Parish Update Weekend of January 23, 2021

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 
Around the Parish
MASS SIGN-UP
Due to size limitations, it is more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass and cancel reservations that you will not be able to make.  Thank you!

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

Magnificat
The Parish has gifted our parishioners with a 6-month subscription to Magnificat. We hope that you and your family will enjoy it!
Job Opportunities
Business Manager
Ave Maria Catholic Parish is looking for a Business Manager to join our staff. The primary responsibility of the Business Manager is to assist the Pastor and Principal in the business affairs of the parish and school in an ethical, efficient and organized manner.  This includes, but is not limited to, financial management and reporting, accounting, contract administration, office management, facilities management, and human resources. Visit our jobs page to learn more.
Administrative Assistant
Catholic Charities is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant for the Castle Rock office.  Verbal/written bilingual – Spanish/English communication skills required.  Full details may be found at www.ccharitiescc.org/about-us/employment/
Champions After School Care (Teacher and Aide Position)
Ave Maria Catholic School after-care, Champions, is looking to hire one Teacher and one Aide for the afternoon program. Afternoon hours for the Teacher position are Monday-Friday from 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Afternoon hours for the Aide position are Monday-Thursday from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Please review the job description here.
If you are interested or have additional questions, please reach out to Laney Cleveland at Laney.Cleveland@discoverchampions.com.
Volunteers Needed
There will be a recitation of the rosary before all Masses, beginning about 25 minutes before Mass time. We are still looking for volunteers to lead the Rosary before the following Masses:
6 PM Saturday
7 AM Sunday
1:30 PM Sunday
5 PM Sunday
If you are interested or would like more information, please reach out to Rick Nielsen at 303-699-2943 or Richardnielsen3@comcast.net.
Respect Life News
Please view the Respect Life News update for upcoming information.
Parish Prayer/Classes
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.

CONFESSIONS
Weekly confessions will be held after the 9 AM Mass on Saturdays.
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 will be available for purchase at the parish office.
The cost for Missals (Large or Regular print) is $6.00 each, CASH or CHECK only.
Contact – Tish Estrella: testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org
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.
6 Reasons to Choose Ave Maria
  1. Christ-Centered – Ave Maria Catholic School keeps Christ at the center of all that we do, offering an education that combines our Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.
  2. Prayer Life – Ave Maria Catholic School makes prayer a part of daily life, praying together as a community, as a class, and individually. Prayer life helps students deepen in faith and in their relationship with Christ and one another.
  3. Sacramental Life – Ave Maria Catholic School fosters a Sacramental life through weekly Mass for students and staff, and opportunities for participation in the Sacrament of Confession. Ave Maria Catholic School partners with parents and Ave Maria Catholic Parish to provide Sacramental religious education in preparation for the Sacraments of Confession, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
  4. Partnership – Ave Maria Catholic School seeks to partner with our families to foster, and further strengthen, the Catholic beliefs and practices that are taught and modeled at home.
  5. Strong Community Bonds – Ave Maria Catholic School teaches students the meaning of community and the importance of helping those in need.
  6. Christian Disciples – Ave Maria Catholic School aims to form Christian disciples who seek to bring Christ into the world and to live in a way of faith and love.
We invite you to see what makes Ave Maria Catholic School special. Learn more about us or schedule a tour at school.avemariacatholicparish.org.
Please Consider Supporting Ave Maria 8th Grade Fundraiser
Coupon Books will be sold after Masses this weekend! $300 in savings at your favorite local restaurants.
The Parker/Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Showcase Passports are now available! Help support our local businesses and our 8th Grade fundraiser. Chuck-full of our favorite places and great deals! https://www.parkershowcase.org/amcs

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Parish Update Weekend of January 9, 2021

“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.”  Matthew 4:16
AROUND THE PARISH
MASS SIGN-UP
Due to size limitations, it is more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass and cancel reservations that you will not be able to make.  Thank you!

