Parish Update – Weekend of November 1, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of November 1st, 2020
Holiday Giving
Adopt a Family
The Samaritans of Ave Maria are once again sponsoring the Adopt-A-Family program.  We are seeking sponsors to adopt a family or individual in need for the holidays.  Due to Covid, there will be some changes to the program this year. We will not be at Masses. To get a family to sponsor, please call Mary Anne Watson at 303 549-8399 before December 5 to request a family.
Drop off to the Parker Task Force is December 11th.  Gifts should not be left at the church. This year we suggest gift cards of your choice for family members over 10 years of age.  We would like children 10 and under to receive wrapped gifts.
We will also accept gift card donations from those who do not want to adopt a family. Contact Mary Anne to donate your gift cards.
Thank you in advance!
The Samaritans
Around the Parish
Adoration
Adoration begins this week on Monday, November 2nd, and Thursday, November 5th, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm in the church. We do need to have people sign up to cover all the hours of the exposition, although walk-ins are welcome.  You are kindly asked to please adhere to the following guidelines (note, the first one is new).

1. Please wipe down your pew after you have finished adoring. Cleaning products will be placed in the church.
2. Follow all social distancing guidelines.
3. Wear a mask at all times per the governor’s mandate.
4. Sign up for a time below.

5. Entrance to church will be the key card door (the old adoration entrance). There will be signs on the door.
6. Be respectful of others who are in prayer.
7. Please do not go up to the altar to touch the Eucharist.

Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry is a new ministry at Ave Maria Catholic Church providing one-to-one confidential Christian care.
Stephen Ministers provide emotional and spiritual care to individuals in our community experiencing challenges and difficulties in their lives. We will use our skills to listen with a compassionate ear; and stand by them through their journey, with confidentiality and care.
Stephen Ministry is a Christ directed ministry, caring for people through people.
If you would like to speak to a Stephen Minister, please call John Colgan at            303 349- 2224
Ministry Restart
If your ministry is interested in resuming in-person meetings, please contact Joan at 720 842-4108 to work on scheduling.
Memorial Mass
All are invited to our parish’s annual Memorial Mass on Monday, November 2, 2020, at 6:30 PM.  You will need to sign up for this Mass on our website like you do other Masses
In Remembrance of those members of Ave Maria Parish who God called forth from this life unto Himself
November 2019 to October 2020

Nicholas Chase Sheldon
Kim-Anh Nguyen
Alan Gilbert Mark
John Finamore
Leslie Anne Shiely
Jennifer Lee Sefcovic
Joseph David Fowler
Kyle Russell King
Salvatore (Sam) Joseph Evola
Ramon S. Pizarro
Brent Matthew Huppert
Timothy Patrick McCarthy
William “Bill” F. Wahle
Marzena Stefania Dojlidko
Edgar Gary Eloriaga
Diane Lee O’Brien
Glen O’Brien
Thomas Gerard Murphy
Lynne Marie Smith
Jack Whiting McGuire, Jr.
Caroline Momo Torres
Robert Leroy Montequin
Sandra Maria Busha
Aileen Patricia Linehan
Carolyn Stroessner
Frank Royal Coleman
Henry (Hank) John Coll
Thomas “Tommy” Alan Maude
Warren Watson
Le Scalese
Richard Francis Allen
Karen Herrera

Sandra Benavidez
Raymond William Shem, Jr.
Thomas Martin Severino, Sr.
Anita Cheser
Election
As we approach November 3rd, let us pray for our country and especially the passage of Proposition 115.
With this in mind let us turn to Our Lady of the Visitation who visited a pregnant St. Elizabeth at 24 weeks with St. John the Baptist.  Even at the greeting of Our Mother, the in utero John leapt for Joy!  May our Mother make Haste to our aid so that more unborn children may leap for joy over our state protecting their fundamental rights. Our Mother did call for a true ministry of care to all pregnant women.  (See the Novena attached ).  We pray this ancient prayer for her help:  “Show us you are our Mother!”

