PASTOR’S REFLECTION

12 November 2017

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we enter into the last three weeks of the liturgical year, our Lord through the Church’s liturgy turns our minds to a very important topic: preparation for the coming of Christ. In this week’s Gospel we hear the parable of the wise and prudent virgins. In the parable ten virgins or bridesmaids are awaiting entrance to the great wedding feast. The bridegroom is delayed and they all fall asleep until suddenly, in the middle of the night, the groom comes to welcome them into the banquet. The only problem is, in order to find their way to the feast they need to have oil lamps and sufficient oil to keep them burning. As it turns out, five of the ten were “foolish” because they did not bring oil for their lamps. These were excluded from the feast while the five “wise and prudent” virgins who had prepared themselves for this moment with sufficient oil entered into the feast. The moral of the story is clear: be prepared to meet the bridegroom (Jesus) when He comes! Certainly this parable applies to the moment of our death and our need to always be in a state of grace because death may come to us at any time. But, I would suggest there is another application as well. As we all know, life often brings with it times of trial, suffering, darkness. At these times—in the “middle of the night”—it is easy for us to lose sight of the way to the “feast.” Sometimes it can be challenging to find and follow the Bridegroom, Jesus, in the middle of the night. For this, we must be prepared beforehand.

The question arises: how do we prepare for the sudden and sometimes devastating trials of life? How can we find the Bridegroom in the middle of the night? If we want to be counted among the “wise and prudent” disciples of Christ, we need to fill our oil stocks everyday with at least these three things:

  • Daily quiet time with God. We must schedule it; calculate a way to keep it habitually, daily, in our lives even if it means depriving ourselves of other things. This is not optional.
  • Spiritual reading or study. If we are not daily nourishing our minds with the truth of our faith we can rest assured that are defenses are weakening . . . we are running out of oil and will find ourselves blind when our faith is put to the test.
  • Examination of conscience and Confession. We need to daily reflect on our sins and explicitly tell God we’re sorry for them. At the same time, we need to daily and explicitly give thanks and praise to God for any good we may have accomplished. Daily examination of conscience and periodic Confession are essential for our preparation to enter the feast with our Lord.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but I believe if you consider the life of any Saint, you will certainly find these three elements habitually present in their daily routine. As we prepare to meet our Bridegroom and enter into the feast of eternal life, may the good Lord help us to be “wise and prudent,” to keep our oil flasks full—to be filled with the Holy Spirit—that we will never lose sight of our dear Lord and Savior, even when He comes in the middle of the night.

Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Terry Staples

 

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(Nov 11-Nov 17)                                       (Nov 18-Nov 24)

Sat      5:00pm   +Deceased Members          +Ken & +Loyce Obermeyer

of the Riesenberger Family

Sun:    8:00am   +Deceased members of                      Parishioners

the Quinn Family

10:30am   Riesenberger Family               +Emma Marie Karcher

Mon:   8:30am    +Jack Ryan Mattsson                    +Brian Riley

Tue:    8:30am    +Lee & Vida Cline                  +William & +Nancy Riley

Wed: 12:15pm +Emma Marie Karcher                +Socoro Portillo

Thanksgiving Day:  10:00am   Bruce Kigas

Fri:    12:15pm   +Theoda Pohlman                      +Robert Petrella

 

Pray for the Sick and other Special Needs

 

All Souls Memorial Book

November is the month that we remember the souls of the faithful departed of our parish and families. We have a book in the Gathering Area for parishioners to include the names of deceased loved ones, so that we all may remember them in our prayers. Also, the CCD children will be bringing pictures of deceased friends and relatives to display during the month of November. If you would like to, please bring your own pictures to add to the display so that we will remember to pray for them.

 

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces


Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 
 Meetings are Mondays at 11am and 7pm to address questions and review key points from the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory.  Preparation concludes with a solemn ceremony on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Extra books have been ordered and will arrive early this week. 

Share Thanksgiving With Friends at St. Isidore!