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

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Business Manager
Ave Maria Catholic Parish is looking for a Business Manager to join our staff. The primary responsibility of the Business Manager is to assist the Pastor and Principal in the business affairs of the parish and school in an ethical, efficient and organized manner.  This includes, but is not limited to, financial management and reporting, accounting, contract administration, office management, facilities management, and human resources. Visit our jobs page to learn more.
Champions After School Care (Teacher and Aide Position)
Ave Maria Catholic School after-care, Champions, is looking to hire one Teacher and one Aide for the afternoon program. Afternoon hours for the Teacher position are Monday-Friday from 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Afternoon hours for the Aide position are Monday-Thursday from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Please review the job description here.
If you are interested or have additional questions, please reach out to Laney Cleveland at Laney.Cleveland@discoverchampions.com.
Parish Prayer/Classes
Fr. Erin’s Life and Letters of St. Paul 
Life and Letters of St. Paul will be canceled this Sunday, January 10, 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.

CONFESSIONS
Weekly confessions will be held after the 9 AM Mass on Saturdays.
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.
PARKER SHOWCASE COUPON BOOKS
Free entrees, free appetizers, free drinks – OH MY!
Did you see it? The Parker/Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Showcase Passports are now available! Help support our local businesses and our 8th Grade fundraiser. Chuck-full of our favorite places and great deals! https://www.parkershowcase.org/amcs
MISSAL SALE
Missals for the 2021 Liturgical Year will be available for purchase at the parish office.
The cost for Missals (Large or Regular print) is $6.00 each, CASH or CHECK only.
Contact – Tish Estrella: testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org
FREE RESOURCES
FREE Estate Planning Resources
Have you planned for your future? As Catholics, we are called to be stewards for the people and things that God has blessed us with so that we can spread the good news of the Gospel for generations to come. In that spirit, the Diocese of Colorado Springs has partnered with FreeWill to provide three free tools to our faith community so that you can best support your future.

The first is a tool to write your legal will, at no personal cost. Writing your wishes down now is so important and a true gift to your family. You can complete this important task in the comforts of your own home by becoming a good steward for your future, taking care of your loved ones by visiting FreeWill.com/DioCS.
The other two tools help you to create real-time, tax-wise gifts to support our parish— and your financial savings. Go to FreeWill.com/QCD/DioCS to learn more about how to create a gift from your IRA, or FreeWill.com/Stocks/DioCS to learn more about donating appreciated stocks.

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Parish Update Weekend of January 2, 2021

“Sing to the Lord a New Song, For He Has Done Marvelous Deeds.” Psalm 98 
AROUND THE PARISH
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
The parish office will be closed until January 4, 2021.  If you need to contact us, please email us at testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org.
MASS SIGN-UP
Due to size limitations, it is more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass and cancel reservations that you will not be able to make.  Thank you!

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

ADORATION
Adoration has begun in the church on Mondays and Thursdays 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.
Fr. Erin’s Life and Letters of St. Paul 
Reminder! the course will be continuing this weekend and whenever RE meets. Class will be from 3:15 to 4:15 and will take place in the church. A live stream option is available for those who are unable to attend in person. Watch Here.
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.

CONFESSIONS
Weekly confessions will be held after the 9 AM Mass on Saturdays.
Additional Confession Times:
Friday, January 1, 2021
After the 9 am Mass

Saturday, January 2, 2021
After the 9 am Mass

After the 4 pm Mass

Sunday, January 3, 2021
After the 7 am, 9 am and 11 am Mass

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.
OPEN POSITION – Business Manager
Ave Maria Catholic Parish is looking for a Business Manager to join our staff. The primary responsibility of the Business Manager is to assist the Pastor and Principal in the business affairs of the parish and school in an ethical, efficient and organized manner.  This includes, but is not limited to, financial management and reporting, accounting, contract administration, office management, facilities management, and human resources. Visit our jobs page to learn more.
PARKER SHOWCASE COUPON BOOKS
Free entrees, free appetizers, free drinks – OH MY!
Did you see it? The Parker/Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Showcase Passports are now available! Help support our local businesses and our 8th Grade fundraiser. Chuck-full of our favorite places and great deals! https://www.parkershowcase.org/amcs
MISSAL SALE
Missals for the 2021 Liturgical Year will be available for purchase at the parish office.
The cost for Missals (Large or Regular print) is $6.00 each, CASH or CHECK only.
Contact – Tish Estrella: testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org
RESOURCES
FREE Estate Planning Resources
Have you planned for your future? As Catholics, we are called to be stewards for the people and things that God has blessed us with so that we can spread the good news of the Gospel for generations to come. In that spirit, the Diocese of Colorado Springs has partnered with FreeWill to provide three free tools to our faith community so that you can best support your future.