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Parish Update Weekend of Oct. 25th

Parish Update
Weekend of October 25th, 2020
Around the Parish
Faith Formation
Faith Formation begins on October 25th. We are currently accepting registrations for Faith Formation for 1st-12th grades.
Once our families are registered, we will send an email detailing what to expect when the children arrive on Sunday.  Unfortunately, we can not accept walk-in registrations this year.  Families can register up until noon on Sunday, October 25th.
If you do not have children in Faith Formation, we ask for your fervent prayers as we begin our formation year.
Adult Class on Saint Paul
Father Erin’s class on Saint Paul will also begin October 25th in the church from  3:15 PM – 4:15 PM during children’s RE. Classes will be held on the Sundays when RE is held. The class will be on the life and letters of Saint Paul.  No pre-registration or minimum attendance is required, however, you will need to wear masks and sign in when you arrive. For those who are not able to attend the in-person classes, classes will be recorded and posted on the parish youtube account. Hope to see you there!
Adoration
We are very happy to have adoration begin again at Ave Maria. Sign up to spend an hour with our Lord or come as you are able. We do need to have people sign up to cover all the hours of the exposition.  Adoration will be from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays in the church.  You are kindly asked to please adhere to the following guidelines (note, the first one is new).

1. Please wipe down your pew after you have finished adoring. Cleaning products will be placed in the church.
2. Follow all social distancing guidelines.
3. Wear a mask at all times per the governor’s mandate.
4. You can sign up for an hour slot beginning next week. We will post the sign up in next weeks update.

5. Entrance to church will be the key card door (the old adoration entrance). There will be signs on the door.
6. Be respectful of others who are in prayer and please do not go up to the altar to touch the Eucharist.

Snow Days
If Ave Maria Catholic School calls a snow day, the 6:45 and 9:00 am Masses will be canceled and the parish offices will be closed.  Please check on the news channels to see if Ave Maria Catholic School is closed.  You can also call our parish weather number at  720-842-4113.  The 9:00 am Mass will be live-streamed on snow days.
Memorial Mass
On Monday, November 2nd, All Souls Day, we will have a special Memorial Mass at 6:30 pm to commemorate members of our parish that passed away during the last year. You will need to sign up for this Mass on our website like you do other Masses. There will be a basket on the side of the altar where you can place the names of your deceased love ones for All Souls Day prayers.  Due to Covid please bring paper with the names already written.
Mass
Please continue to sign up for all Masses, weekday and weekend, on our website www.avemariacatholicparish.org.  We still have many people signing up for Mass and not showing up.  We do have limited space at our Masses.  If you are unable to make your reservation please cancel it by going onto your email ticket and clicking on “view and manage your order online” (at the bottom of the ticket, under order summary).  You will then have to enter your email address.  If you don’t have a password, you will need to set one up.  An email will be sent to you to do that.  Click on the email to set up a password.  From there you will be able to cancel your order. Thank you for your assistance!  Please call Tish at the parish office if you have questions.
Election
Please Vote
“As faithful Catholics, it is our duty and obligation to take part in shaping the moral character of our community, our state, and our country—especially in a time of so much civic unrest and the need to address injustices of the past and present. One important way to do this is through voting.  (Colorado Catholic Bishops)
Proposition 115
Colorado was the first state, in 1967, to lift restrictions on abortion. It remains a destination for late-term abortions. Let’s join together to rebuild a culture that cherishes every human life. While abortion is always wrong, voting Yes on Prop 115 would end the savage practice of late pregnancy abortions. For more information please go to Respect Life Denver’s website linked below.
Marian Apparitions
It has been wonderful sharing snippets of the Rosary’s beauty over the last few weeks and it is our prayer that it creates a curiosity in you to begin praying the Rosary more often and seek out more stories of miracles and apparitions. It is important to note that Marian apparitions are considered to be private revelations and we are not bound as Catholics to believe in them. However, the Church does recognize them as important and a value in our relationship with Christ.
We have already shared with you the story of Mary appearing to the 3 children in Fatima, known as Our Lady of Fatima, and wanted to share with you a couple of more notable apparitions.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mary appeared to a peasant man named Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac outside of Mexico City in December 1531. When she appeared, she told Juan Diego to go to his Bishop and tell him to build a church where Juan Diego encountered Our Lady. The Bishop asked for Mary to give Juan Diego a sign. When Mary appeared to Juan Diego again, she asked him to take the flowers to the Bishop. When Juan Diego opened his tilma (cloak), roses fell to the ground, and an image of Mary began to appear on his tilma. The image transposed onto the tilma is on display in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and in 489 years, it has not faded.
Our Lady of Lourdes
In Lourdes France in 1858, Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous while she was searching for firewood. It is recorded that Our Lady appeared to Bernadette 18 times and requested that a church be built near the grotto where Our Lady appeared. She also led Bernadette to a stream of water that had never been there before. Bernadette called Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception. The water has since been the site of over 70 confirmed miracles of healing but there are over 7,000 unexplained healings that have been documented. Our Lady’s encouragement was for Bernadette to pray the Rosary daily and to offer repentance for the sins of others.

