Pastor’s Reflection, March 3, 2019

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

For this week’s bulletin blurb, I will yield to our good Bishop, Michael Burbidge, who in a very succinct way reminds us of the profound purpose and grave importance of the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA). This collection is crucial to the operation of our entire diocese, and at the same time, on a daily basis, it aids and enhances our ability to flourish as a parish community in Orange, Virginia.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) supports the work of our diocese through programs and ministries that provide spiritual, charitable and educational assistance to men, women and children in our parishes. The theme for this year’s appeal is “Together in the Light of Christ.”

Christ our Light has truly conquered the darkness! Your participation in the BLA is a profound way to share Christ’s light with others, not only in your words, but also through the corporal works of mercy.

I respectfully ask you to consider making a gift to this year’s BLA to help continue to spread the love of Jesus Christ throughout our diocese. All BLA donations are treated as restricted gifts and are used for the sole benefit of the programs and ministries described in the appeal materials and on the diocesan website.

Please know of my sincere gratitude to the many of you who have given in the past to this appeal. With God’s grace and your generous support, we will keep Christ’s light shining brightly in our parishes, schools, families and communities.

Be assured of my prayers for you and your families.

May Our Lord Jesus bless you abundantly during this sacred Season of Lent and always.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington


I hope we will all rally “Together in the Light of Christ” to bring God’s love to the people of our Diocese by generously supporting this most worthy cause.


Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Terry Staples


Mass Intentions for Two Weeks

                          (Mar 02 – Mar 08)                 (Mar 09 – Mar 15)

Sat 9:00am (1st Saturday) +Jean Dalton                      N/A                                

Sat     5:00pm     +Amy Palmieri                The Lewis Family

Sun:   8:00am        +Gino Serritti               Parishioners

        10:30am             Parishioners               +Linda Treakle

Mon:  8:30am             Claire Behnke                             OPEN

Tue:    8:30am       +Paul Stein                  Women of Grace & Families

Wed: 12:15pm      +Robert Twist               +William White

Wed:   7:00pm         +Linda Treakle                              N/A

Fri:   12:15pm         +Michel Curry             +Irma & +Maurice O’Neill


Sunday Offering – February 24, 2019

Regular:                    $3721.25         Catholic Herald:        $87.00

Votive Candles:      $14.05              Poor Box:                     $5.25


March Food Pantry- Peas, Hamburger Helper, Applesauce


Book of Acts Bible Study

Every Monday 9:15am – 11:00am or 7:00pm – 8:45pm

The study will be cancelled ONLY if Orange County Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


Join us Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:30pm

For Shrove Tuesday                          

Last year’s palms must be burned or buried, not thrown in the trash. Please place your palms in the basket in the Gathering Area. We will burn last year’s palms at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 5th, with a Pancake Supper provided by the Knights of Columbus following. Please use the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area to RSVP.


Lenten Opportunities:


Confession:                                                6:30pm-8:00pm

Adoration Holy Hour:                                    7:00pm-8:00pm


Stations of the Cross:                              6:30pm-7:00pm

Soup Supper                                               7:00pm-8:30pm

**Catholic Relief Services “rice bowls” have been distributed to all CCD students and extra “rice bowls” are available in the Gathering Area to collect your loose change for almsgiving during Lent.            

Please return rice bowls by Easter.


If you can’t make it to our Soup Suppers and want to get a meal to go, get yourself to St. Jude’s in Mineral

Friday Lenten Supper served from 4:30pm-7:30pm

Fish – Fried or baked on the grill or shrimp

Also includes hush puppies, mac & cheese or fries,

Coleslaw or applesauce, and homemade desserts.                                                   

Adults- $10 and Children- $5 / Dine-in or carry-out!

A nice meal to share with your neighbors.

Located at 1937 Davis Highway in Mineral, VA


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, Blake Bethune, Dinoo Billimoria, Eliza Blazek, Kenny Blazek, Joan Bond, Mark Bond, Mel Bond, Ronnie Bond, Jennifer Bowman, CJ Brown, Declan Burke, Weston Bye, Logan Cannon, Eve Casella, Nathaniel Capps, John Chebuske, Bruce & Diane Clark, Harold Coldren, Adam Colvin, Joseph Craft, Ed Cyrus, Mike Daddezio, Kathy Davis, Leonard Deeds, Caitlyn Dodd, Therese Donofrio, John A. Dormer, Jackie Early, Millard Edwards, Jennifer Ernst, Jeannie Fedorek, Jack Firiollo, Maureen Flanagan, Chris Fursman, Peggy Gaines, Shane Garner, Amy Gentry, Susan Gray, Vicky Gunnett, Alice Gunning, Elizabeth & Ernest Harbin, Donna & Chester Hart, Edward Heynoski, Terri Hibbs, Alice Honenberger, Alice Houska, Devin Humes, Alverna Hylton, Carol Johnson, Victoria Kavanaugh, Nora Lloyd, Barbara Lonick, Sherry Martin, Brian McHugh, Kim Metzer, Michael Miller, Stephanie Minter, Dana Mosticone, Peggy Newman, Retta Noto, Jackie Olsen, Julie Pais, Barbara Pfeiffer, Bernadette Pontious, Sarah Ponton, Pauline Przybocki, Michael Rebar, Owen, Brittney and Annie Reed, Samuel Reeve, Hope Ritz, Jim Roberts, Abby Rundle, Oscar Scott, Linda Sorrentino Alex Staples, Mike Staples, Tim Staples, Barbara Strogis, Theresa & Colton, Mimi Voissem, Tara Von Kuhn, Margaret Ward, Thad Weaver, Betty Wilson, Marie Young, Theresa Zanettis  

