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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

Sunday 11:00 am   

Live Streamed on OLG FB 

Tuesday 12:00 noon  

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

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

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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…

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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.

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.

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Church Announcements 

Sunday 11:00 am   

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For Your Safety

For the safety of everyone in the church and the hall, we are requesting that everyone attending Mass enter the church through the main entrance, at the front of the building.  It is unsafe to open other doors in the building to let people in on Sundays.  For your additional safety we will be locking the main doors of the church on Sunday, ten minutes after Mass starts.  You will still be able to get inside after the doors are locked, just knock so that an usher can let you in.  ------------------------------------------------------

 

 

 

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Directory Photos
We will continue to take photos for our new parish directory next Sunday. We would like to have everyone’s photo in the new direc-tory. If you would prefer, you can submit one of your own photos for the directory. You can either email it to the church (ologrwv@gmail.com), put it in an envelope with the collection, or give it to Terry.

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Adult Education
The talks on the Eucharist will resume on Sunday, January 22, after Mass.

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Catholic Charities Books
Catholic Charities still has a lot of books in their shed. They have offered to let any interested parishioners to go into the shed and get whatever books they want and give Catholic Charities a dona-tion for them. Contact the office to make an appointment to get into the shed to see the books. They will be selling them to the general public again in the spring.

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Christmas Flowers
Donations for Christmas flowers were given by the following people:
Kathleen O”Brien and Dan Bowley
Also:
In Memory of: By:
Robert & Dorothy Alkire Connie & Dorothy Davis
Christine Adrian , Mike & Susan Stimak Herb & Sandee Adrian
Herb & Muff Adrian
Ken Johnson ,Jean & Bill Reed, Wayne Wright Eileen Johnson
All Lost Souls
Thomas & Justine Alicandro Jim & Sharon Childress
Melvin & Edith Childress
Ernest & Josephine

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Christmas Flowers
Poinsettias are available in the church hall for anyone would like some.

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Sunday of the Word of God
In 2019, Pope Francis established the Sunday of the Word of God to be celebrated each year on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. As the Holy Father stated in his apostolic letter instituting the observance, “Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathom-able riches before the world” (Aperuit illus, no. 2).
To celebrate this observance, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, through a grant from the American Bible Society, will offer a Sunday Seminar Series of five videos about Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church. These videos, offered in English and Spanish, will be offered by some of the finest biblical scholars in the United States and will be accompanied by discussion/reflection questions and suggestions for further reading.
The videos will be made available on the Sunday of the Word of God, January 22, 2023 at: https://catholic.bible/sunday-of-the-word-of-god/

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Ladies’  Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 1:00 pm

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Greeters 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 (gmbogard@gmail.com

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Romney Food Pantry
There is a basket in the vestibule for non perisha-ble food donations for the Romney Food Pantry.
Money in the Poor Box in November will go to the Romney Children’s Home for Christmas. Thank you for your support!
Catholic Charities collects and distributes per-sonal care items to the needy. They are in need of toilet paper and shaving cream. There is a box in the vestibule for donations.

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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.

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

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Parish Email: 

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WV Catholic Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
January 29 to February 4
Catholic Schools in West Virginia are finalizing plans to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29-Feb. 4
Principals, staff, and volunteers in the 24 Catholic schools - 18 grade schools and six high schools – are working together to showcase our exceptional schools, said Mary Ann Deschaine, Ed.S., Superin-tendent of WV Catholic Schools.
“Our schools provide an environment that is an extension of our family,” she said. “We are committed to providing a quality education that is unapologetically Catholic in nature. Lessons in Catholic faith are integrated into all subject areas and activities. With a steadfast focus on our faith, we trust God, through his son Jesus Christ, will continue to guide us to help our children reach their full potential.”
While academic excellence is a priority proven with proficiency assessments remaining above national and state averages (according to the US Department of Education National Center for Education Sta-tistics (NCES) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), nurturing the whole child for college and career readiness in a Christ-centered environment is the mission of the Catholic Schools of West Virginia.
“Our priority is our students, our privilege is supporting our families, and our commitment is to continu-ally improve our schools as we look to the future,” Deschaine said. “Through individual and critical thinking; strong self-esteem; empathy; citizenship; and a sound moral foundation all in a Christ-centered environment, each of our 24 schools prepare our students to be the best version of them-selves, so they can confidently share their God-given gifts and talents.”
All 24 schools across the state will host a variety of activities for their students and the community.
Catholic Schools Week is a great time to schedule a tour or shadow day at the school if you are con-sidering enrolling your child, grandchild, or loved one. Contact your local school to schedule, and ask them about their celebrations you can attend, such as athletic events, academic fairs, choral concerts, community service projects, school Mass, and more.
For more information contact your local Catholic school. For a complete listing go to: https://wvcatholicschools.org.
Sunday Missal
There are three copies of the New St. Joseph Sunday Missal available for $5.00 each. See Terry or contact the office at 304-822-5561 if you would like one.
Minister to the sick needed
Tom Hudson would like to receive communion at home. He lives on Buffalo Ridge Rd in Augusta. If you are able to take communion to Tom please contact the office or Gayle Bogard

