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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

A Message from

Fr. Thomas Anatharackal CST

Our Lady of Grace




Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


What is the significance and meaning of Jesus' kingship for us? Kingship today seems outdated and useless, especially in democratic societies where everyone is supposed to be free and treated equally. The Jews understood that the Messiah ("Anointed One") would come as God's anointed King to restore paradise and establish God's reign of peace for them. They wanted a Messianic King who would free them from strife and division and from foreign oppression. Many had high hopes that Jesus would be the Messiah and Ruler for Israel. Little did they understand what kind of kingship Jesus claimed to possess.


Jesus came to deliver His people, and the whole world, from the worst kind of tyranny possible— from bondage to sin, guilt and condemnation, and from the wages of sin which is death. (Romans 6:23) Jesus came to conquer hearts and souls for an imperishable kingdom—a kingdom ruled not by force or fear, but by the power of God's righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17) Jesus died not only as King of the Jews, but as King of all nations and Lord of the universe. His victory over the power of sin, Satan, and the world was accomplished through His atoning death on the cross and His resurrection on the third day. In the Book of Revelation Jesus is called King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16) He now sits in glory at the right hand of the Father in heaven, and, from His throne, He rules as Lord over all.  Do we recognize Jesus Christ as our Sovereign King and Redeemer?

Have a Blessed and Joyful  Week


Please Pray For

Kevin Adrian, John & Francine Ahrens, Tom Alicandro, Rieke Baize, Bill Batton, Pat Baxter, Barbara Biser, Christine & Dan Brown, William Boyce, Betty Carriger, Harley Carriger, Casey Carriger, Sandra Carriger, Eric Chapman, Ray Chapman, Paul Clower, Chris Cover, Kateri Crist, Cindy Cwik-Esposito, Irene DelGallo, Anna Dodson, Londa Dodson, Cassie Downey, John Downey, JoAnn Drahos Hooker, Tom Eades, Nabal & Zinnia Giron, Ginny Hajash, Steve Hajash, Scott Hammer, Sr, Doris Hankey, Jimmy & Lynn Hannah, Grace Jackson,  Mike Kastre, Joey, Ronnie Keiter, Roy Kurkendall, Lance LeVasseur, Mike Lippold & children, Norma Llewellyn, Bill Ludholtz, Andy Mason, Sheila Melzac, Diane Nace, Ellen Owens, Eileen Passauer, Tyrique Powell, Kathy Puhalla, Gary Reddick,  Dorothy Scott, Sue Stimak, Paula Swift, Becky Szabo, Dominick Tarinelli, Toni Tomak, David Wagoner, Rose Whetzel, Pat Whitfield, Valerie Williams, Jim Wysopal, Benny 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.)


Wednesday  12:00 Mass the Perpetual Novena

in Honor Of 

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

will be said  


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


OLG's  Seminarian 



Mount Saint Mary's Seminary

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg MD  21727-7797


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 

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



299 School Street

Romney, WV  26757-0871



Parish Email: 










Fr.Thomas Anatharackal CST

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











Larry Hammel




            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.




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


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


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


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


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


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

Our Lady Of Grace

Mission Statement


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


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


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


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


Our Lady of Grace Romney WV


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.  Stipends for Mass intentions are given to the priest that celebrates the Mass.

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.


Liturgical Ministers



November 24

Greeters:  Rogers

Lectors:  Eades

EMHC:   Deacon/Rodriguez/                                                                              Shanholtzer


December 1

Greeters:  Puhallas

Lectors:  Adams

EMHC:  Anders/Slocum/Kastre

Weekly Offering 

October 27, 2019


General: $ 970.34

Poor Box: $190.00  ($411.00)


Attendance: 79

Weekly Offering 

November 17, 2019


General: $ 1026.00

Poor Box: $ 83.45 ($630.20)


Attendance: 89



Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.  This month they need soap, shampoo and conditioner. 



The food pantry is requesting canned meat and tuna fish for November and pasta for December.

