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