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Parish Update – Weekend of October 18, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of October 18th, 2020
Around the Parish
Adoration
Adoration will be returning Monday, November 2nd!  More information will be shared next week.
Adult Class on Saint Paul
Father Erin will be offering a class for adults on Sundays from 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM in the church beginning on October 25th (during children’s RE). Classes will be held on the Sundays when RE is held. The class will be on the life and letters of Saint Paul, with a specific goal of grasping the overarching content of each letter and why they are important to us today. No pre-registration or minimum attendance is required, however, you will need to sign in when you arrive.  If you plan on attending Mass afterward, don’t forget to sign up for Mass! Questions can be sent to Father Erin at fr.erin@avemariacatholicparish.org. For those who are not able to attend the in-person classes, classes will be recorded and posted on the parish youtube account. Hope to see you there!
Advent By Candlelight
Ave Maria Women of Mary invites the women of the parish to Advent by Candlelight on Friday, November 20th. The program will be virtual with the opportunity to host a table in your home and connect across our parish through Zoom. We will enjoy fellowship, scripture, reflection, and music, with guest speaker, Christina Ortiz, a Catholic convert from the LDS (Mormon) church and Ignatian Service Director and Theology Teacher at Regis Jesuit High School. The theme for the evening will be “Preparing for Emmanuel”.  Christina’s talk will focus on the radical message of Emmanuel “God with us”.
The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with connection, conversation, and refreshments until 7:00 PM.  The program will run from 7:00-8:30 PM.  Please click the link below for more information and to sign-up.
Should you need assistance with the sign-up genius, please email avewomenofmary@gmail.com.
Mass
Everyone is wearing masks walking into the church. We also ask that you keep your mask on while in the church for your safety and the safety of others.  Thank you!
Please continue to sign up for all Masses, weekday and weekend, on our website www.avemariacatholicparish.org.  This will ensure your spot for Mass and speed up the check-in process.  We do have limited space at our Masses.  When you sign up, you only need to sign up for 1 spot per family.   Also, if your plans change, please cancel your reservation to allow others to use the spot.  Thanks for your help!
Bethlehem Handicrafts
Bethlehem Handicrafts will be at the Masses the weekend of October 17th and 18th.
Election
Please Vote
“As far as possible citizens should take an active part in the public life.” (CCC 1915) We encourage all parishioners to vote.  For information on the election please click on the button below.
Proposition 115
Proposition 115 is on the November 2020 Ballot in Colorado. If passed, it would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after 22 weeks gestation, except in cases to save the life of the mother. While abortion is always wrong, voting Yes on Prop 115 would end the savage practice of late pregnancy abortions. For more information please go to Respect Life Denver’s website linked below.
Miracles of the Rosary
The miracles associated with the Rosary are endless. There has been no point in history where Mary’s powerful intercessions were left unaided. To condense the list to a couple miracles is confining. However, we hope in sharing a couple stories, it will elicit a curiosity in you to seek out more examples on your own. You may even have your own examples of miracles that you have experienced through reciting the Rosary and the intercession of Our Lady.
Fatima
This last week on October 13th, 2020, we celebrate the 103rd anniversary of Mary’s final apparition to the 3 little children of Fatima, Portugal. It is recorded on this day there was a miracle witnessed by 70,000 people where the sun gyrated and danced across the sky. During these apparitions, Mary instructed the children to teach us the Fatima Prayer that is included in the Rosary today. Our Lady stressed the importance of reciting the Rosary for peace in the world and reparations for the sins of all.
World War II
When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during WWII, there was a Jesuit house just 8 blocks from where the bomb detonated. The house was largely unaffected by the bomb. It should have been completely decimated since everything else around it was completely destroyed. The Jesuits who were in the house survived with no injuries or effects of the radiation. They believed they were left untouched because of their daily recitation of the Rosary as Mary had instructed at Fatima. A similar miracle took place in Nagasaki where St. Maximilian Kolbe bought a piece of property for a Franciscan mission site. The Franciscans living in the mission were also spared no injuries or effects of the radiation and they too say it was their devotion to praying the Rosary daily as Our Lady instructed at Fatima.
“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings, There is no more excellent way of praying.” Pope Leo XIII

