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The Knights of Columbus are not only responsible for the Fish Fry and the Mother’s Day Breakfast, but also the Church Picnic, the church Dance, the Ping Pong Tournament and the Trivia Dinner

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Sunday 11:00 am   

Live Streamed on OLG FB 

Tuesday 12:00 noon  

The Knights of Columbus Council #10011 meets on the fourth Sunday after Mass

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Sunday 11:00 am   

Live Streamed on OLG FB 


Tuesday 11:00 am


This week’s readings:

Acts of the Apostles 4: 32-35; Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 John 5: 1-6;

John 20: 19-31

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Sunday Message
3rd Sunday of Easter

The Gospel accounts (Luke 24:35-48) attest to the reality of the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. Jesus goes to great lengths to assure his disciples that he is no mere ghost or illusion. He shows them the marks of his crucifixion, and he explains how the Scriptures foretold his death and rising.

The door to heaven and key to paradise are through the cross. The center of the Gospel message is the cross - but fortunately it does not stop there. Through the cross Jesus defeated our enemies - death and Satan and won pardon for our sins. The way to glory is through the cross. When the disci-ples saw the risen Lord, they disbelieved for joy! How can death lead to life and the cross to victory? Jesus shows us the way and he gives us the power to overcome sin, despair, and everything else that would stand in the way of his love and truth. Just as the first disciples were commissioned to bring the good news of salvation to all the nations, so, we, too, are called to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to all who live on the face of the earth. Do we witness the joy of the Gospel to those around us?

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, open our minds to understand the Scriptures so that we may fully compre-hend the truth of your word. Anoint us with your power and give us joy and boldness to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.

The Knights of Columbus Council #10011 meets on the fourth Sunday after Mass

Stations of the Cross    each Friday during Lent at  6:00 pm. 

The Knights of Columbus Council #10011

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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
A plenary indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who devoutly make the Stations of the Cross. A plenary indulgence is a particularly powerful way to obtain remission of punishment -- on earth or in purgatory – that would have resulted from sins that were already forgiven. It covers all sins, mortal or venial, that the recipient has committed up to that time, if the person sincerely repents, detests their sins and fulfills all requirements of the indulgence.

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Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank.  St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we know from scripture and Christian tradition.

· The first is to combat Satan.

· The second is to escort the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.

· The third is to be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself.

· And the fourth is to call men from life on Earth to their heavenly judgment.

Very little is known about St Michael other than what we know from scriptures, and even there information is sparse.

In Daniel, St. Michael is mentioned twice. The first time as one who helped Daniel, and the second time he is mentioned with regard to the end times of the world when he will stand for the "children of thy people" (Daniel 10:13-21, 12:1).

His next mention comes in the Epistle of St. Jude, where St. Michael is said to guard the tombs

Liturgical Ministers

April 7


Lector: Mia Leone EMHC: Phil Gallery Shari Gallery Ed Rodriguez Greeters: J. & S. Childress


April 14 Lector:

Fr. Giles EMHC: Margaret Broderick Mark Mizin Herb Adrian Greeters: E. & C. Rodrigue

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Baby Items for Samantha Williams

Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets or donated to the poor box to support Samantha (Williams) Newcomb and her babies. Through your wonderful generosity we raised $2873.00 to help buy items for her babies. She was scheduled to have a caesarean section on April 11th. When I get news I will pass it on. With the money we were able to purchase the following items: a convertible crib and mattress, double stroller, pack n play for twins, head supports for car seats, hooded baby tow-els, wash cloths, sheets & mattress pads for the crib and pack n play, bottles, nasal aspirator, dreft, bedtime bath, nursing pillows, and swaddle blankets. These items totaled $968.44. We will be giving her a gift card for $1904.56, the money that was left, to help with additional needs for the babies or her young son. Catholic Charities donated handmade baby quilts, an infant car sear and diapers for the babies. Samantha and her family are very appreciative of your generosity and support and extend a big thank you to everyone. Please continue to keep them all in your prayers.



Annunciation of the Lord The Solemnity of the Annunciation which was celebrated as far back as the 4th or 5th century, falls nine months before the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord. The Annunciation recalls the day when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and revealed God’s will that she become the Mother of the Son of God, and she accepted. At that moment, the “Word became Flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). This year, because it would otherwise have fallen during Holy Week (March 25), the Annunciation will be observed on Monday, April 8th.

Birthday Party


Fr. Giles is throwing an 80th birthday party for himself. It will be on April 28th, after Mass in the church hall. Everyone in the parish is invited to help him celebrate. All food and drinks will be provided. Fr. Giles needs you to RSVP by April 7th if you will be attending so he can give the caterers a number. You can respond to him, or Terry, or email the church with your number attending.

Church Gardens The gardens around the church are crying for help. They need to be weeded and given tender loving care. If you would like to commune with nature and nurture our foliage back to a better life please feel free to come and work in the gardens any time. If you need tools see Terry and she will tell where to find them.

