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What is Mass and why do Catholics

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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

Come Celebrate With Us

Sunday 11:00 am     

Tuesday 12:00 noon  

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Church Announcements 

Hello everyone

From the Bishop:

Masks: My request that all those entering our churches wear facial coverings is still in effect. To maintain consistency in parish life, this request is also in effect for meetings, social events, or other parish gatherings (including bingo or events in which food is served). 

The masking protocols and hand-sanitizing before distributing Holy Communion and after each person receives the Eucharist on the tongue, put in place by the Diocese on August 17, 2021, also remain in effect for priests, deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

I know at times it seems that we are moving backward rather than forward as we continue dealing with this pandemic. Our state leads the nation in infection rates, COVID numbers continue to rise, and our hospitals remain at full capacity. While it may be difficult to accept inconvenient practices, I appreciate your willingness to take these steps to ensure the safety of all those who are entrusted to your care while we gather for worship and other parish activities.

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An update on Jane Bredl:  She is still in the hospital.  They are trying to get her oxygen level up before they discharge her.  They are discussing hospice.  Please keep her in your prayers.

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Coffee and donuts has been temporarily stopped until the covid cases go down.

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Diocesan Survey

Surveys have been emailed to you and are also available in the vestibule.  Please place your finished survey in the tray in the vestibule.  Please return your survey by Tuesday, Sept 21!  They will be mailed to the diocese this week.

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The rosary will be recited before Sunday Mass beginning August 1st.

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Life Chain

Our Lady of Grace will be sponsoring the Pro-Life "Life Chain" on Saturday, October 9 from 11am to noon.  We will meet in front of the old Court House by 11am.  We will stand (or sit) in silence for an hour holding signs supporting the unborn.  We get much support from passing cars.  Please bring family or friends and show your support.

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Registration

Coming to Our Lady of Grace regularly but not a member?  Contributing but not receiving a tax credit for charitable donations from Our Lady of Grace?  Joining the parish is easy!  Registration forms are on the table in the vestibule.  Simply fill one out and put it in the collection basket. 

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The second collection September 26 is for The Catholic University of America. 

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It has come to our attention that some parishioners are interested in preplanning their funeral Mass,  We have a book with suggested readings and Gospels.  We will also have a form for you to fill out with the items that you have selected; readings, hymns, etc.  If you would like to preplan your service please contact the office.  We will let you borrow one of the books to use to fill out the form.  We will keep a copy of the form on file in the church office.  

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There will be a special collection Sunday, October 3rd to help with recovery from Hurricane Ida.There will be a special collection on October 3rd to help with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida.

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Thank you for your continued support.  Don't forget to donate to the Catholic Sharing Appeal.  The large sign in front of the church is in need of repair or replacement.  The money we get from the CSA  will go toward that.

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Thank You

Thank you to the wonderful parishioners who have given so much of their time to work in the gardens.  They look beautiful.  We are extremely grateful for your time and effort to help keep our grounds neat and tidy.

 

The Knights of Columbus Council #10011 meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm in Quinn Hall

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Diocesan Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Joseph

 

Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph with faithful from across the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston by making a pilgrimage to significant churches in the state named for the Guardian of the Redeemer and Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Consider embarking on your St. Joseph pilgrimage at one of three notable churches under his patronage with Mass and special tours of the churches on the second Sunday of each month from September to November (Sept. 12. Oct. 10, and Nov. 14. See Sunday Pilgrimage Mass times below).

· St. Joseph Church, 225 S. Queen Street, Martinsburg. Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 am

· The Cathedral of St. Joseph, 13th and Eoff Streets, Wheeling. Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 am

· St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 229 California Avenue, Weirton. Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 am

Bishop Mark Brennan encourages Catholics in West Virginia to visit the churches, chapels, and missions in the diocese named in honor of St. Joseph. This act of faith and spiritual renewal will gain a plenary indulgency (under the usual conditions: sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intentions of the pope, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin) for all the faithful who visit a pilgrimage site.

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.

