Pastor’s Reflection , January 06, 2019

The Baptism of The Lord

This weekend we close the Christmas Season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. I think we all need to write to the Pope and get him to extend Christmas a little longer, don’t you? [I’m kidding . . . I think . . .] In our Catechism we read that Jesus’ baptism was “on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God’s suffering Servant” (#536). Jesus was fully aware of the meaning of his own baptism: as He was submerged in water, so one day he would submit Himself entirely to His Father’s will and be submerged in the waters of suffering and death to atone for our sins and he would rise from the waters of death in His human body and thus bring new life, resurrected/eternal life, to all who would listen to His voice and follow Him with gratitude, love and devotion.

As we celebrate Jesus’ baptism, we cannot help but remember the significance of our own baptism which is intimately associated with His. We learn from the Catechism:

Through Baptism the Christian is sacramentally assimilated to Jesus, who in his own baptism anticipates his death and resurrection. The Christian must enter into this mystery of humble self-abasement and repentance, go down into the water with Jesus in order to rise with him, be reborn of water and the Spirit so as to become the Father’s beloved son in the Son and “walk in newness of life” ( Rm 6:4). [Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 537]

St. Paul in the Bible teaches:

“You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12, NAB)

“We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4, NAB)

When we were baptized, we were literally touched by God and received an indelible mark upon our souls: we died with Christ and rose with Him; we were reborn into the life of God. What does this mean? Simply put, only by living for and with Christ can we find true peace, joy, love and fulfillment. We have been ordained or ordered to God; we have been inaugurated into the ultimate mission: to live in a loving union with God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rm 8:29). Our success, our fulfillment, as human beings will be measured by the degree of our union with God. St. Paul teaches us:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. . . . For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”” (Ephesians 1:3–6; 2:10, NAB)

As we begin the new year, we pray for the grace to live faithfully the precious life of grace we have been given, and to know the joy and peace that only God can give. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Your Servant in Christ, Fr. Staples

Mass Intentions for Two Weeks

(Jan 12 – Jan 18)        (Jan 19 – Jan 25)

Sat: 5:00pm   +Virginia Smith                      +Kathryn Dohma

Sun:   8:00am      + Elizabeth Stone                  +Elizabeth Stone

10:30am           Parishioners                       +Ethel Faulconer

Mon:  8:30am        Marianne Criswell                           open

Tue:    8:30am               Faith Balita                                          open

Wed: 12:15pm        +Joe Lagemann                         Kristina Musgrave

Fri:   12:15pm     +Vincent Eldringhoff                       open

Sunday Offering – January 06, 2019

Weekly Parish budget requirement – $5,000

 Regular:                         $4381.00            Maintenance Fund: $703.00

 Votive Candles:       $38.00                   Poor Box:                         $379.00

 Solemnity of Mary: $40.00               Christmas                       $ 75.00


Book of Acts Bible Study Every Monday, 9:15am – 11:00am or 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Silent-3 Day Retreat for Women: The Office for Marriage, Family and Respect Life will hold its annual women’s silent retreat from April 4-7, 2019, at San Damiano Spiritual Life Center in White Post, VA.  The retreat will be led by Fr. Patrick Driscoll, Pastor, St. Dominic in Mobile, AL. Registration opens on Saturday, January 5 at 9 a.m. The Cost is $340.


A sincere & grateful thank you to all who helped make the holidays a little brighter for those in need in our community through participation in the annual “Angel Tree”. Our generous parish donated food, bought beautiful presents, packed food boxes, stuffed children’s stocking & delivered it all (including turkeys) to our adopted families this year. Neighboring families were extremely grateful for such a tangible outpouring of love. After all deliveries, our Church was even able to donate 135 pounds of food to the Love Outreach Pantry as well! It is in this spirit of giving that we can reflect the Love of Christ.