The first is a tool to write your legal will, at no personal cost. Writing your wishes down now is so important and a true gift to your family. You can complete this important task in the comforts of your own home by becoming a good steward for your future, taking care of your loved ones by visiting FreeWill.com/DioCS.
The other two tools help you to create real-time, tax-wise gifts to support our parish— and your financial savings. Go to FreeWill.com/QCD/DioCS to learn more about how to create a gift from your IRA, or FreeWill.com/Stocks/DioCS to learn more about donating appreciated stocks.

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Job Opportunity – Business Manager

Job Title: Business Manager

Desired start date: ASAP

Summary of Duties: The primary responsibility of the Business Manager is to assist the Pastor and Principal in the business affairs of the parish and school in an ethical, efficient and organized manner. This includes, but is not limited to, financial management and reporting, accounting, contract administration, office management, facilities management and human resources.

Summary of Job Duties: see attached job description

Additional Information:

Full Time, 40 hours/week
Hours: 8:30 – 4:30

Please pick up an application packet at the parish office. For further information or questions, please contact Linda Litzsinger in the business office: 720-842-4100 or llitzsinger@avemariacatholicparish.org

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Parish Update Weekend of December 12

“Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say rejoice…The Lord is nigh…”
Phil. 4:4-5
This week the Colorado Department of Health relaxed regulations governing Churches. We are going back to 6-foot social distancing in the Church and Brownstein Hall. We will keep 9-foot social distancing in Dwyer Hall and ask that those spots be reserved for our at-risk community. If you feel uncomfortable consider coming to a weekday Mass–there are never crowds at 6:45 am. Please continue to register for Mass ahead of time, and wearing a mask the entire time you are here. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome while they are worshiping God.
URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS
Our Parish is in need of Ushers, Lectors, and Greeters for weekend Masses and Christmas Masses. Please prayerfully consider volunteering with us.
Please sign up using the link below if you’re interested and willing to volunteer. Thank you!
CHURCH DECORATING
This year we will be decorating the church for our Christmas Masses in stages: December 21: Dwyer Hall 10:30-2:30
Dec. 22: Brownstein Hall 10:00-2:00
December 23: Sanctuary 10:00 – 3:00
Our biggest need for volunteers will be in Brownstein Hall and the Sanctuary on the 22nd and 23.
Please contact Shannon Coons at 303-669-8866 or Shannon.coons@gmail.com for details and to sign up.
ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Faith Formation is collecting items for families that are in need of our help.  Please consider shopping for others this holiday season. Bring unwrapped gifts for the children in the Douglas and Elbert County area who are in need when you come to Mass or to the Parish office. We want to deliver as many gifts as early as we can. The deadline is December 16th. 
All donations will be distributed by the Parker Task Force.
Gift Cards are welcome as well. Suggested gifts:  Books, Toys, Games, etc.
AROUND THE PARISH
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
The parish office will be closed to drop-in visitors until further notice.  If you need to contact us, please email us at testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org.
MASS SIGN-UP
Due to size limitations, it is more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass and cancel reservations that you will not be able to make.  Thank you!

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

Fr. Erin’s Life and Letters of St. Paul 
Reminder! the course will be continuing this weekend and whenever RE meets. Class will be from 3:15 to 4:15 and will take place in the church. A live stream option is available for those who are unable to attend in person. Watch Here.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Remote Learners and Homeschoolers – We want to provide you a place to do school work during the upcoming month. We have strong internet, a socially distant place for you to sit and do your schoolwork, and others around you to interact with during your school breaks. The day starts at 8:30 AM but we can adjust that time if you have to be online earlier. Let Angelle Schott know.
You don’t have to do your schoolwork alone! Come hang out with us on Wednesday and/or Thursdays. Hope to see you there! Please sign up using the link below.
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONSPlease join us on the first Saturday of every month (starting December 5th) 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.