Amen

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When Jesus prophesied his own betrayal and crucifixion it did not make any sense to his disciples because it did not fit their understanding of what the Messiah came to do. Unfortunately they were afraid to ask further questions! How ashamed the disciples must have been when Jesus overheard them arguing about who among them was the greatest!  Aren't we like the disciples? We compare ourselves with others and desire their praise. The appetite for glory and greatness seems to be inbred in us. Jesus made a dramatic gesture by embracing a child to show his disciples who really is the greatest in the kingdom of God. What is the significance of Jesus' gesture? Jesus elevated a little child in the presence of his disciples by placing the child in a privileged position of honor. Who is the greatest in God's kingdom? The one who is humble and lowly of heart, seeking glory by taking the lowly position of a servant or child. 

Jesus himself is our model. He came not to be served, but to serve (Mt. 20:28). Paul the Apostle states that Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7). Jesus lowered himself (he whose place is at the right hand of God the Father) and took on our lowly nature that he might raise us up and clothe us in his divine nature. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). If we want to be filled with God's life and grace, then we need to empty ourselves of everything which stands in the way - pride, self-seeking glory, egoism, narcissism, self-centeredness, vanity etc. God wants empty vessels so he can fill them with his own glory, grace, and love (2 Cor. 4:7). Are we ready to humble ourselves and to serve others as Jesus did? 

 

Just a Thought; Fr Giles

 

What is Mass

 

Our Lady Of Grace  Mission Statement

If you don't see the information you are looking for, always  check the Church Bulletin  click here

Deacon Larry has offered to take communion to anyone who is still unable to attend Mass.  If you know someone who doesn’t get emails please contact them and ask if they would like Deacon Larry to bring communion to them.  You, or they, can contact the office (304) 822-5561 or call Deacon Larry 703-421-5815.

 

Church Announcements 

Liturgical Minister

 

September 19

Lector:  Phil Gallery

EMHC:  Shari Gallery

 

 

 

September 26

Lector:  Andrea Kerns

EMHC:  Deacon Larry

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Weekly Offering                     

Sept 12, 2021                                         

General: $ 989.00

Poor Box: $ 10.00

Diocesan Scholarship: $165.00

Haiti: $ 500.00 ($ 1188.00)

Attendance: 57

Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.  This month they need toothpaste, dish soap and laundry detergent.

 

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Parish Goal: $7750.00

            Donations so far: $7260.00

            Percent of total:  94%

            Number of gifts: 28

Please consider donating to the Catholic Sharing Appeal.  Everything we receive now will come back to our church.  The money we receive will be used to repair or replace the sign in front of the church.

 

Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.  This month they need disposable razors, ladies deodorant, q-tips, and toothpaste.

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Dear fellow parishioner,

 

For better or worse, you will find either a physical or scanned copy of “Thoughts and Reflections”

included in the weekly bulletin.  Since I have not been able to contribute to the common liturgical or

ministerial good during this plague, I asked Fr. Thomas if I could perhaps contribute such weekly

offerings instead.

 

These reflections were written in an ad hoc basis during my years of active ministry in these Potomac Highlands.  They were, for the most part, cobbled together on those Saturdays when I had the

weekend homily in hand by the time I left for the 5:00 P.M. Mass at Epiphany.  They have been

excavated from my physical files (I suspect that there are many more if I opened one of the many thumb-drives I’ve ignored since I retired.)  They are passed on to you in their original state with all the errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typos, of that which is written in haste.  Such is the

laziness of this retiree.

 

These have no pretense of being anything more than what they are -  a backward glance upon the scatterings of grace which a generous God has strewn upon the surface of my daily life.  If you find any merit in them; if you find them helpful in recognizing the touch of grace in the simplicity of your own lives, them I am pleased and grateful.


 

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.

Contact the office...      Tuesday or Wednesday

                          -  304-822-5561

     

      If you would like to register as a parishioner.

If your address, phone number or email address has changed.

      If you or a family member is hospitalized so that Fr. Thomas can visit.

      If you become homebound so that a Eucharistic Minister can visit and bring you Holy Communion.

Baby bottles are available in the foyer to collect your loose change between now and Christmas.  The money will support the Knights of Columbus Pro-life ministry.  Please take a bottle home, and when filled, place it in the basket at Our Lady’s feet in the sanctuary.