Catholic Sharing Appeal
Money will be used to help pay for repaving of the parking lot. Please consider giving to this year’s Catholic sharing appeal.
Goal $9000.00 27 gifts received so far
Received so far: $6570.00 73% of our goal

 

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Scripture Study
Fr. Giles next scripture study will be Tuesday,  at 1:00 pm in the church hall. Everyone is invit-ed to attend.

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Eucharistic Ministers
If you are, or have been, a Eucharistic minister to the sick and would like to continue to be, please let Gayle Bogard (gmbogard@gmail.com) know, or the office. We are compiling a list so that we will know who is available when a need arises. If you would like to be a Eucha-ristic minister to the sick please contact Gayle or the office and let them know you will need training. Thank you.

 

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Hampshire County Christmas Food Box Program
The Hampshire County Christmas Food Box Program is getting ready for their annual Christmas food give away. They are trying to reach everyone in Hampshire County who is in need of food during the holidays. Enclosed in the bulletin are applications for food. If you are in need, or know someone who is, please fol-low the directions on the application to complete the form. You are welcome to make copies and distribute applications to those you feel might benefit from them. Monetary donations are being taken at Romney Presbyterian Church to help fund the food box program.

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Directory Photos
We will begin taking photos for our new parish directory this Sun-day during coffee and donuts. We will continue taking photos on subsequent Sundays in the church hall. Please have your picture taken one of the Sundays for the directory. We would like to have everyone’s photo in the new directory. If you would like to you can submit one of your own photos to be put in the directory. You can either email it to the church (ologrwv@gmail.com), put it in an envelope with the collection, or give it to Terry.

 

 

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.

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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.

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

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

 

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,
Amen.

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 
peace,
and may your blessing be always upon me,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

October Blessing of the animals

Fr Giles in action

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
John calls Jesus the Lamb of God and thus signifies Jesus' mission as the One who redeems us from our sins. The blood of the Passover Lamb (Exodus 12) delivered the Israelites in Egypt from slavery and death. The Lord Jesus freely offered up his life for us on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 Corinthians 5:7). The blood which he poured out for us on the cross cleanses, heals, and frees us from our slavery to sin, and from the "wages of sin which is death" (Romans 6:23) and from the "destruction of both body and soul in hell" (Matthew 10:28). It is significant that John was the son of Zachariah, a priest of Israel who participated in the daily sacrifice of a lamb in the temple for the sins of the people (Exodus 29). John recognized that Jesus was the perfect unblemished lamb offered by the Father in heaven as the one and only sacrifice that could cancel the debt of sin, and free us from death and the destruction of body and soul in hell.
When John says he did not know Jesus (John 1:31,33) he was referring to the hidden reality of Jesus' divinity. But the Holy Spirit in that hour revealed to John Jesus' true nature, enabling John to bear wit-ness that this is the Son of God. How can we be certain that Jesus is truly the Christ, the Son of the living God? The Holy Spirit makes the Lord Jesus Christ known to us through the gift of faith. God gives us his Spirit as our helper and guide who opens our hearts and minds to receive and compre-hend the great mystery and plan of God - to unite all things in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:10). Do we want to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ? Ask the Lord to pour his Holy Spirit upon us to deepen our faith, hope, and love for God and for the plan he has for our lives.

 

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Mass Times

A Message from

Fr. Thomas Anatharackal CST

Our Lady of Grace

Administrator

 

Have a Blessed and Joyful  Week

The Epiphany of the Lord
In their thirst for knowledge of God, the wise men from the East willingly left everything, including their home and country in pursuit of that quest. In their diligent search they were led to the source of true knowledge - to Jesus Christ, the Light and Wisdom of God. When they found the newborn King, they humbly worshiped him and gave him gifts fitting for a king. The Lord of the universe who revealed the star of Bethlehem to the Gentiles of the East so they could come and worship Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and King of Kings (Revelations 19:16), gives each one of us the same light of reve-lation to recognize and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to us. It is through the help of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and opens the eyes of the mind, that we are able to understand, accept, and believe the truth which God has revealed to us through his Son, Jesus Christ. In faith, the human will and intellect cooperate with grace. To know and to encounter Jesus Christ is to know God personally. In the en-counter of the wise men with Jesus we see the plan of God to give his only Son as King and Savior, not just for the Jewish people but for all the nations as well. The Lord Jesus came that both Jew and Gentile might find true and lasting peace with God. Let us pray today that Jew and Gentile alike will find the Lord and Savior on their journey of life. Do we bring the light of Jesus Christ to those we meet through the witness of our life and testimony?