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
CCC 1457 “According to the Church’s command, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation to faithfully confess serious sins at least once a year.”
Saint Mark (Highlands Ranch) Thursday, December 10th, 6:30 pm
Ave Maria (Parker) Tuesday, December 15th, 6:30 pm
Our Lady of Visitation (Kiowa) Thursday, December 17th, 6:30 pm
Saint Francis of Assisi (Castle Rock) Tuesday, December 22nd, 6:30 pm

CONFESSIONS
Weekly confessions will be held after the 9 AM Mass on Saturdays.
PARKER SHOWCASE COUPON BOOKS
Free entrees, free appetizers, free drinks – OH MY!
Did you see it? The Parker/Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Showcase Passports are now available! Help support our local businesses and our 8th Grade fundraiser. Chuck-full of our favorite places and great deals! https://www.parkershowcase.org/amcs
MISSAL SALE
Missals for the 2021 Liturgical Year will be available for purchase at the parish office.
The cost for Missals (Large or Regular print) is $6.00 each, CASH or CHECK only.
Contact – Tish Estrella: testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org
POINSETTIA SALE
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the sale of Poinsettias of Remembrance to be placed around the altar during the Christmas season. Your support in decorating our church is greatly appreciated. A card with your special intentions (deceased loved ones, prayers, thanksgiving, etc.) will be in an intention binder and placed near the altar with the poinsettias. A Mass on Christmas Eve will be offered for your intentions.

Please fill out the form below and place it in an envelope with your payment (cash or check) 1) in the box on the poinsettia table in the entrance area of the church, or 2) drop it off at the parish office. You can also mail it to: Ave Maria Catholic Parish, c/o poinsettia sales, 9056 East Parker Rd., Parker, CO 80138.

The cost of each plant will be $15.00. Checks can be made payable to: Ave Maria Catholic Church.
Orders must be received by December 15, 2020. Poinsettias will NOT be available to take home after the Christmas season this year.
Net proceeds will be donated to Little Sisters of the Poor.
Questions contact: Janie Bertagnolli at 720-530-6789 or janiebertagnolli@mac.com.
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Holiday Giving
GIVING TREE
The Giving Tree is up and everyone is urged to take a tag and bring back your unwrapped donation by Sunday, December 20.  We have two very local Catholic charities—Ave Maria’s St Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities based in Castle Rock.
There are lots of gift card requests and the returned cards may be dropped in the mailbox in the Gathering Space.  Many are for gift cards that charities use in their work. We hope to have every tag taken and all the donations returned.
Thank you in advance for being an Ave Maria Samaritan.
Call Alice Ramsey 303-841-7839 if you have any questions.
ADOPT A FAMILY
The Samaritans of Ave Maria are once again sponsoring the Adopt-A-Family program. Drop off to the Parker Task Force is December 11th.  Gifts should not be left at the church. Questions? Please call Mary Anne Watson at  303-549-8399.
YEAR-END GIVING
Our Church continues to move forward with its important work. In the midst of all that is going on, many of our friends and supporters are looking forward to the future when they can enjoy community with friends and resume their regular activities.

In response to the current situation, Congress recently enacted several tax law changes. This link offers resources to help you with your tax planning and offer ideas for you to consider if you are thinking about making a gift in support of our mission during this time. Please consult your personal tax advisor and family on the decisions best for you.

Click here for more information.

FREE Estate Planning Resources
Have you planned for your future? As Catholics, we are called to be stewards for the people and things that God has blessed us with so that we can spread the good news of the Gospel for generations to come. In that spirit, the Diocese of Colorado Springs has partnered with FreeWill to provide three free tools to our faith community so that you can best support your future.

The first is a tool to write your legal will, at no personal cost. Writing your wishes down now is so important and a true gift to your family. You can complete this important task in the comforts of your own home by becoming a good steward for your future, taking care of your loved ones by visiting FreeWill.com/DioCS.
The other two tools help you to create real-time, tax-wise gifts to support our parish— and your financial savings. Go to FreeWill.com/QCD/DioCS to learn more about how to create a gift from your IRA, or FreeWill.com/Stocks/DioCS to learn more about donating appreciated stocks.

