Pastor’s Reflection

01 July 2018

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A picture tells a thousand words. In today’s Gospel, Mark 5:21-43, Jesus provides us with a picture, or perhaps you could even say a verbal video, of what a Sacrament is. One frame taken from this verbal video was painted as a fresco in Rome, in the catacomb of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, at a time when Christianity was violently under siege. Before this image, in the underground graveyard, Christians would celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in secret to avoid the most severe persecutions. You ask, “How does this image speak to us a thousand words about the nature of the seven Sacraments?” Glad you asked! Since I don’t have space for a thousand words, let me mention just three ways (there are more!) along with some references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • The image shows Jesus’ body as the source of the Sacraments and saving grace.

Sacraments are “powers that comes forth” from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are          actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church.           They are “the masterworks of God” in the new and             everlasting covenant. (CCC 1116)

“Adhering to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, to the      apostolic traditions, and to the consensus … of the              Fathers,” we                 profess that “the sacraments of the      new law were … all instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord”       (Council of Trent). (CCC #1114)

  • As in the image, the Sacraments provide divine power and healing grace precisely by making the body of Christ present at a particular time, in a particular place, through tangible signs and symbols, in order to allow us, by faith, to touch his body.

Jesus’ words and actions during his hidden life and public   ministry were already salvific, for they anticipated the        power of his Paschal mystery. They announced and prepared what he was going to give the Church when all    was accomplished. The mysteries of Christ’s life are the              foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the   sacraments, through the ministers of his Church, for “what                 was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries                 [i.e. Sacraments] (St. Leo the Great).” (CCC 1115)

  • The image depicts the dispositions required of the recipient of the Sacraments. In the image we see what the Scriptures portray: the woman approached Jesus with profound faith, candor and reverence.

                She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his     clothes, I shall be cured.” (Mk 5:27-28)

                The woman, realizing what had happened to her,                approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before       Jesus and told him the whole truth. (Mk 5:33)

The assembly should prepare itself to encounter its Lord     and to become “a people well disposed.” The preparation of hearts is the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the      assembly, especially of its ministers. The grace of the Holy Spirit seeks to awaken faith, conversion of heart, and               adherence to the Father’s will. These dispositions are the   precondition both for the reception of other graces                 conferred in the celebration itself and the fruits of new life                 which the celebration is intended to produce afterward.     (CCC 1098)

Seventeen hundred years ago one of our inspired and creative brothers or sisters in Christ attempted to capture in an image the Gospel story we hear in this Sunday’s Mass. May this inspired image inspire us to contemplate and appreciate the divine riches and beauty our Lord offers when he makes himself present in the Sacraments allowing us to approach him with faith, reverence and candor, to reach out and touch his cloak. Yes, a picture can certainly speak a thousand words, and in this case, inspire a thousand blessings!

          Your Servant in Christ,

                           Fr. Terry Staples


Pray for the Sick and other Special Needs


Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(June 30 – July 6)                (July 7 – July 13)

Sat      5:00pm    +Anthony Catalano                      +Orville Kiehn

Sun:    8:00am       parishioners                                     Parishioners

10:30am    +charles miller                          John & Shelley Chesbuske

Mon:   8:00am                 open                                                    OPEN

Tue:    8:30am      women of grace families                     OPEN

Wed: 12:15pm                open                                            Joseph  Knight

Fri:    12:15pm    +louis monti                                      +Robert Petrella

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces


The JULY items are jelly & canned fruit.


Employment Opportunities

Charlottesville Catholic School is seeking qualified candidates to fill a number of open positions for the 2018-19 school year. Please visit for the complete job listings and for more information



Monday, July 9 from 3p.m.–6p.m.

Topic:  The Patriarchs of our Faith

Tuesday, July 10 from 9a.m. – 12p.m.

Topic:  The 12 Tribes of Israel



Guaranteed to have a wonderful time!


Keep your eyes open for more RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS, including when to register for 2018-19 CCD.

Saturday         Readers:    Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda (EM)

June 30            Ushers:     John & John Robert Clemente

5:00PM    Altar Servers:    Isaac & Adrian Anderson, Shane

Sunday           Readers:     Mary Ann Behnke, None Available (EM)

July 01             Ushers:        Romie Powell & Aubrey Treakle

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

Sunday           Readers:     Joyce Cyrus, Karen Primeau (EM)

July 01           Ushers:        Ron Lloyd & David Bowman

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

Counters:     John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans


Saturday         Readers:     Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)

July 7           Ushers:           John Clemente, Larry Deeds

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

Sunday           Readers:      Mary Ann Behnke, Mike Monticello (EM)

July 8                 Ushers:        Mike Monticello & Gordon Genovese

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

Sunday           Readers:       Jesse Evans, George Cyrus (EM)

July 8              Ushers:         Ron Lloyd & Bill Saunders

10:30am  Altar Servers:        Christopher & Peter

Counters:       Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury






Baptisms, Weddings & Anniversaries

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Retreat for Married Couples

A Retreat Day for Married Couples will be led by Fr. Paul Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, on Saturday, July 7 at Holy Trinity, Gainesville, VA, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Experience a profound and reflective retreat including talks, Adoration, Confession, and spiritual time with your spouse; the retreat will conclude with Mass.

Event Date: July 7, 2018


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“I will praise you Lord, for you have rescued me.”

Psalm 30 (29)