Faith Formation

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT – Religious Education Office

1 October 2023

CREMAINS: Someone recently left the cremains of their loved one in the church.  We have been unable to identify any relatives for this person.  If you left the cremains or know who did, please contact the front office at 898-5253 so that we will know what to do with your loved one.

HOLIDAY EVENTS: As we begin to approach the new liturgical year, please start thinking about participating in Advent and Christmas events, such as the Blue Christmas Service and Posadas.  We have already had two people reserving evenings for POSADAS.  If you are interested in hosting an evening for the parish posadas please contact Deacon Michael at 340-0422 or [email protected]

IN PERSON VIRTUS TRAINING:  We are all required to complete the Virtus Training for Adults every five years to be involved in any ministry. We are announcing that there is an in-person training scheduled for: Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. There are not many in-person trainings scheduled. In fact, this is the only one scheduled in Albuquerque. If you are new to ministry or your training has expired, please take advantage of this opportunity. Be advised that no one under the age of 18 is allowed to attend. Please contact Annette at 505-831-8144 to register.

BENEDICTION:  We offer exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction EVERY Sunday at 6 pm.  The last Sunday of the month will be done in SPANISH.  Please join us for a half hour of prayer and worship of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament!  We will meet in the church at 6.  Pamphlets are available when you come in.  Please participate in the singing and prayer.  We look forward to seeing you there!

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT: Please continue to pray for our Catholic Schools! We ask you to support our Catholic schools by sending your children to the school of your choice.  There are scholarship opportunities to help those in need! We are always looking for teachers and staff.  Listen to the call of God. He may be calling you to his service through the Catholic schools…please answer him! If you know a friend or relative who might be interested, please refer them to us! Visit our website at:  www.asfcatholicschools.org and click on the Careers button. We are here to help you help your children. School tours are ongoing throughout the summer.

MINISTRY TO THE HOMELESS:  Thank you to all of the ladies who are providing a monthly casserole for the Good Shepherd Center! If you would like to serve a daily meal to the homeless or prepare a monthly casserole at the Good Shepherd Center, please Contact Deacon Michael at 340-0422 or [email protected] Opportunities are also available to collect men’s clothes, including socks and underwear for the Center. 

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER:  The Center is always in need of your generous donations.  Bottled water continues to be the most pressing daily need, regardless of the season.  You can drop off water anytime at the center which is located at 218 Iron Ave SW.  The EASIEST way to help is through Amazon.  Go to www.GSCNM.org  and click on the “Other ways to help” tab.  Then click the Amazon Wishlist button and send your donation directly to the center! Their most pressing needs this month are:

Clothing – Belts, shoes, jeans, shorts, T-shirts, new underwear

Toiletries – Deodorant, Toothpaste, body lotion, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap, shaving cream and razors

Foods – canned Tuna and meat, canned and dried beans, canned vegetables and tomatoes, rice, spaghetti, powdered milk, ground or instant coffee

Housewares (please, no furniture) – Towels, bedding, toilet paper, small lamps, pots and pans, cups and plates, cleaning supplies, new shower curtains, cutlery and cooking utensils, new In-box small appliances

This is an extensive list, but the center is not only providing for the homeless, but they are now helping them to establish new households whenever possible.  So don’t throw away your used, but good condition items.  Bring them to the center.  Contact deacon Michael at 505-340-0422 or [email protected] for more information.

WEDDINGS: If you are thinking about getting married, contact Deacon Michael at [email protected] or 340-0422.  He will help you through the formation process as you prepare for the big day.  Formation is normally about 6 months.

ARE YOU MARRIED IN THE CHURCH?  If you have been married outside the Church, we invite you to contact us.  Normal preparation time is six months. We will do everything we can to help you get your marriage blessed by the Church in a special ceremony known as a convalidation.  Contact Deacon Michael at [email protected] or 505-340-0422 for more information. Of course, we also invite anyone who would like to be married in the Church for their first marriage to contact us as well!

ANNULMENTS: Anyone in need of an annulment from a previous marriage should contact Deacon Michael at [email protected] or 505-340-0422.  He will need to meet with you to discuss the particulars of your case.

VIRTUS TRAINING: Please complete your training and submit it to Deacon Michael at [email protected] He will add your name to our list of certified ministers.  Please contact Deacon Michael if you have any questions.

BAPTISMS: If you have a child who needs to be baptized, contact Nicole at 340-0421 and she will arrange the time and date. BAPTISM CLASS in English is the second Sunday of the month at 9 am in the Pastoral Center and the 3rd Sunday in Spanish. No need to pre-register.  Simply come to the Pastoral Center if you need a baptism class.