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Saint Philip Neri

Saint of the Day for May 26

(July 21, 1515 – May 26, 1595)


Saint Philip Neri’s Story

Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy: the whole post-Renaissance malaise.

At an early age, Philip abandoned the chance to become a businessman, moved to Rome from Florence, and devoted his life and individuality to God. After three years of philosophy and theology studies, he gave up any thought of ordination. The next 13 years were spent in a vocation unusual at the time—that of a layperson actively engaged in prayer and the apostolate.

As the Council of Trent (1545-63) was reforming the Church on a doctrinal level, Philip’s appealing personality was winning him friends from all levels of society, from beggars to cardinals. He rapidly gathered around himself a group of laypersons won over by his audacious spirituality. Initially, they met as an informal prayer and discussion group, and also served poor people in Rome.

At the urging of his confessor, Philip was ordained a priest and soon became an outstanding confessor himself, gifted with the knack of piercing the pretenses and illusions of others, though always in a charitable manner and often with a joke. He arranged talks, discussions, and prayers for his penitents in a room above the church. He sometimes led “excursions” to other churches, often with music and a picnic on the way.

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Taize in the Desert

Taize in the Desert Leavethe noise of modern life behind for an evening of prayer!  Build your relationship with Jesus Christ through song, scripture, silence and            contemplation with the young adults of the Archdiocese!   Attend the next prayer service in the spirit of Taizé, a French monastic community.

All are welcome.  

This is an ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer.   Taizé is a spirituality that is easy to experience and hard to describe.   Invite your friends and family.

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Norbertine Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid 5825 Coors Blvd SW Albuquerque, NM 87121

Fellowship and refreshments following the service.

Next Taize: Friday June 16, 2017

Taize in the Desert is made possible by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry along with the Norbertine community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey

FRIDAY NIGHTS – 3rd Friday of the Month

2017 Dates

June 16th

July 21st

August 18th

September 15th

October 20th

November 17th

December 15th


Comprehensive Model Training Dates /Locations & Registration

2017 Comprehensive Model Trainings        


Please Note: Training Locations Open To All

2017 Comprehensive Model Trainings Date and Registration Form


Northeast Deanery

Tuesday, May 31st– Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall 403 Valencia St. Las Vegas, NM  87701                                                                                                     5:30 – 7:30 PM –                                                                                                                   Cost $5 per person (includes dinner)

Registration Deadline: Wednesday May 24, 2017


Northwest Deanery

Saturday, June 17th – San Juan Bautista Parish Hall 185 Popaye Ave. Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, NM  87566                                                                10:00 AM – 12:00 noon                                                                         Registration Deadline: Friday June 9, 2017


Southeast Deanery

Saturday, June 24th – St. Helen’s 1600 South Ave O. Portales, NM  88130                                                                                                                                          11:00 AM – 1:00 PM –                                                                                              Cost $5 per person ( includes lunch)

Registration Deadline: Friday June 16, 2017

For: Pastors, Deacons, CL’s, Middle & High School Youth Ministers & Teachers, Confirmation Teachers, Parish Ministers working with youth

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2018 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 for the three confirmation retreats. Registration forms will be posted later.

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. Reserve your spots as soon as possible.

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

Please Note: The April 14th retreat will be for 2nd Year Confirmation.  We can put other on the waiting list.


4000 St. Joseph Pl. NW Albuquerque NM 87120

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

Saturday February 17, 2018

Saturday March 17, 2018

Saturday April 14, 2018 (2nd Year Confirmation Only)

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

Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary


This year on May 13, 2017 will be the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. Fatima is one of the most significant of all Marian apparitions and is one of three Marian apparitions honored with a feast day (Guadalupe and Lourdes being the other two). We would like to encourage you to find some way to celebrate this miraculous event with your parish.

At Fatima, our Mother Mary asked the three shepherd children to pray the Rosary every day, make an amends for sins and to become devoted to her Immaculate Heart. A lesson on what the Rosary is and how to pray it can definitely be incorporated with a Fatima story. Here are some activities that children would enjoy.

(Our Sunday Visitor has an amazing article on their web site that explaining the Marian apparition at Fatima in detail called The Meaning of Fatima: 100 Years Later.)

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Our Lady of Fatima Activities

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often whenever you make a sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ “(Our Lady, July 13, 1917) “Pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them.” (Our Lady, August 19, 1917) (Sunday Visitor)

What is a sacrifice?

Here are a couple different definitions:

Sacrifice- a loss of something you give up usually for the sake of a cause that is more important or worthy.

Sacrifice- to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person or cause.

Sacrifice is not easy, and if it was it would NOT be a sacrifice.  This is an opportunity to challenge yourself to see what you can do for a sacrifice.

At Fatima, Mary asked us to make sacrifices so the others will be saved. What does this mean to you?  Can you help by making sacrifices?  What kind of sacrifices can you make?

Below is some forms you can download.

Here are a few ideas please mark the ones that you think you can commit to:

_____On the 13th of each month take 15 minutes to pray for peace     within your own family as well as the world.

_____ Give of your time. Volunteer at church, serve others with a joyful heart so that

people are inspired by your actions.

_____ Take 30 minutes to say the Rosary once a month for those who

have no Christian faith.

_____ Set time aside when you are usually on your phone looking

at YouTube or watching TV to pray for those who are

struggling with their faith.

_____ Do not eat any kind of junk food or drink soda for a day, a weekend or a week as

a sacrifice for teens who are struggling with their parents, siblings, or friends.

_____ At your own parish, actively listen for opportunities to help the community.

_____ Take 15 minutes to have a nice uplifting conversation with one of your siblings.

_____ Take time to do something that you know will make your parents happy like clean your room, wash the dishes, or pick up the yard.

_____ Take time to call someone you haven’t talked to in a while to see how they are  doing.

_____ Ask to go to church early, light a candle and pray for someone

you don’t know very well.

_____ Ask to go to church early and pray for the intentions of all the

candles that are already lit.

_____ Ask your favorite relative, a godparent of good friend to say a

Rosary with you once a week.

_____ Go through your own clothing and give away items you don’t

use anymore to those in need.

_____ Instead of making plans to go to a movie make plans to volunteer at a homeless shelter or make plans to clean an elderly neighbors’ yard.

_____ Do something nice for a complete stranger

_____ Ask your family to go to the 48th Annual Rosary Rally at Isotopes Park on Sunday October 1st.

This should be very personal to you. What other ways can you sacrifice for others?





This is a beautiful way to show love to God as well as to others.

(ASF Youth & Young Adult Office)

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Young Adult Symposium 2017

Young Adult Symposium 2017

Mark Your Calendar YA Symposium

Why a symposium?

We have a large population of young adults throughout the Archdiocese that we need to reach out and connect with them to see how we can serve them and how can invite them into an activity participation in our catholic church.

Our first step will be to have round table events throughout the Archdiocese. This will help us gather information on the needs of our young adults.

The information gathered will help us develop a symposium that will be constructive and productive in young adults ministry.

Archbishop Wester will be with us the entire symposium.

Please pass on the information to all your young adults or those ministering to those between the ages of 19-30.

More information will be coming out later