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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.
All Saints Day is Wednesday, November 1st. It is a holy day of obligation. Mass will be at 11:00 am
All Souls Day
Please bring in photos of your deceased loved ones for our All Souls Day display. Place them in the container at the back of the church. Also please bring in your memorial candles
for the display. A memorial candle for your loved ones can be purchased for $5.00.
See Terry after Mass to purchase your candle.
Jesus & the Eucharist Study
As we continue this year of Eucharistic Revival, we invite you to be a part of “Jesus and the Eucharist,” a small group educational series. There are seven sessions, which will be led by Kathy Sell, who is our Parish Point Person for the Revival. The sessions will be held each Tuesday through November 28th, at 12:45 pm, in the church hall. Please bring your own lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Please join us for
one, or all of the sessions! There is a list of the topics for each week on the bulletin board in the vestibule.
The videos can also be viewed at https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/formation-resources.------------------------------------------------------
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 (email@example.com
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
In October the money from the poor box will go for special parishioner needs. Thank you for your generosity!
Catholic Charities collects and distributes per-sonal care items to the needy. They are in need of toilet paper, dish detergent and ladies 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%
Holiday Pie Sale
The Assumption fundraising committee is currently selling pies from The Pie Shoppe. They will be delivered to Our Lady of Grace on No-vember 12, and can be picked up after Mass. The cost is $12 each. There is an order form in the vestibule.
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.------------------------------------------------------
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
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.
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.
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
Please Pray For...
Kevin Adrian, Mike Adrian, Barb Aiello, Francine Ahrens, Carlos Alexander, Eileen & Thomas Alicandro, Jr, Chris B. (lost her son), Carolyn Batton, John Bennett, Kip Berentson, Paul Biser, Elizabeth Braun, Gerald Brill, Bowley Family, Christine & Dan Brown, Betty Chevery, Harrison Codo, Cindy Cookinham,
Rick Corbett, Terry Craver, Connie Davis, Cef Delgado, Milagros Detres, Junior Detres, Rick & Londa Dodson, Joseph Doherty, Gracie Frey, Beth Grayson, Jason Green, Steve & Judy Hajash, FrancisHajash, Gene Hale, Larry & Marianne Hammell, Betty Hartman, Ruby Henson, Sheila & Scott Hines, Tom
Hudson, Grace Jackson, Nora & 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, Lizzy Osborne, Ann Peel, Bob Pliska, Leigh Polanco, Richard Ramsay III, Danny & Meaghan Reddick, Gary & Teresa Reddick, Julie Robert, Dale Rogers, Bill Saunders, Laura Shoemaker, Sherry Spangler, Barbara Stamberg, Linda Staub, Gloria Steelman, Kathy Steiner, Lori & Mike Stickley, Joe Szabo, Trudy Trenton, America Valentin, Benny Young, Dennis Young, Billy & Tabitha
(To add or remove a name, contact the office or put a note in the collection basket.)
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.
Sept 3 & 10, 2023
General: $ 1454.00, $1049.00
Poor Box: $ 123.00, $244.00
Building Fund: $449.00
Attendance: 81, 83
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
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.
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.
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: Andrea Kerns
EMHC: Phil Gallery
Greeters: E. & C. Rodriguez
Lector: Phil Gallery
EMHC: Ed. Rodriguez
Greeters: H. & D. Carter
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,
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus summarized the whole of the Law in two great commandments found in Deuteronomy 6:5 - "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." – and, "you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). God is love and everything he does flows from his love for us (1 John 3:1). God puts us first in his thoughts and concerns. God loved us first (1 John 4:19) and our love for him is a response to his exceeding goodness and kindness towards us. The love of God comes first and the love of neighbor is firmly grounded in the love of God. God commands us to love him first above all else.
How can we possibly love God above all else and obey his commandments willingly and joyfully, and how can we love our neighbor and willing lay down our life for their sake? Paul the Apostle tells us that "hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us" (Romans 5:5). We do not earn God's love - it is freely given to those who open their heart to God and who freely accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord Jesus to flood our hearts with his love through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, your love surpasses all. Flood our hearts with your love and increase our faith and hope in your promises. Help us to give ourselves in generous service to others as you have so generously given yourself to us.