Stations of the Cross and Soup and Sandwiches
There will be Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm. After the 12:00 noon Stations the Knights of Columbus will have soup and sandwiches for sale in the church hall.
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Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
A plenary indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who devoutly make the Stations of the Cross. A plenary indulgence is a particularly powerful way to obtain remission of punishment -- on earth or in purgatory – that would have resulted from sins that were already forgiven. It covers all sins, mortal or venial, that the recipient has committed up to that time, if the person sincerely repents, detests their sins and fulfills all requirements of the indulgence.
End of the Year of St. Joseph: Act of Consecration
“O great Saint Joseph, whom God has made the Head of the Holy Family, accept me, I beseech you, though utterly unworthy, to be a member of your “Holy House.” Forsake me not, but adopt me as a servant and child of the Holy Family. Watch over me at all times. Console and strengthen me, with the presence of Jesus and Mary, so that with you, I may praise and adore the Holy Trinity for all eternity. O my Spiritual Father, I hereby consecrate myself to you. In faithful imitation of Jesus and Mary, I place myself and all my concerns under your care and protection. To you, after Jesus and Mary, I consecrate my body and soul, with all their faculties, my spiritual growth, my home, and all my affairs and undertakings”. Amen.
St. Joseph, Pray for us! In the name of the Father…
Prayer to Saint Thomas the Apostle
Dear Saint Thomas,
You were once slow in believing that Christ had gloriously risen; but later, because you had seen him, you exclaimed: "My Lord and my God!"
According to an ancient story, you rendered most powerful assistance for constructing a church in a place where pagan priests opposed it.
Please bless architects, builds and carpenters that through them the Lord may be honored.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 22nd this year, and runs until Easter Sunday which will be April 9th. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by everyone 18 years and older, who has not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, enough to maintain strength, may be taken, according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but consuming liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed. Abstinence is observed by everyone 14 years of age or older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or the ability to work is affected, the law does not apply. Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays during Lent and Good Friday are days of abstinence. If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, other suitable forms of self-denial are encouraged.
Huttonsville, West Virginia
June 25 – July 29, 2023
This camp is open to students in grades 3 through 12.
The rate is $325.00 per child with scholarships available. Early Bird Special Rate of $275 applicable through June 1, 2023. There are 5 one-week camps from which to choose. Please contact Camp Carlo Director, Deacon Raymond Godwin at email@example.com or Camp Carlo Assistant Director, Maggie Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ladies Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 1:00 pm
Greeters are needed and Eucharistic ministers are needed
We are looking for greeters for Sundays. If you would like to be a greeter please contact Gayle Bogard (email@example.com
Romney Food Pantry
There is a basket in the vestibule for non-perishable food donations for the Romney Food Pantry.
Money in the Poor Box in March will go to the Romney Children’s Home for Easter. Thank you for your support!
Catholic Charities collects and distributes personal care items to the needy. They are in need of razors, toilet paper, shampoo, and dish detergent. There is a box in the vestibule for donations.
Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion. It also commemorates His institution of the priesthood. The holy day falls on the Thursday before Easter and is part of Holy Week. Jesus celebrated the dinner as a Passover feast. Christ would fulfill His role as the Christian victim of the Passover for all to be saved by His final sacrifice.
The Last Supper was the final meal Jesus shared with his Disciples in Jerusalem. During the meal, Jesus predicts his betrayal.
The central observance of Holy Thursday is the ritual reenactment of the Last Supper at Mass. This event is celebrated at every Mass, as party of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but it is specially commem-orated on Holy Thursday.
He also establishes the special priesthood for his disciples, which is distinct from the "priesthood of all believers." Christ washed the feet of his Disciples, who would become the first priests.
This establishment of the priesthood reenacted at Mass with the priest washing the feet of several pa-rishioners.
During the Passover meal, Jesus breaks bread and gives it to his Disciples, uttering the words, "This is my body, which is given for you." Subsequently, he passes a cup filled with wine. He then says, "This is my blood..." It is believed those who eat of Christ's flesh and blood shall have eternal life.
During the Mass, Catholics rightly believe, as an article of faith, that the unleavened bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ through a process known as transubstantia-tion. There have been notable Eucharistic miracles attributed to this event, such as bleeding hosts (communion wafers).
The Last Supper is celebrated daily in the Catholic Church as part of every Mass for it is through Christ's sacrifice that we have been saved. We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through Him we are saved and made free. (cf. Galations 6:14)
Do you have a Guardian Angel?
