GI Joe posterBurgess Meredith, was an American actor, director, and producer who died on this day in 1997. He is best known for some outstanding performances including:

•   George Milton in Of Mice and Men;

•   Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe;

•   Henry Bemis, anti-social bookworm who breaks his glasses;

•   The Penguin, quirky arch nemesis of Batman;

•  Mickey Goldmill, Rocky’s Balboa’s boxing trainer and confidant.

Two quotations of his — “Like the seasons of the year, life changes frequently and drastically. You enjoy it or endure it as it comes and goes, as it ebbs and flows.”  Concerning himself: “I was born a character actor. I was never really a leading man type.”

Do you ever wonder how you will be remembered?  This is largely out of our control because people have their own memories and form their own opinions of us.  What is within our power is to live our lives and speak our words well.  I remember once burying a man in another parish whose wife, children, and visitors had not one positive thing to say about him.  How sad!  Remember that when all is said and done, what matters MOST is what God thinks of us.



FAITH FORMATION classes are tentatively set to begin on September 20th from 9:45-10:45 am with changes to be in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. More information will follow as the planning progresses. We’re looking forward to seeing all our students back in class!

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION CHANGE: With the re-opening of school, Mary’s house is no longer available for the sacrament of reconciliation on Wednesday mornings. Father Paul will available Wednesday evening at 6:15 PM and Saturday morning at 11 AM in Mary’s House for as long as people continue coming.  He is also willing to meet at Mary’s House by appointment.

INQUIRY CLASS has begun on for non-Catholics wanting to learn more about the Church and the God we believe and worship.  It meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in De Sales Hall Enter through the double doors in the back parking-lot.  For more information contact Deacon Harry by email – or call: 304-549-4590.

MISSIONARY COLLECTION: On the weekend of September 12 and 13 we have a special collection to support scheduled to the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Over the past four and a half decades, they have prepared and sent more than 700 missioners who have worked with poor and marginalized people around the world. They bring the Gospel with them.

Their ministries in Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and at the U.S.-Mexico border assist those living in extreme poverty, vulnerable children, refugees and migrants, those living with illnesses or disabilities, and persons who are imprisoned or homeless or suffer discrimination or persecution.

Your donations will allow Maryknoll Lay Missioners to prepare and sustain laypeople in global mission and to help build a more just, compassionate and sustainable world.  You may write a check written to “St Francis de Sales” with the word “Missionary” written on the check or on an envelope with your donation inside.  Donations may be placed in a basket near the entrance or dropped off at the office or rectory. You can also mail them to 626 S. Oakwood Avenue, Beckley, WV.  You can also visit and make your mission donation on line at This once-a-year opportunity is a wonderful way for all of us to participate in the on-going, global mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth!



Someone asked me for these words I have been using during live-streamed Masses.

This is the time when we people come forward and receive the Body and Blood of Christ which we believe the bread & wine become when consecrated or made holy at the Altar.

Unfortunately, this is mostly not possible for everyone at this time.

I invite you to make now what the Church calls a “spiritual communion.”

We express our desire to receive a loving embrace from our Risen Lord.

Whenever and wherever to are right now, you can express this desire.

Say and pray with me now aloud or in your heart this prayer:

I love you, O my God.

I cannot receive you in Holy Communion.

Come nevertheless and visit me with Your grace.

Come spiritually into my heart.

Purify it. Sanctify it. Make it like Your own.

Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof,

but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.



Happy are those who delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law they meditate day and night.

They are like trees planted by streams of water,

which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.

— Psalm 1

Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress.

Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!” You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down & sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

— Psalm 4

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.

— Revelation 3:20


SAINTLY SAYINGS:  Saint Peter Claver (1581-1654)

Salvation and perfection consists of doing the will of God which one must have in view in all things, and at every moment of his life.

We must speak to them with our hands before we speak to them with our lips.

Seek God in all things and you shall find God by your side.



On this day in 1945, American writer and attorney Max Erhmann died.  He is best known for his Prose/Poem entitled “Desiderata,” from the Latin word meaning “Go placidly.”


GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,

be on good terms with all persons.


Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,

even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.


Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.


Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.


Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.


Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.


Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.


Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.


Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.


And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


By Max Ehrmann © 1927



The man who is credited with inventing the limerick is named Edward Lear (1812-1888) an English humorist and painter. He wrote and illustrated “A Book of Nonsense” (1846, 1861, 1863) and “Nonsense Songs” (1871, 1872, 1877).


A certain young fellow named Bee-Bee

Wished to wed a woman named Phoebe.

“But,” he said, “I must see

What the clerical fee

Be before Phoebe be Phoebe Bee-Bee


There was a young man so benighted

He never knew when he was slighted;

He would go to a party

And eat just as hearty,

As if he’d been really invited.


A canner, exceedingly canny,

One morning remarked to his granny,

“A canner can can

Anything that he can;

But a canner can’t can a can, can he?”



PICTURE – Theatrical release poster for the 1945 film The Story of G.I. Joe. The poster carries alternate title Ernie Pyle’s “Story of G.I. Joe. In the Public Domain