What is Palm Sunday?
Letter from Bishop Myron Cotta concerning Mass decisions
Letter from Fr. Ernesto concerning this Lenten season, Mass and Confessions
Our Church has numerous plants that are used for the seasonal environment decorations. The plants need the attention of a person that knows how to trim, fertilize and re-pot as needed. If you are the person who can do this our would like more information, please call the parish office—524-7421.
Classes Have Begun!
Classes are Tuesday and Saturday, Sign up your student in the parish office.
Pray the Rosary daily for world peace. †
Welcome Fr. Ernesto Madrigal
Please introduce yourself and welcome Fr. Ernesto Madrigal, the new Parochial Administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Church. Fr. Ernesto is known by many, as he was assigned to our parish for 2 years as a Parochial Vicar.
St. Vincent de Paul Collection
Today's second collection helps people in our area that are in great need. Thank you.
The Knights of Columbus are starting their 101st year of service to the parish and community. Our newly installed officers are: Grand Knight Rodolfo Serrato, Deputy Grand Knight Hector Guerrero, Recorder Dain Birkley, Treasurer Richard Morgan, Outside Guard Edmundo Arellano, Inside Guard Ernesto Fierro, Warden Bob Beauchene, Chancellor Juan Rodriguez, Trustees Edmundo Arellano, Dave Ramczyck, and Chris Beauchene, Advocate Frank Ramczyck, Chaplain Father Madhu Appanapalle, and Financial Secretary Phil Anselmo. All Catholic men are invited to join. Call Rodolfo Serrato at 527-7425 for information.
Once again, scammers are sending out texts, emails, and other communications asking you to purchase gift cards and then send them the card numbers. They present themselves as bishop, priest, parish staff, but THEY ARE NOT. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE REQUESTS.
Would you like to see Mary’s Garden flourishing? You can donate fresh flowers (nothing artificial) or money toward a fund to be used to purchase them.
Can you spend one hour with me? This is a beautiful way to spend quiet time in the presence of our Lord. Hours for exposition are: 12 noon to 5:00 pm, Thursdays.
Are you 50 or older? Would you like to make new friends? Why not join the OLF Seniors club? We meet on the third Thursday of each month in the new hall at 11:30. Come join us for a luncheon for a small charge. For more info, call Frank at 576-5689.
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society has an ongoing need for canned chicken, Hamburger, Tuna, Chicken Helper, canned meals, canned fruits, boxed side dishes, and pancake mix and syrup. Your help is greatly appreciated and goes directly to the many people we help each week. Thank you for your generosity.
Are you looking for a new way to grow spiritually? Spiritual direction may be just the right experience to help you to use your "inner GPS" to find clarity and peace of mind and heart. For more information, call Joyce Teixeira in the Parish Office at 491-3468.
Come pray with us
We pray Morning Prayer at 7:15 am and the Rosary at 7:30 am Monday thru Saturday in the Church before Mass. Join us.
Desperate need for high school confirmation catechists.
We have a great need for catechists for this age group. Is God calling you to help us out? Call Joyce Teixeira 491-3468
Attn: All Communion Ministers
There is always AN URGENT need for more Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to take Communion to the homebound, to those in hospitals & convalescent & rehab facilities.
If you feel called to serve in this Ministry please call Kathy Sbragia at 545-1896.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Book Club: Why Stay Catholic?
Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question by Michael Leach
An uplifting book about what’s right in the Catholic Church today, and why tomorrow offers such hope and promise. Come join in the conversation! All are welcome!
Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM in the New Hall, September 12, 26, October 3
For more information or to sign-up and purchase the book for $15, call Joyce Teixeira in the Parish Office at 491-3468.
Welcome to the OLF Men’s Club - 2019-2020
Come join our next meeting! We meet the 2nd Monday of every month, 6-8 pm, in the Old Hall. The Mission of the OLF Men’s Club is “to support Our Lady of Fatima Church and School with physical and financial assistance as a body of volunteers.” Throughout the year we sponsor events such as our Golf Tournament, our immensely popular Crab Feed, Lenten Fish Fry Dinners with the Knights of Columbus, and our ST. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of Fatima scholarships and church and school needs.
Our first meeting this year will be Monday, September 9. Dinner is free for new members. Our fun-filled Golf Tournament is coming soon-to be held at Dryden Park Golf Club in Modesto, Friday, Sept. 27.
For more information please contact Scott Griffin at(661) 753-7144 or bu email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation to Join Our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program at Our Lady of Fatima Parish
Are you - or someone you know - interested in becoming a Catholic? Do you wish to be baptized in the Catholic Church? Have you been baptized in another Christian denomination and want to receive the Catholic sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist? Are you baptized Catholic and wish to be confirmed? For more information, please contact Joyce Teixeira at (209) 491-3468 or at email@example.com
Young at Heart Fall Prevention and Fitness Classes
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM in the New Hall.
Summer is a great time to JOIN IN THE FUN AND FEEL FIT! Young at Heart classes consist of a combination of strength training exercises, flexibility movements, and balance training to keep participants living longer, healthier, more physically active lifestyles. Most exercises can be done sitting or standing. Modifications can be made to accommodate most fitness levels.
Call Joyce in the Parish Office for more information: 491-3468.
To register at the class, come about 10 minutes early to fill out the form.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Choir is seeking new members!!! Come join us!!!
