Pastor’s Reflection 16 September 2018

Twentieth-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 In the Gospel this week (Mark 8:27-35) Jesus asks his disciples two questions which are as relevant today as they were to his own generation: “Who do people say that I am? . . . Who do you say that I am?” Our generation could answer the first question exactly as his contemporary disciples, “The people (i.e. the popular culture) say you are one of the prophets.” The modern, politically correct, answer to the question runs something like this: “Yes, we believe Jesus was a good man, an inspirational religious figure who had many good insights into the meaning of life just like many other ‘enlightened’ religious or philosophical thinkers such as Buddha, Gandhi, Muhammad, or any number of new age gurus or founders of other religious movements or sects.” Thus Jesus, they would claim, is merely ‘one of the prophets.’ Now, as disciples of Christ, we have a major problem with this answer – Jesus himself said it was wrong! In contrast to the “peoples’” answer to the question of who Jesus is, Peter responds with the right answer: “You are the Christ!” What does that mean? Ultimately, in the context of the whole Gospel narrative, it means Jesus is the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, equal in dignity and in being to God the Father, the Savior of the entire world and every person in it; He is THE Way (not a way) THE Truth and THE Life. He must be worshiped as God, and his teaching must be received and obeyed as divinely revealed. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2466, teaches us:

In Jesus Christ, the whole of God’s truth has been made manifest. “Full of grace and truth,” he came as the “light of the world,” he is the Truth (Jn 1:14; 8:12; cf. 14:6). “Whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (Jn 12:46). The disciple of Jesus continues in his word so as to know “the truth [that] will make you free” and that sanctifies (Jn 8:32; cf. 17:17). To follow Jesus is to live in “the Spirit of truth,” whom the Father sends in his name and who leads “into all the truth” (Jn 16:13). To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes or No’” (Mt 5:37).

As we know, our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles – “In God we trust!” Today, there is a crisis of truth in our land because there is a crisis of faith and trust in God. We have now reached the point where we are attempting to create our own moral norms (e.g. legalized abortion, homosexual marriage, etc…) which are completely contrary to God’s revealed truth and devastating to the common good of our society. It doesn’t matter whether or not we have the best financial guru’s on the planet plotting and planning strategies for economic recovery, if we turn our backs on God and in effect say to him, “We no longer know who you are; we don’t want to hear your word or do things your way; we no longer trust in you; we will make a new way regardless of what you say” . . . we as a nation will not succeed – we will eventually die in our sins. So, you see, the question Jesus asks is very relevant. Historically, the answer to this question has meant the rise and fall not only of individual human beings but of civilizations. If we who have been blessed with the fullness of divine revelation look at Jesus and say, “You are just one of the prophets, one opinion among many . . .” we are headed for sad times. On the contrary if, by the mercy of God, we say with St. Peter, “You are THE Christ! THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life, THE Savior of the world,” then we are destined to enjoy the freedom, joy and peace that only the Truth can provide.

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Terry Staples

 

    Pray for the Sick & Other Special Needs

 

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(Sep 15 – Sep 21)              (Sep 22 – Sep 28)

Sat      5:00pm       +Hunter Jackson                  +Tom McDonnell

Sun:    8:00am       +Ann Sansbury                      +Tom McDonnell

10:30am           Parishioners                             Parishioners

Mon:   8:30am        +Penny Voissem                    +Kathy Winston

Tue:    8:30am        +Shirley Clay                    Bernadette Pontious

Wed: 12:15PM           Lorene Leger                     +Tom Dreelin

Fri:    12:15pm           Peggy Newman                   Dolores Lagemann

Diocesan Resource Page on Recent Events Available

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington website includes a resource page where parishioners can access information regarding the recent events affecting the Church. Read the policies on child protection and responses to the crisis from Bishop Burbidge and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at www.arlingtondiocese.org/childprotection

 

BIBLE STUDY

MONDAY’S from 9:15a.m. to 11:00a.m.

&

From 7:00p.m. to 8:45p.m.

The continuation of the Gospel of Matthew is discussed.                                                                                      &

RCIA CLASSES

TUESDAY’S from 7p.m. to 845p.m.

2Minutes2Virtue

Get closer to Jesus through Sunday reflections given by the priests of the Diocese of Arlington.  TEXT “2m2v” to 84576 or visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/2minutes2virtueto sign up!

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

SISTERS OF ST MARIA Annual Fall Yard Sale                                                 

 

October 6th from 7a.m. to 1p.m. 

The Church Shed will be open for your donations.

Items MUST be in clean condition and in working order.

 NO adult clothing, please.

 

Saturday      Readers:      Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)

Sep 15            Ushers:      John Robert Clemente, Larry Deeds

5:00PM    Altar Servers: Matthew, Abby, Adrian

Sunday        Readers:      Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)

Sep 16             Ushers:       Mark Hogan, Aubrey Treakle

8:00am    Altar Servers:   Daniel, Joseph

Sunday        Readers:       Joyce Cyrus, Karen Primeau (EM)

Sep 16           Ushers:        Scott Johnson, Craig Lawson

10:30am   Altar Servers:   Christopher & Peter, Brendan

Counters:      John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

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Saturday     Readers:        Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)

Sep 23           Ushers:       John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin

5:00PM    Altar Servers  : Isaac & Vince, Joseph

Sunday       Readers:         Pete Zahn, Mike Monticello (EM)

Sep 24           Ushers:         Aubrey Treakle, Romie Powell

8:00am    Altar Servers:    Daniel, Joseph

Sunday       Readers:         Len Whitehead, Jesse Evans (EM)

Sep 24          Ushers:         Ron Lloyd, David Bowman

10:30am   Altar Servers:     Jackson, Danni

Counters:        Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

 

The Second Collection for Kerala, India is home to                  Father Justin Puthussery who resides in our diocese                     and assists at Fairfax Hospital.

 

Who do you say that I am?”  The One who calls is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.  Are you called to follow Him as a priest, deacon, brother or sister?  Call Fr. Michael Isenberg at (703) 841-2514, or write: m.isenberg@arlingtondiocese

 

 

A NATIONAL MOVEMENT IN HONOR OF THE MIRACLE OF FATIMA

 

The Rosary will be said on Saturday, October 13th from 12p.m. to 1p.m. in our social hall.

Come pray the Rosary for Peace on our Patio

For more info:  contact Kathy Weakley @ 540-308-5612

 

Everyone Is Welcome! A luncheon will be served after the Rosary.

 

 

Bethlehem

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 stisidore.frstaples@gmail.com

 

              

 

What is in your heart?  Share the fullness of your heart with your spouse by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on Sep 21-23, 2018 in Herndon, VA and Nov 2-4, 2018 in Gaithersburg, MD. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: RenewMarriage-VANorth.org or contact us at

 applications@renewmarriage-vanorth.org or 703-646-1521

 

 

Splendors of Eastern Europe

Including the Passion Play of Oberammergau which is presented every 10 years.

11 Days   May 11-21, 2020

Hosted by Fr. Jerry A. Wooton

This pilgrimage will go to some of Europe’s most interesting countries including Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Bavarian Lourdes.

Call Father @ #202-277-2883 for details. Brochures are in the      Gathering Area

SEPTEMBER FOOD PANTRY                                                                      Dish Detergent, Canned Fruit 

I was brought low, and he saved me.  Psalm 114

The More You Love the Church, the More It Hurts