Please Pray

for the Sick listed at

Our Lady of Grace 

online Prayer Chapel

click to visit

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.

New Requests

(Click Here)


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


Traveling Madonna

The Following said Yes to Mary and the Traveling Madonna will arrive at their homes on the following Sundays of April to be a blessing for all.

" Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence." --Saint Francis de Sales

“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek - Jesus, her Son.”

Saint Louis Marie de Montfor

The Traveling Madonna

Church Announcements 

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.

During November we will remember all of the deceased.  We will have a display with the memorial candles and photos of your deceased loved ones at the front of the church.  Please leave photos for the display in the basket at the back of the church.  Additional candles are available for  $5.00 each, see Margaret or Terry.  Mass intentions’ envelopes are available in the vestibule to have your loved ones remembered during November.

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.                                                                               



The second collection today is for the Campaign for Human Development.  This collection addresses the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education.  Grants are awarded by the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development with the approval of local bishops.



The Ladies Prayer Group would like to invite all of the women of the parish to our meeting Tuesday, December 3, at approximately 12:30, after the noon Mass, in Quinn Hall.  Bring a brown bag lunch for yourself; dessert will be provided.  Fr. Giles will be our guest speaker.  He will discuss forgiveness and take questions on that and other topics.  We look forward to seeing you. 


This year Jess Wysopal at Walking Wind Farm and Florist is offering Christmas greenery again.  All pieces are made of long-lasting greenery and dried materials harvested in the wild.  If you would like a piece, the order sheet is in the vestibule for sign up.  Pick up will be after mass on December 15th. The options this year include:


Round centerpiece - $25

Oblong centerpiece - $35

20” greenery-only wreath - $25

20” greenery and dried add-ons -$35


There will not be Mass on Wednesday,

December 4th. 


Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be Monday,

December 9th at 12:00 noon.


There will be a Penance Service on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 pm.


The annual Advent Concert will be Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 pm.


Dear Friends,

Due to the recent cold snap, Catholic Charities Romney Office has had a large number of requests for warm blankets.  We still have quite a few baby blankets, but our supply of adult bed sized blankets has been depleted.  If you have any blankets that you no longer use that you would be willing to donate to the needy in our area you can bring them to Catholic Charities.  We will put them to good use and they will be greatly appreciated!  Monetary donations for blankets will also be accepted.

Thank you in advance! Blessings,  Teresa


Money is the poor box this weekend and next weekend will go to help Pat Whitfield pay for a new well pump.  Any extra money collected will go toward living expenses for Pat.


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.




Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy.  This month they need tooth paste and deodorant. 


The food pantry is requesting cereal & crackers for September.


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.

So far $8,475.00 has been pledged, with 30 gifts; that is 93% of our goal.  All of the money donated now will come back to Our Lady of Grace to help purchase an AED.  Thank you to those who have contributed.  Please consider giving if you haven’t yet. Envelopes are available on the table                                        


We need greeters for Sunday.  If you are interested in being a greeter please contact Joe Szabo.  Volunteers are needed for lectors, Eucharistic ministers and parishioners to have their feet washed for Holy Thursday.  Lectors are needed for Good Friday.  Please use the sign up sheet in the vestibule if you are available.


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.


We need someone to take over the Lighthouse Catholic Media ministry.   It would involve checking the inventory of cds, ordering new ones when needed, and reporting the money taken in monthly.  Contact Terry or the office if you are interested.

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.


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


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 in the vestibule.  Drop off the completed form at the parish office or put it in the collection basket. 


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

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


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)

You are invited to the 8th Annual

“The Christmas Gift”




concert featuring the bluegrass band


along with some very talented guests

Appalachia will be performing a

Gospel/Christmas music set.


Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Place Romney First Baptist Church

325 W Main St

Time:  6:30 -  8:30 pm


A freewill offering will be received.

All monies collected will go to Catholic Charities/Area

Ministerial Fund to help those in need within

 Hampshire County.

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.



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