The Sisters of St. Maria would like to invite anyone without plans to join others in celebrating a Thanksgiving meal after the 10:00AM Mass.  Turkey, dressing, and ham are provided, just bring a side or dessert to share.  Games or a movie may follow, depending on interest.  Hope you will join us!  Please use the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area.

Love Outreach Pantry Fall Food Drive

The 2017 Fall Food Drive for the Love Outreach Food Pantry in Orange, VA will run until November 19, 2017. The requested items are: Jelly & Peanut Butter, Hot & Cold Cereal, Crackers, Canned Tuna & Chicken, Canned Soup & Stew, and Juice Boxes. PLEASE NO CANDY OR COOKIES.

 

Discover Catholic Schools Week

Discover Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington! Excellence, faith, academics and service are our pillars of education, and we are committed to developing the whole person. During this Discover Catholic Schools Week, from November 12-18, our schools invite you to learn more about them at their open houses. Check the Arlington Herald for Open House dates and follow us on Twitter @arlingtonOCS to discover our amazing Catholic schools!

 

Spiritual Retreat for Victim Survivors of Sexual Abuse

A retreat will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 1910 N. Randolph Street in Arlington. The retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be a day of spiritual reflection. Lunch will be included. Please contact the Office of Victim Assistance at (703) 841-2530 by November 14 if you plan to attend. Due to the nature and sensitivity of discussions, the retreat is open to victims/survivors and a support person only.

Liturgical Roles

Saturday        Readers:       Jesse Evans, Hazel Arruda (EM)

Nov 11              Ushers:       John Phelps, Larry Deeds

5:00pm    Altar Servers:       Christopher & Peter

Sunday          Readers:        Tony Lynch, Mary Ann Behnke (EM)

Nov 12                 Ushers:       Romie Powell, Mark Hogan

8:00am    Altar Servers:       John, Eric

Sunday           Readers:       Joyce Cyrus, Karen Primeau (EM)

Nov 12              Ushers:       Craig Lawson, Scott Johnson

10:30am   Altar Servers:       Grace, Jackson, Shane

Counters:       Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

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Saturday        Readers:       Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda (EM)

Nov 18              Ushers:       John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin

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

Sunday          Readers:        Pete Zahn, Joe Pauli (EM)

Nov 19                 Ushers:       Aubrey Treakle, Jim Katapka

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

Sunday           Readers:       Len Whitehead, Karen Primeau (EM)

Nov 19              Ushers:       Ron Lloyd, Dave Bowman

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

Counters:       John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

 

Food Bank:  The item for November is Stove Top Dressing.

 

The Knights have begun their annual poinsettia sale.  Please order by using the form on the Christmas card sale table in the Gathering Area. Orders must be received by November 26th. All poinsettias are red; 6-inch pots are $5.00, and 8-inch pots are $10.00. Poinsettias will be delivered by the first weekend of December and payment is due then. Thanks for supporting the Knights!

The Knights have begun their “Keep Christ in Christmas” card sales in the Gathering Area. All proceeds go to support our seminarian, Nicholas Schierer.

Keep Christ in Christmas

Blood Drive at St. Isidore: Next Sunday

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a blood drive on November 19th, 9am-1pm.   Participating donors will receive a “Tacky T-Shirt” while supplies last.  To sign up, please call the church office or go to https://donateblood.vablood.org.         Use group code: St. Isidore

Angel Tree Food Collection

The Angel Tree grocery list is available in the Gathering Area.  As in the past we will be providing food boxes to our adopted families. To ensure we have enough for our families, food collection will continue until Sunday, until December 15th.  

 

 

2018 Catholic Charities Ball:  Friday, February 10

Please consider supporting Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington by attending the 2018 Catholic Charities Ball.  Registration and information can be found at ccda.ejoinme.org.  This is a wonderful evening of celebration and awareness building for the critical work of Catholic Charities!  Please let me know if I can provide you with any further information by calling 631 365-4044.

~Jack Cintorino, Special Gifts Committee