Pastor’s Reflection for February 02, 2020

The Presentation of Our Lord

The Jewish Law at the time of Jesus stipulated that every first-born male child had to be dedicated or presented to God in the Temple forty days after their birth. Today, we celebrate the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by Mary and Joseph forty days after his birth. The question naturally arises: What does this ritual mean for us? What did it mean for Mary and Joseph?

First, God instituted this ritual as a reminder of the great deliverance that was graciously and miraculously bestowed upon Israel in the event of the Passover (cf. Exodus 13). As you may recall, all the first-born of both man and beast in Egypt were struck dead by the judgment of God as a result of the Pharaoh’s enslavement of the Jews and his refusal to allow them to freely practice their religion. God protected from this curse his chosen people who faithfully celebrated the ritual of the Passover Meal as God had directed them through his prophet Moses. Thus, the practice of the Presentation of the first born, served as a reminder to God’s people that they owed their freedom and their very lives to God who delivered them from bondage, saved them from death and demonstrated so forcefully his love and providential care for the people he had chosen to be his own.

Secondly, the Presentation was a ritual of purification for the mother. Mary and Joseph in order to fulfill the Law brought their gift of two turtledoves to be offered to God in sacrifice as an expression of obedience and worship of God. In making this offering, Mary was ritually purified in accordance with the Law. In the First Reading for today’s Mass, the Prophet Malachi foretells the coming of the “Lord of hosts” to the temple and how his coming would bring the purification of the sons of Levi:

“Suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts, but who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like the refiner’s fire, or like the fuller’s lye. He will sit refining and purifying silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold or like silver that they may offer due sacrifice to the Lord (Malachi 3:1-4).”

Thus, when Jesus is “presented” or consecrated to God in the temple he is present as the Sacrificial Lamb who will take away the sin of the world and “like the refiner’s fire” he will “purify the sons of Levi” and make possible due worship of God.

What does all this mean for us? Every time we participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus in effect enters our temple, our church and our bodies, and the sacrifice of Christ is made present to us. This ritual is for us a reminder that we owe our freedom and our very lives to God who has delivered us from slavery and from eternal death, and he has forcefully proved his love and providential care for us. In addition, just as Mary brought her gifts to God in order to be purified, so we bring our hearts and minds as an offering to God and when offered with Jesus we are purified by God’s grace and are enabled to offer due sacrifice (worship) to the Lord.

Obviously, the Feast of the Presentation of Lord which we celebrate today is overflowing with meaning and grace for those who have eyes to see. The abundance of grace which filled Mary and Joseph in offering their gifts to God along with their presentation of Jesus is, through the liturgy of the Church, made present to us today! May God purify us all and remind us of his saving love as we celebrate this great Feast!

Your Servant in Christ,   Father Terry Staples

 

Prayer List for our Sick and Special Needs~ Leah Adam, Matthew Adam, Nadia Anderson, Taylor Auth, Steve Barberio, Carmen Befumo, Joe Befumo, Paula Befumo, Kim Riley Bernhard, Stephen Bergstrom, Len Besterman, Blake Bethune, Dinoo Billimoria, Eliza Blazek, Kenny Blazek, Mark Bond, Mel Bond, Ronnie Bond, Betty Brown, CJ Brown, Kelly Buckingham, Declan Burke, Dr. Kristin Burns, Weston Bye, Logan Cannon, Eve Casella, Nathaniel Capps, John Chebuske, Marie Cherement, Bruce Clark, Harold Coldren, Adam Colvin, Max Cook, Betty Craft, Donna Crossman, Ed Cyrus, Leonard Deeds, Caitlyn Dodd, Therese Donofrio, John A. Dormer, Jackie Early, Millard Edwards, Jenny Ernst, Jeannie Fedorek, Maria Ferraro, Jack Firiollo, Maureen Flanagan, Chris Fursman, Peggy Gaines, Thomas Garland, Shane Garner, Amy Gentry, Susan Gordy, Susan Gray, Vicky Gunnett, Alice Gunning, Elizabeth & Ernest Harbin, Mary Jo Harris, Edward Heynoski, Terri Hibbs, Ben Hochstetler, Alice Houska, Devin Humes, Alverna Hylton, Mary & John Jorgensen, Victoria Kavanaugh, Brooke Kemp, John Kulick, John Keeney, Craig Lawson, Nora Lloyd, Barbara Lonick, Mary Ann Mangum, Sherry Martin, Carol Masschelin, Cassandra Mattera, Donny McIver, Kim Metzer, Barbara Miller, Gerald Neal, Peggy Newman, Roselle Nicholson, Retta Noto, Jackie Olsen, Julie Pais, Barbara Pfeiffer, Caleb Phelps, Mione Phillips, Bernadette Pontious, Sarah Ponton, Bernard Poticha, Marilyn Przybocki, Pauline Przybocki, Michael Rebar, Owen & Brittney & Annie Reed, Samuel Reeve, Hope Ritz, Jim Roberts, Tonie Roberts, Patricia Robinson, Abby Rundle, Alex Sandridge, Oscar Scott, Gary Smith, Linda Sorrentino, Alex Staples, Kathy Schuchart, Mike Staples, Tim Staples, Brigitte Staub, Tony Stone, Barbara Strogis, Theresa & Colton, Elizabeth Towles, Jenny Voissem, Mimi Voissem, Tara Von Kuhn, Owen Wangensteen, Margaret Ward, Thad Weaver, Michael White, Betty Wilson, Marie Young, Theresa Zanettis

