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Election Day Is Close At Hand

Election day (Nov. 6) is less than two weeks away. As faithful Catholics, we have an obligation to participate in the political process of our country at the local, state, and national level. Our faith should inorm the way that we vote. We are responsible for forming our consciences in the moral and social teachings of the Church in order to vet the candidates and their positions so that we can make a decision that is consistent with our faith and for the common good.

Every four years, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issue the "Faithful Citizenship" document in order to educate us in the principles of Catholic social teaching we are called to keep in mind. To assist in this Fr. Robert gave a presentation on Catholic social teaching. For those unable to attend the presentation, the slides as well as the audio of that presentation, are available here. Please note that the file is substantial. It contains the slide presentation (Powerpoint) and multiple audio files. The presentation is set to play the audio and advance the slides automatically. In order for this to happen make a new folder on your desktop called Social Justice and download the file there. Once downloaded you must unzip the file in order for it to work properly. Please take the time to do so.

This is something new for our parish, so we hope it works!


A Year of Faith-- October 11, 2012-November 24, 2013

October 11, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), a gathering of the Catholic Church's heirarchy which brought many changes to the Church. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has chosen to mark this historic gathering by proclaiming the next year a "Year of Faith." In proclaiming this Year of Faith, Benedict has called us to deepen our understanding of Jesus Christ and the Church He founded for our salvation through increased prayer and study. There are a number of ways we can embrace this challenge to deepen our faith.


Every week there are multiple opportunities to deepen our understanding of the faith. Consider joining one of the following groups for study about the Church and the Scriptures:

SUNDAY- Adult Faith Formation: Meets in the conference room of the pastoral center (10:30 am)

MONDAY- Adult Faith Formation: Covers the same information presented on Sunday for those unable to attend (6:30 pm)

THURSDAY- Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): Whether you are exploring Catholicism for the first time or are a cradle Catholic, this is an opportunity to learn more about the fundamentals of the faith through the use of the Adult Catechism of the Catholic Church. RCIA meets in the youth room of the pastoral center (7:00 pm)

FRIDAY- Family Faith Formation: Geared primarily towards families with younger children, this group meets each week for a meal (potluck style) followed by faith formation through video Scripture studies and Catholic movies. Childcare is provided! (6:00 pm)


There are a number of good resources out there for studying the faith. Here are serveral that you may find useful.

Catechism of the Catholic Church Day by Day: Flock Notes has put together a series of daily emails, which will start on Oct. 11, which will email you a section of the Catechism. Taking a few minutes to read these emails will not only help you deepen your understanding of the faith, but will also help you to read the entire Catechism in the next year. You can sign up for these daily emails here.

Research and Read About the Ecumenical Councils: The Second Vatican Council is the most recent ecumenical council of the Church...20 other councils have taken place throughout our history. With each council we have deepened our understanding of the faith, corrected errors and heresies and been called to a more authentic living out of our faith. Examining the other councils can give us a deeper appreciation of where we have come from and where we are going. Summaries of the 21 ecumenical councils of the Church can be found here.

Read the Documents of Vatican II: The best way to understand Vatican II is to read the documents that were produced by the Council Fathers as well as those developed by synods and meetings in the years after. The documents can be accessed on the Vatican City website or through various books. Good study guides for the Council documents are found in the two-volume books edited by Austin Flannery, OP entitled "Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents" and "Vatican Council II: More Post Conciliar Documents."


St. Nick's Annual Quilt Raffle--Tickets Now Available!

Each year we hold an annual quilt raffle as part of our Christmas Bazaar (Nov. 3rd). The proceeds benefit religious education in our parish. Two thousand tickets are available for $2.00 a piece. There are three prizes: (1) queen-sized handmade quilt, (1) twin-sized handmade quilt, and a $100 cash prize. Buy as many chances as you can...need not be present to win.

Tickets will be available after Mass starting this weekend or come to the parish office and ask Anne for some. Buy a ticket and take a book to sell. Don't forget to let your friends, your neighbors and randoms stranger know!


Want to Learn More About Your Faith?

Faith Building Opportunities!

Opportunities abound for learning more about your Catholic faith! Whether you're new to the faith or a cradle Catholic seeking to deepen your understanding, there are a number of ways each week you can do it! Consider attending one of the following classes that take place each week during the catechetical year:


  • SUNDAYS: Adult Education (10:30am) meets in the conference room of the pastoral center
    • Using various video series and small group discussion, the adults of the parish explore the history of the Church, do in-depth study of various books of the Sacred Scriptures, or explore topics of faith and morality relevant to today.
  • MONDAYS: Adult Education (7:00 pm) meets in the conference room of the pastoral center
    • Encore of the topic from Sunday's adult education class for those unable to meet between the Masses.
  • THURSDAYS: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (7:00 pm) meets in the youth room in the basement of the pastoral center
    • Geared primarily towards those who are exploring the Catholic faith for the first time, the RCIA classes offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about what we as Catholics believe by going back to the fundamentals of our faith. A list of topics for each class can be found here.
  • FRIDAYS: Family Faith Formation (6:00 pm) meets in the social hall of the church
    • Formerly known as the Screaming Baby Bible Study, Family Faith Formation is geared towards individuals with children. Each week they begin with a potluck dinner in the social hall and then move to one of the classrooms of the pastoral center for Scripture or history studies. A baby-sitter is available so that children can attend as well.


Training Opportunities This Week!

Thursday evening from 6:00-8:30 pm we will be offering a training course and referesher for those who wish to serve as Lectors or Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The training will begin with a potluck/social downstairs in the social hall followed by training for both ministries. New and experienced lectors and EMHC's are encouraged to attend. Lectors will be given their study guides for the coming liturgical year. Even if you did not sign up during the stewardship drive please feel free to attend!






Training for Altar Servers will take place next Saturday and Sunday in the church. Any child who has received First Communion is eligible to be trained to serve at the altar. There will be two opportunities for training. The first will occur on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. The second will be on Sunday monring at 10:15 am (during religious education classes). This is an excellent opportunity, especially for our young men, to offer service to the Church and to discern their vocational call at the same time.


Any questions about training can be directed to the parish office: 488-2595