OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH
505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto, CA 95350
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Second Collection
January 21 & 22
-Church in Latin America
January 28 & 29 -5th Sunday collection for St. Vincent de Paul Society.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who attended or in some way supported our Fall Festival. Thank you Sponsors, Vendors, food and game booth operators and workers, Gary Carlucci and the Pasta dinner crew, workers behind the scenes, and others too numerous to name.
See Festival Pictures

Married Couples:
It has been said the greatest gift you can give your children is two parents very much in love with each other. If you would like to enrich the communication in your marriage, consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend The next Marriage Encounter weekend is February 10-12, 2017 in Modesto. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: https:// www.stocktonwwme.org or contact John & Angelica at applications@stocktonwwme.org or 209-691-0603.

A Pathway To God
Join us for a three year, Spirituality & Spiritual Direction training program, approved by the Bishop of Stockton, facilitated by the Verbum Dei sisters, the Jesuit School of Theology, and the ICSSD Team. Starting January 29th
2017, classes will be held the last Sunday of each month at the Seeds of Life Spirituality Center 31448 Hwy 33, Tracy, CA 95304. For more information please contact Wilma 209-541-7996 or Vicki 209 968-1821 or visit www.ICSSD.org, or email info.icssd@gmail.com

Social Justice Ministry Corner
The volunteers of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are pleased to announce to the Our Lady of Fatima parish community the results of our 2016 Thanksgiving and Christmas Grocery/Gift Card distribution. The number of clients served increased from 150 last year to 200 for each holiday this year. Specific overall details are: Thanksgiving distribution: 293 adults and 240 children, 168 food bags and $20 gift cards totaling $3360. Christmas distribution: 279 adults, 390 children, 184 food bags and $30 gift cards totaling $5010. In addition, blankets donated by Loretta and Dave Laughlin with the help of their grandchildren Jacqueline, Julia and Jianna Davis, and caps and scarves knitted by Alice Garcia were distributed.
Our Lady of Fatima students smoothed the processes and assisted our clients to their cars. St Vincent de Paul volunteers appreciate all of the canned goods and products donated to enhance our efforts. We hope that you will all continue your generous support of our goals to help those in need.


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OFFICE CLOSED
The parish offices will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017,
in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

WELCOME TO “LIFE NIGHT”
All Junior High and High School students are invited to
LIFE NIGHT—that’s the name for our regularly scheduled gathering on Saturday nights from 6:30—8:00 pm in the hall. Life Night is a place for our your to belong in community and to deepen their faith. It’s a relaxed evening filled with awesome activities, small groups, and food. Check us out!
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Life Nights: January 14, January 28 (in the gym) February 11, February 18, February 25.
Young adults are also welcome to be part of the Core Team. This can be your chance to share your own faith and to participate in bringing our youth closer to God. Any questions? Give a shout out to Ozzy Ramirez, Youth Minister, at 524-7421 or oramirez@olfmodesto.com.
IT'S COMING!!! OLF'S ANNUAL CRAB FEED
Join us for OLF’s Annual Crab Feed which will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Our feast includes all-you-can-eat fresh crab, salad, pasta, and dessert. Your evening will be completed with a raffle, dancing, and entertainment. Our Supplier assures us that their crab is thoroughly inspected by the USDA and is perfectly safe to enjoy. Tickets are now on sale in the parish and school offices. All proceeds will go to our multi-purpose facility project. Don’t miss the best Crab Feed in town!!

Faith: The Next Generation – Pass It On!
Boldly go where many have gone before and help pass on the Good News of Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith! This fall, there are about 400 children and young people, grades 1 through 12, attending classes to learn more about Jesus and their Catholic faith. At this time, there are still classes which have no teacher or teacher’s assistant. You can help by becoming a catechist. As you nurture the faith of our young, you will learn and grow as well! As one long-time catechist put it, “I learn so much from the children!” We provide you with training, materials, and support. Classes are offered Sunday mornings and Monday afternoons. If interested or for more information,  contact
Melinda Miramontes or Joyce Teixeira at 524-7421.

CHOIR NEWS
Is God calling you to be a Music Minister?
Music Ministry is a great place for those who not only wish to sharpen their musical skills but also to gain valuable insights into worship through the many opportunities to praise and glorify God with song. Our parish is blessed to have many gifted singers who have not yet joined the choir, and this may be the invitation you have been waiting for. No special music background is required, just a heart that loves to worship Christ.
The Junior Parish Choir is open to all children in the parish 3rd through 8th grade, who would like to share their beautiful voices to help inspire and lead our parish family in song from January through May. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, beginning January 25, 2017. This choir serves once a month at the 10:00 am Sunday Mass.
The Parish Choir is comprised of volunteer adult singers, open to those High School age and older. Weekly rehearsals have already be- gun, every Thursday evening from 7:00—8:30 pm. This choir serves three times monthly at the 10:00 am Sunday Mass as well as special Masses and liturgies throughout the year.

