REFLECTION

15 April 2018

 Third Sunday of Easter

After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to his Apostles and stood in their midst. As you might predict, “they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost (Lk 24:37).” The Scriptures say, after calming his disciples down and convincing them he was not a ghost, he said to them,

“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was     still       with you, that everything written about me in the     Law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the      scriptures. (Luke 24:44-45).

My question is, does God still do this? Does Jesus still open minds to understand how the entire Old Testament Scriptures were fulfilled in him? The simple answer is, “Yes!” But, as always, God’s gifts are not forced upon anyone; they are reserved for those who freely choose good over evil, love over selfish desires, truth over lies, God’s will over their own will. Two examples of this are found in today’s Readings.

The Second Reading in today’s Mass speaks for itself – to truly know God, to have our minds opened by him and to be perfected in his love, requires humble submission to His will:

My children, I am writing this to you so that you may    not        commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an       Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous    one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins           only but for those of the whole world. The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his     commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does        not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is          not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of        God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may          know that we are in union with him:” (1 Jn 2:1–5)

In the First Reading, St. Peter passionately exhorts to repentance those who out of ignorance have “denied the Holy and Righteous One” and put to death the author of life (Acts 3:13-19). Unfortunately, the dilemma faced by St. Peter is in full force today. Many today are ignorant of the truth revealed by Jesus – the Holy and Righteous One – and are seeking in their own way to put to death the author of life. How will their minds be opened?

Now, perhaps more than ever, people are closing their minds to the author of life who reveals to us the Truth and the Way to love and eternal fulfillment. Oh, how we need Catholic Christians who, like St. Peter, have humbly stood in the presence of the risen Lord and have had their minds opened to understand the true faith, so that, with all the passion of a totally convinced man possessed by the Spirit of the living God, they may speak the truth in love. How else will God open closed minds today?

Happy Easter!!

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Terry Staples

Pray for the Sick and other Special Needs

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(Apr 14-Apr 20)                      (Apr 21-Apr 27)

Sat      5:00pm   +Virginia Steele                           +Marge Sebert

Sun:    8:00am   +Anna Marie Plecher                     Parishioners

10:30am      Parishioners                           +Andreas Dinopoulos

Mon:   8:00am      Leonard Abeyta                         +Paul Dolenc

Tue:    8:30am  +Souls in Purgatory                   +John Nolan

Wed: 12:15pm     NO MASS                                +Evelyn Mae Lagemann

Fri:    12:15pm     Linda Toborg                           +Olivia Solis Camacho

 

Please return your CRS rice bowls as soon as possible.

Attention Altar Servers and Potential Altar Servers!

Father Staples will be holding altar server training/refresher training on April 15 after the 10:30am mass. We have at least one new altar server we would like to welcome. If you are interested in becoming an altar server, if you feel you need to practice, or if you just need a refresher, please plan to attend.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Food Bank: The April items are soap & Hamburger Helper.

 

Office Administrative Assistant needed!

We are in need of a new Office Administrative Assistant. Please email business@saintisidorethefarmer.com for details. You will need to be interviewed and approved by Father Staples prior to receiving an employment offer.

 

Thank you!

The Anderson family would like to thank all who have prayed for and supported Nadia. It has been four years since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She developed three skull tumors as well; one was excised and two resolved with chemo. The brain tumor got smaller, but persists. We elected to stop chemo a year ago, and all is stable, but she has lifelong endocrine problems for which we ask for your continued prayers. We are very blessed to belong to such a supportive parish. Thank you all so much!

~Rick and Patty Anderson

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

 Have you ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage?

Fr. Wooton of St. Patrick’s is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 1-12, 2018, 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. Wooton at 202-277-2883 or frwooton69@gmail.com.

Sisters of St. Maria & Women’s Club News

Yard and Plant Sale: The Sisters of St. Maria will be holding their spring yard sale on Saturday May 5, to benefit children in need in our area, and other worthy projects. The storage shed is open for your donations. In conjunction with this, the Women’s Club will hold their annual plant sale. New this year- there will be a plant request sheet in the Gathering Area. The Women’s Club will do their best to fill those requests.

Formal Wear Drive: Orange County High School’s Junior/Senior Prom is April 28. The Sisters of St. Maria are collecting clean, new or gently used, any size, ready-to-wear evening dresses and formals, as well as nice suits and men’s formal wear, to be given to young men and women who cannot afford to purchase or rent formal wear for the prom. All donations need to be turned in by April 15th. Please hang the items in the coat rack area between the upstairs bathrooms.

Active Shooter Training

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is providing Active Shooter Training for the faith based community at Orange County High School on April 30, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

If you plan to attend, please contact our Facilities Manager, John Clemente, at 540-846-0419.

Saturday         Readers:       Daphnie Sowa, Patricia Harbin (EM)

Apr 14               Ushers:       John & John Robert Clemente

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

Sunday           Readers:      James Dillon, Louise Monticello (EM)

Apr 15                 Ushers:       Romie Powell, Mark Hogan

8:00am    Altar Servers:       John, Eric & Matthew

Sunday           Readers:       Joyce Cyrus, Jesse Evans (EM)

Apr 15               Ushers:       Ron Lloyd, David Bowman

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

Counters:       John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

_____________________________________________________________

Saturday         Readers:       Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)

Apr 21               Ushers:       John Phelps, Larry Deeds

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

Sunday           Readers:      James Dillon, Mike Monticello (EM)

Apr 22                 Ushers:       Romie Powell, Aubrey Treakle

8:00am    Altar Servers:       Eric & Matthew, Shane

Sunday           Readers:       Len Whitehead, Jesse Evans (EM)

Apr 22               Ushers:       Ron Lloyd, David Bowman

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

Counters:       Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

FIVE CAR RAFFLE IN PROGRESS!   

As in years past, All Saints Parish of Manassas, VA has invited our Knights of Columbus council and parish to participate in their 5-car raffle. Prizes include five vehicles from Koons of Manassas- Honda Civic, Buick Encore, GMC Sierra truck, Honda CRV SUV, and Honda Odyssey van. One $5 ticket offers the purchaser a chance to win all 5 vehicles plus cash prizes totaling $20,000. Car raffle tickets will be mailed to each family in our parish, and should be received soon. Participating with All Saints to sell raffle tickets is a more generous venture than purchasing a vehicle on our own, and each purchaser has a chance to win 5 cars! This makes “selling” at work or to family and friends more like an opportunity. Just show them the ticket…it will sell itself! Thank you for your participation, from your local Knights of Columbus council here at St. Isidore.

2018 Walk 4 Life

The Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia’s Walk 4 Life 2018 is Saturday, April 21, at 8:30am at Christ Anglican Fellowship: 153 E. Main St., Orange, VA 22960. You may pick up a walker form in the Gathering Area. Join the

St. Isidore team as we walk for Life!

Mobile Food Pantry

The monthly Mobile Food Pantry will be at Booster Park on Tuesday, April 17 from 9:30am-10:30am. This is not income based, but you must be an Orange County resident.

Sing of Mary

Our awesome faith and a beautiful voice are brought together to draw you closer to God. Come and sing and “pray twice” with internationally known Catholic recording artist, Donna Cori Gibson, on Sunday, May 20th at 1:00pm in the Social Hall. Immediately following the 10:30am Mass, we will have a potluck lunch in the Social Hall, after which Ms. Gibson will perform. Get free music downloads, hear samples and view videos at www.DonnaCoriGibson.com.

For more information, call the office: 540-672-4933.