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Parish Update Weekend of December 5, 2020

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Parish Update Weekend of November 29, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of November 29th, 2020
Around the Parish
Parish Office Closed
The parish office will be closed to drop-in visitors until further notice.  If you need to contact us, please email us at testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org.
Mass
Due to size limitations, it is more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass and cancel reservations that you will not be able to make.  Thank you!
Mass is live streamed every day at 9:00 am.
CONFESSION
Additional Confession times will be added on December 4th, 5th & 6th. Confessions will be heard after Masses for 30 minutes only to give enough time for the upcoming Mass.
Friday, December 4th after 9 AM Mass
Saturday, December 5th after 9 AM and 4 PM Masses.
Sunday, December 6th after 7 AM, 9 AM, and 11 AM Masses
Father Michael Fulton
Father Michael grew up in Parker, CO. He and his family were parishioners of Ave Maria Catholic Church.   Fr. Don Brownstein gave him 1st communion and went to the house when he was young and encouraged him with his call to the priesthood. He was ordained June 13, 2020, at The Josephinem in Columbus, Ohio.
Father Michael will be saying Mass at Ave Maria on Monday, November 30 at 9 AM.
Please pray for more vocations:
Father, we’re your people, the work of your hands.
So precious are we in your sight that you sent your Son, Jesus.
Jesus calls us to heal the broken-hearted,
to dry the tears of those who mourn, to give hope to those who despair,
and to rejoice in your steadfast love.
We, the baptized, realize our call to serve.
Help us to know how.
Call forth from among us priests, sisters, brothers and lay ministers.
With our hearts, you continue to love your people.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. 
Bishop Barron Advent Reflections
To receive weekly reflections from Bishop Barron this Advent, please click on the button below and join the Advent Reflections group.
First Saturday Devotions
Please join us on the first Saturday of every month (starting December 5th) 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.
Advent Penance Services
CCC 1457 “According to the Church’s command, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by and obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.””
Saint Mark (Highlands Ranch)  Thursday, December 10th, 6:30 pm
Ave Maria (Parker) Tuesday, December 15th, 6:30 pm
Our Lady of Visitation (Kiowa) Thursday, December 17th, 6:30 pm
Saint Francis of Assisi (Castle Rock) Tuesday, December 22nd, 6:30 pm
Ushers
We need ushers to check people in for weekend Masses.  If you are able to help with this important ministry, please sign up below by joining the group.
Missal Sale
Missals for the 2021 Liturgical Year will be available for purchase before and after Masses this weekend.
The cost for Missals ( Large Print/Small Print) is $6.00 each, CASH or CHECK only.
Poinsettia Sale
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the sale of Poinsettias of Remembrance to be placed around the altar during the Christmas season. Your support in decorating our church is greatly appreciated. A card with your special intentions (deceased loved ones, prayers, thanksgiving, etc.) will be in an intention binder and placed near the altar with the poinsettias. A Mass on Christmas Eve will be offered for your intentions.
Please fill out the form below and place it in an envelope with your payment (cash or check) 1) in the box on poinsettia table in entrance area of the church, or 2) drop it off at parish office. You can also mail it to: Ave Maria Catholic Parish, c/o poinsettia sales, 9056 East Parker Rd., Parker, CO 80138.
The cost of each plant will be $15.00. Checks can be made payable to: Ave Maria Catholic Church.
Orders must be received by December 15, 2020. Poinsettias will NOT be available to take home after the Christmas season this year.
Net proceeds will be donated to Little Sisters of the Poor.
Questions contact: Janie Bertagnolli at 720-530-6789 or janiebertagnolli@mac.com.
Holiday Giving
Adopt a Family
The Samaritans of Ave Maria are once again sponsoring the Adopt-A-Family program.  To get a family to sponsor, please call Mary Anne Watson at  303-549-8399.  We will not be at Masses this year.  You must call before December 5th to receive a family.  Drop off to the Parker Task Force is December 11th.  Gifts should not be left at the church.
Hands of Hope Turkey Run
The Hands of Hope will be collecting cash and checks before and after each Mass again this weekend for the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Their need at this time is huge.  Please consider helping.
Giving Tuesday
We’re excited to announce that we are participating in #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday, our nation’s first-ever Catholic day of giving! This year, Giving Tuesday, will be December 1st from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. We are hosting an advanced giving day phase for donations beginning at 12:00 am on Monday, November 16th, running through November 30th at 11:59 pm. Please prayerfully consider our parish and help us continue our mission. Visit Ave Maria Catholic Parish profile.
YEAR-END GIVING
Our Church continues to move forward with its important work. In the midst of all that is going on, many of our friends and supporters are looking forward to the future when they can enjoy community with friends and resume their regular activities.

