Saturday, October 12, 2013


Class times: After 10:00 a.m. Mass until 12:30 p.m.

8,     Orientation for Parents and Sponsors and Youth
22,   Class & Catechetical Sunday
29,   Class & Mass participation

6,     Class & Commitment Contract,
        Community Service Plan & Registration form & Fee Due
        Confirmation I interviews with Pastor
13,   No Class
20,   Class & Confirmation I interviews with Pastor
26,   Life in the Spirit for parents and sponsors (adults only)
27,   Class & Mass participation
        Copy of Baptismal, First Communion
        Sponsor application (Confirmation II)
        Confirmation I interviews with Pastor

3,     ASF - Required training - Confirmation Coordinator
10,   Class
16,   Thanksgiving Baskets (Service hours opportunity)
17,   Class
24,   Class & Mass participation
        Saint Report due
28,   Thanksgiving Day Mass

1,     Class
7,     Advent Retreat
8,     No Class
15,   Class
22,   Class & Exam Day
        Confirmation II: Parent and sponsor meeting
24,   Christmas Eve Mass
29,   Mass participation. No class

5,     Class for Confirmation I
        Life in the Spirit for Confirmation II
12,   Class for Confirmation I
        Life in the Spirit for Confirmation II
19,   Class for Confirmation I
        Life in the Spirit for Confirmation II
26,   Class for Confirmation I
        Life in the Spirit for Confirmation II
        Mass participation

2,     Class for Confirmation I
        Life in the Spirit for Confirmation II
9,     Class for Confirmation I
        Life in the Spirit for Confirmation II
16,   No class
23,   Class & Mass participation

2,     Class
5,     Mass: Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)
7,     Friday of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. & Mass
9,     Class
10-13, Lenten Mission
14,   Friday of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. & Mass
16,   Class
21,   Friday of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. & Mass
23,   Class
28,   Friday of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. & Mass
30,   Class & Mass participation

4,     Friday of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. & Mass
6,     Class & Confirmation II interviews with Pastor
11,   Friday of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. & Mass
13,   Class & Community Service Hours due
        Confirmation II interviews with the pastor
17,   Holy Thursday Mass at Holy Family Parish
        Vigil service at Santuario at 10:00 p.m.
18,   Good Friday Services at Holy Family Parish
        Vigil service at Santuario at 10.00 p.m.
19,   Holy Saturday
20,   Easter Sunday: Mass attendance mandatory
        No class
23,   Reconciliation Service: Confirmation II & Parents & Sponsors

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Day, location, celebrant (2014)

Sacrament of Confirmation:

Day: Saturday
Date: April 26
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Parish: Holy Cross
Location: Santa Cruz
Celebrant: Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Letter from the Archbishop

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From the Archdiocese of Santa Fe:

Please make sure that all Confirmandi are in High School (9th - 12th grade). Although some teenagers are of "high school age", if they are 7th or 8th grade they should wait until they are in high school to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

You can start their formation in 7th and 8th grades, but they cannot be presented for Confirmation until they are in 9th grade or higher. Please do not use the loophole that they have been "promoted" to the 9th grade for the coming school year.


From the Archdiocese of Santa Fe:

Please make sure that each Confirmandi has elected an appropriate Saint's name. Not a nickname (Katie for St. Katherine). Not a funny spelling of the Saint's name (Sunteeago for Santiago). Not the name of a place or thing in the Bible (Sepulcher, Galilee, Manger). Not a newly created name splicing two Saint's names together (Juanlupe for Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe).

This should be a simple process. Each Confirmandi need to choose a Saint whose characteristics they want to emulate to grow closer to God, a Saint whom they can pray to for intercession. Not because the name sounds good; or because is the name of a friend, relative or movie star!


From the Archdiocese of Santa Fe:

Please, ensure there is only one (1) sponsor per confirmandi.

The only exception to have two sponsors is if they are the original baptismal sponsors.

Parents cannot serve as sponsors for their own children.

The qualifications to serve as sponsors are:

  • must be 16 years old
  • already confirmed in our Catholic faith
  • practicing our faith
  • if the sponsor chosen is married, the marriage must be blessed in our Catholic Church
  • people who are cohabitating cannot be sponsors

Perhaps offering a night of Reconciliation for the Confirmandi and Sponsors together could be offered. It has been noted that some sponsors are simply receiving a blessing during Communion.