May God Bless All Parishioners


JANUARY FOOD PANTRY – Dish Detergent & Bathroom Tissue



Hosted by: THE WOMEN’S CLUB, FRIDAYS: FEBRUARY 8th, 15th & 22nd  10:00am to 3:00pm – Sign Up Sheet, which includes what is needed for the class, is in the Gathering Area.

         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, 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, Shane Garner, Amy Gentry, Susan Gray, Vicky Gunnett, Alice Gunning, Elizabeth & Ernest Harbin, Donna & Chester Hart, Theresa Heynoski, Terri Hibbs, Alice Honenberger, Alice Houska, Devin Humes, Alverna Hylton, Carol Johnson, Nora Lloyd, Barbara Lonick, Barry Mangum, Sherry Martin, Brian McHugh, Kim Metzer, Michael Miller, Dana Mosticone, Peggy Newman, Retta Noto, Jackie Olsen, Julie Pais, Barbara Pfeiffer, Bernadette Pontious, Sarah Ponton, Pauline Przybocki, Michael Rebar, Samuel Reeve, Hope Ritz, Jim Roberts, Jackie Rodriguez, Abby Rundle, Oscar Scott, Linda Sorrentino Alex Staples, Mike Staples, Tim Staples, Barbara Strogis, Linda Treakle, Theresa/Colton, Mimi Voissem, Tara Von Kuhn, Margaret Ward, Thad Weaver, Betty Wilson, Marie Young, Theresa Zanettis

BETHLEHEM, the birthplace of Jesus

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

Mass and Healing Service with Healer, Sr. Briege McKenna: Bring to Jesus your spiritual, physical and emotional ailments at a Mass and Eucharistic healing service with Sr. Briege McKenna, OSC, who is gifted with the charism of healing. The event is on Friday, March 1, 2019, at All Saints Catholic Church, Manassas from 7-9 p.m.  To learn more visit

EPIPHANY CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN CULPEPER will host an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Enrollment & tuition assistance information will be available. Tours of the school will be offered. Contact the school @ or 540-825-9017 for more information.

CHARLOTTESVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on January 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CCS is currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year for grade Pre-K through 8th. For more info email or 434-964-0400.

2Minutes2Virtue: Get closer to Jesus through Sunday reflections given by the priests of the Diocese of Arlington.  TEXT “2m2v” to 84576 or visit to sign up

Mass in Recognition of: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: All are invited to a Mass in Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Sunday, January 13, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More. Bishop Burbidge will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Music will be performed by the St. Joseph Gospel Choir of Alexandria. A reception will follow in Burke Hall.

       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 Thaddeus 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

Is The Lord Calling You?  Are you called to serve the family of the Lord and share the Father’s love as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Call Fr. Michael Isenberg, (703) 841-2514, or write:

Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Reader/EM: Ray Lonick, Patricia Harbin (EM)

Jan 12         Ushers:           John Phelps & John Robert Clemente

5:00pm Altar Servers   Eric, Matthew, Adrian

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

Jan 13          Ushers:          Mike Monticello & Gordon Genovese

8:00am Altar Servers:   John, Shane, Danni

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

Jan 13         Ushers:         Ron Lloyd & Craig Lawson

10:30am Altar Servers:   Christopher, Peter, Daniel

Counters:   Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury


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

Jan 19           Ushers:          Larry Deeds & Patricia Harbin

5:00pm     Altar Servers:     Abby, Joseph

 Sunday       Readers/EM:     Mary Ann Behnke, Louise Monticello (EM)

Jan 20           Ushers:           Romie Powell & Mark Hogan

8:00am     Altar Servers:     Daniel, John, Shane

 Sunday         Readers/EM:  Carolyn Comes, Joyce Cyrus (EM)

Jan 20           Ushers:            Craig Lawson & Scott Johnson

1030am     Altar Servers:    Joseph, Jackson

Counters:    John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans


THE MARCH FOR LIFE will be held on Friday, January 18, in Washington, DC.

If you’d like to attend, please call the Church office @                                 540-672-4933


O Bless the Lord my soul

Psalm 103