Pastor’s Reflection , December 09, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
At every Mass following the Lord’s prayer we say, “Deliver us Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” This is a great Advent prayer!! In this holy season we await the “joyful hope” – the coming of our Savior. But what exactly is the virtue of hope? Fr. John Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary defines hope as,
“The confident desire of obtaining a future good that is difficult to attain. It is therefore a desire, which implies seeking and pursuing; some future good that is not yet possessed but wanted, unlike fear that shrinks from a future evil. This future good draws out a person’s volition. Hope is confident that what is desired will certainly be attained. It is the opposite of despair. Yet it recognizes that the object wanted is not easily obtained and that it requires effort to overcome whatever obstacles stand in the way.”
The two great enemies of Christian hope are despair and presumption. Despair is the anticipation of nonfulfillment. Presumption is a false confidence in self which excludes the need for God’s help and mercy. Despair and presumption steal from our soul the strength and joy that we as God’s children are meant to possess as the fruit of the wonderful virtue of joyful hope. Our battle against the vices of presumption and despair can only be won by perseverance in prayer. When you think about it, true prayer is simply the expression and exercise of the virtue of hope. Humble and confident prayer acknowledges both our need for God and an expectation of fulfillment. Thus, it counters the great enemies of the soul: presumption and despair.
This Advent, I pray we all grow in the virtue of “joyful hope” through our commitment to perseverance in prayer. It’s the perfect time to frequently make simple, prayerful, acts of hope, such as:
“My God, I hope in You, for grace [divine help to overcome all trials] and for glory [eternal happiness], because of Your promises, Your mercy and Your power. Amen.”
We all need to fight against the destructive and crippling vices of despair and presumption which are always lurking nearby. In the face of great temptation to despair, the prophet Isaiah captures the power and beauty of the virtue of hope: “Be comforted, be comforted, my people. . . . But they that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall take wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Is 40:1,31).
I leave you with the great “Advent prayer” we say at every Mass. This would be a good prayer to commit to memory and repeat often in this holy season: “Deliver us Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” Happy Advent!
Your Servant in Christ,
Prayer list for our sick and other special Needs
Muriel Ackerman, Leah Adam, Matthew Adam, Nadia Anderson, Taylor Auth, Steve Barberio, Carmen Befumo, Joe Befumo, Paula Befumo, Stephen Bergstrom, Len Besterman, Dinoo Billimoria, Eliza Blazek, Kenny Blazek, Joan Bond, Mark Bond, Mel Bond, Ronnie Bond, CJ Brown, Weston Bye, Logan Cannon, Eve Casella, Nathaniel Capps, John Chebuske, Bruce & Diane Clark, Adam Colvin, Joseph Craft, Ed Cyrus, Mike Daddezio, Leonard Deeds, Caitlyn Dodd, Therese Donofrio, John A. Dormer, Jackie Early, David Edwards, Jennifer Ernst, Jeannie Fedorek, Jack Firiollo, Maureen Flanagan, Chris Fursman, Shane Garner, Amy Gentry, Susan Gray, Vicky Gunnett, Alice Gunning, Elizabeth & Ernest Harbin, Donna & Chester Hart, Theresa Heynoski, Terri Hibbs, Alice Houska, Devin Humes, Alverna Hylton, Carol Johnson, Nora Lloyd, Barbara Lonick, Barry Mangum, Sherry Martin, Brian McHugh, Kim Metzer, Michael Miller, Dana Mosticone, Peggy Newman, Retta Noto, Jackie Olsen, Julie Pais, Barbara Pfeiffer, Bernadette Pontious, Sarah Ponton, Pauline Przybocki, Michael Rebar, Samuel Reeve, Hope Ritz, Jim Roberts, Jackie Rodriguez, Abby Rundle, Oscar Scott, Linda Sorrentino Alex Staples, Mike Staples, Tim Staples, Barbara Strogis, Linda Treakle, Mimi Voissem, Tara Von Kuhn, Margaret Ward, Thad Weaver, Marie Young
CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE
….Spread the Christmas cheer! Social Hall….
Sunday, December 23rd directly following the 8:00AM Mass. Bring 2 dozen of your favorite Christmas goodies. Take home 2 dozen different goodies that someone else made!
CHRISTMAS CAROLERS NEEDED
Have you been singing Christmas carols since July? This is the moment you have been rehearsing for! All voices are welcome to join the St. Isidore Carolers as we visit parishioner homes & sing carols on Sunday, December 23rd. We will meet in the Social Hall around 9:30 following the Cookie Exchange. More instructions will be given at that time.
CHRISTMAS CAROLERS’ VISIT JUST FOR YOU
Please sign up in the gathering area if you’d like to be visited by the St. Isidore Carolers on Sunday, December 23rd. The Carolers will call you prior to visiting with an estimated time frame of their arrival.
