Every first day of the year we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. The entire Church gives
honor to the mystery of Theotokos. Western and Eastern Communities of the Church sing the joyful song of praise to God
as thanksgiving for the gift of the Blessed Virgin. On this day in the Eastern Church a special hymn is sung called Akathist:
“An Archangel was sent from Heaven to say to the Mother of God: Rejoice! And seeing Thee, O Lord, taking bodily form,
he was amazed and with his bodiless voice he stood crying to her such things as these:
• Rejoice, thou through whom joy will flash forth!
• Rejoice, thou through whom the curse will cease!
• Rejoice, revival of fallen Adam!
• Rejoice, redemption of the tears of Eve!
• Rejoice, height hard to climb for human thoughts!
• Rejoice, depth hard to contemplate even for the eyes of Angels!
• Rejoice, thou who art the King's throne!
• Rejoice, thou who bearest Him who bears all!
• Rejoice, star that causest the Sun to appear!
• Rejoice, womb of the divine incarnation!
• Rejoice, thou through whom creation becomes new!
• Rejoice, thou through whom the Creator becomes a babe!
• Rejoice, unwedded bride!”
The Mother of God embraced her vocation in a perfect way. Her “fiat” made her a perfect steward of the many blessings
January 1, 2017 • Mary, Mother of God
We Are Excited to Announce the Launch of Our
New Website, Parish App and Facebook Page!
Our website is a great way to stay informed of par ish news and events. See what’s happening by clicking on the
Calendar and News buttons. The site also features information on Adult and Children Faith Formation, Youth Ministry and
Outreach programs. Click on the Ministries page to learn about the many wonderful ministries we have at the parish. Go to
www.paxchristi.org to Be Informed! Be Faithful! and Be Involved!
We are pleased to launch our new parish app. To download, text App to 88202 or go to myparishapp.com/appstore.
Download myParish App and select Pax Christi Catholic Church after opening. Some of the basic features of the app are
messages to keep you up to date with what is going on in the parish. You can see our calendar which features upcoming
events with details, time and location. And you can share and add the event to your personal calendar all right within the
You will have available at your fingertips the daily Mass readings provided by the USCCB, the latest Catholic news provid-
ed by the Catholic News Agency, a full list of traditional Catholic prayers with the ability to set reminders for any of them
for your own daily prayer time and our weekly bulletins to read while you’re on the go.
Volunteers will be available after all the Masses the weekend of January 7th/8th to answer any questions you have about how
it works and the features available for your use.
Check out our Facebook page for information on par ish programs, events and Catholic news. Just go to https://
Mary, Mother of God -2- January 1, 2017
What’s Happening at Our Parish...
“Called & Gifted”
Do you know what Spiritual Gifts are?
Do you know what YOURS are?
They are called “Charisms” and you received them at your Baptism and Confirmation! Charisms are meant to be used in the
service of others and bring joy to you. Learn more about Charisms and begin the discernment process for determining your
Spiritual Gifts at the upcoming:
“Called & Gifted” Workshop
Presented by The Catherine of Siena Institute
Friday, January 6, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, January 7, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Great Hall in the Chr isti Center
Price: $45.00 (all mater ials, refreshment and lunch on Saturday included)
To Register: Contact Ginger Giesen, Director of Discipleship at email@example.com or (720) 419-0126
***Spots will be filled quickly on a first come first serve basis.***
Discovering a Deeper Relationship
with the Holy Spirit
Join Father Dave Pivonka, TOR in this incredible 14-part
video series which is awakening God’s love and transform-
ing power in the hearts of all who participate. Discover the
Holy Spirit who has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ
who leads us to our heavenly Father.
This adventure consists of Father Dave speaking on an
attribute of the Holy Spirit, practical application on how to
respond to the Holy Spirit and testimonies of people from
across the country whose lives have been impacted by the
Spirit of God.
Join the Study taking place on Wednesdays from 9:45am -
11:00am, beginning January 11, 2017, in the Great Hall
To Register, contact Ginger Giesen, Director of
Discipleship, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 419-0126.
Pax Christi Catholic Church -3- Littleton, CO
SAVE THE DATE ~ WINTER 2017 Adult Faith Formation OFFERINGS!
Registration Open Immediately
Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism: The Pivotal Players ~ The Pivotal Players showcases a handful of saints,
artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of western civilization.
Learn how they influenced the life of every Catholic. Journey with Bishop Barron to Assisi, Rome, Siena, Florence
and London to explore the lives and lasting influence of these Pivotal Players:
ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI ~ ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ~ ST. CATHERINE of SIENA
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN ~ G.K. CHESTERTON ~ MICHELANGELO
Date and Time: Tuesday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30am, Thirteen Sessions, Beginning January 10 – April 4, 2017.
Participant Guide required (order directly from www.wordonfire.org), $24.95 plus shipping.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible! If you would like to have a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding
of your faith, then join us for Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible helps you uncover the story woven through Scripture with its clever narrative approach
and ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way to get the “big picture” of the Bible and see how our Catholic
Faith is rooted in Scripture. You’ll see how the Bible reveals God’s loving plan for your life, and you will learn helpful ways
to put your faith into practice. The study includes a series of eight informative and engaging half-hour videos presented by
Jeff Cavins. Each video will be followed by a lively group discussion.
Date and Time: Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Eight Sessions, January 31 – March 21, 2017. Participant
Guide required (order directly from www.ascensionpress.com) $19.95 plus shipping.
For more information and to register for any of these great Adult Faith Formation programs,
please contact Ginger Giesen at email@example.com or 720-419-0126.
Original Olive Wood Handicrafts from Bethlehem
January 14th & 15th after all Masses
Nativity Sets – Creches – Rosaries – Statuettes – Christmas Ornaments – Home, Office and Church Décor
From Bethlehem in the Holy Land, the Bannoura family of Bethlehem Handicrafts imports products from the Christian
community of Bethlehem. They are pleased to share their family story and trade to all those who will be present after all
Masses on January 14th & 15th.
As Joseph taught Christ the trade of carpentry in Nazareth, the Bannoura family passed the trade of olive wood artisanship
from generation to generation until the present. They take great pride in this distinct and traditional craft, which is one of
the principal sources of income for the small but resilient Christian community.
Each item for sale is handcrafted from olive wood with care and precision. Any number of items
ranging from Nativity sets to Christmas ornaments will make ideal Christmas gifts for family,
friends and coworkers. Other items such as statuettes and rosary beads will make for excellent
Baptismal, First Communion and Confirmation gifts throughout the year.
For more information and to view available products, please visit
Faith Formation and School News
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Pax Christi Catholic Church has subscr ibed to a dynamic new online platform called FORMED. Every par ishioner
will have 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone and tablet with inter-
net access. This is our free gift to you!
With FORMED, you’ll find video programs that explain the Catholic faith, explore the deepest meaning of marriage,
receive Bible studies on a variety of topics and includes inspiring audio talks. And you’ll find presenters like Dr. Tim Gray,
Dr. Edward Sri, Dr. Mary Healey, Chris Stefanick, Dr. Scott Hahn, Bishop Robert Barron.
There are full length feature movies from Ignatius Press; great for Family Nights! Complete books to be downloaded to
your Kindle or as a pdf. All are a part of our parish subscription. It truly is the Catholic faith - on demand!
Here’s how easy it is to get FORMED: Go to www.FORMED.org. You should see the registration box for par ishion-
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