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Ladies  Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 1:00 pm


Greeters are needed  and Eucharistic ministers are needed


We are looking for greeters for Sundays.  If you would like to be a greeter please contact Gayle Bogard (


Romney Food Pantry

There is a basket in the vestibule for non-perishable food donations for the Romney Food Pantry.


Money in the Poor Box

There is a basket in the vestibule for nonperishable food donations for the Romney Food Pantry. Money in the Poor Box In April money from the poor box will go to the Romney Food Pantry. Thank you for your generosity!


Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.  They are in need of feminine products, toothpaste, and men’s deodorant.   There is a box in the vestibule for donations.


Catholic Sharing Appeal
This year our goal is $8890.00. Everything we receive now will come back to our parish. This money will be used to repair the stone on the bell tower that is deteriorating from weather. Please consider a donation to the CSA.

Goal: $8890.00 No. of gifts: 27
Received: $5175.00 Percentage: 58%

Prayer List
We will soon be updating the prayer list. Please put names you would like on the prayer list on the sheet on the table in the vestibule.

Registering at our Lady of Grace 
Coming to Our Lady of Grace regularly but not a member? Contributing but not receiving a tax credit for your charitable donations? Joining the parish is easy! Registration forms are on the table in the vestibule. Just fill one out and drop it off at the parish office, or put it in the collection basket.------------------------------------------------------

Sacrament of Marriage

Please contact our office at least 6 months in advance of the desired date


Sacrament of Baptism

please call the office to set up an appointment


Office Hours: 

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:00 am—3:00 pm

Please use office door



299 School Street

Romney, WV  26757-0871



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Do you have a Guardian Angel?

Yes, you have a guardian angel. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.202* "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life."203** Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

Simply put, each living person has a guardian angel from the moment of their conception to the moment of their natural death. During this time, they are aided by their guardian angel. They are not just for children. 

Your guardian angel will work to steer you free from sin, to encourage you to keep God's commandments, and to intercede on your behalf before God. 

For many people, this seems strange. Few individuals even recognize the angels exist, or that they have a guardian angel. The source of this problem is distraction, especially with worldly matters. When we fill our hearts and minds with worldly things, we have little attention left over to discern the gentle nudging of our guardian angel. Furthermore, our guardian angel cannot make decisions for us. We retain our free will, so they cannot stop us from committing sins, nor can they protect us from evil choices made by others. 

* Footnote 202 - Cf. Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Ps 34:7; 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech 1:12; Tob 12:12.
** Footnote 203 -Â 203 St. Basil, Adv. Eunomium III, I: PG 29,656B.

Prayer for Priests

Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.


Children’s Home of Romney

The Children’s Home in Romney is in need of baby formula.  Some of their foster parents have been unable to obtain formula.  They need: Similac Sensitive, Similac Advance, and Enfamil infant formula.  Donations can be left in the vestibule or in the plastic container by the outside entrance door to the office.


End of the Year of St. Joseph: Act of Consecration

“O great Saint Joseph, whom God has made the Head of the Holy Family, accept me, I beseech you, though utterly unworthy, to be a member of your “Holy House.” Forsake me not, but adopt me as a servant and child of the Holy Family. Watch over me at all times. Console and strengthen me, with the presence of Jesus and Mary, so that with you, I may praise and adore the Holy Trinity for all eternity. O my Spiritual Father, I hereby consecrate myself to you. In faithful imitation of Jesus and Mary, I place myself and all my concerns under your care and protection. To you, after Jesus and Mary, I consecrate my body and soul, with all their faculties, my spiritual growth, my home, and all my affairs and undertakings”. Amen.

St. Joseph, Pray for us! In the name of the Father…




Prayer to Saint Thomas the Apostle

Dear Saint Thomas,

You were once slow in believing that Christ had gloriously risen; but later, because you had seen him, you exclaimed: "My Lord and my God!"

According to an ancient story, you rendered most powerful assistance for constructing a church in a place where pagan priests opposed it.

Please bless architects, builds and carpenters that through them the Lord may be honored.


Please Pray For...



Kevin Adrian, Mike Adrian, Barb Aiello, Carlos Alexander, Robin Ayers, Lana Bean, Julie Beavers, Mary Beth Biese, Paul Biser, Gayle Bogard, Marie Bogard, Bonnie Bowley, Elizabeth Braun, Gerald Brill, Christine & Dan Brown, Corey Burks, Jim Childress Jr, Rick Corbett, Terry Craver, Connie Davis, Anto-nia Detres McCall, Milagros Detres, Pedro Detres Jr, Pete Diefendorf, Rick & Londa Dodson, Tom Eades, Gracie Frey, Beth Grayson, Steve & Judy Hajash, Francis Hajash, Larry & Marianne Hammell, Betty Hartman, Troy Hixenbaugh Sr, Tom Hudson, Grace Jackson, Michael Kastre, Nora & Tom Kessel, Pam Kizer, Roy Knight, Gary Kuncl, Ann Marie Peters Kurtz, Sharon Kuykendall, Erino & Marianna Leone, Fr. Giles LeVasseur, Lance LeVasseur, Pat Marsh, Andy Mason, Ronald McNeil, Tyler Milbourne, Todd Mil-ler, Milda Mullins, MRGII, Sophia Pominska, Richard Ramsay III, Danny & Meaghan Reddick, Gary & Te-resa Reddick, Rick Reddick, Kelley Rodriguez, Julie Semenuk, Marysia Sellaro, Paul Sellaro, Jonathon Shacat, Carrie Shrewsbury, Dorothy Stinson, Ben & Russell Smallwood, Sherry Spangler, Lori & Mike Stickley, Joe Szabo, Trudy Trenton, Benny Young.


