One would think that by now the People of God would learn to expect the unexpected and to be unsurprised when it happens yet again. Angelo Roncalli was born in 1881 as one of 13 children whose parents farmed someone else’s land.  There was nothing unusual about a boy in a devout Catholic family becoming a priest.  Still, one might not thought it likely for him to become first a Bishop, then a Cardinal, and finally one of the most beloved Popes of all time.  The cardinals really wanted another man, but figured he was too young for their liking.  So, they chose Angelo an overweight fellow with a sometimes odd sense of humor to be a short term, stand in, do nothing figure head caretaker who would do nothing particularly special.  Instead, he convened the historic and Ecumenical Second Vatican Council that began on October 11, 1962.  His aim was to open the windows of the Church to let the Holy Spirit bring new life and direction to the Roman Catholic Church.

Moses had a speech impediment, David and Jeremiah were too young, Isaiah was a sinner and Amos a tree farmer.  Jesus chose a brash, impetuous, uneducated fisherman, Peter who denied even knowing Jesus. Thomas doubted the resurrection.  Paul persecuted the early church, but became its greatest missionary.   We don’t have to be highly educated or greatly gifted, but only open and willing for God to use us.  God not only has plans for the Church and the World, but also for each and every one.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

UPDATE ON DEACON JAY:  He suffered a heart attack last Sunday. The good news is that he is making progress, but there are as many questions as answers. May God bless Deacon Jay with healing and family with faith and hope!

BLOOD DRIVE: The Knights of Columbus and Saint Francis de Sales Parish are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday October 29, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall/Parish Center.  You may schedule an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling: 800 733-2767. Donate and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

FAITH FORMATION classes are being held at 9:45 AM Sunday morning according to the released schedule. God Bless, and see you soon! Click here: https://stfrancis-wv.org/faith-formation-2020-2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Parish organizations and groups begin meeting again providing hand sanitizer is applied when entering, face masks are worn, distance of at least six feet is observed, and no food or drink is provided.  De Sales Hall is available for SCHOOL USE ONLY.   The Parking Center/Knights of Columbus Hall can be scheduled with the office.

– The Ladies of Saint Francis meet on the first Sunday of the month at 9:45 AM.

– The Knights of Columbus meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:15 PM.

CLEANING SERVICES: If you are interested in having your house cleaned, please contact Mayra Castro at: 681-220-3269.

 

ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL UPDATE:

The Home School Association purchased 2 touch-less water bottle filler stations for the middle school.  The students love the convenience and help save the environment!

St. Francis students recently sold Kettle Corn as a fundraiser.  The money raised will be used to offset the cost of the barrels of cleaning solution.  They sold 952 bags.  The profit will be just over $4,200.00

Race for Education will be held October 15th & 16th in the back parking-lot. Each class runs at different times this year and only school families may attend due to COVID-19 concerns. Any financial donations are appreciated.

Extreme sanitation continues throughout the school and school property. Teachers are taking advantage of our outdoor spaces for educational purposes. Fresh air and new scenery make a healthy, pleasant difference.

St. Francis de Sales face masks are now for sale $8 each.  Please call the school to place an order and make arrangements for pick-up. (304) 252-4087

 

MASS SCHEDULE and INTENTIONS:

SAT.  10
Lois Reed by Vic and Carol Carroll (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

SUN. 11
People of the Parish by Father Paul (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)
Dcn Don Wise by Joe & Cathy Fourney (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

Mon 12 – 10am
Tom Rappold by Eliz. Thewes (closed to public)

Tue. 13 – 10am
Lori Vecellio by Oscar & Lois V. (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

Wed 14 – 8:30 am
Dr. Ilignio Salon by the family (school only)

Thu. 15 – 10am
Mariano & Grace Massinople (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

Frid 16 – 8:30 am
Kenneth Myers by Emily M. (school only)

SAT.  17
Lois Reed by Vic and Carol Carroll  (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

SUN. 18
People of the Parish by Father Paul (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)
Dcn Don Wise by Joe & Cathy Fourney (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

 

Let us Pray! 

Let us Pray! is an on-going, bi-monthly presentation encouraging, exploring, and enabling prayer and growth in one’s spiritual life.  Each live-streamed episode ends with questions, answers, and shared comments.  Previous episodes may be found at the Saint Francis de Sales parish website: https://stfrancis-wv.org/let-us-pray/

Episode # 7  —  Using Formal Prayers is Good

Monday  7pm | October 12,  2020

Live-streamed on Facebook – Paul Wharton Beckley, WV

 

SELECTED SCRIPTURES:

But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’

– I Sam 16:7

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

– Isaiah 55:8-9

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh.

– 2 Corinthians 4:7-11

 

SAINTLY SAYINGS: Saint Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

Do not walk through time without leaving worthy evidence of your passage.

One must never confuse error and the person who errs.

The Church is not an archaeological museum, but the ancient fountain which slakes the thirst of the generation of today as she did that of the generations of the past.

We are not on earth to guard a museum, but to tend a blooming garden full of life.

In the present course of events when society seems to be at a turning point, it is better to acknowledge the mysterious plans of divine Providence which, through the succession of times and the work of human beings and most of the time against all expectations, reach their goal and arrange everything with wisdom for the good of the Church, even the events that are in opposition to it.

 

DAILY DECALOGUE (10 commandments) of SAINT POPE JOHN XXIII:

Only for today, I will seek to live the long day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

 

PRAYER for STRENGTH by Saint Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

Every day I need you, Lord, but today especially,

I need some extra strength to face whatever is to come.

 

This day, more than any other day, I need to feel you near me

to strengthen my Courage and to overcome any fear.

 

By myself I cannot meet the challenge of the hour.

 

We are frail human creatures and we need a Higher Power

to sustain us in all that life may bring.

And so, dear Lord, hold my trembling hand.

 

Be with me, Lord, this day and stretch out your powerful arm to help me.

May your love be upon me as I place all my hope in you.

 

FOR FUN:

Saint Pope John was known for his holiness, humility, and his sense of humor in which he made fun of himself.  Here are some often quotes examples.

Visiting a hospital, he asked a boy what he wanted to be when he grew up. The boy said either a policeman or a pope. “I would go in for the police if I were you,” the pope said. “Anyone can become a pope, look at me!”

“It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about the serious problems afflicting the world and I tell myself, I must talk to the pope about it. Then the next day when I wake up I remember that I am the pope.”

In reply to a reporter who asked, “How many people work in the Vatican?”, he reportedly said: “About half of them.”

When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal, the pope remarked: “That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn’t.”

He went to visit a friend at the nearby Hospital of the Holy Spirit in the evening, the nun answering the door said: “Holy Father, I’m the mother superior of the Holy Spirit.” He replied: “Lucky you! What a job! I’m just the ‘servant of the servants of God.’ ”

Not long after he was elected pope, Blessed John was walking in the streets of Rome. A woman passed him and said to her friend, “My God, he’s so fat!” Overhearing what she said, he turned around and replied, “Madame, I trust you understand that the papal conclave is not exactly a beauty contest.”

He once wrote: “There are three ways to face ruin: women, gambling and farming. My father chose the most boring one.”

A Vatican official told the pope it would be “absolutely impossible” to open the Second Vatican Council by 1963. “Fine, we’ll open it in 1962,” he answered. And he did.