Pastor Reflection ~11-24-19 ~Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords! Today the Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Gospel reading for these festivities (Lk 23:35-43) may seem at first sight to be less than “kingly.” In fact, Jesus appears to be helpless. He is hanging on a cross, dying. Meanwhile, the rulers of the age are “sneering” at Him; the soldiers are making fun, “jeering,” at him; the criminal next to Him is “reviling” Him. Surely, Jesus does not appear to be the “King of kings”! Where is His power? Where is His great kingdom?

Ironically, we know, it is precisely in His suffering and in His dying that Jesus manifests the ultimate power which far surpasses that of any earthly king: the power of divine Love! Jesus had the strength to save Himself, but He chose rather to empty Himself and become a living sacrifice offered on behalf of His beloved spouse—the Church. This humble, sacrificial love proved to be what was needed to destroy the power of sin and death and establish a new kingdom: the Kingdom of God.

Where is His Kingdom? The reign of Christ extends so far as there are men and women who know themselves to be children of God, who are nourished by Him, who live for Him. Christ is a king who has been given all power in Heaven and on earth, yet He governs as a man meek and humble of heart. His rule is to serve others; His throne was a manger in Bethlehem and then was a Cross on Calvary. Pope Pius XI explains what it means to have Christ as our king:  “He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls.” (Encyclical, Quas primas, 11).

Today as we celebrate Christ the King, we do well to look at Jesus on the Cross. It is from the Cross that He teaches us how to live, how to love, how to enter into His divine kingdom. St. Josemaria Escriva understood the meaning of this feast day when, full of the Holy Spirit, he exclaimed: “Our Lord and our God; how great you are! It is you who give our life supernatural meaning and divine vitality. For love of your Son, you cause us to say with all our being, with our body and soul: ‘He must reign!’ And this we do against the background of our weakness, for you know that we are creatures made of clay” (Christ is passing by, 181).

If we want to be faithful Catholics, we must be willing to join Jesus on the cross. If we embrace and defend the teaching of our King we may be jeered or reviled; but that puts us in great company does it not!? If only we, like Jesus, can willingly offer ourselves in love, we will experience the ultimate power of the universe: divine Love. May Christ who is the Truth and the Power and the Love of God reign in our hearts and in our lives!

                       Your Servant in Christ,   Fr. Terry Staples

           

NO ADORATION THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH Adoration will resume FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, so we can spend some quality time with OUR LORD, KING OF THE UNIVERSE! Adoration is between the hours of 1:00pm– 9:00pm on Fridays.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) ~ is held this weekend. CCHD helps the poor in our Diocese move out of poverty and support their families with dignity. Your contributions fund projects right here in the Diocese of Arlington that help people start businesses and gain job skills. Last year your generosity enabled us to give $120,000 in grants to support projects in our Diocese that assist our neighbors in need. Bishop Burbidge personally approves all grant awards to ensure compliance with Catholic moral and social teaching. Please give to the CCHD collection. Thank you!

Mass Intentions for Two Weeks

                                    (Nov 23 – Nov 29)                     Nov 30 – Dec 06)   

Sat:    5:00pm   +Merle Pfeiffer                                +E.C. Mundy                        

Sun:    8:00am +Burak/Poticha Family Members  +Dennis Horton        

            10:30am   Parishioners                                     Parishioners

Mon:  8:30a                  OPEN                                       +Andrew Hutchison

Tue:   8:30am  Thomas Bondor             Living & Deceased Saverot Family

Wed: 12:15pm   Francis O’Neill               + Hector Henas Family Members

Thu:   10:00am    Lauren O’Neill                              N/A

Fri:     12:15pm           OPEN                                       +Rose Fenton

Sat:       9:00am              N/A                                                 OPEN                    

Prayer List for our Sick and Special Needs ~ Ignazio Abbene, 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, 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 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, Victoria Kavanaugh, Brooke Kemp, John Kulick, Mary & Ron Jorgensen, Nora Lloyd, Barbara Lonick, Mary Ann Mangum, Sherry Martin, Carol Masschelin, Cassandra Mattera, Brian McHugh, 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, Pauline Przybocki, Michael Rebar, Owen & Brittney & Annie Reed, Samuel Reeve, Hope Ritz, Jim Roberts, Tonie Roberts, Abby Rundle, Alex Sandridge, Oscar Scott, 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

Sisters of St. Maria Thanksgiving Dinner @ St. Isidore ~ Please come and have dinner with your Church Family following the 10:00am Mass on Thursday. Signup is in the gathering area and if you’d like, bring a side or dessert. The Sisters of St. Maria will supply ham, turkey and all the traditional fixings.           

Knights of Columbus Christmas Display ~ Christmas cards are for sale in the corner of the gathering area. POINTSETTIAS need to be ordered by DECEMBER FIRST – signup sheet is located where the Knights have the Christmas Card Display. Poinsettia costs: 8” are $10 and 6” are $5.