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Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for the new flag for our flagpole.  The other one was worn and tattered.  Thank you also to Dan & Bob for all the work they do around the church and grounds.  Your hard work is greatly appreciated.                                                                               

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A book of Illumination of Conscience by parishioner Tom Eades

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Donation $10.00  and this is tax deductible Proceeds go to

Hope in the Darkness Project 

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Harley Carriger has written an autobiography.  It recounts his growing up experiences and early life.  He has donated a copy to our library.  If you would like to read Harley’s book please use the sign up sheet in the vestibule.  We will circulate the book through the list and then put it in the church library.

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Phil Gallery’s newest book is

“Saint Francis and the Animals.” 

Books will be available for sale for $18.00.

A Message from

Fr. Thomas Anatharackal CST

Our Lady of Grace

Administrator

 

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who is Jesus for you - and what difference does he make in your life? Many in Israel recognized Jesus as a mighty man of God, even comparing him with the greatest of the prophets. Peter, always quick to respond whenever Jesus spoke, professed that Jesus was truly the "Christ of God" - "the Son of the living God". No mortal being could have revealed this to Peter, but only God. Through the "eyes of faith" Peter discovered who Jesus truly was. Peter recognized that Jesus was much more than a great teacher, prophet, and miracle worker. Peter was the first apostle to publicly declare that Jesus was the Anointed One. The word for "Christ" in Greek is a translation of the Hebrew word for "Messiah".  Both words literally mean the Anointed One.

Jesus told his disciples that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and die in order that God's work of redemption might be accomplished. How startled the disciples were when they heard this word. How different are God's thoughts and ways from our thoughts and ways! It was through humiliation, suffering, and death on the cross that Jesus broke the powers of sin and death, and won for us eternal life and freedom from the slavery of sin and from the oppression of our enemy, Satan. If we want to share in the victory of the Lord Jesus, then we must also take up our cross and follow where he leads us. What is the "cross" that we must take up each day? - It is that when my will crosses with God's will, then His will must be done!

 

Have a Blessed and Joyful  Week

 

Please Pray For

Lynn Adams, Kevin Adrian, Mary Anthony, William Ashworth, Bill & Carolyn Batton, Julie Beavers, Dann Biser, Paul Biser, Christine & Dan Brown, Larkin Bryant, Casey Carriger, Sandra Carriger,  Paul Clower, Harrison Codo, Janet Crabtree, Antonia Detres, Connie Davis, Dorothy Davis, Mary Ellen Davis, The DeVan Family, Anna Dodson, Londa Dodson, The Downey family, Theresa & Tom Eades, Christopher Fagga, Lee Haggerty, Ginny Hajash, Steve Hajash, Ed & Charlene Godish, Grace Jackson, Ronnie Keiter, Sharon Kuykendall, Pam Kizer, Loretta Leach, Marianna Leone, Fr. Giles LeVasseur, Lance LeVasseur, Mike Lippold, Patrick Maher, Andy Mason, Raymond McCall, Tyler Milbourne, Felix Gonzalez Morales, Eileen Passauer, Terry Peel, Bob Pliska, Braydon Pound, Richard Ramsay III, Ashby Reddick, Danny Reddick, Gary Reddick, Meaghan Reddick, Teresa Reddick, Dick Shanholtzer, Kathy Steiner, Sue Stimak, Jerry Vowels, Jim Wysopal, Benny Young, Dana Zucker

(To add or remove a name, contact the office or put a note in the collection basket.  A new list will be  printed every three months.)