 

Our Lady of Grace Romney WV

Please Pray For

Adelynn, Lynn Adams, Kevin Adrian, John Ahrens, Barb Aiello, Thomas Alicandro Jr., John Bennett, Carolyn Batton, Paul Biser, Elizabeth Braun, Bowley Family, Mary Bowser, Christine & Dan Brown, Don-ald Buchinger, Casey Carriger, Sandra Carriger, Betty Chevery, Paul Clower, Harrison Codo, Rick Cor-bett, Buddy Dayton, Connie Davis, Helen Dercks, Antonia Detres, Londa Dodson, Rick Dodson, Beth Grayson, Diane Gumpper, Steve & Judy Hajash, Betty Hartman, Tony Haywood, Hazel Holcombe, Harry Hott, Tom Hudson, Grace Jackson, Chuck Kesner, Sharon Kuykendall, Pam Kizer, Loretta Leach, Erino & Marianna Leone, Fr. Giles LeVasseur, Lance LeVasseur, John Lien, Andy Mason, Raymond McCall, Naomi Miller, Felix Gonzalez Morales, Shaina Mowry, Eileen Passauer, Nick Perez, Bob Pliska, Richard Ramsay III, Danny Reddick, Gary Reddick, Meaghan Reddick, Teresa Reddick, Julie Robert, Dale Rog-ers, Dick Shanholtzer, Kathy Steiner, Lori & Mike Stickley, Dominick Tarinelli, Jack Welton, Nancy Wolfe, Jim Wysopal, Maureen Wysopal, Benny Young, Dennis Young
(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 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.

 

Please note the new email address for
Our Lady of Grace - ologrwv@gmail.com.
Do not use the old email address and delete any messages you receive from it. Please send an email to the new address so that Terry has your email address for her contacts.

 

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 

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Liturgical Ministers

January 15


Lector: Mia Leone
EMHC: Herb Adrian
Greeters: M. & D. Rogers 


January 22
Lector: Dottie Adams
EMHC: Deacon Larry
Greeters: E. & C. Rodriguez

January 29
Lector: Tom Kennedy
EMHC: Ed Rodriguez
Greeters: P. & S. Gallery


February 5
Lector:
EMHC:
Greeters:

Weekly Offering

January 8, 2023
General: $ 2501.00
Poor Box: $ 202.00 ($ 294.00)
Attendance: 63
The second collection today is for the Church in the Developing World (Latin America, Cen-tral & Eastern Europe, and Africa).

Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.

This month they need toilet paper, paper towels, and shaving cream.

 

Money in the Poor Box in November will go to the Romney Children’s Home for Christmas. Thank you for your support!

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Our goal for the Catholic Sharing Appeal this year is $9000. All money we receive over $4500 will come back to our parish. It will be used to help pay for repaving of the parking lot. Please consider giving to this year’s Catholic sharing appeal.
Goal $9000.00 27 gifts received so far
Received so far: $6525.00 73% of our goal

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.


 

 

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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Phil Gallery’s newest book is

“Saint Francis and the Animals.” 

Books will be available for sale for $18.00.

 

 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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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.

 

Websites of interest

Daily Readings written http://usccb.org/bible/readings

Daily Readings audio http://usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm

Video Reflection http://usccb.org/bible/reflections/index.cfm


The usccb.org site will also give you tutorials on how to pray the Rosary, the Divine Chaplet, and other prayers and devotions.

Daily Reflection from The Word Among Us can be accessed at https://wau.org/meditations/

EWTN Catholic Radio

 

Daily

 

Schedule https://www.ewtn.com/radio/schedule

Access The Magnificat free online at https://www.osvnews.com

Liturgical Press is providing free access to a digital file for Give Us This Day, which includes the daily Mass texts: https://giveusthisday.org/Digital

National Catholic

Register has Catholic news, stories, blogs, etc. at ncregister.com

Discover a saint special to you at Catholic News Service’s Patron Saints page: https://www.catholicnews.com/patron-saints.cfm

Catholic enrichment site for  hildren: Catholicsprouts.com

For teens and twenty-somethings: lifeteen.com

For Catholic headline news: catholicnewsagency.com

Daily Living with Fr. Chapin: mydailyliving.com

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.  

 

The Knights of Columbus Council #10011 meets on the third Sunday of every month at 12:00 pm in Quinn Hall

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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.

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

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

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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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