2nd Annual March for Life – February 13, 2020

Raise your voices in prayer and advocacy during the second annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond. Opening Mass at 9:15 a.m. with Bishop Michael Burbidge and Bishop Barry Knestout. The rally will take place at the State Capitol at 11:45 a.m. and the March will begin at 12:45 p.m. Contact your parish Respect Life Coordinator for more information or visit the Virginia Catholic Conference website at https://vacatholic.org/news-events/virginia-march-for-life/

 CHURCH INTERESTS FOR Feb 03 – Feb 07, 2020                      

Women of Grace, Tue @ 9:30am

RCIA, Tue @ 7:00pm

Calix Society, Wed @ 8:30am – 9:30am

Catholic School House, Wed @ 12:15pm – 4:00pm

Legion of Mary, Wed @ 5:30pm                  

Adoration, Fri @ 1:00pm – 9:00pm          

Would you like to join the St. Isidore Altar Guild?                        

Sunday Offerings for the Lord – January 12, 2020

Regular: $4171.75              Building Maintenance: $00.00                              

Poor Box: $62.82              Votive Candles: $24.25

Love Outreach Food Pantry

February: Canned Fruit, Canned Peas, Baby Supplies

Vocation Are you ready for “a living encounter with the Lord in his people?” Are you being called by the Lord to serve Him as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life? Call Father Michael Isenberg (703) 841-2514, or write: michael.isenberg@arlingtondiocese.org.

This Sunday is the World Day of Consecrated Life. Please pray for all those who have made that beloved commitment.

Prayer List for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

CAPT Gretchen Blickle USA                LCPL Taylor Auth-Smith USMC

CAPT William Blickle, IV USA                       SPC Paul Williams, III 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

SPC Ryan McWilliam, III USA                 LCPL Zachary Mitchell USMC

SFC Harrison Newton 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

PO2 Sabrina Slack USCG                       ET1 Christopher Stone USN

SGT Gregory A. Sublett USA                  SSG John D. Sublett USA

2nd LT Edward Von Kuhn                        PVT Daniel Young USA

CAPT Evan Weaver USA                         CWO4 John Weaver USA

MSGT Stephen Asher, USAF               PRT Wayne Wesley Cubernot, Jr. USA

February 02 Steward Reflection Time  “…they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…”   LUKE 2:22 How seriously do you take being a Catholic? Is “being Catholic” something I just do when I atte4nd Sunday Mass or attend one of my parish functions? It’s easy to be Catholic then, it’s harder to be Catholic when I am out in the world. Would someone recognize you as a Catholic by the way you act, dress and talk? How do you present yourself to the Lord and to others?

St. Isidore needs a New Facilities Manager John Clemente has taken such good care of St. Isidore for 10 years. He has decided to leave this ministry at the end of January. May God Bless You, John, always! We are in need of filling this position. If you are interested or if any of you know of someone who may be, please contact the office for detailed information. What better job could there be than to perfect the house of Jesus?  

