Tis the season for the Christ Child to be under the Christmas Tree, in a stable underneath the altar, in a classroom or live on the school stage. Have you ever really looked at the figures in a Nativity Set? Do you see the expressions and wonder what they are thinking if they were alive or what the artist's or sculptor's intent was when he created the expressions or positions? Let us take a look at some of these Nativity Figures.
The tiniest, hand-carved wooden babe, lying in a wooden manger-arms outstretched to tell the world-The Newborn King is here. Scripture has been fulfilled. The Christmas cards around the babe tell the complete story.
Mary and Joseph acting out on Christmas Eve in church why we all gather together in crowds on Christmas Eve. We have come to tell you the story of that First Christmas in the Little Town of Bethlehem. Where the Drummer Boy came to give Jesus what he had-the gift of song and playing the drums.
At Midnight Mass, we hear how Mary gave birth in a stable with Joseph at her side. And she named Him Jesus, as the angel told her to.
Friday, December 5, 2014
A lot of people complain about teenagers these days but I have to compliment ours. We sponsored a car wash to benefit one of our parents who has cancer. The teens in our school came forth and worked hard from 8:30am - 12:15pm.
So many cars were lined up we were kept quite busy and we never even had time to take a break and eat one of the delicious donuts provided by one of our sponsors.
We raised over $2,000 for our mom with cancer.
We were suppose to end at noon but the cars kept coming along with the money. I finally said, "Take the signs down!! Quit advertising" Many of us had to go someplace else in the afternoon.
One student asked if he could tell cars who get in line after we had our cut off time that we aren't washing any more cars. I told him, to go for it! He was great at the job. He let two more cars who had a presale ticket through. When the 3rd car came, with no presale ticket and he told them no to doing "just one more car" he responded with, "We already did two just one more car requests." Good response!
The second time recently when our teens came through to help others was when they assisted St. Vincent de Paul Society in our parish with preparing the Thanksgiving boxes - 156 of them.
All the students in school brought food to the parish hall for the baskets. It was great to see the small children's expressions when they saw all the food collected.
May these teens continue to be of service as they grow into adulthood. It was a great way to begin the Advent Season.
During this Advent season I encourage you to go to our Motherhouse website fscc-calledtobe.org and listen to the Advent song "Awake The Voice" by Krista Detor. As you listen to her beautiful voice, picture Mary and Joseph as they prepare for the birth of their child.
Have a very holy Advent Season!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Here is the story with a happy ending!
There was a need for additional classrooms at All Saints Catholic School, which is the parish school for Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. Fr. Brazaskas, pastor at the time, took out a mortgage for $486,000 to complete the school building project. It was a 13 year mortgage through Catholic Order of Foresters.
The last three years, Sr. Caro,l as principal and Fr.Ariel Lustan, as pastor, worked very hard to pay off the mortgage so that a new project could be started-the raising of funds for the building of a parish rectory. All these years Our Lady of the Mountains Parish had no permanent rectory for their priest. A house has been rented or the pastor owned his own home.
At last, seeing that the mortgage was paid off funds were raised to build a parish rectory and the rectory is almost neared completion. It was time to celebrate as a school and as a parish.
It was the third Sunday of the month so it was the school choir's turn to sing at the 9:30am Mass and do the Sunday's readings.
As the last song was announced, the altar servers led the procession followed by the school choir singing, Give Thanks to the Lord, as they processed out of church to the courtyard, where a small fire pit was set up to burn the school mortgage.
Giving the details of how the mortgage came about and how it was paid off in 5 years.
We come today to celebrate the good works God has worked through all of us.
Little by little it burned away!
Smiles appeared as it turned to ashes!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
One truly knows the meaning of Veterans' Day when you are in an Army city. Sierra Vista is home to Fort Huachuca, an Army Fort where currently hundreds of young Army recruits come for basic training. They also offer classes for officers to be.
Veterans Day here started off with a parade at 9:00am. All branches of the military were represented. It was a beautiful site of patriotism both by the participants in the parade and those viewing it on the sidelines. Makes you proud to say - " I am an American in the United States of America!"
Army Band from Fort Huachuca.
Some of the Army men currently defending our country.
|More ROTC recruits. Every high school in the area has such a program.|
|Candy and flags were passed out along the parade route.|
Laid to rest near the mountains that surround the city of Sierra Vista.
After viewing the large columbarium and cemetery, we went to the other side of the cemetery and saw the carillon bells installed to play for all the fallen soldiers.
|This plaque is for the soldiers who are known but missing in action here in Cochise County. |
May God bless all of our Veterans - both living and deceased!
God bless America!