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Please Join Us This Friday!

Our new Bishop, Mark Brennan, has graciously accepted our invitation to join us at the 8:30 AM Mass on Friday, September 13, 2019.  The students of St. Francis School will attend, and we are encouraging all parishioners (who are able) to do so as well. A Breakfast with the Bishop will be held for the adult Mass attendees [...]


Many Thanks

Many thanks to our new Bishop Mark Brennan for taking time from his very busy schedule to personally visit the parishes of southern West Virginia.  His stay with us has been joyful and enlivening.


Faith Formation Classes

New Faith Formation classes begin September 8 at 9:45 AM. Also, a meeting will be held at 4:00 PM this Sunday for parents of middle and high school kids, to share ideas on activities for this coming year.


Mary, Rosa Mystica

The apparitions of Our Blessed Mother under the title “Rosa Mystica” (Mystical Rose) at Montichiari in Northern Italy in the spring of 1947 to a humble Italian woman, Pierina Gilli, have great significance for our times. The purpose of these apparitions was the reform of the clergy and religious houses. On the sixth apparition to [...]


Homily by Father Paul

An unknown wise and witty person wrote this poem. I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door, Not by the beauty of it all, nor the lights or its decor. But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp– The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics and the [...]


19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man in history to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Within 2 months, John Landy ran a slightly faster mike. On August 7, the two met together for a historic race. As they moved into the last lap, Landy held the lead. It looked [...]


Homily on Worry

In the course of his ministry, the Apostle Paul was ridiculed, rejected, exiled, stoned, beaten, imprisoned, and shipwrecked. When he wrote his letter to the Philippians he was under house arrest in Rome chained to a Roman guard. He was likely to be put to death. Yet, his letter overflows with joy. Listen, “Have no [...]