Victim Assistance 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 & survivors of sexual abuse are invited & encouraged to contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, who will provide support, consultation & referrals. For further information, see www.arlingtondiocese.org/Child-Protection/ or call (703) 841-2530

St. Jude Women’s Guild Pre-Lenten Retreat  Participate in a day of Reflection on Compassion, Tues, Feb 18th at St. Jude Catholic Church & Hall in Mineral. The retreat will begin at 9:45am & will conclude around 2:40pm. Lunch will included with the $15 registration fee, due by Monday, Feb 10th. Registration Forms will be available online at www.louisacatholics.org. – “Women’s Guild”. Sr. Sally Russell, SSJ, from our Lady of the Chesapeake Parish in Baltimore Diocese will be the retreat leader. Please contact Laura Foussekis at lfoussekil@comcast.net or (540) 967-2439.

2020 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal Begins The theme for the 2020 BLA is “Steadfast in Faith and Joyful in Hope.” After reflecting upon the blessings that God has given you, please prayerfully consider making a pledge to this important appeal that funds many programs and ministries that serves thousands of people in our diocese. Together, through the BLA, let us renew our personal commitment to furthering the Lord’s work in our diocese.

MARY, QUEEN OF HEAVEN/JESUS, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Unveiling – February 16th. Potluck Brunch after 1030 Mass.

New Mass Settings – 10:00am Sunday in February No, you don’t have to join the choir but the choir will be learning a New Mass Setting during Sunday choir practice @ 10:00am in February in the sanctuary. Singing is praying twice, so won’t you join us? You would be able to help your fellow parishioners sing!

    Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

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

Feb 01       Ushers:           John Clemente, John Robert Clemente

5:00pm  Altar Server:  Isaac A, Adrian A, Vince A

Sunday    Readers/EM:   Mary Ann Behnke, None Available (EM)

Feb 02       Ushers:          Romie Powell, Aubrey Treakle

8:00am  Altar Servers: Jackson M, Katherine K, Christopher E

Sunday   Readers/EM:   Joyce Cyrus, Karen Primeau (EM)                            

Feb 02      Ushers:             Ron Lloyd, David Bowman

10:30am Altar Servers:    Joseph L, Grace S

                 Counters:     John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

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Saturday Readers/EM:    Ray Lonick, Pat Harbin (EM)

Feb 08      Ushers:             John Robert Clemente, John Phelps

5:00pm   Altar Servers:  Abby B, Joseph B, Isaac A

Sunday     Readers/EM:   James Dillon, Mary Ann Behnke (EM)

Feb 09      Ushers:             Mike Monticello, Gordon Genovese  

8:30am   Altar Servers:   Eric M, Matthew M, Jamie R

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

Feb 09     Ushers:            Ron Lloyd, David Bowman

10:30am  Altar Servers:    Joseph L, Grace S

                   Counters:      Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

A request from Anne Dihlmann, Outreach/Program Coordinator for the Paul Stefan Foundation: We are reaching out to different groups of St. Isidore to ask for help with getting raffle baskets for the Push to Deliver Event on February 22nd. Would any of the St. Isidore Groups be able to help out by donating something? Some ideas we had are restaurant gift cards, golf theme, movies, spa day (soaps, lotions, candles etc.) Museum tickets and of course the ever-popular wine or beer. Maybe some of your folks would be interested in helping out. We would need to pick up the baskets or have them delivered by 2/20/20. If any of you decide to do something, please let me know the theme @ adihlmann@paulstefanhome.org. Thank you for your consideration & for all you do for our Moms & babies.

Mass Intentions for Two Weeks

                                     (Feb 01 – Feb 07)                           (Feb 08 – Feb 14)

Sat:     9:00am      John Budlong & Family                          N/A        

Sat:    5:00pm       Barbara Strogis                            Parishioners            

Sun:   8:00a     +Bernice Smith                               +Mark Plath                      

           10:30am      Parishioners                                 +Annette Lord      

Mon:   8:30am  +Earl Brown                                   +Slava Siriollo

Tue:     8:30am +Deceased Members of        Mary Jane Quinn-Smith &                                                   Hector Henas Family                  Lisa Lawson    

Wed:   12:15pm   Thanksgiving to God for            Tom Bondor                                                                           the Eucharist

Fri:     12:15pm +Arthur Fratantuono           +Rose Jennings, +Erma

                                                                              Conroy & +Charles Conroy

 Saint Josephine Bakhita, Virgin~ Feast Day, February 8~ Patron Saint of Sudan~ Take a biography with you in the gathering area.