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calla lily clipart potluck 876842 749328CHASTITY:


The virtue and vocation of chastity is essential to love in all its forms. Chastity means “the successful integration of sexuality within the person,” (CCC, no. 2337) and thus the attainment of self-mastery and genuine freedom in the sexual arena of human action. It is “a virtue that allows us to do what isright, good, and truly loving in the areas of relationship and sexuality” (Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living, 7). Chastity integrates our internal desires for sexual pleasure into our overall pursuit of moral excellence and holiness. Chastity may be “an unpopularword,” but as Pope Francis has indicated, love is chaste (June 21, 2015). “All of us in lifehave gone through moments in which this virtue has been very difficult,but it is in fact the way of genuine love, of a love that is able to give life,which does not seek to use the other for one’s own pleasure” (Pope Francis, June 21, 2015).

Roots of Latinos in America

The roots of the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. go back to colonial times when most of the country’s southern flank was under Spanish rule. The first Mass celebrated in what is now the U.S. took place in 1569 in St. Augustine, Florida, under Spanish auspices. The Hispanic/Latino presence took on a whole new dimension in the 1840s with the annexation of half of Mexico’s territory to the United States as a result of the Mexican-American War. The new border crossed entire populations from big and small towns, as the Mexican-American presence was born in what is now the American West and Southwest. In 1898 the Spanish-American War led to the annexation of Puerto Rico, adding its population to the growing number of U.S. citizens of Hispanic/Latino descent.

—Excerpt from “Hispanic/Latino Presence in the USA,” courtesy of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church



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Weekly Parish Calendar

  Sept. 22: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  Sept. 23: Eucharistic Holy Hour at St. Mary's beginning at 5 pm followed by dinner
  Sept. 25: Faith Formation beginning at 6 pm at St. Mary's
 Sept. 27th - September 29th: White Elephant Sale at Ave Maria Parish Center in Lexington.  All are welcome.  A deal for eveyone!  9 am - 3 pm, Friday and Saturday.  Sunday: 9am - 1 pm. Remember, Sneek Preview on Thursday, September 26th beginning at 5:00 pm.  Admission of $5.00.
 September 29th: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Organ Concert at 3 pm at St. Mary's. A blessings of the new organ will precede the concert.

Weekly Highlights

Organ Concert


There will be a blessing of the new organ at St. Mary's on Sunday, September 29th at 3 pm followed by a Organ concert.  The new organs were donationed in memory of John and Frances Hughes by their daughter Elizabeth Hughes-Staniszewski.  All are welcome to hear the beautiful music.

MAlogoAve Maria Parish Mission Statement

Ave Maria Parish is a Catholic faith community who welcomes all people to our Christian family. We are disciples and sacramental followers of Jesus Christ. In our chosen vocations, we call upon the Blessed Mother’s intercession and recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to carry out God’s work.

We strive to grow together in holiness through prayer, reception of the sacraments, faith formation and evangelization. Through the grace of God, we extend ourselves to each other and our community to proclaim the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.