 

Please Pray

for the Sick listed  

 

 Mass schedule for Our Lady of Grace

Sunday 11:00 am     

Tuesday 12:00 noon  

 

 

 

Special Occassions

 

Holy Days of obligations

times are coming

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation: 

 

Weekday Mass's

Half Hour

before and after

 

1/2 hour before  Saturday or Sunday Mass

    or by appointment

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OLG's  Seminarian 

 

PHILLIP SZABO'S MAILING ADDRESS

Mount Saint Mary's Seminary

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg MD  21727-7797

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

 

Location

299 School Street

Romney, WV  26757-0871

304-822-5561

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Parish Email: 

 

ourladyofgrace@atlanticbbn.net

 

Mass Intentions

Offer a Mass for your loved ones, living or deceased.  We will try to schedule the Mass on your requested date (birthday, wedding anniversary, death anniversary, special event etc.) or as close to it as possible.  Please send requests at least three weeks ahead of the date you would like. The amount set by the diocese for Mass intentions is $10 for weekday and $20 for weekend Masses, but any amount, more or less, will be accepted.  Mass Intention envelopes are in the vestibule.

Due to having fewer Masses, it is more difficult to schedule Mass intentions on a requested date.  If you would like a Mass said on a particular date, please send the request in at least 4 months before that date.  Mass intention envelopes are on the table in the vestibule.  Contact the office with any questions.

Did You Know?

If you  make a donation to the church in memory of a loved one it is exempt from the 9% assessed by the Diocese on regular donations.

New Requests

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Pray for our homebound parishioners and our falling away Brothers and Sisters

 

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What are the Gospels?

The term gospel comes from a translation of the Greek noun

euangelion (εὐαγγέλιον) – meaning “good tidings” or “good news”. This means that when people are speaking of the four gospels in the bible, they are talking about the four recounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Written by evangelists between 70 and 100 AD, the four gospels contain almost everything we know today about Jesus, his life, his teachings, and his sacrifice.

The gospels are in fact, a set of specific historical text, that convey a deeper, more profound understanding of Jesus, who he is, his acts, and his teachings, from four different perspectives.

 

Why are There Four Gospels? Each of the gospels contain information that is either absent from or contradictive to the three other gospels. Each of the gospels were written to convey the message of the lord with different demographics, cultures, and educations in mind. The way an impoverished person living on the streets, would speak and think was different to those of an upper class from the same time period, which also meant that they would see and understanding things differently from one another. This made it rather difficult trying to get the people to connect with the same message, as their view of things was heavily influenced by their own means, needs and comforts.

As time is not kind to human memory, there is no way for us to know exactly what was said and done, word for word, and we must instead rely on the word of witnesses recounting what they saw and heard long after the event. Personal bias could also effect how these witnesses perceived the events, and as Jesus most likely spoke Aramaic there are bound to be a few mistranslated words or phrases here and there. As Catholics we believe  that the Gospels are the divinely inspired word of God.

 

 

DO YOU KNOW OF ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH?

 

 Registration forms for classes are in the church vestibule. Sessions begin at the end of September.  If anyone has any questions, please call or e-mail me.  I am glad to meet with you beforehand.   We want to provide classes for the following:

 

1.  Unbaptized adults who are considering to join the Catholic Church

 

2.  Baptized non-Catholic adults who want to join the Catholic Church

 

3.  Baptized Catholic adults who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation

 

4.  Catholics and non-Catholics alike who want to know more about the Catholic Faith

 

Do you know of anyone who wants to find out more about the Catholic Faith?  Please invite them to these sessions.

Our Lady Of Grace

Mission Statement

 

              We the members of Our Lady of Grace Parish are a Catholic Christian, ecumenical community under the auspices of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. 

 

             We are dedicated to providing an environment for ourselves and for others in which we can grow in a spirit of thanksgiving , worship, and love.  We wish to deepen our individual and collective faith in God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in the Sacraments of the Church, Particularly the Eucharist, and in Mary, Mother of Grace.

 

           W e gather together as a community of Faith, based on love, acceptance, interdependence, compassion, and service.

 

             Our purpose as a parish family is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word and example. We use our God-given talents to bring ourselves and others close to God. We accept our Baptismal call to make the faith of the Church known to all people by taking our personal part in evangelization.  

 

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Check out FaithInWV.org

 

The of Wheeling-Charleston has rolled out #FaithInWV, and it is all presented online through a new website - FaithInWV.org.  It is an online pathway to stories, photos, and videos of how our people in West Virginia are following Christ by actions and choices.

