Minute Meditations from Franciscan Media

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Francis and and his brothers could have been killed spreading the Gospel. In bringing near the kingdom of heaven, the brothers were engaging in one of the oldest of dramas in which the battle between darkness and light is played out. It was not so much a battle in which they fought the darkness, as it was the ongoing battle with themselves to keep bearing the light, to keep bringing near the kingdom and not giving up, even when they were rejected. For even in rejection they are bringing near the kingdom. And even if they were martyred for proclaiming these words of Jesus, they were not overcome by darkness; they were yielding to the light.

—from the book Francis and Jesus by Murray Bodo

 

SAINT OF THE DAY

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Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto

Saint of the Day for February 20

(Jacinta: 1910 – February 20, 1920 | Francisco: 1908 – April 14, 1919)

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Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto’s Story

Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese shepherd children from Aljustrel, received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fátima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. At that time, Europe was involved in an extremely bloody war. Portugal itself was in political turmoil, having overthrown its monarchy in 1910; the government disbanded religious organizations soon after. Continue reading SAINT OF THE DAY

Why do we Kneel?

Why Do Catholic Kneel

Kneeling: Kneeling is the most profound sign of reverence and Roman Catholics kneel at the most sacred points of the Mass. In the United States, Catholics kneel throughout the Eucharistic Prayer, but in Europe and elsewhere, they’re only obligated to kneel during the Consecration. Eastern Catholics, such as the Byzantine, don’t kneel because standing is their normal posture for reverence.

Why Do Catholics Make the Sign of the Cross

The first prayer that most parents teach their children is the Sign of the Cross. This ancient gestural prayer customarily begins and ends our formal prayer, from grace before meals to the Church’s principal prayer, the Mass. According to the 1911 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia, the ancient origin of the Sign of the Cross is unclear, but its form has evolved over time: It’s now a large gesture rather than a small one; uses three fingers instead of two, and goes from left-to-right instead of right-to-left. Continue reading Why Do Catholics Make the Sign of the Cross

Why Do We Practice Fasting & Abstinence?

Explain that Lent is the 40 days before Easter in which Catholics pray, fast, contemplate, and engage in acts of spiritual self-discipline. Catholics do these things because Easter, which celebrates the Resurrection of Christ, is the greatest holy day of the Christian year (even above Christmas) and Catholics have recognized that it is appropriate to prepare for such a holy day by engaging in such disciplines.

(Archbishop Fulton Sheen noted that the Protestant attitude is summarized by the line, “First comes the feast, then comes the hangover,” while the Catholic attitude is “First comes the fast, then comes the feast.”)

The reason Lent lasts 40 days is that 40 is the traditional number of judgment and spiritual testing in the Bible (Gn 7:4, Ex 24:18, 34:28, Nm 13:25, 14:33, Jon 3:4). Lent bears particular relationship to the 40 days Christ spent fasting in the desert before entering into his public ministry (Mt 4:1-11). Catholics imitate Christ by spending 40 days in spiritual discipline before the celebration of Christ’s triumph over sin and death.

Fasting is a biblical discipline that can be defended from both the Old and the New Testament. Christ expected his disciples to fast (Mt 9:14-15) and issued instructions for how they should do so (Mt 6:16-18). Catholics follow this pattern by holding a partial fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Abstinence from certain foods is also a biblical discipline. In Daniel 10:2-3 we read, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.” Catholics use a practice similar to Daniel’s when, as a way of commemorating Christ’s Crucifixion on a Friday, they abstain from eating meat on that day of the week during Lent. The only kind of flesh they eat on Friday is fish, which is a symbol of Christ.

Even the Ash Wednesday practice of having one’s forehead signed with ashes has a biblical parallel. Putting ashes on one’s head was a common biblical expression of mourning (1 Sm 13:19, Est 4:1, Is 61:3; see also Est 4:3, Jer 6:26, Ez 27:30, Dn 9:3, Mt 11:21, Lk 10:13). By having the sign of the cross made with ashes on their foreheads, Catholics mourn Christ’s suffering on the cross and their own sins, which made that suffering necessary.

Active Catholic Women of Faith

What is Active Catholic Women of Faith

 

A small faith-sharing group that supports women to reconnect and strength their faith through prayer and reflection as they journey through life.

 

For Who

Women 35 plus who are single, married, divorced, practicing or non practicing. Open to all!

 

Size of Group

Suggested 3 to 6 women per group. If group becomes larger, you might consider reorganizing into a smaller group.

 

Where to Gather

You may gather wherever you feel comfortable and is agreeable to your group. ( Coffee shops, homes, etc.) You may rotate your gather place as you wish.

Below is what you need to get you started.

Active Catholic Women of Faith Brochure

How to Facilitate a group

How to plan a small group sharing agenda

Faith Sharing Resources

Free On-line resources

37th Annual Youth Conference Youth of the Year


 

2017

Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Youth of the Year

Sofia Ibarra and Joshua Ortiz

Peer Leaders of Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Ministry

 

Ms. Ibarra has been actively involved in Youth Ministry for over 3 years and Music Ministry for 2+ years.

She is a loving, caring, faith filled peer leader.

Sofia makes the time to support her youth ministry team. She is always ready to serve those in need and to help with parish events.

She has attend the Archdiocesan Catholic Christian Leadership Institute & Search for Christian Maturity Retreat, deanery retreats and parish retreats. Also has been involved in liturgical services and service project.

Sofia is a hard working young person who is dedicated to her Catholic community.

 

Mr. Ortiz has been actively involved in faith formation and Youth Ministry throughout elementary and high school years.

He has served in several parish, deanery and diocesan retreats, Archdiocesan Christian Leadership Institute, Evangelization Conference and the Middle and High School Youth Conferences. In addition, several parish liturgical services and service projects.

Joshua always makes the time to support the youth ministry team. Even with his busy school schedule, he is willing to help with parish activities, to serve those in need, and support our youth ministry events.