(To add or remove a name, contact the office or put a note in the collection basket.)

Weekly Offering March 24, 2023


General: $ 1623.00

Poor Box: $ 140.00 ($ 1150.00)

Quilt raffle: $75.00 ($795.00)

Attendance: 91


Our Lady of West Virginia

Our lady is the beauty

of the West Virginia hills.

From Spruce Knob’s lofty towering

     To where Kenova spills

Out of bounds, and seeks to share

     Our wealth with sister-states,

Our Lady’s smiling sunshine

     Forever radiates.

The bright blue of her mantle

Is in summer skies at Cheat.

Her golden tresses ripple

In Greenbrier’s autumn wheat.

Romney’s apple-blossoms

Ear the blushing of her face

As she heard the angel whisper

“Hail, Mary, full of grace.”

Our Lady is the music

Of our lovely lakes and streams,

“The beautiful Ohio,”

And the Tygart’s dashing gleams.

Her low-voiced laughter tumbles

In Blackwater’s clear cascade,

And echoes on Kanawha:

“Behold the Lord’s Handmaid.”

Our Land is the loveliness

Of all young, growing things.

She is the rapture in our souls,

The gaiety which sings:

“Lady of West Virginia, Virgin Immaculate,

Reign over every heart and soul,

Queen of our Mountain State.

Mark Smith

Morning Prayer
Dear God,
Your mercies toward me are new each day. Thank you for keeping me safely through the night. Thank you for opening my eyes to see a new morning. The things of yesterday have gone and what lies ahead is unknown. But, Lord, today, I pray that you would grant me your peace, bold-ness, and love. Help me to walk through this day with you as my guide. Lord, help me build my day around your presence, that I might live in contin-ual connection with you, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

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The sacrifice of the Holy Mass


      Perhaps the best way to describe this connection is to say that in the Mass we re-link ourselves to Calvary.  In the Mass, the priest perpetuates Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, who offers it anew to the Father.  St. Paul told his converts in Corinth, "Every time, then, you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26).

       It is not a new sacrifice, but rather the same sacrifice that Jesus offered on the cross 2,000 years ago.  The Eucharist is not a matter of "repeating" that action but of reestablishing our bond with it. The difference, however, is that Jesus no longer dies at each Mass, but is re-offered to the Father.  It is a “bloody” sacrifice only in the sense that it contains the Body and Blood of Christ.  But it is “unbloody” because it is offered only in a sacramental fashion under the appearances of bread and wine. 

     In other words, in the Mass, we re-present -- or mystically renew -- the Sacrifice of Calvary.  In other words, we offer Jesus’ sacrifice to God the Father on the altar during the Eucharistic celebration for the remission of our sins, using signs and symbols.  This means that, once again, we offer Christ to the Father, saying: "Father, look upon the Lamb that was slain for our sake." By the words of consecration, Christ is made present again through the “transubstantiation" of the bread and wine into Christ's Body and Blood.

Bedtime Prayer
Visit this place, O Lord, I pray,

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy; may your holy angels dwell with me and guard me in 
and may your blessing be always upon me,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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Sunday Message

Divine Mercy Sunday


Divine Mercy Sunday is a special day for Christians around the world. It is a time to remember and celebrate the incredible love and forgiveness that God has for all of us. On this day, we reflect on the mercy and compassion that God offers to each and every one of us, no matter our past mistakes or shortcomings. One of the most important aspects of Divine Mercy Sunday is the opportunity for confession and reconciliation. Whether your last confession was 1, 20, 30, or even more days before Divine Mercy Sunday, as long as you do not have the stain of unconfessed mortal sin on your soul, then you are spiritually alive in Christ and able to receive His special grace from Holy Communion on that great feast day! It is a chance for us to acknowledge our faults and ask for God's forgiveness, knowing that He will always forgive us if we come to Him with sincere hearts. In addition to seeking forgiveness, Divine Mercy Sunday is also a time to extend mercy and compassion to others. Just as God shows us mercy, we are called to show mercy to those around us – forgiving others who have wronged us and offering a helping hand to those in need. Throughout the day, many churches hold special services and prayers to honor Divine Mercy Sunday. These services often include the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a prayer that focuses on God's mercy and forgiveness. But Divine Mercy Sunday is not just a single day of celebration – it helps us to recall God's loving mercy that we can carry with us every day of the year. It is a reminder to be grateful for the love and forgiveness that we receive from God and to share that love and forgiveness with others. So, as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, let us take time to reflect on God's incredible mercy and love, and let us strive to live lives filled with mercy, compassion, and forgiveness

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