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Parish Update Weekend of October 11, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of October 11th, 2020
Around the Parish
Mass
Please continue to sign up for all Masses, weekday and weekend, on our website www.avemariacatholicparish.org.  This will ensure your spot for Mass and speed up the check-in process.  We do have limited space at our Masses.  When you sign up, you only need to sign up for 1 spot per family.   Also, if your plans change, please cancel your reservation to allow others to use the spot.  Thanks for your help!
Bethlehem Handicrafts
Bethlehem Handicrafts will be at the Masses the weekend of October 17th and 18th. Bethlehem Handicrafts is a Christian organization that supports the families in Bethlehem who carve unique crafts from genuine olive wood such as crosses, nativity sets, angels, crucifixes, ornaments, figures of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, rosaries, and much more.  For more information, check out their website by clicking the button below.
Amazon Smiles
Support Ave Maria Catholic Church or School by using one of these links when shopping at Amazon.com:                                                 http://smile.amazon.com/ch/840963229 (Church)
The History of the Rosary
The Rosary that we know today is historically associated with St. Dominic, a mendicant preacher and founder of the Order of Preachers, the Dominican Order. However, the Rosary was taking shape much earlier than St. Dominic. In the early Church, much of the world was illiterate.  To mimic the religious monks praying the 150 psalms, the poor would pray the Our Father or Hail Mary 150 times. To help them keep track, they used pebbles, which was problematic to carry 150 pebbles in one’s pocket, so they began using beads. These beads were made from roses. The rose was chosen because of its long history of beauty and love.  As each Hail Mary was prayed, people could imagine the offering of a rose to Our Lady for the help of those they were praying for. The graces given to Mary gave her unparalleled powers of intercession. Mary’s petitions on behalf of others was never refused – she is the only one whom Jesus never refused. She never asked for anything for herself, always for others. We see this in the Wedding at Cana where her last spoken words were recorded in John 2:1-11.
The practice of using beads and saying 150 Hail Mary’s is a meditative prayer that has been part of the Church’s history for thousands of years. It is traditionally believed that Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic to use the Rosary to help preach to the world about Jesus. This is where we received the first 15 mysteries of the Rosary – Sorrowful, Glorious, and Joyful mysteries. All of these mysteries were the exact teachings that were needed to confront the heretics of his day.
There isn’t much written down about St. Dominic and the Rosary. One can make the inference that out of obedience to Our Lady, St. Dominic preached it as she requested and didn’t write it down. It is through the writings of Blessed Alan de Roche that we know that Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic. However, since then, there are many writings and examples of how Our Lady has granted our petitions and prayers.  The Rosary is a beautiful prayer that allows us an opportunity to meditate on the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Our Lord.  While spending time in this rhythmic meditation, it brings us into a deeper relationship with God and puts our trust in Him through the intercession of Our Lady.

