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Faith Formation

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT – Religious Education Office

18 February 2024

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: We will be having Stations of the Cross in the church every Friday at 5:30. Everyone is invited! The next one on 23 February will be led by the Confirmation Class!  Please take a few minutes to remember the suffering of our Lord on the Cross.

SOUP SUPPERS: We will be offering simple soup suppers every Friday during Lent.  Please join us in the parish hall after the Stations of the Cross is complete to meet with new friends and old!  We look forward to seeing you there!

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL: We will continue to monitor our parish progress and keep you updated throughout the year.  We would like to encourage every parishioner to participate, regardless of the amount.  Please contact the Parish Office for more information. Any funds contributed in excess of our goal come directly back to the parish!

BENEDICTION:  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction continues 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!

VIRTUS TRAINING: Please continue to monitor your status.  Training is due every five years.  If you need training, you may complete it, either in-person or online at www.virtusonline.org and submit it to Deacon Michael at [email protected] He will add your name to our list of certified ministers. If this is your first training for Nativity, please also provide Deacon Michael with your birthdate and the ministry that you are involved in.  Please contact Deacon Michael at the e-mail above or at 340-0422 if you have any questions.

CASSEROLES FOR THE HOMELESS:  Thank you all who continue to prepare casseroles 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, the only Catholic homeless shelter in Albuquerque, please Contact Deacon Michael at 340-0422 or [email protected]

GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER:  Opportunities are also available to collect men’s clothes, including socks and underwear for the 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.

NEW MINISTRY: Several parishioners have decided to support the St Francis house by collecting clothes of all types for the poor.  If you would like to donate, please bring your clean clothing to the Parish Office and they will store them. Each Friday they will be transported to the St Francis house. Thank you for your generosity.

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT: Our schools receive no state funding, yet we continue to provide a high-quality education to our children at less than half what it costs at a public school.  We have a new funding source for scholarships for all of our schools that can provide up to $3000 per child.  Please contact your school of choice for details, But don’t wait too long.  The deadline is in March for the fall semester. We are also beginning a campaign to thank grandparents for their involvement in their grandkid’s education.  Don’t wait until you die to give the kids a gift.  Help them fund a Catholic education now.  It is the best gift you could give your grandkids!  Read to them at home.  Help them with their prayers.  Show them the love of God in the family. And please continue to pray for our Catholic Schools and support them by sending your children and grandchildren to the school of your choice or by donating to help other children through the scholarship fund.  New Mexico is experiencing a shortage of teachers and the Catholic Schools are no exception! We are always looking for teachers, substitutes and staff.  Please answer God’s call to his service through the Catholic schools! 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 year.

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.

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 explain the annulment process and discuss the particulars of your case.

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.