Yes, you have a guardian angel. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.202* "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life."203** Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.
Simply put, each living person has a guardian angel from the moment of their conception to the moment of their natural death. During this time, they are aided by their guardian angel. They are not just for children.Â
Your guardian angel will work to steer you free from sin, to encourage you to keep God's commandments, and to intercede on your behalf before God.Â
For many people, this seems strange. Few individuals even recognize the angels exist, or that they have a guardian angel. The source of this problem is distraction, especially with worldly matters. When we fill our hearts and minds with worldly things, we have little attention left over to discern the gentle nudging of our guardian angel. Furthermore, our guardian angel cannot make decisions for us. We retain our free will, so they cannot stop us from committing sins, nor can they protect us from evil choices made by others.Â
* Footnote 202 - Cf. Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Ps 34:7; 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech 1:12; Tob 12:12.
** Footnote 203 -Â 203 St. Basil, Adv. Eunomium III, I: PG 29,656B.
Sacrament of Marriage
Please contact our office at least 6 months in advance of the desired date
Sacrament of Baptism
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Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 am—3:00 pm
Please use office door
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.
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
Mass Times by cities
Our Lady of West Virginia
Our lady is the beauty
of the West Virginia hills.
From Spruce Knob’s lofty towering
To where Kenova spills
Out of bounds, and seeks to share
Our wealth with sister-states,
Our Lady’s smiling sunshine
The bright blue of her mantle
Is in summer skies at Cheat.
Her golden tresses ripple
In Greenbrier’s autumn wheat.
Ear the blushing of her face
As she heard the angel whisper
“Hail, Mary, full of grace.”
Our Lady is the music
Of our lovely lakes and streams,
“The beautiful Ohio,”
And the Tygart’s dashing gleams.
Her low-voiced laughter tumbles
In Blackwater’s clear cascade,
And echoes on Kanawha:
“Behold the Lord’s Handmaid.”
Our Land is the loveliness
Of all young, growing things.
She is the rapture in our souls,
The gaiety which sings:
“Lady of West Virginia, Virgin Immaculate,
Reign over every heart and soul,
Queen of our Mountain State.
What is the
The sacrifice of the Holy Mass
Perhaps the best way to describe this connection is to say that in the Mass we re-link ourselves to Calvary. In the Mass, the priest perpetuates Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, who offers it anew to the Father. St. Paul told his converts in Corinth, "Every time, then, you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26).
It is not a new sacrifice, but rather the same sacrifice that Jesus offered on the cross 2,000 years ago. The Eucharist is not a matter of "repeating" that action but of reestablishing our bond with it. The difference, however, is that Jesus no longer dies at each Mass, but is re-offered to the Father. It is a “bloody” sacrifice only in the sense that it contains the Body and Blood of Christ. But it is “unbloody” because it is offered only in a sacramental fashion under the appearances of bread and wine.
In other words, in the Mass, we re-present -- or mystically renew -- the Sacrifice of Calvary. In other words, we offer Jesus’ sacrifice to God the Father on the altar during the Eucharistic celebration for the remission of our sins, using signs and symbols. This means that, once again, we offer Christ to the Father, saying: "Father, look upon the Lamb that was slain for our sake." By the words of consecration, Christ is made present again through the “transubstantiation" of the bread and wine into Christ's Body and Blood.
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.
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.
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,
Visit this place, O Lord, I pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy; may your holy angels dwell with me and guard me in
and may your blessing be always upon me,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Happy Easter. What we are celebrating today is a mystery of our faith that Christ was raised from the dead. He is a glorified Christ in body and spirit. If Christ did not resurrect, St. Paul says: “Then empty too is our preaching; empty too, your faith,” (1Cor 15:14). If Christ did not resurrect then our suffering would be without meaning; our belief in God would be for nothing; our love would be fruitless; our prayers and our striving to do good and to be good would all be useless; and our death would be in vain. By His resurrection, Jesus is showing us that life is not meaningless, our suffering is meaningful and our love will be fruitful.
Our Risen Lord said: “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Jesus continues His presence among us today through the sacraments, the Word of God, and the Worshiping commu-nity. His Holy Spirit dwells within all of us who are in a state of grace (the condition of being free from mortal sin and pleasing to God.) Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you have triumphed over the grave and you have won new life for us. Give us the eyes of faith to see you in your glory. Help us to draw near to you and to grow in the knowledge of your great love and power. May I wish you all, and all your dear and near ones, a Blessed Easter Sunday. May the Risen Lord bless all of us, our families and the whole world!