In response to the current situation, Congress recently enacted several tax law changes. This link offers resources to help you with your tax planning and offer ideas for you to consider if you are thinking about making a gift in support of our mission during this time. Please consult your personal tax advisor and family on the decisions best for you.

FREE Estate Planning Resources
Have you planned for your future? As Catholics, we are called to be stewards for the people and things that God has blessed us with so that we can spread the good news of the Gospel for generations to come. In that spirit, the Diocese of Colorado Springs has partnered with FreeWill to provide three free tools to our faith community so that you can best support your future.
The first is a tool to write your legal will, at no personal cost. Writing your wishes down now is so important and a true gift to your family. You can complete this important task in the comforts of your own home by becoming a good steward for your future, taking care of your loved ones by visiting FreeWill.com/DioCS.
The other two tools help you to create real-time, tax-wise gifts to support our parish— and your financial savings. Go to FreeWill.com/QCD/DioCS to learn more about how to create a gift from your IRA, or FreeWill.com/Stocks/DioCS to learn more about donating appreciated stocks.

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Parish Update weekend of November 22, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of November 22nd, 2020
Around the Parish
Mass
Due to size limitations, it is more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass and cancel reservations if you will not be able to attend.  Thank you!
Mass is live streamed every day at 9:00 am.
Mass Cancellation
There will be no 6:45 am Mass on November 25th, 26th, or 27th.
Parish Office Closed
The parish office will be closed to drop-in visitors until further notice.  If you need to contact us, please email us at
Bishop Barron Advent Reflections
To receive weekly reflections from Bishop Barron this Advent, please click on the button below and join the Advent Reflections group.
First Saturday Devotions
Please join us on the first Saturday of every month (starting December 5th) 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.
Advent Penance Services
CCC 1457 “According to the Church’s command, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.”
Saint Mark (Highlands Ranch): Thursday, December 10th, 6:30 pm
Ave Maria (Parker): Tuesday, December 15th, 6:30 pm
Our Lady of Visitation (Kiowa): Thursday, December 17th, 6:30 pm
Saint Francis of Assisi (Castle Rock): Tuesday, December 22nd, 6:30 pm
Ushers
We need ushers to check people in for weekend Masses.  If you are able to help with this important ministry, please sign up below by joining the group. Usher
Missal Sales
Missals for the 2021 Liturgical Year will be available for purchase before and after  Masses this weekend. The cost for Missals ( Large Print/Small Print) is $6.00 each, CASH or CHECK only.
Giving Tuesday
We’re excited to announce that we are participating in #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday, our nation’s first-ever Catholic day of giving! This year, Giving Tuesday, will be December 1st from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. We are hosting an advanced giving day phase for donations beginning at 12:00 am on Monday, November 16th, running through November 30th at 11:59 pm. Please prayerfully consider our parish and help us continue our mission. Visit Ave Maria Catholic Parish profile: iGiveCatholic
Hands of Hope Turkey Run
The Hands of Hope will be collecting cash and checks before and after each Mass again this weekend for the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Their need at this time is huge.  Please consider helping.

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Parish Update Weekend of November 15, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of November 15, 2020
Around the Parish
Mass
We have made adjustments in the church to comply with changing government Covid restrictions.  For weekend Masses, please sit with yellow tape in front of you and only one family per section of yellow tape.  Continue to sit with the blue tape behind you for weekday Masses.
Due to size limitations, it is more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass and cancel reservations that you will not be able to make.  Thank you!
You are not obligated to attend Mass at this time.  If you feel uncomfortable for any reason, please stay home.  Mass is live streamed every day at 9:00 am.
Holiday Giving
Hands of Hope Turkey Run
The Hands of Hope Turkey Run, like all things, is different this year.  Due to Covid 19, the Hands of Hope ministry has been unable to enter The Pine Ridge Reservation in 2020 and we don’t believe we will be allowed on the Reservation until sometime in 2021. The need on The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota at this time is huge. Normally we ask for donations of food and clothing that we deliver to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Kyle, SD. This year we are asking simply for cash or check donations.
 