#FaithInWV is giving hope, rising above the odds, being a blessing, and leading by example. It is choosing to find the good in others, and letting others see Christ in you. Ultimately it is having faith in God the Father above all.

Learn how our brothers and sisters in Christ are doing His work. Let’s imitate their love, joy, strength, and resilience through the website. 

Do you know an exceptional Catholic in West Virginia, someone or a group who is a shining example of #FaithInWV? Email Bibey your feature idea to jbibey@dwc.org.

Our

Pastor

 

 

 

 

Fr.Thomas Anatharackal CST

 Father Thomas comes from India and has been a Priest for 29Years.

 

Our

Deacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Hammel

lmhammel@verizon.net

 

 

            Bishop Schmidt assigned Deacon Larry Hammel to our parish in the Summer of 2002 as they have a small "get away" place in Romney.

 

         Larry was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 1984 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.  He had a career in transportation planning, retired in1992, spent a year in chaplaincy training and then worked for seven years in two Catholic hospitals in New York, having been certified as a chaplain by the US bishops.  He and Marianne, his wife, relocated to Virginia in 2000, as most of their family is in that metropolitan area.  Larry is also currently assigned to St. Francis de Sales in Purcellville, VA and splits his time between that parish and ours.

 

        Larry is one of the on-call chaplains at INOVA Loudoun Hospital and also leads a spirituality group in the hospital’s Mental Health Facility.  He is the coordinator of Prison Ministry at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, Leesburg, VA for Catholic Charities and does prison ministry here in West Virginia at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

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Other Local Options 

 

Saturday evening Masses:  

4:00 PM Keyser,

4:30 PM Fort Ashby,

5:30 PM Winchester,

6:00 PM Moorefield

 

Sunday early Masses:  

8:30 AM Moorefield,

9:00 AM Keyser,

9:00 AM Fort Ashby,

7:30 and 9:15 AM Winchester

 

Sunday evening Mass

5:30 PM  Winchester 

 

The Knights of Columbus Council #10011 meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm in Quinn Hall

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One of the CD’s available on the display in the vestibule:

 

Sister Bethany Madonna, vocations’ director for the Sisters of Life, shares how God not only wants us to know Him, but also to give us the desires of our heart and gifts that bring purpose, meaning, and hope. She makes it clear that “receiving is the gift that we give” to the Lord and that He wants to be invited into every aspect of our lives. Speaking from her own life experience, Sister Bethany shows the importance of asking in order to receive all the Lord has in mind for us. 

Parishioner Comments

I was really impacted by how accessible the Lord makes Himself to us, if only we will ask. Tim - Fort Meade, MD

We need to hear more like this: ‘God is our Father in a way that none of our fathers can be.’ He said, ‘I will not leave you orphans.’ Donna - College Station, TX

What is 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, Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary is perpetuated by the priest, 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 simply 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” in the sense that 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 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.

 

 
Our Lady of Grace Romney WV

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is committed to the protection of its children and young people. The Diocese complies with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by maintaining an Office of Safe Environment. To report an incidence of suspected child sexual abuse, please contact your local law enforcement agency, or you may confidentially contact the West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families/Child Protective Services by calling the Child Abuse Hotline at 800.352.6513. To report suspected cases of sexual abuse by personnel of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to the Diocese, please contact one of the Bishop’s designees at 888.434.6237 (toll free) or  304.233.0880: Sister Ellen Dunn, ext. 264; Mr. Bryan Minor, ext. 263; Msgr. Frederick Annie, ext. 267, or Msgr. Anthony Cincinnati, 270. For more information on the Diocese’s Office of Safe Environment, please go to www.dwc.org, then click the “Diocese” tab, then click “Office of Safe Environment” under the “Offices” menu.  To learn more about the Catholic Church’s efforts in preventing sexual abuse of children in the United States, please visit http://www.usccb.org.  Under “Issues and Action,” click “Child and Youth Protection” from the drop down menu.

 

Trafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries.  The United States is a source and transit country and is also considered on of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation.  Are you aware of any trafficked children in your area and services available for them?  U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (sistersagainsttrafficking.org)

 

 

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