As Catholics, music is an essential part of our worship experience. When we sing, we sing to glorify God! He is calling upon all of us by our baptism to serve. As the Lenten season approaches, consider donating your time and talent to the music ministry here at Our Lady of Fatima. Our choir sings traditional Catholic hymns, contemporary Catholic hymns, as well as choral music. We have a great time learning new music together. Choir practice is Thursday evenings at 7 pm in the M room of Our Lady of Fatima School. We serve for the 10 am Mass on Sundays. Please contact Melissa Fletcher, Director of Music Ministry for more information. (209) 524-7421. “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.” Psalm 98
Two Great Opportunities for Seniors!
1. Young at Heart: Fitness and Strength Training
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the New Hall
Classes consist of a combination of strength training exercises, flexibility movements, and balance training to keep participants living longer, healthier, more physically active lifestyles. Most exercises can be done sitting or standing. Modifications can be made to accommodate most fitness levels.
2. Faith Sharing and Learning
Wednesdays, 10:15 – 11:00 AM in the New Hall. Informal gatherings to share and learn about varied faith topics while enjoying a healthy and tasty treat.
Need more information? Call Joyce Teixeira at the OLF parish office, 491-3468.
Adult Faith Formation Classes
Adults who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith are invited to participate in our Monday evening sessions from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. in the Parish Center. Come discover how God may be calling you to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Please call Joyce Teixeira in the Religious Education Office (491-3468) to find out more about getting started in this important part of your life journey.
Could you find time to help out in a wonderful ministry of service in the parish? Our Linen Ministry cares for the altar linens from each Mass. With over 12 weekly Masses celebrated, many hands are needed. We can always use new volunteers. Would you be willing to volunteer a few hours per month? Call Lisa Rego at 872-1995.
Pray the Rosary daily for world peace.
Diocese of Stockton, School of Ministry - Introduction to Theology for Ministry (English Track) St. Stanislaus, Modesto
Mondays 7 pm—9:30 pm
Beginning Monday September 16—Orientation. Sessions given simultaneously in English and Spanish– rooms TBA
Pray the Rosary daily for world peace. †
The Young Ladies' Institute Modesto #110
wish to thank the Priests and parishioners for allowing us to speak at the masses in August. Our rules for membership now allow women as young as 14 to become members. The Grand Institute offers 11 scholarships to their members. These are aimed at continuing education.
There is a $2000.00 that is for grad school. 5 that are for juniors and seniors and some for attending junior college or a trade school. If you wish to know more about YLI you can check it out at YLIonline.org. Go to the forms and documents section, choose the Grand Institute Constitution and look for the scholarship section.
To qualify you must be a member in good standing for at least a year. YLI has fundraisers throughout the year to help with the Golden Jubilee Burse, St. Vincent de Paul and more. Our institute also has a scholarship fund we raise money for. We pray you will think about joining and becoming involved in your community. Please contact Kathy Paioni 209 541-8395 if you have any questions.
Free Citizenship Application Assistance every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 11 AM—3 PM. 400 Burney St., Modesto, CA 95354. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(209) 222-8505. Se Habla Español
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Have you lost or left behind anything in the Church? If so, we probably have it here in the office anxiously waiting for you to come and claim it. We have children’s purses, prayer books, umbrellas, eyeglasses, money and many more items. We would love to reunite you with your possessions
Are you a registered parishioner?
Have you moved, changed phone numbers, or had other changes since registering?
Help us to keep our records up to date by letting us know when changes happen-call the parish office at 524-7421 or go to the Update Form page to change your address. Do you consider yourself a member of the parish? If you do, but have not registered, please do so. Please call the parish office at 524-7421. Periodically we mail out information and would hate to have you miss out on what is happening because you haven’t let us know you are part of us. Help us to be a more welcoming parish
FOR YOUR SAFETY
Our parking lot exit gates are automated. PULL UP SLOWLY to the gate and it will open.
PARISH FACILITIES POLICY
It is the policy of the parish that we don’t rent out any of the parish facilities: church, halls, gym, classrooms, meeting rooms or field. As a parish with a school, we have a busy usage and demand for our facilities by our ministries, clubs, and organizations. For the same reasons, we also do not rent or loan tables, chairs, or any other equipment.
WINDOWS IN THE CONFESSIONALS
All parish employees and volunteers working with children must complete the Safe Environment program. Additionally, the parish continues to take any opportunity it can to make sure people are protected from unsafe situations. Increased night lighting, programmable gates and security cameras have all been added. We are now installing windows in the confessional doors. While still maintaining privacy the windows enable the inside of the confessional to be seen.
NEVER leave any valuable items in your car that can be seen. If you’re going to leave something in the trunk or other areas that are out of sight, place them there before you arrive. There are people who watch and wait for any opportunity to break into cars.
Our security cameras are good, but they can’t stop a break-in. Also, please don’t leave bicycles parked without locking them. Purses, bags, and backpacks should never be left unattended-even while going to communion. Sadly, there are people who look for opportunities. Don’t be a victim!
For security our parking lot gates will be closed at 8:15 am on school days. The sliding gate between the old hall and Church will remain closed. If you are attending weekday morning Mass we ask that you please park on the street or the parking lot in front of the school.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
School Office: 524-4170
SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE
5:00 pm - English, 6:30 pm - Spanish
8 am, 10 am and 6 pm - English
12:00 Noon - Spanish
3:30 pm - Vietnamese
8:00 am (Monday-Saturday) - English
6:30 pm (Monday & Wednesday) - Spanish
HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE
7:30 pm - Vietnamese Vigil
8:00 am - English
9:00 am (school) - English
12:15 pm - English
6:00 pm - English
7:30 pm - Spanish
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Saturdays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm