2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Who is Jesus for us? 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 from their oppression in Egypt and from the plague of 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 the "destruction of both body and soul in hell" (Matthew 10:28).
It is significant that John was the son of the priest, Zachariah, who participated in the daily sacrifice of a lamb in the temple for the sins of the people (Exodus 29). In Jesus, John saw the true and only sacrifice which could deliver us from the bondage of sin, death, and the powers of hell. How did John know the true identity of Jesus, as the Son of God and Savior of the world (John 1:29)? The Holy Spirit revealed to John Jesus' true nature in such a way that John bore witness 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 freely of his Spirit that we may comprehend - with enlightened minds and eyes of faith - the great mystery and plan of God to unite all things in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit that I may grow in the knowledge of your great love and truth. Let your Spirit be aflame in my heart that I may joyfully seek to do your will in all things.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FATHER THOMAS!!
Thoughts and Reflection
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Masks will be required during Mass. We have a limited supply available. If you would like to purchase one they are available at Gina's Soft Cloth Shop, 78 E. Main St,
Romney for $6.95. Their phone number is: 304-359-2585
There will be a Parish Council meeting on Sunday, January 17th, after Mass in the church hall. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed. Please contact the office to let us know if you can attend.
Calendars are available in the vestibule and also in the church hall with the envelopes.
If you are not attending Mass and would like your collection envelopes you can pick them up on a Tuesday or Wednesday between 9 am and 3 pm or contact the office to make other arrangements.
Please keep the Kerns family in your prayers. Kevin Kerns is Dick Shanholtzers son-in-law. Dick is now in rehab. Kevin's mother is at home recovering from COVID. Kevin's father and brother both passed away from COVID, one on Christmas day and the other on Monday. Please remember them all in your prayers.
Prayers also for Dorothy Davis. She had partial hip replacement this week.
Thank you to everyone who helped decorate the church for Christmas. Thanks also to the ushers, lectors, sanitizers, cleaners, choir and maintenance personnel who give their time each week to help things run smoothly and maintain the church. Thank you also to everyone who continues to contribute financially and through prayer. We are grateful for all of you.
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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.
Books Published by Parishioners
The Children’s Home Society presented Our Lady of Grace with the plaque pictured to the left in appreciation of our support for them last year. Thank you to everyone who donated. The Children’s Home is extremely grateful for your generosity.
For our Advent project we were able to collect over 300 items to donate to the Children’s Home Society in Romney, for the children in their care. We also presented them with a check for $555.00 which was also collected during Advent.
Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy. This month they need disposable razors, ladies deodorant, q-tips, and toothpaste.
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
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
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.
Congratulations, we have $10,125.00 pledged, with 35 gifts; that is 112% of our goal. If you haven’t donated, it’s not too late. All of the money donated will still come back to Our Lady of Grace. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. Envelopes are available on the table in the vestibule.
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.
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.
A book of redemptive suffering by parishioner Tom Eades
Donation $10.00 and this is tax deductible Proceeds go to
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.
Phil Gallery’s newest book is
“Saint Francis and the Animals.”
Books will be available for sale for $18.00.
Below is a prayer for Bishop Brennan that the Lord will strengthen him in his new role as shepherd of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
Lord, our God, You have chosen Bishop Brennan as a successor to the Apostles, to be a shepherd to Your flock in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; grant him, we pray, a spirit of counsel and fortitude, a spirit of knowledge and piety, so that by faithfully governing the people entrusted to him, he may help build Your Church as a sign of salvation for the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
If you did not sign up to get your house blessed but would like to have it blessed, Fr. Thomas will continue to do blessings on Tuesdays. Contact Margaret or the office if you would like your house blessed.
There are copies of “Letter to a Suffering Church” on the bookshelf at the back of the church. This book is by Bishop Robert Barron, the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
From the Author’s Preface:
Why Stay Catholic with So Much Scandal?
“This book is a cry from the heart. I am a lifelong Catholic, and I’ve been a priest for thirty-three years and a bishop for four years. I have dedicated my life to the Church. The sexual abuse scandal has been for me, for millions of other Catholics, and especially for the victim-survivors, lacerating.
I have written this book for my fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit.
What I finally urge my brothers and sisters in the Church to do is to stay and fight-and to do so on behalf of themselves and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men.”
You may take a copy home to read. Please return it when you are done so someone else can read it also.
A Message from
Fr. Thomas Anatharackal CST
Our Lady of Grace
The Epiphany of the Lord
Jesus was born in obscurity. Only the lowly shepherds recognized him at his birth. Some wise men (Magi) also found their way to Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn King of Israel. These men were not Israelites, but foreigners. They likely had read and discussed the Messianic prophecies and were anxious to see when this Messianic King would appear. God led them by means of an extraordinary star across the desert to the little town of Bethlehem where Jesus was born. In their thirst for knowledge of God, the wise men from the East willingly left everything, 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 fit for a king.
To know and to encounter Jesus Christ is to know God personally. In the encounter 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. It is God’s desire 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? Let us pray today: Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for bringing salvation to all the nations. May the gospel of salvation be proclaimed to every nation today and to every person on the face of the earth. Help me to be a good witness of the joy and peace of the gospel to all I meet.
Have a Blessed and Joyful Week
Please Pray For
Lynn Adams, Kevin Adrian, William Ashworth, Bill Batton, Julie Beavers, Dann Biser, Paul Biser, Christine & Dan Brown, Harley Carriger, Casey Carriger, Sandra Carriger, Paul Clower, Harrison Codo, Glen & Janet Crabtree, Shirley Craver, Connie Davis, Dorothy Davis, Mary Ellen Davis, The DeVan Family, Anna Dodson, Londa Dodson, The Downey family, JoAnn Drahos Hooker, Theresa & Tom Eades, Ginny Hajash, Steve Hajash, Grace Jackson, Ronnie Keiter, Sharon Kuykendall, Pam Kizer, Loretta Leach, Lance LeVasseur, Mike Lippold, Andy Mason, Tyler Milbourne, Eileen Passauer, Terry Peel, Bob Pliska, Braydon Pound, Richard Ramsay III, Ashby Reddick, Gary Reddick, Teresa Reddick, Dick Shanholtzer, Kathy Steiner, Sue Stimak, Jerry Vowels, Pat Whitfield, 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.)
Mass schedule for Our Lady of Grace
Sunday 11:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 noon
Wednesday 12:00 Mass the Perpetual Novena
in Honor Of
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
will be said
Holy Days of obligations
times are coming
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
before and after
1/2 hour before Saturday or Sunday Mass
or by appointment
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
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 am—3:00 pm
Please use office door
Fr.Thomas Anatharackal CST
Father Thomas comes from India and has been a Priest for 29Years.
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.
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
January 3, 2021
General: $ 2006.00
Building Fund: $ 203.00
Poor Box: $ 60.00
Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy. This month they need toothpaste, dish soap and laundry detergent.
for the Sick listed at
Our Lady of Grace
online Prayer Chapel
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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.
Pray for our homebound parishioners and our falling away Brothers and Sisters
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
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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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.
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.
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
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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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.
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