Pastor’s Reflection October 14, 2017
Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time
No one loved and respected human life more than Jesus. How do we know? As a divine person, he humbled himself, assumed a human nature, and thus became fully human. Furthermore, as an expression of love and mercy, he gave His life as a living sacrifice to save humanity. He gave until it hurt.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta was asked to speak at a National Prayer Breakfast, during the presidency of Bill Clinton. Just a few paces from President Clinton she gave a speech without any notes, straight from her heart, with a peaceful and humble spirit. She spoke like a Saint. Here are some excerpts:
“Jesus died on the Cross because that is what it took for Him to do good to us–to save us from our selfishness in sin. He gave up everything to do the Father’s will–to show us that we too must be willing to give up everything to do God’s will–to love one another as He loves each of us. If we are not willing to give whatever it takes to do good to one another, sin is still in us. That is why we too must give to each other until it hurts.”
“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life for us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of the child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.”
“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world… Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion”
“I also know there are great problems in the world–that many spouses do not love each other enough to practice natural family planning. We cannot solve all the problems in the world, but let us never bring in the worst problem of all, and that is to destroy love. And this is what happens when we tell people to practice contraception [and abortion].”
“When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But…Abortion/Contraception brings people to be spiritually poor, and that is the worst poverty and the most difficult to overcome.”
“The poor are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things. Once one of them came to thank us for teaching her natural family planning and said: ‘You people who have practiced chastity, you are the best people to teach us natural family planning because it is nothing more than self-control out of love for each other.’ And what this poor person said is very true. These poor people maybe have nothing to eat, maybe they have not a home to live in, but they can still be great people when they are spiritually rich.”
President Clinton, being pro-abortion and pro-contraception, did not have much to applaud. Sad to say, many Catholics today would side with President Clinton over Mother Theresa. Thank God for SAINT Mother Teresa! What she said is true. True love is not easy. It was not easy for Jesus. It demands everything. It also promises everything! Oh, if only every Catholic would take to heart the words of our modern-day Saint about the sanctity of life and sexuality, we could profoundly enrich our spiritually poor culture and bring light and healing where there is ever expanding darkness and pain!
Your Servant in Christ, Fr. Staples
Pray for Our Sick & Other Special Needs
Please Contact: 888-456-HOPE or INFO@helpafterabortion.org
Mass Intentions for Two Weeks
(Oct 13 – Oct 19) (Oct 20 – Oct 26)
Sat 5:00pm Colonel Robert Wilson Parishioners
Sun: 8:00am Parishioners +Roger Staples
10:30am +David Villers +Helen Prokupek
Mon: 8:30am + Erwin & Ilsa Kemp Peggy Newman
Tue: 8:30am Ann-Marie Riesenberger +Vaughn Shuler
Wed: 12:15PM Elizabeth Harbin +Patrick John McDowell
Fri: 12:15pm +Lena Simmons Elizabeth Harbin
“Sadly, we live in a nation where the poor, the weak, the elderly, the inmate, the immigrant and persons with disabilities are not always afforded the dignity that is theirs as children of God; and it is to this world that we are sent as messengers of the Gospel of Life.”
Please contact the office for information on how you can physically help some of our disabled folks – Payment will be included.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with pro-life advocacy and events throughout the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, visit our website to get in touch with the Respect Life Office.
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” No one wants to turn away from the Lord sad. Bring this question to Him in prayer, and He will give you the grace to respond with a joyful “yes” to what He asks. Consider following Christ more closely as a priest or in consecrated life. Call Fr. Michael Isenberg at (703) 841-2514, or write: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIOCESAN POLICIES on child protection and responses to the crisis from Bishop Burbidge and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at www.arlingtondiocese.org/childprotection
PRAY for OUR PRIESTS with PRAYER CARDS in the GATHERING AREA – take one, they’re free.
You’re invited to join Catholics nationwide in celebrating Respect Life Month this October with the message “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent”! Learn more at www.usccb.org/respectlife
CHRISTMAS REHEARSELS have begun with our choir. Wouldn’t you like to sing for Baby Jesus? If so, I would love to hear from you.
email@example.com Jane Klopp, Music Director
Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces
Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers and Altar Servers
Saturday Readers: Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda (EM)
Oct 13 Ushers: John & John Robert Clemente
5:00PM Altar Servers: Isaac, Adrian and Vince
Sunday Readers: James Dillon, Louis Monticello (EM)
Oct 14 Ushers: Romie Powell, Mark Hogan
8:00am Altar Servers: Daniel , Joseph & Abby
Sunday Readers: Carolyn Comes, Karen Primeau (EM)
Oct 14 Ushers: Craig Lawson, Scott Johnson
10:30am Altar Servers: Danni , Jackson
Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans
Saturday Readers: Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)
Oct 20 Ushers: John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin
5:00PM Altar Servers: Eric & Matthew, Isaac
Sunday Readers: James Dillon, No One Available (EM)
Oct 21 Ushers: Aubrey Treakle, Mike Monticello
8:00am Altar Servers: Daniel, John, Jamie
Sunday Readers: Jesse Evans, Karen Primeau (EM)
Oct 21 Ushers: Ron Lloyd & Craig Lawson
10:30am Altar Servers: Christopher & Peter , Joseph
Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury
October is Respect Life Month. Please pray for those lives that are Cherished, Chosen & Sent.
THE WOMEN’S CLUB Christmas Bazaar Work Sessions will be, Friday, October 19th & October 26th in the basement rectory. We are also looking for someone who can help with cookie decorating. Please contact Barb Mosticone (phone # on front of bulletin) if interested.
After meeting with Fr. Staples regarding a Baptism or Wedding Date, it is imperative to CONTACT THE OFFICE for completion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE CLASS: Monday’s from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. &
from 7:00 p.m.to 8:45 p.m. Last class on 10/15/2018
RCIA CLASS: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m
OCTOBER FOOD PANTRY
Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, pumpkin pie filling
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FEATURES
Keep Christ in Christmas Card Sale in the Gathering Area
Science & Faith Mini-Series given by Steven Hemler
Proclaiming the Reality of God: Scientific & Human Evidence of God’s Existence on 11/03/18
Which is True? Creation, Evolution, or Both?
Both are after the 5p.m. Mass on Saturday followed with a Pot Luck Dinner
All are Welcome!!!
Renewmarriage-vanorth.org or 703-646-1521
A Sign Up Sheet is Available in the Gathering area for:
THE YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION OF THE MAGNIFICAT and/or MAGNIFIKID
TOLTON: FROM SLAVE TO PRIEST
“Tolton: From Slave to Priest”, from St. Luke Productions, tells the incredible true story of Servant of God, Fr. Augustus Tolton.
A powerful live, one-man multimedia performance given by actor, Jim Coleman and presented at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria on November 15-18, 2018.
Meet Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest. From his dramatic escape from slavery to his courageous struggle in the face of prejudice, Fr. Tolton’s inspiring life centers around his message of reconciliation and hope. Seats are FREE and must be reserved in advance. Reserve seats/learn more @ www.arlingtondiocese.org/tolton
- ISIDORE FOOD DRIVE for the Love Outreach Food Pantry in Orange, VA will begin Saturday, October 6th until November 25, 2018. The requested items are: Jelly & Peanut Butter; Hot & Cold Cereal; Crackers & Canned Chicken; Canned Soup & Stew; Canned Peas, Carrots, Spinach, and Greens; Canned Tomato Products; Pasta & Pasta Sauce; and Juice Boxes. PLEASE NO CANDY OR COOKIES.