Pastor’s Reflection 9-15-19 ~ Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus’ story, The Prodigal Son, reveals to us the unfathomable depths of God’s goodness, love and mercy. We all know the story. The younger son takes his inheritance, leaves home, and squanders it on dissolute sinful living. Eventually, he realizes he has sinned against God and his father and returns seeking pardon and reconciliation. Then Jesus, through the character of the prodigal son’s father, gives us a glimpse into the loving heart of God, Jesus’ Father:
While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was deeply moved. He ran out to meet him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. . . . The father said to his servants: “Quick! Bring out the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Take the fatted calf and kill it. Let us eat and celebrate because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and is found.” (Luke 15)
Oh, how God, our Father, longs for us to confess and turn away from our sins! He longs to bless us with His gifts that we might celebrate and rejoice in His presence! Later in the story, the father told the elder brother, “But we had to celebrate and rejoice! This brother of yours was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32).
As with the prodigal son, God, our Father, wants us to be able to celebrate life and enter into His joy. St. Francis of Assisi knew very well the power of spiritual joy:
St. Francis maintained that the safest remedy against the thousand snares and wiles of the enemy is spiritual joy. For he would say: “Then the devil rejoices most when he can snatch away spiritual joy from a servant of God. He carries dust so that he can throw it into even the tiniest chinks of conscience and soil the candor of mind and purity of life. But when spiritual joy fills hearts,” he said, “the serpent throws off his deadly poison in vain. The devils cannot harm the servant of Christ when they see he is filled with holy joy. When, however, the soul is wretched, desolate, and filled with sorrow, it is easily overwhelmed by its sorrow or else it turns to vain enjoyments.”
The saint therefore, made it a point to keep himself in joy of heart and to preserve the unction of the Spirit and the oil of gladness. He avoided with the greatest care the miserable illness of dejection, so that if he felt it creeping over his mind even a little, he would have recourse very quickly to prayer. For he would say: “If the servant of God, as may happen, is disturbed in any way, he should rise immediately to pray and he should remain in the presence of the heavenly Father until he restores unto him the joy of salvation. For if he remains stupefied in sadness, the Babylonian stuff will increase, so that, unless it be at length driven out by tears, it will generate an abiding rust in the heart. (Life of St. Francis II, Thomas of Celano, #125)
Beneath all the fluctuating circumstances of our life–the good, the bad and the ugly–there remains a loving Father who is willing and able to restore our spiritual joy. If we are willing to confess and turn away from our sins, this omnipotent, loving Father will run to us, throw His arms around our necks, kiss us, and share with us His eternal joy. Is this not a reason to rejoice?!
Your Servant in Christ, Fr. Terry Staples
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Mass Intentions for Two Weeks
(Sep 14 – Sep 20) (Sep 21 – Sep 27)
Sat: 5:00pm The Evans Family Parishioners
Sun: 8:00am Parishioners +Shawn Palmer
10:30am +Shawn Palmer Marc Bowman
Mon: 8:30am +Kent Williamson Gail Barber
Tue: 8:30am +Katherine Casey +Kenny Cottrell
Wed: 12:15pm + Agnes Flyzik Terry Sublett
Fri: 12:15pm +John Nolan Mass of Thanksgiving
Prayer List for our Sick and Other Special Needs
Ignazio Abbene, 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, 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 & Diane Clark, Harold Coldren, Adam Colvin, Max Cook, Betty Craft, Ed Cyrus, Mike Daddezio, Leonard Deeds, Caitlyn Dodd, Therese Donofrio, John A. Dormer, Jackie Early, Millard Edwards, Jenny Ernst, Jeannie Fedorek, Jack Firiollo, Maureen Flanagan, Chris Fursman, Peggy Gaines, Thomas Garland, Shane Garner, Amy Gentry, Susan Gray, Vicky Gunnett, Alice Gunning, Elizabeth & Ernest Harbin, Mary Jo Harris, Edward Heynoski, Terri Hibbs, Ben Hochstetler, Alice Houska, Devin Humes, Alverna Hylton, Victoria Kavanaugh, Brooke Kemp, John Kulick, Nora Lloyd, Barbara Lonick, Mary Ann Mangum, Sherry Martin, Carol Masschelin, Cassandra Mattera, Brian McHugh, Donny McIver, Kim Metzer, Gerald Neal, Peggy Newman, Roselle Nicholson, Retta Noto, Jackie Olsen, Julie Pais, Barbara Pfeiffer, Caleb Phelps, Mione Phillips, Bernadette Pontious, Sarah Ponton, Bernard Poticha, Pauline Przybocki, Michael Rebar, Owen & Brittney & Annie Reed, Samuel Reeve, Hope Ritz, Jim Roberts, Abby Rundle, Alex Sandridge, Oscar Scott, Stephen Sedwick, Linda Sorrentino, Alex Staples, Kathy Schuchart, Mike Staples, Tim Staples, Brigitte Staub, Tony Stone, Barbara Strogis, Theresa & Colton, Jenny Voissem, Mimi Voissem, Tara Von Kuhn, Owen Wangensteen, Margaret Ward, Thad Weaver, Michael White, Betty Wilson, Marie Young, Theresa Zanettis
CHURCH INTERESTS FOR SEPTEMBER 15 – 20, 2019
CCD, Sun @ 9:15am
Revelation 1, Mon @ 9:15am
Legion of Mary, Mon @ 12:00pm
Revelation 1, Mon @ 7:00pm
Knights of Columbus, Mon @ 7:00pm
Women of Grace, Tue @ 9:30am
RCIA, Tue @ 7:00pm
Choir, Wed @ 6:00p
Mass @ Dogwood Village, Fri @ 10:00am
Adoration, Fri @ 1:00 – 9:00pm
25 & 50 WEDDING ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE MASS The 2019 Mass for Jubilarians will be celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 13th at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA. If you are celebrating your 25th or 50th wedding anniversary this year, please contact the parish office to register no later than September 30th.
HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED for 4 hours every other week. This is a paid position. If interested, please contact Christine in the office.
CHARLOTTES CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Join us for our Annual 5k 7 Fun Run on Saturday, September 28th. 5K being at 8:00am and Fun Run begins at 8:45am. Contact: cvillecatholic.org/upcoming-events/
ACTIVITY BAGS are available for our children to use during the Mass and are located under the parish office window.
SEPTEMBER LOVE OUTREACH PANTRY Dish Soap & Bathroom Tissue
Prayer List for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces
PFC Jarad Anderson USA LCPL Taylor Auth-Smith USMC
CAPT Gretchen Blickle USA 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 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
SPC Paul Williams, III USA PVT Daniel Young USA
Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers
Saturday: Readers/EM: Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda (EM)
Sep 14 Ushers: John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin
5:00PM Altar Server: Isaac A., Adrian A., Vince A.
Sunday Readers/EM: Charlcie Fielding, Mike Monticello (EM)
Sep 15 Ushers: Mark Hogan, Aubrey Treakle
8:00AM Altar Servers: Abby B., Joseph B., Jamie R.
Sunday Readers/EM: Jesse Evans, Karen Primeau (EM)
Sep 15 Ushers: Craig Lawson, Scott Johnson
10:30AM Altar Servers: Christopher E., Peter E.
Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans
Saturday: Readers/EM: Daniel Strogis, No One Available (EM)
Sep 21 Ushers: John Phelps, Larry Deeds
5:00PM Altar Server: Abby B., Joseph B., Grace S.
Sunday Readers/EM Peter Zahn, Jesse Evans (EM)
Sep 22 Ushers: Romie Powell, Aubrey Treakle
8:00AM Altar Servers: Christopher E., Peter E., Daniel B.
Sunday Readers/EM: Carolyn Comes, Joyce Cyrus (EM)
Sep 22 Ushers: Ronnie Lloyd, David Bowman
10:30AM Altar Servers: Joseph L., Jackson M., Shane B.
Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury
ORANGE PAUL STEFAN HOME UPDATE: We are working on things in Orange, the fire escape is in production, we had the parking lot paved last month and are scheduled to have the day care room painted towards the end of this month. We are still working hard to get the funding to finish up the work that must be completed before we can open. The largest project left to be funded is the fire escape system. Randy James
PAINT CLASS Join the Woman’s Club for a fall scene paint class on Sunday, October 20, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Light snacks will be provided. The fee is $35.00 and is due by Oct 6th. Sign up sheet is in the Gathering Area.
Sunday Offerings to the Lord – September 08, 2019
Regular: $2847.00 Building Maintenance Fund: $65.00
Poor Box: $80.00 Votive Candles: $21.00
Religious Education, second collection: $558.00
ISIDORE FIRE We, at St. Isidore would like to correct a misunderstanding concerning the fire last weekend. It has been spread around that the fire was accidentally set by an altar server. That statement has been deemed false by the Orange County Fire Marshal, since where the altar servers stand while lighting the candle lighter, is too far away from the spot where the fire originated.
MASS ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 @ 12:15PM – We will have a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the fact that God’s hand protected the sanctuary & all persons during & after the St. Isidore fire.
FALL DANCE – KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – CULPEPER
EPIPHANY SCHOOL GYM – September 21, 7:00-10:30pm
BYOB, Setups provided, bring extra food if you want.
Tickets $12.50 each, also available at the door.
Contact Bruce Winning for more info: 540-543-3340
CAN YOU OFFER A SPIRITUAL ACT OF MERCY? Please consider offering a spiritual act of mercy for those hurting from abortion. Spiritual bouquets and or letters of encouragement may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org up to one day prior to the retreat on Saturday, October 5. For more information please visit: www.helplafterabortion.org or call (703) 841-2504
TRIAD PROGRAM FOR SENIORS – This program is designed to help prevent fraud & crime against seniors in our area. Are you interested? Signup sheet to find out what time works best is in the vestibule near the parish office – no confirmed date yet but soon to follow after your feedback.
Do you want to be a Reader (lector) or Extraordinary Minister?
Workshop for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Presentation: Why Liturgical Tradition Matters:
Workshop for Readers (Lectors):
Schedule: 10am (EMHC) / 12p (Presentation) 1:30p (Lectors)
Sat, Sep 21 @ St. John the Evangelist (Warrenton)
SISTERS OF ST. MARIA FALL YARD SALE IS ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH – DETAILS TO FOLLOW NEXT WEEK.
Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-Gon & Paul Chong Ha-Sang & Companions
Saint Kim Tae-Gon Andrew, generally referred to as Saint Andrew Kim Taegon in English, was the first Korean-born Catholic priest and is the patron saint of Korea, being canonized and made a Saint with 120+ others on 6th May, 1984. In the late 18th century, Roman Catholicism began to take root slowly in Korea and was introduced by scholars who visited China and brought back Western books translated into Chinese. In 1836 Korea saw its first consecrated missionaries arrive, only to find out that the people there were already practicing Korean Catholics.
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