PASTOR’S REFLECTION

10 September 2017

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mt 18:15-20) ends with an astonishing promise. Jesus says, “Again, (amen,) I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” St. John Paul the Great applied this passage to family life in his wonderful Apostolic Constitution: “On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World.” He says,

Family prayer has its own characteristic qualities. It is prayer offered in common, husband and wife together, parents and children together. Communion in prayer is both a consequence of and a requirement for the communion bestowed by the sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony. The words with which the Lord Jesus promises His presence can be applied to the members of the Christian family in a special way: “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Family prayer has for its very own object family life itself, which in all its varying circumstances is seen as a call from God and lived as a filial response to His call. Joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments, births and birthday celebrations, wedding anniversaries of the parents, departures, separations and homecomings, important and far-reaching decisions, the death of those who are dear, etc.—all of these mark God’s loving intervention in the family’s history. They should be seen as suitable moments for thanksgiving, for petition, for trusting abandonment of the family into the hands of their common Father in heaven. The dignity and responsibility of the Christian family as the domestic Church can be achieved only with God’s unceasing aid, which will surely be granted if it is humbly and trustingly petitioned in prayer.

By reason of their dignity and mission, Christian parents have the specific responsibility of educating their children in prayer, introducing them to gradual discovery of the mystery of God and to personal dialogue with Him: “It is particularly in the Christian family, enriched by the grace and the office of the sacrament of Matrimony, that from the earliest years children should be taught, according to the faith received in Baptism, to have a knowledge of God, to worship Him and to love their neighbor” (John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae, 36).

The concrete example and living witness of parents is fundamental and irreplaceable in educating their children to pray. Only by praying together with their children can a father and mother-exercising their royal priesthood-penetrate the innermost depths of their children’s hearts and leave an impression that the future events in their lives will not be able to efface. Let us again listen to the appeal made by Paul VI to parents: “Mothers, do you teach your children the Christian prayers? Do you prepare them, in conjunction with the priests, for the sacraments that they receive when they are young: Confession, Communion and Confirmation? Do you encourage them when they are sick to think of Christ suffering to invoke the aid of the Blessed Virgin and the saints Do you say the family rosary together? And you, fathers, do you pray with your children, with the whole domestic community, at least sometimes? Your example of honesty in thought and action, joined to some common prayer, is a lesson for life, an act of worship of singular value. In this way, you bring peace to your homes: Pax huic domui.” (John Paul II. 1981. Familiaris Consortio. 59-60.)        

                                                                                          Yes, Jesus has made us an astonishing promise: when we come together to pray the heavenly Father will grant our requests and Jesus will enter into our midst. We all believe this, but do we practice what we believe? St. John Paul II, with his saintly, fatherly heart, challenges and encourages all of us to practice what we believe by fostering prayerfulness within our families. In the end, this is the only way to obtain the sacred treasures Jesus promised to give. Peace be with you and with your family!

             Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Terry Staples

 

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(Sept 9-Sept 15)                                       (Sept 16-Sept 22)

Sat      5:00pm    Parishioners                                     +Erma Conroy

Sun:    8:00am    Merle Pfeiffer                                   +Wanda Lear

10:30am   +Wanda Lear                                          Parishioners

Mon:   8:30am   +Nancy & +Lawrence Quinn                 OPEN

Tue:    8:30am   +Kathy Winston                                         OPEN

Wed: 12:15pm    +Wilson Harrell                              +Kevin Corroon

Fri:    12:15pm    Charles Conroy                     Charles Conroy & Family

Pray for the Sick and other Special Needs

In Memoriam:  Wanda Lear

 

Friday Adoration has resumed, 12:45-9pm. 

Please use the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area.

New Military Prayer List Complete!

If you have a loved one who is active duty military, please call or email the office with their name, rank, and branch of service.

Pray for Our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

Colection for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Bishop Burbidge has asked for a special collection to be taken up for the victims of Hurricane Harvey this weekend.  You may also donate directly and immediately to the diocesan relief effort through the Diocese of Arlington website:  wwwarlingtondiocese.org.

