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“I am the good shepherd,
says the Lord; I know my sheep,
and mine know me.”
Are You Aware?
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
Sunday 11:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 noon
The Knights of Columbus Council #10011 meets on the fourth Sunday after Mass
Stations of the Cross and Soup and Sandwiches
There will be Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm. After the 12:00 noon Stations the Knights of Columbus will have soup and sandwiches for sale in the church hall.
The Knights of Columbus Council #10011
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.
Parish Picnic The Ladies Prayer Group will be sponsoring the parish picnic this year. It will be on Sunday, October 8th after Mass, at the church. The picnic will be a pot luck lunch. If you have outside games you would like to bring, please bring them. The church will provide paper products, condiments, coffee, water and soda. If there are other bev-erages that you would like to bring you may. The ladies will provide hot dogs, sloppy joes and chicken. Please bring hamburger buns, hot dog buns, side dishes or desserts. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule to indicate how many are coming and what food you will be bringing. We will also need help the day of the picnic for set up, serv-ing and clean up. If you can help with any of these please sign up in the vestibule.
CAN WE COUNT YOU IN?
Will you be a part of the movement in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to pray ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR VOCATIONS between the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th to the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7th?
It’s never been done here before but WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.
“Behind and before every vocation is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a faith community…. Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer: and only through prayer can we persevere and bear fruit.” – Sister Martha Gomez, R.G.S., Delegate for Consecrated Life in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
CATHOLIC VOCATIONS include priesthood, religious life, marriage, and single life – callings to join Christ through our Baptism, serving God as we serve others.
ENTER YOUR PLEDGE for the number of rosaries you will pray for vocations.
SHARE this endeavor with their family, friends, and organizations outside of the state, so we will have beautiful souls all over the world praying for increased vocations in our diocese. While rosaries are typically associated with Catholics, non-Catholics pray the rosary as it is recognized as a valid form Christian devotion and mindfulness.
RESOURCES for success! Whether you learned the rosary as a child or just learning as an adult use these resources to help make this popular meditative prayer a part of your devotions.
Go to dwc.org to sign up.
Emmaus Ministry and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are offering a day-long, spiritual retreat for grieving parents, on Saturday, October 14th, 2023. It will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, at 2244 Marshall Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003. Any grieving parent whose child of any age has died by any cause, no matter how long ago, is welcome to attend. The cost is $25 for an individual and $40 for a couple. The day will go from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM, and lunch and dinner will be provided. For more information and to register, please go to www.emfgp.org or call (800) 919-9332.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
Romney Food Pantry
There is a basket in the vestibule for non-perishable food donations for the Romney Food Pantry.
In June the money from the poor box will go for special parishioner needs. Thank you for your generosity!
Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy. They are in need of razors, toilet paper, shampoo, and dish detergent. There is a box in the vestibule for donations.
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 the weather. Please
consider a donation to the CSA.
Goal: $8890.00 No. of gifts: 25
Received: $4455.00 Percentage: 50%
If you received an email saying you need to update your Virtus infor-
mation, please do so as soon as possible. If you can’t do it at home
you can make an appointment to come to church and do the updat-
ing. Contact the office at 304-822-5561, on Tuesday or Wednes-
day, to make an appointment. All training needs to be completed by
November 1, 2023.
Parish Point Person
The Diocese Eucharistic Revival Team is asking each Pastor to assign one parishioner to be the “Parish
Point Person” for the Eucharistic Revival work at the parish. The role of the “Parish Point Person” in the
Year of Parish Revival will be to (1) oversee and implement the Eucharistic Revival small groups and (2)
assess and implement the “Parish Playbook” at the parish. If you are interested in being the Parish Point
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.Â
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.Â
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.Â
* 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.
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
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 am—3:00 pm
Please use office door
Prayer of the Faithful Requests
“We will be adding parishioner’s requests for prayers to our “Prayer of the Faithful” prayers at Sunday Masses. Parishioners may put prayer requests in the collection basket, or email them to the church office. The requests must relate to a parishioner (family or close friend), or a person in need in our community. The name of the parishioner submitting the prayer request must be on the request. Father Thomas will determine if a request meets the criteria for being used at Mass.” Special prayer requests can also be submitted for the prayer list in the bulletin.
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June is known as the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus most simply because the solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated during it.
This year, the solemnity falls on June 16. The date changes each year because it is celebrated on the Friday after the Corpus Christi octave, or the Friday after the second Sunday after Pentecost.
However, other reasons exist as to why June is dedicated to the Sa-cred Heart.
The feast dates back to 1673, when a French nun, belonging to the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines) in eastern France, be-gan to receive visions about the Sa-cred Heart.
Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque and revealed ways to venerate his Sacred Heart and explained the immense love he has for humanity, appearing with his heart visible outside his chest, on fire, and surrounded by a crown of thorns.
These different ways include partaking in a holy hour on Thursdays and the reception of the Eucharist on the first Friday of every month.
Jesus told Sister Margaret Mary, "My Sacred Heart is so intense in its love for men, and for you in particular, that not being able to contain within it the flames of its ardent charity, they must be trans-mitted through all means." These visions continued for 18 months.
