Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory,
my understanding, and my entire will,
all that I have and possess.
You have given all to me.
To you, O Lord, I return it.
All is Yours, dispose of it wholly
according to your will.
Give me Your love and Your grace,
for this is sufficient for me.
Welcome, Exchange Students!
This weekend we will have the opportunity to greet the Spanish students in our Exchange Program. On their first day in the U.S. they will attend our Sunday Social as a way to thank the whole parish family for the great opportunity they have of sharing three weeks with us.
Their presence is also a blessing for our parish family giving us the opportunity to practice hospitality and to enrich our experience of the catholicity of the Church. Moreover, it is the first step in building an exchange program between Queen of Apostles school and Stella Maris school in Spain that will benefit the two schools, both managed by the Disciples.
The biblical tradition exhorted the Israelites and the early Christians to practice hospitality to those in need, which in the end allowed them to receive God’s own welcome into His family life in heaven. The theme of our 50th anniversary celebration was “Giving thanks, bearing fruit”. Hospitality is one of these fruits in our parish family; we are called to be a welcoming home for pilgrims seeking God.
The presence of these students from Spain also enriches our experience of the Church’s catholicity, or universality. Serving at Queen of Apostles has been an enriching experience for the Disciples as we’ve grown in appreciation for how our shared faith is lived in the United States. In the same way, we would like to enrich the parish family by building relations with the broader family of the Disciples in Colorado, Spain and Italy. We are a large family and we enjoy meeting other family members living overseas where the common faith is lived and celebrated in different ways. Through the Exchange Program we will be in contact with faithful Catholics from Spain who will share with us their faith experience, challenges and hopes.
As we open our homes we experience what it means to be stewards of God’s gifts and disciples following Jesus in communion with others. In this way, the Exchange Program fits within our parish vision and mission; opening our homes to others is an excellent way for us to enrich our family life.
Finally, this program is the first step in an ambitious plan to send students from Queen of Apostles parish to Spain, making it a true “exchange”. As I conclude, I would like to recognize our parishioners’ great generosity and openness. It has been delightful to put together this program having the support and readiness of each person I approached asking for help. Thanks to you all, an amazing program has been created visiting museums, the National Archives, the White House… and many other activities to learn about American society, sports, history, life and culture.
Saturday Vigil Masses:
5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (Spanish)
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (no 6:30 a.m. Mass on Federal Holidays)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Weekdays: After the 6:30 a.m. Mass
Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 4-5:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday at 7 a.m. through Saturday at 7:45 a.m., in the Adoration Chapel
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS