PASTOR’S REFLECTION

17 September 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week, our Lord offers a profound teaching on the nature and importance of forgiveness. I would like to share a meditation taken from a popular series, In Conversation with God, by Francis Fernandez:

The Sacrament of Penance helps us to be merciful towards others.

The Lord gives Peter a memorable explanation of the nature of Christian pardon in the parable of the two debtors. One debtor owed ten thousand talents while the other owed a hundred denarii. The difference in value is enormous. It took six thousand denarii to make a single talent. The lesson is that God’s mercy is immensely greater than our own. True mercy belongs to those humble souls who understand how much they have been forgiven.

Just as the Lord is always ready to forgive us, so we must always be ready to forgive one another. And how great is the need for forgiveness in our world today – indeed in our communities and families, in our very own hearts! That is why the special sacrament of the Church for forgiveness, the Sacrament of Penance, is such a precious gift from the Lord.

In the Sacrament of Penance, God extends his forgiveness to us in a very personal way. Through the ministry of the priest, we come to our loving Savior with the burden of our sins. We confess that we have sinned against God and our neighbor. We manifest our sorrows and ask for pardon from the Lord. Then, through the priest, we hear Christ say to us: ‘Your sins are forgiven’ (Mark 2:5); ‘Go, and do not sin again’ (John 8:11). Can we not also hear him say to us as we are filled with his saving grace: ‘Extend to others, seventy times seven, this same forgiveness and mercy’? (John Paul II, Angelus, 16 September 1984).

Confession is a magnificent school of love and generosity. The sacrament renews the soul and vivifies its capacity for pardon. “The Church must profess and proclaim God’s mercy in all its truth, as it has been handed down to us by revelation” (John Paul II, Encyclical, Dives in Misericordia, 30 Nov 1980). This task belongs to every Christian. It seems especially urgent in our times.

Let us ask Our Lady for a magnanimous heart like her own. She can help us to avoid brooding over disappointments and injuries. In addition, we must continually grow in our spirit of reparation to the merciful Heart of Jesus.

Amen!!

             Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Terry Staples

 

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(Sept 16-Sept 22)                                       (Sept 23-Sept 29)

Sat      5:00pm   +Erma Conroy                                 +Ilsa & +Irwin Kemp

Sun:    8:00am   +Wanda Lear                                           Parishioners

10:30am    Parishioners                                                OPEN

Mon:   8:30am   OPEN                                                                OPEN

Tue:    8:30am   OPEN                                                                OPEN

Wed: 12:15pm  +Kevin Corroon                                  Nancy Leftwich

Fri:    12:15pm    Charles Conroy & Family                      OPEN

Pray for the Sick and other Special Needs

In Memoriam:  Wanda Lear

 

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

Collection for Hurricane Irma: September 23/24

The diocese is taking up a special collection for victims of Hurricane Irma next weekend.  The collection for Catholic University has been moved to the weekend of October 7/8.

RCIA Resumes

RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, has begun on Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm.  Father Staples leads a study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and it is open to non-Catholics who wish to learn about our faith as well as Catholics who want to deepen their faith.  No registration required, and contact Father Staples with any questions.

Mobile Food Pantry Coming to Orange

The Mobile Food Pantry comes to Booster Park in Orange on this Tuesday, September 19, and volunteers are needed from 9:30AM-11:30AM.  To volunteer, contact Barb Mosticone at 434 242-2072.

Epiphany Catholic School News

Epiphany Catholic School will be hosting their annual Fall/Winter Consignment Sale Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd.  If you are interested in being a consignor, please visit us at www.epiphanycatholicschool.org/consignment-sale or email consignmentsale@epiphanycatholicschool.org.

Epiphany’s Annual Fall Pansy Sale is also underway.

Fall hardy pansies are available for $4 per pot or 6 for $20Forms are available in the Gathering Area and must be turned in at the St. Isidore office by Friday, September 29th for delivery on Wednesday, October 11th

 

Baby Shower for Orange Pregnancy Center

Please join us for a baby shower to benefit the Orange Pregnancy Center on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3pm here at St. Isidore.  Now is the time for shopping, knitting, and crocheting for babies in need.  Thank you!

 

Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia Annual Barbeque Fundraiser:  October 21

Please join us at the 2017 PCCV Fall Barbeque as we celebrate 13 years of ministry in Orange!  We have a new location this year:  Madison at the Mill, which is directly above our Orange Center.  This will allow guests to take a tour of our newly refreshed Center!  Tours will be 4:00-5:00 pm, and dinner is from 5:30-8:30.  To register, please call Jenny or Stephanie at 434 979-4516 or email jenny@virginiapregnancy.org.

 

Paul Stefan Foundation Presents our 10th Annual Black Tie Optional Gala:  “Thy Will Be Done”

When:                         Friday, October 27th, 2017

Where:                        Waterford in Fair Oaks, Virginia

Cost:                           $40.00 per ticket

Baby Paul Sponsor:    $1,000 (includes 8 tickets)

Keynote Speaker will be Jeanne Mancini, President of “March for Life”

Please RSVP to admin@paulstefanhome.org or                540 854-2300 as soon as possible as space is limited.    Make checks payable to Paul Stefan Home, PO Box 754, Locust Grove, VA 22508.  Rooms are available at the Fair Oaks Marriott for the PSF at a discounted price.  Call 844 225-0052.

Liturgical Roles

Saturday       Readers:            Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)

Sept 16          Ushers:             John Robert Clemente, Tom McDonnell

5:00pm          Altar Servers:    Abby & Joseph

Sunday          Readers:           Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)

Sept 17             Ushers:             Jim Schleser, Mark Hogan

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

Sunday           Readers:           Len Whitehead, Karen Primeau (EM)

Sept 17            Ushers:            Craig Lawson, Scott Johnson

10:30am    Altar Servers:   Joseph, ShayLynn, Isaac

Counters:         John & Carol Keeney, Thomas Allsbury

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Saturday        Readers:           Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda (EM)

Sept 23          Ushers:             John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin

5:00pm          Altar Servers:   ShayLynn, Abby & Joseph

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

Sept 24            Ushers:             Aubrey Treakle

8:00am          Altar Servers:    Christopher & Peter, Eric

Sunday          Readers:           Daphnie, Joyce Cyrus (EM)

Sept 24          Ushers:             Ron Lloyd

10:30am      Altar Servers:      Grace, Brendan, Joseph

Counters:          Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

 

Friday Adoration has resumed, 12:45-9pm. 

Please use the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area.

 

Celebrating a Silver or Golden Anniversary this year?

Were you married in 1967 or 1992? This is the last week to register for the 2017 Marriage Jubilee Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15th at 2:30pm at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Potomac Falls.  For more information, visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/MJM.

 

25th Annual Week of Prayer and Fasting

October 1-9, 2017

The 25th International Week of Prayer and Fasting coalition in collaboration with the Marian Fathers, Legion of Mary and Priests for Life, are asking individuals, families, prayer groups and parishes to unite for nine days (October 1-9) of prayer and fasting for the following goals:  conversion of all peoples and nations, to build a culture of life, to defend the sanctity of marriage and family life, to pray for peace and to implore God’s mercy.  It concludes on October 9, with the International Day of Prayer at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. The day will include speakers, Mass at noon, and many other activities.  If you are interested in this event, please pick up a flyer in the Gathering Area, or go to www.iwopf.org.

 

Sistine Chapel Choir to Perform at Basilica

Sponsored by the Catholic Arts Council, the group will be performing in the U.S. for the first time in more than three decades on Wednesday, September 20, at 6 p.m. This group of 30 boys and 22 men is considered the most prominent Catholic ensemble and oldest choir in the world. Affectionately known as the “Pope’s Choir” you will hear them sing a repertoire of classical sacred music in the magnificent Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. For more information visit http://bit.ly/SisChapChr

Food Bank:  The items for September are toilet paper and paper towels.