This Saint John was nicknamed “Chrysostom” which means “Golden-mouthed” because of his preaching. This Fourth Century (347-407) Saint and Doctor of the Church is esteemed and honored by Christians who venerate the holy men and women we call saints. He a Bishop, Biblical Scholar, orator, and preacher. Today is his feast day and a good time to consider a few of his quotable quotes.
If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest;
if there were no winter, there would be no summer.
God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love,
and even more than we are able to love ourselves.
Prayer gives joy to the spirit, peace to the heart.
I speak of prayer, not words. It is the longing for God, too deep for words.
Prayer is a harbor in the storms of life, an anchor for those who are storm-tossed, the treasure of the poor, the security of the rich, the healing of the sick, the preservation of health. Prayer banishes evil things, and preserve the good.
The waters have risen and severe storms are upon us,
but we do not fear drowning, for we stand firmly upon a rock.
Let the sea rage, it cannot break the rock.
Let the waves rise, they cannot sink the boat of Jesus.
What are we to fear? Death? Life to me means Christ, and death is gain.
Exile? ‘The earth and its fullness belong to the Lord.
The confiscation of goods? We brought nothing into this world,
and we shall surely take nothing from it.
I have only contempt for the world’s threats, I find its blessings laughable.
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!
INQUIRY CLASS will begin for non-Catholics wanting to learn more about the Church and the God we believe and worship on September 22, 2020. It meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center/Knights of Columbus Hall. For more information contact Deacon Harry by email – firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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. MOakwood Avenue, Beckley, WV.
ANOTHER SPECIAL COLLECTION on Sunday September 19-20, 2020 to support recovery efforts related to the recent natural disasters that have occurred across the country (US Gulf hurricanes and the western wildfires) as well as the devastating explosion that occurred in Beirut, Lebanon. Checks can be made out to St Francis de Sales with “Disaster Relief” in the memo. 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.
KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS RAFFLE RESULTS: The winners were drawn on September 9th and the results are: 1st Prize of $500 – Rodney Roberts and 2nd Prize of $250 -Karlyn Basile. The Knights want to express our deepest, heartfelt thanks for the tremendous support of our raffle sales that will benefit our charitable efforts.
LET US PRAY!
You are invited to join me for at 7pm on Monday, September 14 for “Let us pray!” live-streaming on my Facebook Page. This will be the FIFTH episode of a bi-monthly series on prayer and spiritual growth. The topic will be “Attitudes and Answers.” What 3 important attitudes ought we have when we pray? How does God answer our prayers?
Episode 5 — Attitudes & Answers
Monday 7pm | Sept. 14, 2020
Live-streamed on Facebook – Paul Wharton Beckley, WV
Previous episodes are on the Parish Website.
SELECTED SONG from SACRED SCRIPTURE:
Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their way,
and sinners their thoughts;
Let them turn to the Lord to find mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Yet just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me empty,
but shall do what pleases me,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
– Isaiah 55:6-11
PRAYER of the WEEK:
Gracious God, as the summer begins to fade, new possibilities lie on the horizon.
Bless all of those who are beginning or returning to their roles as teachers and catechists as well as those who lead and support them in their efforts.
May the school year be a time of grace and potential
as they teach, share, & challenge others to grow in faith, knowledge, and wisdom
Bless children and youth, along with their parents,
as they begin a new school year and Christian Formation.
May their minds be open to learning and to the wonder of discovery and insight.
Be with us as we embark on this new year through Christ our Lord. Amen.
POEM of the DAY: You are Loved
This one is a blessing for you.
For you, who are tired. And frustrated. And feeling like a failure.
You are loved.
For you, who are angry, full of rage, and don’t want to be consoled.
You are loved.
For you, as you are overwhelmed, as you are worried,
as you don’t know what to do next, as your lists and plans have
piled up and toppled over and squashed your heart.
You are so very loved.
Too much is being asked of you, and these expectation of
productivity and creativity and success are ridiculous.
There is no right way to endure this.
There is no awesome way to crush it during pandemic.
But there you are, getting up every day, trying a little,
(hopefully resting a little sometimes), loving a lot, and
doing what your faithful little heart guides you to keep doing…
(And also, even if you’re not, even if you just can’t try today, also, you…)
You are loved.
Every twitch of every muscle in your body,
every tiny fragile line on your face,
every different pitch of your voice,
every relentless beat of your heart,
every worried, scattered,
stressed-out thought in your brain,
is known and seen and heard and loved.
By a God who is holding you right now.
You are so deeply loved.
Because you are.
So, blessed be your weariness, blessed be your trying,
blessed be your resting, blessed be your courage,
blessed be your failing, blessed be you,
right where you are, right in this moment.
Friend, you are so loved. Amen.
A flea and a fly in a flue,
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly, “Let us flee!”
“Let us fly,” said the flea,
And they flew through a flaw in the flue.
A tutor who tooted a flute
Tried to teach two young tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor,
“Is it harder to toot, or..”
“To tutor two tutors to toot?”
A canny young fisher named Fisher
Once fished from the edge of a fissure.
A fish with a grin
Pulled the fisherman in —
Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.