In Memoriam: Barry Mangum and Linda Treakle  


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 Thadeous 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                            SPC Paul Williams III


A Pro-Life Opportunity

You have an amazing opportunity to pre-screen the movie Unplanned before it hits theaters nationally. Reserve your complimentary ticket on March 28th for the 7:00 pm screening and bring your friends to support ThriVe Women’s Healthcare of Central Virginia (formerly The Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia). Help us raise funds for our centers and get the word out about what the nation’s leading abortion provider is doing behind their doors.

This promises to be an evening you won’t forget!

 Unplanned Movie Pre-Screen Details:

Date: March 28, 2019

Where: Regal Stonefield, 1954 Swanson Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901

Time: Doors Open at 6:00 pm, Show time: 7:00 pm

-Tickets must be reserved in advanced and tickets are limited, first come, first serve. No one under 18 admitted due to the “R” rating.



Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday   Readers/EM:     Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)          

Mar 02      Ushers:         John Clemente & John Robert Clemente

5:00pm     Altar Servers:   Grace, Isaac & Vince


Sunday      Readers/EM: James Dillon, Louise Monticello (EM)

Mar 03      Ushers:         Romie Powell & Aubrey Treakle

8:00am     Altar Servers:  Eric & Matthew, Jamie


Sunday      Readers/EM: Jesse Evans, Karen Primeau (EM)

Mar 03      Ushers:         Ron Lloyd & David Bowman

1030am     Altar Servers: Joseph, Peter & Christopher

                    Counters:    John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans


Ash Wednesday – 3/06

12:15pm      Readers/EM:   James Dillon, Pat Harbin (EM)

7:00 pm    Readers/EM:   Carolyn Comes, Karen Primeau (EM)


Saturday   Reader/EM:     Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda (EM)

Mar 9       Ushers:           John Phelps & John Robert Clemente

5:00pm   Altar Servers:     Grace, Abby & Joseph


Sunday  Readers/EM: Charlcie Fielding, Louise Monticello(EM)                        

Mar 10        Ushers:             Mike Monticello & Gordon Genovese

8:00am   Altar Servers:     Shane, Eric & Matthew


Sunday     Readers/EM:     Carolyn Comes, Jesse Evans (EM)                           

Mar 10       Ushers:             Scott Johnson & Craig Lawson  

10:30am   Altar Servers:    Jackson, Christopher & Peter

                   Counters:         Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury


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


2019 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal ~ Together in the Light of Christ

This weekend every household in our parish will be asked to complete a Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) pledge form at Mass. The BLA provides an opportunity to unite as a Catholic family and support programs, ministries and services that no single individual or parish could offer by itself. After reflecting upon the many blessings that God has given you, please prayerfully consider making a pledge of support to this important appeal that furthers the Mission of Jesus Christ in our diocese. Your gift is very important! Every donation, regardless of the amount, is vital to the success of the BLA.


EPIPHANY CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN CULPEPER  is hosting an Open House on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Tour the school, meet the teachers and enjoy light refreshments.  Information about enrollment and tuition assistance will be available. Door prizes will include three $50 Walmart gift cards, but you must be present to win. Please make plans to join us! The school is located at 1211 East Grandview Avenue, Culpeper.

Contact the school @ or

540-825-9017 for more information.


CHARLOTTESVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL is currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year for grade Pre-K through 8th. For more information email or call 434-964-0400.


MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL HIGH SCHOOL in Fredericksburg is open for applications for the 2019-20 school year. Please contact: 540-548-8748 for more information.


Called & Chosen 8th Grade Event with Bishop Burbidge

All 8th grader students in the diocese are invited to the

Go Forth: Called & Chosen event with Bishop Burbidge on Tuesday, March 5, at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas.

The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a

vocations rally, Mass, and lunch, and concludes by 1:30 p.m.

All 8th graders must be accompanied by an adult;

space is limited to 8th graders and their chaperones.

Please arrive early so all can be seated before 10:00.

For more information contact the Office of Vocations or 703-841-2514.

(8th grade students in Catholic schools will be coming

with their classes.)