There was a group of 12 men and Rose Marie hard at work for the grass planting Party in March. They did a great job. The grounds look wonderful and God blessed us with 2 days of good rain in the week following to give the grass a chance to take hold. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked so hard and those that provided refreshments.
From the Diocese of Fort Worth: Rev. Isaac Orozco, Pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Clifton and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Morgan, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, effective June 14, 2016. All correspondence for Fr. Isaac can be sent to The Chancery, Catholic Center, 800 West Loop 820 South, Fort Worth, TX 76108.
The Annual Diocesan Appeal is a dynamic opportunity for all of the faithful in the Diocese of Fort Worth to contribute for the common good and impact lives beyond the scope of any individual parish.
Its mission is to witness to God’s grace in our lives by together sharing the Gospel message of faith, hope and charity with those most in need of attention through knowing and doing all that we are called to as disciples of Christ.
Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift to the appeal.
Extensive thought and reflection has gone into the parish survey compiled last December, when at Fr. Isaac’s request, feedback was solicited about how we could best transform our parish grounds into a campus, with a unified theme and a more visible profile for Clifton and Bosque County. On account of our proximity to the hospital and situation on FM 219, Fr. Isaac would like to more proudly display our Catholic presence in keeping with the mission that Jesus gave our apostolic forbearers. To that end we have already made notable progress.
1. We have identified two priorities based on our parish surveys: Greater attention to our landscape and Greater attention to our parking lot
2. Money has been set aside for tackling our priorities
3. A focus group has assisted Fr. Isaac in identifying pros and cons of campus development
4. Professional Contractors and Engineers have been contacted for further feedback
Once the focus group completes its mission Fr. Isaac will convene the Finance Council to get further advice about how to be a good steward of the financial resources that would be involved in beginning any capital project.
The origin of what is ordinary is nothing to balk at. The ordinary forms the backbone of something and establishes a standard by which the rest is measured. It is a frame of reference that allows us to recognize and celebrate the special or distinctive.
Ordinary Time is a liturgical season that occurs twice within the year. Unlike summer, winter, fall or spring, which occur only once during a given year Ordinary Time pops up twice. We are currently in Ordinary Time I, which will soon fall back so that we can enter into the penitential season of Lent and then on to Easter.
In some ways Ordinary Time can become a rest from the rest of the liturgical celebrations. However, if we have been paying attention to the Sunday readings we probably should never rest from feeding the Spirit. This means that we should take advantage of prayerful growth in our devotion to God and His Church through knowing, loving and serving Him.
Gaudate in Domino semper! Rejoice in the Lord always!
Advent originated as a forty day preparation for Christmas but was eventually shortened to 4 weeks. Since the origin of this preparation was originally penitential in character the Church offered the third Sunday as a break from the otherwise disciplined thread of what Advent hoped to inspire for all the Christian faithful. In fact, the entire Advent season has become more of a festive season and has moved away from an explicitly disciplined season in which a fast was called for, beginning the day after St. Martin’s Feast (November 12th).
In the Catholic liturgical year we celebrate both those holy ones in heaven(known and unknown) and the faithful departed. The Solemnity of All Saints, which falls on November 1st every year, commemorates all those who now share in the beatific vision with God. The following day, All Souls, which falls on November 2nd, is set aside to pray for all those whose sins temporarily keep them from full union with God.