Catholic Thought for the Day

 The risk of being shut out.

“Armchair Christianity” is hardly a guarantee of salvation. Jesus tells us that entry into the Kingdom can never be automatic but is the result and the reward of a struggle. He said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” The struggle to enter is intense and lifelong, and in asking the question “will there be only a few saved”, the Jews assumed that the Kingdom would be excluded to the Gentile and that they alone would be saved.

Those who are very prominent in this world may have to be very humble in the next, and those whom no one notices here may be the princes of the world to come. A story is told about a woman who had been used to every luxury and to great respect. She died, and when she arrived in heaven, an angel was sent to bring her to her eternal home. They passed several lovely mansions, and the woman thought that each one, as they came to it, must be the one assigned to her. They finally reached the outskirts of the area, and on the fringe they came to a house that was little more than a hut. The angel told the woman that this was her house. “What,” said the woman, “that! I cannot live in that.” “I am sorry,” said the angel, “but that is all we could build for you with the materials you sent up.”

Deirdre Powell

Source: by Fr. Martin Tierney (adapted).

36th Annual Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Conference

36th Annual Youth Conference Flier

Place: St. Therese of the Infant Jesus                                                            3424 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM  87107

Date: Friday October 21st  Beginning at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday October 22nd Beginning at 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

Fee: $40.00 per person

For: 14 thru 18 (In High School)

Note:  A Chaperone 21 or older and has attended the Abuse Awareness Training is required to attend.                                          Chaperone ratio is 1 adult for every 6 youth.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

More information will be coming.

2017 Archdiocesan Confirmation Retreats

Archdiocesan High School Confirmation Retreats

Confirmation Retreat

This retreat is designed especially for your confirmation youth as they journey into discipleship and prepare to receive their sacrament of Confirmation. Mass and Reconciliation will also be celebrated.

Below are the dates and registration forms  for the  three confirmation retreats.

IMPORTANT: Please register early since space is very limited and we fill up all three retreats at least 1 month before the deadline of the February Retreat.

Also every youth must have an adult chaperone over the age of 21 and have attended the Abuse Awareness workshop.  There is an acceptance if the youth is being accompanied by their parent or if they are coming as a group from their parish then the minister has already attended the workshop.

For Group registrations the adult ration is one adult for every six youth and chaperone must carry completed permission forms for each youth at retreat.

All three retreats are held at the Catholic Center-Sandia Room

4000 St. Joseph Pl. NW Albuquerque NM 87120

  • 9:00 am is check-in
  •  Retreat begins at 9:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm
  • Fee: is 15.00 per person( chaperone will also need to pay)

Note: The February Retreat is almost full.  So I am not taking any group registrations.                                                                                                         Saturday February 11, 2017                                                                               2017 Confirmation Retreat Registration 2.11.17

Saturday March 18, 2017                                                                                      2017 Confirmation Retreat Registration 3.18.17

Saturday April 22, 2017                                                                                         2017 Confirmation Retreat Registration 4.22.17

Please contact Della @ (505) 831-8142 or for cancellations or to be put on a waiting list.


Sacramental Policies

Confirmation FAQs

2012-08 Sacramental Policies – General

2012-08 Confirmation Policy

2012-08 Godparent-Sponsor Agreement

2012-08 Affidavit of Eligibility Godparent-Sponsor

2012-08 Confirmation of Adults

2012-08 Celebration of Confirmation liturgical guidelines

2010-09 Confirmation Music Guidelines

2010-09 Confirmation Music Suggestions


2012-08 Bautismo

2012-08 Declaration de elegibilidad para padrinos

2012-08 Acuerdo de los Padrinos

2012-08 Acuerdo de los Padrinos (1)

2012-08 Confirmacion de Adultos – Normas generals


Question of the Week

Why did God create us?

In His loving goodness, God created us to

know, love, and serve Him in this life and

to be happy with Him for all eternity.


Scripture: John 17:3

2 How do we know that God exists?

We can know that God exists by honestly examining the world around us. God

has also revealed Himself throughout human history, culminating in His sending

us His Son Jesus, so that we may have a relationship with Him.


Scripture: Romans 1:20; Hebrews


Why Do Christians Eat Fish on Friday and During Lent?

In the secular world, ‘fasting’ means abstaining from all food and drink, but in religious circles, ‘fasting’ means going on a disciplined diet. The purpose of a fast is to find out who is in control, you or your belly, and to win that control if necessary. It’s also a way of using your appetite as a spiritual snooze alarm that moves you to pray.

So now that we understand that fasting means a diet and not total deprivation, I can answer the question.

In the first century, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays. The original Christians were all Jewish and were used to the fasting as a spiritual discipline. They moved the fast days to Wednesdays and Fridays, because Judas engineered Jesus’ arrest on a Wednesday and Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Most often that fast took the form of avoiding meat in the diet. In those days, meat was a luxury food. You either had to buy it in a market or you had to own enough land to keep cattle. On the other hand, anyone could grow vegetables or forage for them, and anyone could catch a fish in a lake or a stream. You could buy better fish and vegetables, but the point is that you could eat without money if you were poor. So meat was rich people’s food and fish was poor people’s food.

That is why the most common form of fasting was to omit meat and eat fish.



The Lost Meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation

It is sometimes said that Confirmation is a sacrament in search of a theology.

It is indeed true that most Catholics could probably give at least a decent account of the significance of Baptism, Eucharist, Confession, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick, but they might balk when asked to explain the meaning of Confirmation. Perhaps they would be tempted to say it is the Catholic version of a Bar Mitzvah, but this would not even come close to an accurate theological description.

A survey of the most recent theologizing about Confirmation—the Documents of Vatican II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 1983 Code of Canon Law, etc.—reveals that this is the sacrament of strengthening, as the term itself (“confirmare” in Latin) suggests.

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