367-6331 (Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm Mountain Time).  



Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy spirit,
Replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within us with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within us with a sweetness of grace.
Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light.
Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth.
Replace the night within us with your light.
Straighten our crookedness.
Fill our emptiness.
Dull the edge of our pride.
Sharpen the edge of our humility.
Light the fires of love. Amen.
Thelma Hall, RC



      


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An Easter Thought:

Pope Francis stated: "People who don't give money to the homeless 

because they think it
will be spent on alcohol and not food 
should ask themselves: 
"What guilty pleasure 
they are 
secretly spending money on."

He continues.."There are many excuses to justify 
why one doesn't lend
a hand when asked by a person begging on the street,"

he said in an interview published the 
beginning of Lent.

"But giving something to someone in need is always right 
and it should be 
done with respect and compassion" 
because "tossing money and not looking in their eyes
is not a Christian way of behaving."



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Parish Survey


                                              We asked: “Which Ministries and Activities nourishes or supports my spiritual needs?”  
                                                                                And these are the answers we received:

            Bible/Prayer Study//Scripture Sharing     223

            Outreach to the Needy/Homebound         165

            Rosary Prayer                                             140

            Small Community Gathering                     129

            Holy Hour/Adoration                                    89

            Scripture Sharing                                         85

            Day of Prayer                                                81

            Book Discussion                                          72

            Centering Prayer                                          69

            Spiritual Spa Day                                         63

            Movie Discussion                                        58

            Various other                                               11


 

The Adult Formation Committee in conjunction with Father Don

prepared the survey and began studying the results in June, 2016.

We feel it is noteworthy to see the interest in the many varieties of prayer forms

 that nourishes and supports the parish spiritual life. 

We do offer a good variety of choices in many different times and days.
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It is helpful to notice that 223 or 45% of respondents indicated that

Scripture/Prayer Study and Sharing are high on the formats of prayer
desired and offered in our parish.
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Considering that the fruit of prayer is manifested in our care for those in need,
it is very heartening to see that 165 or 33% of the respondents noted that  
Outreach to the needy/Homebound  nourishes and supports their spiritual life.
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Perhaps this indicates the presence of God’s Spirit and grace moving and effective among us!
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And how are we being called?
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Always the Spirit of God calls us: to grow in our spiritual lives,
to ongoing study, to prayer, to be more the presence of Jesus,
and to a greater love and to a service of those in need of our care and concern:
the poor, lonely, forgotten and grieving among us and beyond us.      
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           What are you noticing and wondering? 
                  We invite your responses...                   
Sister Patty and the Adult Formation Committee








Rediscover Jesus, the gem we received at Christmas by Matthew Kelly,
and which we prayed together as a Parish during Lent
has made at least one thing really clear –
Jesus wants to turn your life upside down!!  
And If you did let Jesus turn your life upside down during our Lenten journey,
you are finding that you are happier than you ever imagined was possible.
In fact you have joy, even in the midst of all the chaos and details of your life. 
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Joy is a gift of the Spirit of Christ’s Resurrection that longs for expression.
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Rediscover Jesus:       Delve into the Gospels  by Matthew Kelly  (taken from Chapter 25)

                Jesus is not just a historic figure. He is alive and with us in everything we do.  
   
                                 If you want to ‘rediscover Jesus’, the Gospels are a primary source of ‘rediscovery’.

                Read the Gospels for fifteen minutes a day, everyday. 

                    Allow the life and teachings of Jesus to sink their roots deep into your life.
                                    In time this habit will become a source of inspiration and solace. 
               
                    Approach your reading in a new way each time. 

                    Begin each time with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to guide you in your time. 
                                    
                    You might use a theme as you read – Use generosity, for example, and look for ‘who is generous?’,                                                                                                                                                                                     who isn’t generous?’
                                     Or try courage or patience or…


                Delve into the Gospels – Imagine yourself there in the scene as it unfolds. 

                             “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, 
                                        for correction and for training in holiness” 2Tim 3:16

  “Jesus, reveal yourself to me as I begin to rediscover you
                                            through the Gospels."                                                                                        













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