Hands of Hope members will be collecting cash and checks before and after each Mass on the weekends of November 14th and November 21st. Ave Maria Catholic Church will then send a check to Father Ron Seminara, who will purchase food and necessities for the community of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.
The Hands of Hope ministry is grateful to the parishioners of our parish for the tremendous support you have provided over the years to our mission of serving the poorest of the poor. If you are not attending Mass over Covid concerns, you can mail a check made out to Ave Maria Catholic Church to the Parish Office and in the memo section label it as Turkey Run. You are helping those at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Kyle SD so much!  Thank you and God Bless!
Adopt a Family
The Samaritans of Ave Maria are once again sponsoring the Adopt-A-Family program.  To get a family to sponsor, please call Mary Anne Watson at  303 549-8399.  We will not be at Masses this year.  You must call before December 5th to receive a family.  Drop off to the Parker Task Force is December 11th.  Gifts should not be left at the church.
Ave Maria Catholic School Auction
The Ave Maria online auction bidding is open until Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 PM. Our auction helps to offset the discrepancy between tuition and the actual cost of educating our children and helps us to raise funds for special projects and additional needs. This year, due to Covid restrictions we are hosting a virtual auction.  Make sure you scroll through all the items!
Poinsettias of Remembrance Sale
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the sale of Poinsettias of Remembrance to be placed around the altar during the Christmas season. Your support in decorating our church is greatly appreciated. A card with your special intentions (deceased loved ones, prayers, thanksgiving, etc.) will be in an intention binder and placed near the altar with the poinsettias. A Mass on Christmas Eve will be offered for your intentions.
Please fill out the form below and place it in an envelope with your payment (cash or check) 1) in the box on poinsettia table in entrance area of the church, or 2) drop it off at parish office. You can also mail it to: Ave Maria Catholic Parish, c/o poinsettia sales, 9056 East Parker Rd., Parker, CO 80138.
The cost of each plant will be $15.00. Checks can be made payable to: Ave Maria Catholic Church.
Orders must be received by December 15, 2020. Poinsettias will NOT be available to take home after the Christmas season this year.
Net proceeds will be donated to Little Sisters of the Poor.
Questions contact: Janie Bertagnolli at 720-530-6789 or janiebertagnolli@mac.com .

Spiritual Growth Opportunity
Advent with the Director
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary Lay Division
Advent is a time of promise and expectation. But what are we promised? And what are we expecting? Although one of the most famous liturgical seasons in the Church’s calendar, Advent is also one of the most misunderstood, with many missing out on the riches of this unique time of promise and expectation.
This three week Short Course will be taught LIVE in an online format. Microsoft Teams will be the platform that is used. Details will be sent to registered students in the days leading up to the course for how to connect to view the live lectures. Class starts on Monday, November 30th. Class dates/times are on Mondays from 9-10am and 7-8pm on 11/30, 12/7, and 12/14. Attend one or two each week – whatever works best for your availability and interest.  The course fee is $35.

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Parish Update – Weekend of November 8, 2020

Parish Update
Weekend of November 8th, 2020
Around the Parish
Mass
Beginning this Sunday we are adding an additional Mass at 1:30 pm!
Please make a reservation for all Masses that you attend.  As we make adjustments to Mass size based on changing government guidelines, it is going to be more important than ever to make a reservation for Mass.  Due to the changes, it will be difficult to accommodate any walk-ins.
In addition, if you make a Mass reservation and do not attend, please cancel the reservation and open up the space for someone else.  You can cancel your reservation from the bottom of your emailed confirmation.  If you have difficulty canceling the reservation yourself, please email Tish at testrella@avemariacatholicparish.org with your change.
You are not obligated to attend Mass at this time.  If you feel uncomfortable for any reason, please stay home.  Mass is live streamed every day at 9:00 am.
Adoration
Adoration has begun in the church on Mondays and Thursdays 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.
Missal Sales
Missals for the 2021 Liturgical Year will be available for purchase before and after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses this weekend.
A table will be set up for Missal sales in the vicinity of the sign-in table.
Cost for Missals ( Large Print/Small Print) is $6.00 each – CASH or CHECK only
Missals are also available for purchase at the Parish Office during normal business hours, until sell-out.
Advent by Candlelight
This year the Ave Maria Women of Mary will be having a virtual Advent by Candlelight on Friday, November 20th.  Please click on the button below to sign up or get more information.

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