First Holy Communion, Calendar 2013-2014


9/8/13        First Class
9/15/13      Class
9/22/13      Parent´s Meeting
9/29/13      Class


10/6/13      No class (Columbus Day Weekend)
10/13/13    Class
10/20/13    Class protection of children & youth
10/27/13    All Saints Mass. Parents attend class.
                  Children dress as their favorite saint.
                  Potluck at Parish Hall


11/3/13      Class
11/10/13    Class. Bring non-perishable food for Thanksgiving Baskets)
11/17/13    Class
11/24/13    No class (Thanksgiving weekend)


12/1/13      Class. First Sunday of Advent.
12/8/13      Class
12/15/13    Class
12/22/13    No class. Christmas Weeked.
12/29/13    No class. New Year´s Weekend.


1/5/14        Class. Epiphany of the Lord.
1/12/14      Class
1/19/14      Class
1/26/14      Class


2/2/14        Class
2/9/14        Class
2/16/14      No class. President's Day Holiday Weekend.
2/23/14      Class


3/2/14        Class
3/5/14        Ash Wednesday
3/9/14        Class
3/16/14      Class
3/23/14      Class
3/30/14      Class


4/6/14        Class
4/13/14      Class
4/20/14      No Class. Easter Sunday.
4/27/14      Last Class


5/4/14        1st Holy Communion / Crowning of Mary at 10:00 am Mass.

Mining the Meaning of the Bible


Mining the Meaning of the Bible. Beyond the literal word
By Sallie Latkovich, CSJ
Liguori Publications
Missouri, 2011

“A few years ago, my niece, Nancy, was about to celebrate her birthday. I wanted to get her a gift, maybe a book. Her dad asked me, ‘Do you know about any books that would help Nancy understand the Bible? She is full of questions about it.’ (...) There were lots of Bibles for kids, but no books that would help Nancy understand the Bible. So, I decided to write a book for Nancy—and for you— so we could go mining for the treasures of the Bible.” From the Foreword.

Some people read the Bible as if they were reading a local newspaper or a book written several years ago. But the Bible was written thousands of years ago. Try this: go to a library and pick up a book that was written only a hundred years ago. You will probably find that it is not easy to read, and that sometimes you don’t understand the stories and ideas, even though you may recognize the words.

The Bible was not written a hundred years ago but much, much earlier. As a matter of fact, the Bible is not one book but many books —72 books from the Book of Genesis through The Book of Revelation— written between two and three thousand years ago, although some of the stories are still older.

The Bible tells us the Word of God through the stories, traditions, laws, sufferings, dreams, proverbs, wisdom, battles, exiles, etc. of His people. Thus, it is important to know their culture, language, symbols, values, beliefs and so on in order to be able to understand the Word of God. Otherwise, we may think that God is talking when, actually, we haven’t gone beyond the stories and beliefs of the people.

The same words, symbols, numbers, stories and parables may not mean the same today as they did two thousand years ago. This doesn’t mean that the Word of God is less powerful today than when it was written. But it is important to understand why and how the Word of God was proclaimed to the people if we want to understand what the Bible tells us today.

Mining the Meaning of the Bible, a short book —63 pages in small format— written by Sister Sallie Latkovich is a simple and insightful introduction to the Bible that any person thirsty for the Word of God should read. I recommend it to candidates for confirmation, parents, sponsors, and all readers of the Bible.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98, “The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power”
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

2 Kings 5:14-17

Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean of his leprosy. Naaman returned with his whole retinue to the man of God. On his arrival he stood before Elisha and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant." Elisha replied, "As the Lord lives whom I serve, I will not take it;" and despite Naaman's urging, he still refused. Naaman said: "If you will not accept, please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth, for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the Lord."

Psalm 98: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
his right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power

The Lord has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands:
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power

2 Timothy 2:8-13

Beloved: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

Echoes of Faith

Echoes of Faith, a project of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership is the most widely used catechist/teacher formation program in North America.

Echoes of Faith includes videos that demonstrate effective catechetical approaches, methodology, and theology. Companion booklets provide the learning design for each participant and include valuable resources, reflection questions, articles, and prayers.

Over 60 renowned specialists in catechetics and theology brought their knowledge, expertise, and skills to the Echoes of Faith project.


Sept. 21, 2013: Getting Started as a Catechist.
                          San Juan Nepomuceno, El Rito
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Oct. 26, 2013: Roles of the Catechist
                        St. Patrick, Chama
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Nov. 16, 2013: Person of the Catechist
                          Santo Tomas, Abiquiu
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Dec. 14, 2013: I Believe, We believe
                         San Juan Bautista, Ohkay Owingeh
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Jan. 18, 2014: Liturgy and Sacraments
                         Holy Cross, Santa Cruz
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Feb. 15, 2014: Catholic Morality
                        Sacred Heart, Española
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March 15, 2014: Prayer and Spirituality
                            OLG, Taos
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April 19, 2014: Introduction to the Scriptures
                         St. Anthony, Questa
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There is a $10 fee for each session.