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Parish Update Weekend of October 4th, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of October 4th, 2020
This Week
 
There will be no 6:45 am Masses the week of October 5th.
Confessions
Due to the dark and the cold evenings, beginning October 3rd, confessions will be only on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am – 10:30 am or by appointment (no confessions on Wednesdays or Fridays). Confessions will be held in the adoration chapel and the confessionals.  You can enter the church through the door marked on the right side of the church (the adoration card entry door).  Once a month there will be additional confession times.  The additional times will be announced later.
October – Month of the Rosary
“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”  Sister Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  We will begin this month by handing out a book, Marian Prayers and Devotions, with parishioner made Rosaries at the check in table at all Masses.  We encourage you all to take a book and Rosary. Please pray the Rosary with intentions for our country, the election, our town and our parish, in addition to your own intentions.  If you don’t know how to pray the Rosary, please click on the button below for instructions.
Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7th.  The feast was instituted in 1572 by Saint Pope Pius V to commemorate the miraculous victory of the Christians at the battle of Lepanto in 1571.  The Christian commander had all his men pray the Rosary the night before the battle.  At the time of the battle Saint Pope Pius V had a spiritual army also praying the Rosary. Although disadvantaged in many ways, the Christians were victorious.  The evening of the victory Saint Pope Pius V had a vision of the victory, although it would be impossible for him to know at that time.  The victory was attributed to Our Lady of the Rosary.
We would like to share some of your Rosary experiences with the parish in a later Update during the month.  To protect your privacy, your names will not be printed with your stories.  If you have a story to share, please email it to Kristie at kgates@avemariacatholicparish.org.
Election
While very few candidates support causes entirely along the lines of Catholic social teaching, it is important that Catholics fulfill their duty to elect representatives that will best support the values of the Church.  All of the listed values in the hierarchy are important, but some are more foundational and therefore require more priority. For instance, the Church teaches that the sanctity of life is the fundamental, original predicate for all other rights, needs, and desires. No other values can be coherently discussed without the right to life. Interested in learning more?  Please go to the Colorado Catholic Conference website, link below.
Proposition 115
” The people of Colorado have a unique opportunity to end abortions of babies from 22 weeks through birth. In support of Proposition 115, the late-term abortion ban on the Colorado ballot in November 2020… Let’s join together to rebuild a culture that cherishes every human life.” For more information please go to Respect Life Denver’s website linked below.
For additional information, please read the letter written by the bishops of Colorado urging Catholics to vote YES for Proposition 115 (at date of publication it was called Initiative 120). To read this letter please follow the link below.
For additional information on the election, please read the information we have posted on our website.  The information may be updated periodically.

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Parish Update – Weekend of September 6th

Parish Update
Weekend of September 6th, 2020

Celebrations

Confirmations

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. During August and September, 90 of our Ave Maria youth will be confirmed. Please join us in praying for our newly confirmed and that their faith shines brightly so everyone they meet can see Christ.

Congratulations! Learn more about Confirmation from Bishop Barron: Word on Fire Confirmation

Diaconate Candidates

On August 29th, four Ave Maria Parishioners were called to candidacy by Bishop Sheridan to begin the four-year formation to be a permanent deacon.

Please pray for Jim Zielinski, Aaron Menke, Matt Martinez, and Mike Dalton as they embark on this important journey!

