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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.

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.

Next Taize: Friday November 17, 2017                                                                 Time: 7:30pm                                                                                                                         Place: Norbertine Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid                             5825 Coors Blvd SW Albuquerque, NM 87121        
All Are Welcomed                                                                                                             Fellowship and refreshments following the service.
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.
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

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New Young Adult App!!!

 

 

Our new Archdiocese of Santa Fe Young Adult app is now available for Apple and Android products!

You can download it for free in the App Store or Google Play Store by searching for ASF C Squared

You can stay in the loop with parish events, communications and Catholic material.

 

Link: http://myapp.parishapps.com/C%20Squared%20ASF

 For More Information, Contact the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Youth & Young Adult Office Della @ (505)831-8142 or dmontano@archdiosf.org

 

Catholic Link – Significance of the Liturgical Colors

Did you know the significance of the liturgical colors? ⛪

Posted by Catholic-Link English on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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

Spanish

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