New singers are always welcome! All choir rehearsals are held in the M Room of OLF School. Experienced pianists and organists who are interested in being involved in the Music Ministry are also invited to contact Melissa Fletcher, Director of Music, in the parish office 491-3466.

Interested In Spiritual Direction?
Open House & Introductory sessions.
Please join us at our Open House and Introductory sessions, meet the organizing team and learn more about our spiritual direction program starting in September 2017.
January 29th 2017: Lectio Divina
March 26th 2017: Prayer with Icons
May 28th 2017: Centering Prayer/Jesus’ Prayer
August 27th 2017: Journaling Prayer
Sundays From 10am to 12pm. Classes will be held the last Sunday of each month at the Seeds of Life Spirituality Center 31448 Hwy 33, Tracy, CA 95304.
For more information please contact Wilma 209-541-7996 or Vicki 209 968-1821 or visit www.ICSSD.org, or email info.icssd@gmail.com

Thank You For Your Gifts To Refugee Families!
During the recent Advent Season, we as a community met the tangible needs of newly arriving refugee families by building a total of 64 Welcome Kits. These kits
included basic essential items for the household/ bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom as well as much needed supplies for children and cleaning. The Welcome Kits have all been delivered to World Relief Modesto.
With immense gratitude in our hearts, we thank you for your overwhelming generosity and support for the families of refugees, to whom you have given the gift of love and prayer. Most of the refugee families receiving your gifts are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Ukraine. They became refugees because they were forced to flee their country due to persecution for race, religion, or political association with our US military.
Each year, World Relief Modesto helps hundreds of refugees—victims of war and persecution around the globe—replant their lives in Stanislaus County. Visit
www.worldreliefmodesto.org to explore the many volunteer opportunities to welcome and support refugees throughout the year.

Walk for Life West Coast
January 21, 2017, 12:30 pm. Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. Be one of the over 50,000 people who walk for life in San Francisco!
Pre-walk rally begins at 12:30 pm in the civic center plaza.
Go to htps://stocktondiocese.org/walk-for- life for a list of participating parishes or www.Walkforlifewc.com for information on speakers, times and public transportation.

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.

Annual Santo Nino De Praga Fiesta
Join us January 28th for Mass at 5 pm with celebration following in the hall.

Principal Opening
Sacred Heart Catholic School in Patterson, California is seeking a dynamic, energetic principal to help lead the parish’s Catholic school, effective the 2017-2018 school year.
Applicants must be Catholic. The preferred candidate will have a valid California administrative credential and five or more years of experience working in Catholic schools.
Applications must be accompanied by a letter of introduction, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be completed by February 24, 2017.
The application form for these positions may be found on the Careers page of the Catholic Schools Office website, which is located at https://goo.gl/bocB3J

Principal Opening
Cathedral of the Annunciation School, a ministry of Annunciation Parish, is seeking a dynamic, energetic principal to help lead the parish’s Catholic school, effective the 2017-2018 school year.
Applicants must be Catholic. The preferred candidate will have a valid California administrative credential and five or more years of experience working in Catholic schools. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of introduction, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be completed by February 24, 2017. The application form may be found on the Careers page of the Catholic Schools Office website, which is located at https://goo.gl/bocB3J



Join the bishops and thousands of Catholics across the country for a nine day novena, January 21-29, 2017, to promote a “culture of life.” You can register to receive daily prayer intercessions and reflections via the app, text message, email or online. Go to http://www.Usccb.Org/9days for more information
 

 

 

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Can You Spend One Hour With Me?
Jesus asked His Apostles, “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” 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 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

SCHOOL SECURITY
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.

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!


 

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Mass Schedule

Holy Days
7:30 pm Vietnamese Vigil
8:00 am, 9:00 am (school)
12:15 pm English
6:00 pm English
7:30 pm Spanish
Sacrament of Penance
Saturdays  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 7:00pm
Parish Office: 524-7421
School Office: 524-4170
Email: school@olfmodesto.com
Religious Education: 491-3462
RCIA: 491-3468
Youth Ministry: 524-7421

Saturday Anticipated Mass
5:00 pm English
6:30 pm Spanish
Sunday
8 am, 10 am and 6 pm English
12:00 Noon Spanish
3:30 pm Vietnamese
Daily Mass

8:00 am (Monday-Saturday) English
6:30 pm (Tuesday & Thursday) Spanish

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