Around the Parish

Catechists

Catechists needed! Faith Formation is planning in-person religious education classes for the families that have expressed they are comfortable being in person. In order to make this happen, we need YOU! Please consider and pray about helping out. Also, pray for others to come forward to help. All teaching materials will be provided. Contact Nancy at  nhartshorn@avemariacatholicparish.org or Angelle at aschott@avemariacatholicparish.org for all the details.

Parish Update Clarification:
There have been no decisions made on in-person learning for faith formation families this fall. We are currently exploring the viability of in-person learning and are seeking volunteer catechists.

Ave Maria Staff
Although things around the parish are a little different these days due to COVID, the staff has not changed. This is a listing of the staff and their jobs. Please reach out if we can be of any assistance to you!

Fr. Nathaniel Hinds, Pastor
303-841-3750; pastor@avemariacatholicparish.org
(Not a private email. May be viewed by admin staff.)

Fr. Erin Kochivar, Parochial Vicar
303-841-3750; fr.erin@avemariacatholicparish.org

Deacon Pete McCann
720-842-4118; deaconpete@avemariacatholicparish.org

Deacon Greg Archunde
720-842-4110; deacongreg@avemariacatholicparish.org

Deacon Paul Ruff
303-841-3750; deaconpaul@avemariacatholicparish.org

Linda Litzsinger, Accounting & Business Manager
720-842-4100; llitzsinger@avemariacatholicparish.org

Nancy Hartshorn, Director of Faith Formation
720-842-4117, nhartshorn@avemariacatholicparish.org

Angelle Schott, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
720-842-4116; aschott@avemariacatholicparish.org

Rossana Carpizo, Religious Education Assistant
720-842-4106, rcarpizo@avemariacatholicparish.org

June Record-Curlee, Coordinator of Music
303-841-3750 X 130; jrecord-curlee@avemariacatholicparish.org

Kristie Gates, Bookkeeper and Bulletin Editor
720-842-4101; kgates@avemariacatholicparish.org

Tish Estrella, Office Assistant
720-842-4102; testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org

Joan Menicucci, Parish Administrative Assistant
720-842-4108; jmenicucci@avemariacatholicparish.org

Mass Stipends

Have you thought about offering a Mass Intention for a loved one? Has someone who passed away been on your mind?
Come to the office and request a Mass intention for them. Their name is published on our website and the priest will have their name at the altar. Weekly Mass intentions are also posted on the bulletin board in the breezeway. Stop by the parish office and speak with Tish.

Mass

Please remember to register for all Masses: weekdays and weekends. This will guarantee your spot, make the check-in process faster and ensure we are following the guidelines required by Douglas County. If you are not able to attend, please be sure to cancel your registration so other parishioners can attend Mass.

Mass Registration

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Parish Update – Weekend of August 23, 2020

Parish Update – Weekend of August 23rd, 2020

Faith Formation

First Communions
Congratulations to the 97 Ave Maria children who received their First Holy Communion this summer!  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we had to make some changes to our schedule this year. The First Communions were conducted on 6 Wednesday evenings in June and July. Thanks to our great formation team and Communion families for making this important Sacrament happen!
Faith Formation Classes
Faith Formation classes will begin the week of October 25th.  The session times have changed to Sundays from 3:00 – 4:30 pm for Pre-k to 12th grade and Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:15 pm for Pre-k to 6th grade.  In order for us to best serve our families and ensure that we have the resources we need, please complete the survey in the link below by August 27th.

Reminders

Ave Maria has given you complete access to Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ENGAGE video library!  The video library includes sermons, the Catholicism and Pivotal Players series and other topical programs.  Click on the button below to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login.
Mass
Please remember to register for all Masses, weekday and weekend.  This will guarantee your spot, make the check in process faster and ensure we are following the guidelines required by Douglas County.  If you are not able to attend, please be sure to cancel your registration so other Parishioners can attend Mass.