On June 16, 1675, Jesus told Sister Margaret Mary to promote a feast that honored his Sacred Heart. He also gave Sister Margaret Mary 12 promises made to all who venerated and promoted the devotion of the Sacred Heart.
He said, "I ask of you that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special feast to honor my heart, by communicating on that day, and making reparation to it by a solemn act, in or-der to make amends for the indignities which it has received during the time it has been exposed on the altars. I promise you that my heart shall expand itself to shed in abundance the influence of its di-vine love upon those who shall thus honor it, and cause it to be honored."
Sister Margaret Mary died in 1690 and was canonized by Pope Benedict XV on May 13, 1920.
The Vatican was hesitant to declare a feast to the Sacred Heart, but as the devotion spread through-out France the Vatican granted the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to France in 1765.
In 1856, Pope Pius IX designated the Friday following the Feast of Corpus Christi as the Feast of the Sacred Heart for the universal Church. Ever since, the month of June has been devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and his immense love for us all.
Catholic Sharing Appeal
The Catholic Sharing Appeal for 2023 has begun.
This year our goal is $8890.00. The first half will go to the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston for evangelization and outreach, Catholic education, and Parish and Mission grants. Everything over 50% ($4445) 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.
No. of gifts: 21
Received: $2960.00 Percentage: 33%
This Sunday and next will be the last days to update your contact information for the new directory. Please check your information on the list in the hall. Make any corrections below your information. If your information is correct, please initial it so we will know that you checked it. If your name is not on the list please fill out one of the registration forms and leave it in the hall. It will be collected after you are done
We need volunteers to host our first of the month Sunday socials. You would host them once every three months. You would be responsible for purchasing food and setting it and the coffee up for the social. If you are interested, or want more information, please contact the office, 304-822-5561.
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.
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
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.
Kevin Adrian, Mike Adrian, Barb Aiello, Francine Ahrens, Carlos Alexander, Chris B. (lost her son), John Bennett, Carolyn Batton, Paul Biser, Elizabeth Braun, Gerald Brill, Bowley Family, Christine & Dan Brown, Betty Chevery, Harrison Codo, Cindy Cookinham, Rick Corbett, Terry Craver, Donna Davis, Connie Davis, Cef Delgado, Milagros Detres, Junior Detres, Londa Dodson, Rick Dodson, Joseph Doherty, Beth Grayson, Steve & Judy Hajash, Francis Hajash, Gene Hale, Betty Hartman, Grace Jackson, Nora Kessel, Tom Kessel, Chuck Kesner, Sharon Kuykendall, Pam Kizer, Erino & Marianna Leone, Fr. Giles LeVasseur, Lance LeVasseur, John Lien, Pat Marsh, Andy Mason, Tyler Milbourne, MRGII, Milda Mullins, Nancy Neale, Missy Nixon, Eileen Passauer, Ann Peel, Bob Pliska, Leigh Polanco, Richard Ramsay III, Danny Reddick, Gary Reddick, Meaghan Reddick, Teresa Reddick, Julie Robert, Dale Rogers, Bill Saunders, Laura Shoemaker, Sherry Spangler, Barbara Stamberg, Linda Staub, Kathy Steiner, Lori & Mike Stickley, Joe Szabo, Trudy Trenton, America Valentin, Charlene Williams, Benny Young, Dennis Young, Billy & Tabitha
(To add or remove a name, contact the office or put a note in the collection basket.)
Sept 3 & 10, 2023
General: $ 1454.00, $1049.00
Poor Box: $ 123.00, $244.00
Building Fund: $449.00
Attendance: 81, 83
Mass Times by cities
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
The bright blue of her mantle
Is in summer skies at Cheat.
Her golden tresses ripple
In Greenbrier’s autumn wheat.
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.
Lector: Dottie Adams
EMHC: Ed Rodriguez
Greeters: J. & S. Childress
Lector: Victoria Carr
EMHC: Margaret Broderick
Greeters: Gayle Bogard
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.
What is the
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.
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,
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel (Mt.18:21-35), Jesus makes it clear that there is no limit to giving and receiving for-giveness. He drove the lesson home with a parable about two very different kinds of debts. The first man owed an enormous sum of money - millions in our currency. The man who was forgiven such an incredible debt could not, however, bring himself to forgive his neighbor a very small debt.
If God has shown mercy to us in granting us pardon for our sins, then we, in turn, must show mercy and forgiveness towards every person who has offended us. The willingness to forgive those who of-fend us is a sacred duty. If we want God to pardon us and show us his mercy when we sin and diso-bey his commandments, then we must be willing to let go of any resentment, grievance, or ill-will we feel towards our neighbor. Jesus teaches us to pray daily for the grace and strength to forgive others in the same measure in which God has forgiven us. If we do not show mercy and forgiveness to our fellow human beings, how can we expect God to forgive us in turn? The Apostle James says that "judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy" (James 2:13).
Let us pray today: Lord Jesus, you have been kind and forgiving towards me. May I be merciful as you are merciful. Free me from all bitterness and resentment that I may truly forgive from the heart those who have caused me injury or grief.