As you know, Our Lady of the Mountains Parish is in the midst of a Capital Campaign for much needed improvements to our Church building and to replace the rectory. Parishioners and visitors alike have been very generous in their donations and pledges and we are very grateful.
During Capital Campaign initiatives, it is common to see a reduction in regular offertory contributions. We anticipated this, and reduced our offertory budget by 10%, along with reducing expenses to balance this budget.
However, offertory has actually dropped by 20%
and we are asking for your help to close this gap.
During Advent and Christmas Masses, we will continue a second collection to be used to cover operational expenses. The ushers will take up this second collection immediately following the first.
If you would like to donate online please visit olmestes.org,, click on the
tab and select
We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Confession: The Gift of God's Mercy
"Repent and believe in the Gospel." This instruction is not reserved just for Ash Wednesday or for Lent. We are called to "repent and believe" every day of our lives, constantly turning to God's mercy and love, and growing in holiness. One of the ways we can best do this is by going to Confession, where we have the opportunity to accept the many graces God has in store for us through this beautiful - and often underutilized - sacrament. Frequent Confession has so many benefits, including:
Confession helps us to better "know thyself."
St. Augustine and countless other saints and doctors of the Church talk about the importance of knowing ourselves well. Through coming to know ourselves better, we realized how fallen we are, and how badly we need Godâ€™s help and grace to get through life. Frequent Confession helps remind us to rely on God to help rid us of our sins.
Confession helps us to overcome sin and vice
The grace we receive from the Sacrament of Confession helps us combat our faults and failings and break our habits of vice much more easily and expediently than we could otherwise do without the sacramental grace.
Confession brings us peace
Guilt from the sins we commit can make us feel all mixed up
inside and cause us to lose our peace and joy. When we hear God's forgiving words to us from the lips of the priest in Confession,
a burden is lifted off our shoulders
. Sins weigh us down and enslave us, often giving our passions power over us, instead of us having control over our passions. With the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we can again feel the peace of heart and soul that comes from being in a good relationship with God.
Confession helps us become more saintly, more like Jesus!
Jesus was perfectly humble, perfectly generous, perfectly patient, perfectly loving, perfectly everything! Don't you wish you could be as humble, generous, patient, and loving as Jesus? Saints throughout history have felt that way too, and they have frequented the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help transform them into people who are more like Christ. Little images of Christ that's what saints are!
Confession strengthen our will.
Every time we experience the Sacrament of Confession, God strengthens our will and our self-control to be able to resist the temptations that confront us in our lives. We become more resolute to follow God's will and not our own whims.
The words of absolution in the Confessional are beautiful: "I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Jesus is waiting to forgive you, all you have to do is ask! Don't miss out any longer on the healing power of Confession...go to Confession this week.
Also, consider sharing this article or our
site with someone in your life whom you believe would benefit from the graces of sacramental Reconciliation!
Recommended Resource from Catholics Come Home
God wants us all to grow in holiness so we can be saints. But how do we actually do that? Good Confession is here to help you figure that out. Take time to explore the resources we have provided on this website to help you learn how to go to
, and, more importantly, how to “go and sin no more.”
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As we give thanks for all our blessings, we remember all of you, our parish family, in our prayers of gratitude.
This is the First Sunday of Advent this weekend. Let's prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior at Christmas.
The coming of God's Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the "First Covenant" He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming.
St. John the Baptist
is the Lord's immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way. "Prophet of the Most High", John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last. He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother's womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being "the friend of the bridegroom", whom he points out as "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world". Going before Jesus "in the spirit and power of Elijah", John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his Baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom.
When the Church celebrates
the liturgy of Advent
each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: "He must increase,
but I must decrease".
We beg you to grant us a great love for all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth. Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our conscience, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all true joy and true peace, which come to us from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Prayer of St John Paul II
We are planning a Parish wide
Celebration here at OLM.
Please mark your calendars for:
Wednesday, December 11 for Vigil celebration.
5:30 PM Rosary
6:00 PM Holy Mass Bilingual
Followed by Serenade of Our Lady
Light reception downstairs, finger foods, desserts, hot chocolate & cider
December 12, 2019
8:30 AM Holy Mass
5:30 PM Indian Dancers Procession
6:00 PM Holy Mass Bilingual
Fiesta following Mass/Parish Potluck
Our Lady of Guadalupe Potluck
6:00 PM Mass followed by Fiesta
Are you going?
might be going.
Dedication of new
Altar, Tabernacle, Altar of Repose, Ambo, Baptistry, Credence Table,
Flower Stands & Sanctuary Seating,
at the 10:00 AM Mass
Archbishop Samuel Aquila
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on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 10:00AM