Mass Intentions for Two Weeks
(Dec 8 – Dec 14) (Dec 15 – Dec 21)
Sat 5:00pm +Annabelle Massey +Jimmy Williams
Sun: 8:00am Betty Woodward Parishioners
10:30am Parishioners Eleanor Shedlock
Mon: 8:30am open Craig Barber
Tue: 8:30am +Bill & +Adrienne Foshay +Mary Abeyta
Wed:12:15PM +Paul Dolenc +Charles Arruda
Fri: 12:15pm +Dorothy C. Parker OPEN
Who do you say that I am?” The One who calls is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Are you called to follow Him as a priest, deacon, brother or sister? Call Fr. Michael Isenberg at (703) 841-2514, or write: m.isenberg@arlingtondiocese
Sunday Offering December 2, 2018
Weekly parish budget requirement = $5,000
Regular: $4851.00 Building Fund: $965.00
Votive Candles: $27.00 Poor Box: $846.00
It is A VERY GOOD IDEA to confirm dates with the office after speaking with Father about any Sacrament.
Please contact Fr. Staples if you’d like to personally speak with him regarding abuse within the Church.
Prayer List for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces
PFC Jarad Anderson USA PFC Taylor Auth USMC
CAPT William Blickle, IV USA SGT Marc Bowman USMC
Brian Collins PO Chad Crawford USN
LT Richard Day, III USA A1C Stetsin Fielding USAF
ENSN David Joubert CAPT Thaddeus Larkin USA
COL Jason Loschinskey USAF PFC Ryan McWilliams USA
LCPL Zachary Mitchell USMC SFC Harrison Newton USA
CAPT Gretchen Pace USA MAJ Aaron Pauli USAF
CDR Eric Pauli USN SPC5 Robert Pauli USA
MAJ William Pauli USAF E3 Kevin Phillips USN
MSGT Matthew Phillips USAF 2nd LT Kiara Pontious
CAPT Mitchell Przybocki USAF LT Daniel Robey USN
SK1 Angel Semerling USCG BM2 Lewis Semerling USCG
PO3 Sabrina Slack USCG ET1 Christopher Stone USN
SPC Gregory A. Sublett USA SSG John D. Sublett USA
2nd LT Edward Von Kuhn CPL Knox Walters USMC
CAPT Evan Weaver USA CWO4 John Weaver USA
PVT Daniel Young USA
Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers
Saturday Readers: Ray Lonick, Patricia Harbin (EM)
Dec 08 Ushers: John & John Robert Clemente
5:00PM Altar Servers: Isaac, Adrian & Vince
Sunday Readers: Pete Zahn, Louis Monticello (EM)
Dec 09 Ushers: Mark Hogan & Gordon Genovese
8:00am Altar Servers: John, Jamie, & Shane
Sunday Readers: Carolyn Comes, Karen Primeau (EM)
Dec 09 Ushers: Ron Lloyd & David Bowman
10:30am Altar Servers: Joseph, Jackson, & Danni
Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury
Saturday Readers: Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda (EM)
Dec 15 Ushers: John Phelps & Patricia Harbin
5:00PM Altar Servers: Eric, Matthews, & Isaac
Sunday Readers: Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)
Dec 16 Ushers: Romie Powell & Scott Johnson
8:00am Altar Servers: Jamie, Abby, & Joseph
Sunday Readers: Carolyn Comes, Joyce Cyrus (EM)
Dec 16 Ushers: Craig Lawson & Scott Johnson
10:30am Altar Servers: Christopher, Peter, & Shane
Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans
Give a Gift for Life this Christmas
Post-Abortion Healing – Project Rachel
Pregnancy Assistance – Gabriel Project
Donate online at: www.arlingtondiocese.org/giftforlife
Mail a check payable to CDA – Gift for Life
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Catholic Diocese of Arlington, PO BOX 1960, Merrifield, VA 22116-1960
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PAUL STEFAN FOUNDATION CELEBRATION
The Paul Stefan Foundation appreciates your kindness & generosity as a volunteer & supporter. Without you we cannot survive!! Please join us for a Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 21st, 12pm – 2pm at the Regional Maternity Housing and Educational Center, 120 Caroline Street, Orange VA 22960. Appetizers, desserts and homemade hot chocolate will be served. Please RSVP by December 19th to: 540-854-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tens of thousands of men, women and families are served annually by Catholic Charities. Please support the 2018 Annual Parish Christmas Collection for Catholic Charities this weekend or visit www.ccda.net to learn more and make a yearend gift.
MAKE A GIFT THROUGH A TAX-FREE IRA GIFT
Why is this important? This provision allows individuals age 70 ½ or older to make tax-free gifts from an IRA directly to a parish, school or the Diocese. To complete, please contact your IRA provider for exact instructions. Such gifts usually take a few weeks to transact
Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Have you ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage?
Fr. Staples is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 7-18, 2019, and a $500 deposit reserves your spot. The height of the trip will be a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but you will also visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses was laid to rest; the ancient city of Petra, Nazareth, where you will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’s well; Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus; and Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where married couples will have the opportunity to renew their vows. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Staples at:
540-672-4933, ext. 5 or email@example.com
Victim Assistance Program for Those Sexually Abused as Minors
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington provides comprehensive assistance to anyone who as a minor was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, teacher, employee or representative of the diocese. Parents, guardians, children and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, who will provide support, consultation, and referrals. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington is committed to assisting victims/survivors throughout the healing process.
For further information, see www.arlingtondiocese.org/Child-Protection/ or call (703) 841-2530
You will turn to us, O God, and restore our life, and your people shall rejoice in you. Ps 85