 

Seafaring Saints Party:  September 17

St Isidore’s will be hosting a “Seafaring Saints” Party on Sunday Sept 17th after the 10:30 Mass.  It is a festive covered dish get-together with lots of activities for children, including face painting, games and stories of Saints associated with the sea.  Please sign up in the Gathering Area to attend and to volunteer for the various areas where help is needed.

Women of Grace

The Women of Grace will begin their fall meetings on September 5 and September 11.

The Bible Timeline study resumes              September 11 and 13.

Baby Shower for Orange Pregnancy Center

Please join us for a baby shower to benefit the Orange Pregnancy Center on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3pm here at St. Isidore.  Now is the time for shopping, knitting, and crocheting for babies in need.  Thank you!

Epiphany Consignment Sale

Epiphany will be hosting their annual Fall/Winter Consignment Sale Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd.  If you are interested in being a consignor, please visit us at www.epiphanycatholicschool.org/consignment-sale or email consignmentsale@epiphanycatholicschool.org.

 

From Paul Stefan Home:

The gala to support Paul Stefan home is Friday, October 27, beginning at 6:30pm at the Waterford at Fair Oaks in Fairfax.

Please call Randy James at 540 854-2300 or 540 379-7077 for tickets to the gala or for questions about how you can help at the Orange facility.  Thank you!

Liturgical Roles

Saturday       Readers:           Ray Lonick, Hazel Arruda (EM)

Sept 9           Ushers:             John Phelps, Larry Deeds

5:00pm          Altar Servers:    Isaac, Adrian, & Vincent

Sunday         Readers:          Pete Zahn, Louise Monticello (EM)

Sept 10            Ushers:          Mike Monticello, Gordon Genovese

8:00am         Altar Servers:   John, Jamie, Eric

Sunday         Readers:           Jesse Evans, Karen Primeau (EM)

Sept 10          Ushers:            Ron Lloyd

10:30am        Altar Servers:   Grace, Joseph, Brendan

Counters:         Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

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Saturday       Readers:           Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)

Sept 16          Ushers:            John Robert Clemente, Tom McDonnell

5:00pm          Altar Servers:    Abby & Joseph

Sunday         Readers:          Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)

Sept 17            Ushers:          Jim Schleser, Mark Hogan

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

Sunday         Readers:          Len Whitehead, Karen Primeau (EM)

Sept 17          Ushers:            Craig Lawson, Scott Johnson

10:30am  Altar Servers: Joseph, ShayLynn, Isaac

Counters:         John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

25th Annual Week of Prayer and Fasting

October 1-9, 2017

The 25th International Week of Prayer and Fasting coalition in collaboration with the Marian Fathers, Legion of Mary and Priests for Life, are asking individuals, families, prayer groups and parishes to unite for nine days (October 1-9) of prayer and fasting for the following goals:  conversion of all peoples and nations, to build a culture of life, to defend the sanctity of marriage and family life, to pray for peace and to implore God’s mercy.  It concludes on October 9, with the International Day of Prayer at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. The day will include speakers, Mass at noon, and many other activities.  If you are interested in this event, please pick up a flyer in the Gathering Area, or go to www.iwopf.org.

Celebrating a Silver or Golden Anniversary this year?

Were you married in 1967 or 1992? Then join Bishop Michael F. Burbidge for the 2017 Marriage Jubilee Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15th at 2:30 P.M. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Potomac Falls, VA. Please contact the parish office by phone or email to register no later than September 22nd. For more information, visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/MJM

 

Retreat for People Facing Serious Illness

September 22-24

The Retreat for People Facing Serious Illness offers a unique opportunity for persons who face serious physical illness to come away for a weekend retreat of spiritual renewal and refreshment at the San Damiano Spiritual Life Center in White Post, VA.  Register by Friday, September 1, 2017. Learn more on our website www.ccda.net. Inquire for information to retreat@ccda.net or (703) 841-3830.

 

Food Bank:  The items for September are toilet paper and paper towels.