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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

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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.

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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.  We will implement these changes on July 3.

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To welcome Fr. Thomas back, we will be having a brunch on Sunday, August 7 after Mass.  It will be a covered dish event.  Please use the sign-up sheet in the vestibule to indicate how many will be coming and what dish you will be bringing.  You can bring a breakfast or lunch dish, fruit, salad or dessert.

 

Second Collection

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Ladies’  Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 1:00 pm

 

Monthly Bible Study

Fr. Giles will be explaining parts of the bible on Tuesday 1:00 PM. of every month.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  It will be in the church hall after the 12:00 noon Mass.  Please bring your own lunch.  Weather permitting the talks will continue the first Tuesday of each month.

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The rosary is recited before every Sunday Mass 

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Please send in names for the new prayer list in the bulletin, or write them on the list in the vestibule.

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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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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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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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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.

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

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.

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: 

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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

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The ten commandments were summarized into two prohibitions - do not worship false idols and do not covet what belongs to another. It's the flip side of the two great commandments - love God and love your neighbor. Jesus warned the man who wanted half of his brother's inheritance to "beware of all covetousness." To covet is to wish to get wrongfully what another possesses or to begrudge what God has given to another. Jesus restates the commandment "do not covet", but he also stresses that a person's life does not consist in the abundance of his or her possessions. Jesus reinforces his point with a parable about a foolish rich man (Luke 12:16-21). Why does Jesus call this wealthy landowner a fool? Jesus does not fault the rich man for his industriousness and skill in acquiring wealth, but ra-ther for his egoism and selfishness - it's mine, all mine, and no one else's. This parable is similar to the parable of the rich man who refused to give any help to the beggar Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31).
The rich fool had lost the capacity to be concerned for others. His life was consumed with his posses-sions and his only interest was for himself. His death was the final loss of his soul! What is Jesus' les-son on using material possessions? It is in giving that we receive. Those who are generous in God’s service receive ample reward - not only in this life, but in eternity as well. Let this be our prayer today: Lord Jesus, free my heart from all possessiveness and from coveting what belongs to another. May I desire you alone as the one true treasure worth possessing above all else. Help me to make good use of the material blessings you give.

 

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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Catholic Sharing Appeal

Our goal  for the Catholic Sharing Appeal this year is $9000.  All money we receive over $4500 will come back to our parish.  The money that the diocese receives will go toward Evangelization and Outreach such as Catholic Charities, youth camps, and food pantries; Catholic education, and grants for parishes.  Please consider giving to this year’s Catholic sharing appeal.

Goal $9000.00 17 gifts received so far

Received so far:  $3395.00 38% of our goal

 

Greeters needed  and Eucharistic ministers are needed

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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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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.

 

We are setting up a system to check on parishioners who live alone. If you, or someone you know in the parish, live alone, and would like to have a check up call, or if you would be interested in calling someone to check on them, please contact the office or Fr. Giles.

 

 

 

           Saints Joachim and Anne

 

Saints Joachim (sometimes spelled "Joaquin," pronounced "wa-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned, apocryphal writing from the second century AD.

Even the early Church fathers expressed skepticism about the Gospel of James in their writings. There are about 150 copies of the ancient manuscript which often have different titles, but tell the same story, that Mary was promised to Joachim and Anne by an angel, was consecrated to God, and she remained a virgin all her life.

Naturally, there is plenty of room for scholarly debate about these saints. We have no true primary sources that prove they even existed, but certainly we can agree that Mary had parents. Likewise, we can agree that Mary had good, faithful parents who raised her with a love and devotion to God like none other except Jesus Christ Himself.

Joachim and Anne serve as role models for parents and both deserve to be honored and emulated for their devotion to God and Our Lady Mary, the Mother of God.

According to Christian apocryphal and Islamic tradition, Saint Anne was the mother of Mary and the maternal grandmother of Jesus. Mary's mother is not named in the canonical gospels. In writing, Anne's name and that of her husband Joachim come only from New Testament apocrypha, of which the Gospel of James (written perhaps around 150) seems to be the earliest that mentions them. The mother of Mary is mentioned but not named in the Quran

By the middle of the seventh century, a distinct feast day, the Conception of St. Anne (Maternity of Holy Anna) celebrating the conception of Mary by Saint Anne, was observed at the Monastery of Saint Sabas. It is now known in the Greek Orthodox Church as the feast of "The Conception by St. Anne of the Most Holy Theotokos", and celebrated on 9 December. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim is celebrated on 26 July. 

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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.

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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 

Liturgical Ministers

July 24

Lector:

EMHC:  Richard Shanholtzer

Greeters:  J. & S. Childress

 

July 31

Lector: Tom Kennedy

EMHC:  Ed Rodriguez

Greeters:  G. Bogard &

  D. Bowley

 

August 7

Lector:  Victoria Carr

EMHC:  Herb Adrian

Greeters:  M. & D. Rogers

August 14

Lector:  M. Hammel

EMHC: Deacon Larry

Greeters:  P. & S. Gallery

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Weekly Offering

July 17, 2022

 

General: $ 827.15

Poor Box: $ 100.00  ($ 654.00)

Communications :  $ 308.00

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Attendance: 61

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 July will go to Mary’s Refuge Maternity Home. Thank you for your support!

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Parish Goal: $7750.00

           Donations so far: $9560.00

            Percent of total:  123%

            Number of gifts: 32

Thank you to everyone who has donated.  We have reached our goal!  You can still donate to the Catholic Sharing Appeal.  Everything we receive will come back to our church to be used to repair or replace the sign in front of the church.  Thank you to all who have donated!

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.  

 

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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.

 

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

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

A Message from

Fr. Thomas Anatharackal CST

Our Lady of Grace

Administrator

 

Have a Blessed and Joyful  Week

Sunday Message

 

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Do we pray with joy and confidence? The Jews were noted for their devotion to prayer. Formal prayer was prescribed for three set times a day, and the Rabbis had a prayer for every occasion. It was also customary for Rabbis to teach their disciples a simple prayer they might use on a regular basis. Jesus' disciples ask him for such a prayer (Luke 11:1-4). When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he gave them the disciple's prayer, what we call the Our Father or Lord's Prayer. What does Jesus' prayer tell us about God and about ourselves? First, it tells us that God is both Father in being the Creator and Author of all that he has made, the first origin of everything and transcendent authority, and he is eternally Father by his relationship to his only begotten Son who, reciprocally is Son only in relation to his Father (Matthew 11:27). In the Lord Jesus Christ, we are spiritually reborn and made new, and we become the adopted children of God (John 1:12-13; 3:3).

Jesus teaches us to address God as "our Father" and to confidently ask him for the things we need to live as his sons and daughters. We can approach God our Father with confidence and boldness because Jesus Christ has opened the way to heaven for us through his atoning death and resurrection. When we ask God for help, he fortunately does not give us what we deserve. Instead, he responds with grace and mercy. He is kind and forgiving towards us, and he expects us to treat our neighbor the same.  Jesus' prayer includes a petition that we must ask God to forgive us in proportion as we forgive those who have wronged us (Matthew 6:14-15). God's grace frees us from every form of anger, resentment, envy, and hatred. Are we ready to forgive others as we want the Lord Jesus to forgive us?

 

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Our Lady of Grace Romney WV
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)

Please Pray For

Adelynn, Lynn Adams, Kevin Adrian, John Ahrens, Tony Aiello, Thomas Alicandro Jr., John Bennett, Bill & Carolyn Batton, Dann Biser, Paul Biser, Elizabeth Braun, Mary Bowser, Christine & Dan Brown, Casey Carriger, Sandra Carriger, Betty Chevery, Paul Clower, Harrison Codo, Buddy Dayton, Connie Davis, Antonia Detres, Londa Dodson, Rick Dodson, Dave Duvall, 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, Marianna Leone, Fr. Giles LeVasseur, Lance LeVasseur, John Lien, Andy Mason, Max, Raymond McCall, Naomi Miller, Felix Gonzalez Morales, Shaina Mowry, Charlie Mullins, Eileen Passauer, Nick Perez, Michael Peshock, Bob Pliska, Richard Ramsay III, Danny Reddick, Gary Reddick, Meaghan Reddick, Teresa Reddick, Julie Robert, Dale Rogers, Dick Shanholtzer, Kathy Steiner, Lori & Mike Stickley, Dominick Tarinelli, Nancy Wolfe, Jim 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.

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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.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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