Do You Like to Sing? ~ Choir practice is every Sunday from 9:15am to 10:15am in the Social Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity to praise the Lord with song. You pray twice when you sing! Maybe you’d be interested in singing with the choir for any of the Christmas Masses. Questions? Please contact Jane Klopp

Love Outreach Food Pantry for November/December ~ November – Cake Mixes, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste ~ December – Laundry Detergent, Personal Items

Gift Bags for our Homebound made by CCD ~ The children of CCD are asking for donations of special little items to put together bags of gifts for our homebound folks…There is a box in the gathering area and they’re asking for: non-perishable goods such as toiletries, books, magazines, socks, etc. along with foods that have sugar and are sugar free, coffee pods, tea bags…Can you donate one or a few of the above items by   December 8th?

Prayer List for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces                                       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

PO2 Sabrina Slack USCG                       ET1 Christopher Stone USN

SGT 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

Sunday Offerings for the Lord – November 17, 2019

Regular: $3288.00 ~ Building Maintenance Fund: $10.00 ~ Poor Box: $25.00 ~ Votive Candle: $27.00 ~ Diocesan Military: $469.00

Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

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

Nov 23   Ushers:         Larry Deeds, Patricia Harbin

5:00PM     Altar Server:     Isaac A, Adrian A, Grace S

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

Nov 24     Ushers:           Marc Hogan, Romie Powell

8:00AM   Altar Servers: Eric M, Matthew M, Shane B

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

Nov 24      Ushers:           Ron Lloyd, David Bowman

10:30AM Altar Servers Jackson M, Christopher E, Peter E

                 Counters:       Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

THANKSGIVING DAY:      Altar Server:   Joseph L

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Saturday: Readers/EM: Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda                                      

Nov 30 Ushers:           John Robert Clemente, John Phelps                  

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

Sunday  Readers/EM    Charlcie Fielding, No One Available (EM)                    

Dec 01   Ushers:          Romie Powell, Aubrey Treakle

8:00AM  Altar Servers: TBA

Sunday  Readers/EM: Carolyn Comes, No One Available (EM)                          

Dec 01   Ushers:        Ron Lloyd, David Bowman

10:30AM Altar Server: TBA

              Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

         

Angel Tree ~ Next weekend we will put up the Angel Tree.  We will begin to collect food at that time and have a list of suggested food items available in the gathering area today

CHURCH INTERESTS FOR Nov 25 – 29, 2019                      

Revelation 16-18: Seven Bowls of Judgement and the Fall of Babylon,                               Mon @ 9:15am and 7:00pm                                           

Legion of Mary, Mon @ 12:00pm

Sisters of St. Maria @ 3:00pm

Women of Grace, Tue @ 9:30am

RCIA, Tue @ 7:00pm

Calix Society, Wed @ 8:30am

Office is Closed – Thursday, November 21st

Thanksgiving Mass @ 10:00am

Thanksgiving Feast @ 11:30am in the Social Hall

Office is Closed – Friday, November 22nd

No Adoration on Friday, Nov 22nd – will resume Dec 6th 1:00 – 9:00pm

Give a Gift of Life next Sunday, during December ~ Please give a Gift for Life this season to help Gabriel Project fund a mother’s maternity care.  An expectant mother wrote: “I contacted Gabriel Project because I had an unplanned pregnancy. I received emotional help and the baby resources that I needed. Gabriel Project Angels helped me to have faith and courage. They made a difference in my life by showing me that with God all things are possible. I am so relieved that they were able to help me keep this baby as abortion would have been the biggest regret of my life.” For more information and/or to donate: www.arlingtondiocese.org/giftforlife

Stewardship Reflection ~ Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe “….giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.” ~ COLOSSIANS 1:12. God wants us to be happy!  Instead of looking at the Ten Commandments as being restrictive and telling us what we can’t do, look at them as guides for living a joy-filled and peaceful life.  Most of our problems arise when we put our own needs first or spend most of our time trying to acquire “things”. Try putting God first in all things instead.  Ask Him how He wants you to use your gifts.

Many Thanks to the Women’s Club for the incredible efforts that were made for the St. Isidore Christmas Bazaar. It was great to see all of those cars in the parking lot!

Paul Stefan Foundation – Celebration of Christmas ~ Come view the Regional Maternity Housing and Education Center as we get ready for our January Grand Opening. Appetizers, Desserts and Homemade Hot Chocolate are waiting for you on: DECEMBER 13TH from 12PM to 2PM, 120 Caroline Street, Orange, VA. RSVP 540-854-3400/ adihlmann@paulstefanhome.org Cookies will be needed/Please bring them to the Regional Center @ 120 Caroline Street in Orange sometime during the week of 12/9 – 12/13, Thursday, 12/12, would be preferred.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ~ The Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29