Diocese of Colorado Springs News

Returning God’s Gifts
Thank you to everyone who generously gave to our 2020 Returning God’s Gifts Annual Appeal (RGG). Your faithful support has helped bring thousands within our diocese closer to God through the ministries, programs, and services funded through the RGG Appeal. We have much to be thankful for! Thank you!
Capital Campaign – Catholic Student Center
Construction has begun on the Newman Catholic Student Center at UCCS.  Please keep the success of this Campaign and building of the Student Center in your prayers. Thank you for so generously supporting such an impactful project for the future of our Church.
You can still donate to these important projects by clicking on the box below.  After you enter your desired donation amount, 4 different donation options will come up: The Catholic Student Center, Returning God’s Gifts, Parish Offertory, and Ave Maria Catholic School.  Just choose the fund you would like to donate to.  Thank you again for your generosity!
Events
The Transgender Agenda: Clarifying the Confusion
The Respect Life Office of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver is sponsoring this event on September 8th at 6:30 pm in Brownstein Hall.  Register below.

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Parish Update – August 14, 2020

Parish Update – Weekend of August 16th, 2020
August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It commemorates the end of her earthly life and her assumption into heaven. While the rest of us hope to have our bodies raised to glory at the end of time, Mary experienced the resurrection and glorification of her body at the moment her earthly life ended. Thus, her assumption—which flows from her unique participation in Christ’s victory as the mother of the Savior and as the first and most faithful of Christ’s followers—anticipates to some degree our own share in the fullness of that victory if we persevere as followers of Christ.
August 15th is usually a holy day of obligation, since it falls on a Saturday this year, it is not.  You are still welcome to attend Mass.
 Ave Maria Financial Year End
Your generosity is amazing! Our 2019/2020 fiscal year ended on June 30th.  Despite the difficult and unusual circumstances, you donated 3 percent more than in previous years. (By the way, our spending for the year was under budget.)  When the shutdown started, many people quickly signed up for Rebel Give, our new online giving program, or mailed in or dropped off offertory.  Many ministries also made significant contributions to the parish.  Thank you so much for your support!  We applaud you!
The finance council approved our 2020/2021 budget with some reduced expenses.   With the uncertainty of this coming year, the finance council also approved planned modifications to the budget to allow us to adjust the budget based on changes in income.
We are currently preparing for our 2019/2020 fiscal review.  After the review we will publish a summary of the finances for you.
Here is a look at our offertory over the last 3 years.
If you would like to sign up for online giving, please click on the button below.
Announcements and Reminders
Ave Maria Catholic School
School has started.  School times are from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Please be aware of the cars in our parking lot for drop off and pick up before and after school.  If you can avoid the parking lot during those times, please do.
Faith Formation
Faith Formation classes will begin the week October 25th.  More information will be shared about classes and registration in the coming weeks.
Office Hours
The Parish office hours are Monday through Thursday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  The office is closed on Fridays.
Emails
If you receive any emails or texts from the parish staff that does not include “avemariacatholicparish.org” or “Flocknote”, please disregard.  All parish emails will come from an avemariacatholicparish.org address or Flocknote.  Thank you!
Events and Invitations
Biblical/Catechetical School
Registration for the new 2020-21 Biblical and Catechetical School classes are now open! This is your opportunity to grow towards a deeper knowledge and love of our Lord and his Church through an unforgettable adult study of the Catechism and/or Scriptures! Classes will temporarily be going online this year.
Testimonials are also available online.
Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament
The annual Knights of Columbus golf tournament is Friday, September 11th.  Click below for more information and registration.

