Parish Update Weekend of February 20, 2021

“Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return” Genesis 3:19
Around the Parish
OFFICE HOURS
The parish office is closed on Fridays. We are open Monday thru Thursday 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  We close for lunch from 12 PM – 1 PM.
MASS INTENTIONS
Have you thought about offering a Mass Intention for a loved one? Perhaps someone has passed away and been on your mind?  Come to the office and request a Mass intention for them.  The intentions are posted on the website, on the bulletin board in the breezeway, and at the altar for the Priest. Please stop by the parish office and speak with Tish.
MASS SIGN-UP
Please only sign up for ONE weekend Mass time. Our Masses are filling up (yay!) and parishioners are excited to return to Mass but we still have limited seating. If you have registered and know you cannot make it, please cancel online or call the parish office, or email Tish Estrella at testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org to cancel your seats. Thank you!

Mass is live streamed every day at 9:00 AM.

LENT
CONFESSIONS
Beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending Good Friday (Wednesday, February 17 – Friday, April 2), additional times for confessions will be held Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 8:45 AM.
Confessions will continue to be held every Saturday after the 9 AM Mass.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will be held in the Church on Fridays at 6:30 pm. No reservations required.
PENANCE SERVICES
February 25th – Pax Christi 6:30 PM
March 4th – Ave Maria 6:30 PM
March 11th – St. Francis of Assisi 6:30 PM
March 18th – Our Lady of Visitation 6:30 PM
March 25th – St. Mark 6:30 PM
If you would like more about Lent, Dr. Edward Sri did a nice podcast found here – https://media.ascensionpress.com/podcast/3-timeless-lenten-practices/
CONVERSION
Returning God’s Gifts
The Returning God’s Gifs Annual Appeal is underway. Thank you to everyone who has made a commitment of financial and prayerful support to the Appeal. Each and every gift is important. If you have not yet done so, we ask that you make your commitment today in order to provide the resources needed to continue vital diocesan programs such as seminarian formation, safe environment training, campus ministry, and youth/young adult ministries. No gift is too small and every gift is sincerely appreciated. If you have already made your pledge, please accept our humble gratitude.
Respect Life News
40Days for Life – What is it? A way to enhance your Lenten practices. 40 Days for Life is an international Christian not-for-profit organization that organizes campaigns against abortion in more than 60 nations worldwide. It is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil.
Parish Prayer/Classes
LIFE AND LETTERS OF ST PAUL
Class will be canceled on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Class will resume on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
ADORATION
Adoration is held in the church on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM in the church. We need people to sign-up to cover all the hours of the exposition, although walk-ins are welcome.
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS
Please join us on the first Saturday of every month to renew our dedication to our Lord through the intercession of Mary. We will begin with Mass at 9:00 am followed by adoration, confessions, and a Rosary at 9:30 am. Adoration will conclude at 10:30 am.

The First Saturday devotions were encouraged by our Lady when she appeared to Sr. Lucia, one of the visionaries at Fatima.

MORALITY OF VACCINES
Some parishioners have been asking about the morality of how vaccines are created and which ones we should avoid because of their use of aborted fetal cells. The Colorado bishops have addressed this question in a recent letter to the faithful. Click HERE to read the letter.
MISSAL SALE
Missals for the 2021 Liturgical Year are available for purchase at the parish office.
The cost for Missals (Large or Regular print) is $6.00 each, CASH or CHECK only.
BASKETS OF JOY
The 9th Annual Baskets of Joy Project will begin on Saturday, February 20th but we NEED your help. Last year, in coordination with Catholic Charities, we were able to provide baskets to over 150 children in our diocese.
This year with restrictions due to COVID, we will be utilizing Sign Up genius for selecting a child or children to support. You may build your basket at any time and connect with Katie Schrameyer for drop-off at her home. Please see the Sign-Up Genius link here for details:
If you have any questions, please contact Katie Schrameyer at kaschrameyer@gmail.com or 303-956-7064.
School News
2021-2022 School Registration/Enrollment
Open Enrollment for new families begins February 2nd! Ave Maria Catholic School is a preschool through 8th-grade campus open for in-person and remote learning. Our mission is the education and development of the whole person (spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional) allowing each student to achieve their full potential through solid Catholic teachings, challenging academics, and strong community involvement.
We invite you to see what makes Ave Maria Catholic School special. Learn more about us or schedule a tour at school.avemariacatholicparish.org.
Vietnam Veterans Day Remembrance Wall
National Vietnam Veterans Day is March 29th.  The AMCS Student Council is creating a remembrance picture wall in honor of all veterans, on Vietnam Veterans Day. We are collecting photos of service members, either retired military or active duty. We will be collecting these pictures from March 1st to March 22nd. We can make copies of original photos if needed. Please include the service member’s name and a story if you would like to include more information. If you would like to participate, please drop off your photo at the Parish office or email to Elizabeth Leach at eleach@avemariacatholicparish.org. Thank You!

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