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Parish Update – Weekend of July 19, 2020

Parish Update – Weekend of July 19th, 2020
We hope everyone is having a great summer!  Thank you for your cooperation registering for Mass and working to keep all of our parishioners safe.
We have many exciting events and invitations to share with you this week.
Events and Invitations
Faith Formation
Faith Formation classes will begin the week October 19th.  More information will be shared about classes and registration in the coming weeks.
High School Bible Study
We have an ongoing in person summer high school Bible Study on Thursdays at 9:30 am – 10:30 am and 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm through the month of July.  If you are interested please register below.
Young Men’s Vocation Event
The young men of our parish are invited to a vocations discernment event at St. Mark in Highlands Ranch on July 18th from 10:00 am  – 1:00 pm. This event is for men ages 16-25.   The topic of discernment will be explored and current seminarians will be present to socialize and answer questions.  Please register below.
Biblical/Catechetical School
Registration for the new 2020-21 Biblical and Catechetical School classes are open! This is your opportunity to grow towards a deeper knowledge and love of our Lord and his Church through an unforgettable adult study of the Catechism and/or Scriptures! Classes will temporarily be going online this year
Respect Life Dinner
The annual Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner is on October 1st at the Broadmoor.  To find out more information and buy tickets press the button below.
Parish Jobs
We are seeking two part time custodian assistants to help support in the upkeep and maintenance of the Church facilities.  This includes cleaning, event set-up and takedown and securing of the facilities.  Minor maintenance is also included.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please click on the button below for more information.
Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament
The annual Knights of Columbus golf tournament is Friday, September 11th.  Click below for more information and registration.
Free Firewood
Free firewood is available for pick up by the outdoor stations of the cross from trees cut down on our campus.
Celebrating Ave Maria
RCIA
Congratulations to the elect and candidates who were received into full communion with the Church through RCIA in June:
Joel Booth
Jared Fisher
Michelle Kemph
Emily Server
Teresa Server
Suzanne St. Louis
Peter Tomaro
Brent Walters
Sasha Walters
Jay Booth
Julius Solis
Romeo Power
Kendall Williams
Aiden Barraza
Landscape Clean Up
Thank you to the many volunteers (30 people!) who helped out on our first landscape clean up day!  All of your hard work made a huge improvement to our facilities!

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Parish Update – June 24, 2020

Mass Updates/Reminders
There will be no weekday 6:45 am Mass for the month of July.
The church has been set up to comply with Douglas County social distancing rules. Each blue tape area is for only one family.  The bigger blue tape areas in the center of the pews are for larger families.  Please help us by sitting only in the blue tape areas.  Your cooperation will allow us to comply with Douglas County and continue having Mass.
Church Landscape
Thank you Kyle Moreno!  Kyle Moreno completed his Boy Scout Eagle Scout project by cleaning up and planting many flowering plants in the area around the Holy Family Statue (where we now enter for Mass).  The area looks great!  Please take notice the next time you come to Mass.
Volunteer Landscape Clean Up Day.  We are asking for help to clean up the church grounds. Thursday July 2nd from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm we are having our first landscape clean up day.  We are asking for volunteers that are 14 or older. Lunch will be provided.  Please sign up on the button below and bring your wheel barrels, mowers, weed whackers, clippers, tree trimmers and garden gloves.  Wear your sunscreen and long pants.  We will be working in the sun and the weeds. Thanks in advance!
Building and Grounds Committee.  We are looking for additional members for our Building and Grounds Committee.  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, July 9th.  If you are interested, please click on the button below and join the group.
Volunteers
We are dependent upon volunteers to keep our Masses going.  If you are comfortable, please consider serving our parish in one of the following roles:
  • Audio/visual technicians to run the sound and camera.
  • Lectors to proclaim the Word of God during Mass.
  • Ushers to welcome people and check them in
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to assist with the distribution of the Eucharist.
If you would like to volunteer, please click on the appropriate button below and join that flocknote group.  We will then contact with you more information.
Parish News
The parish office will be closing at noon on Thursday, June 25th.
We are seeking two part time custodian assistants to help support in the upkeep and maintenance of the Church facilities.  This includes cleaning, event set-up and takedown and securing of the facilities.  Minor maintenance is also included.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please click on the button below for more information.
Catholic Schools
You may or may not have been aware of funding that has been given to our state to help schools as a result of the pandemic. Unfortunately, Colorado has chosen to withhold those funds from Catholic schools. Please take a moment to read more and prayerfully consider taking action.

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