According to Wikipedia, “Dorothy Day (born on this day in 1897) was an American journalist, social activist and anarchist who, after a bohemian youth, became a Catholic Christian without in any way abandoning her social and anarchist activism. She was perhaps the best-known political radical in the American Catholic Church.”  She was a champion of the Gospel, the poor, and workers.  She is recognized by the Catholic Church as a Servant of God, the title given one whose cause for sainthood has begun.

Each and every one of us is called to be a Servant of God.  What matters is not whether or not the Church recognizes us.  What is most important is pleasing God out of love for God who loves and blesses is in many ways.  Dorothy Day’s work on behalf of the poor and oppressed people challenges us to consider ways we can help those less fortunate than we are.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

VOLUNTEERS are needed to represent the Parish on a VICARIATE PASTORAL COUNCIL (VPC) that will choose three people from it to serve on a DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL (DPC).  The purpose of both councils is to provide a conduit to enable the Bishop to better know the hopes and the dreams, concerns and needs of people in the parishes.  He will seek advice on pastoral matters and members will be able to raise issues for discussion and recommendation.   All meetings of the VPC will be on ZOOM to save time and travel.  The three meetings of the DPC will include three Friday night to Saturday afternoon meets at Saint Pope John XXIII Center in Charleston.  If you are interested and willing to serve please contact Fr Paul A.S.A.P. at pastor@sfccwv.org or (304) 256-3594.  He needs to have two people chosen by the Pastoral Council by November 15.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION is scheduled to be celebrated at a special Mass on Saturday, November 21 @ 11am. This Mass will be CLOSED to the public, but live streamed.  Please keep our First Communicants and their families in your prayers.

GIVING TREE PROJECT – This year the Parish will again sponsor local middle school students to help brighten their Christmas Season.  In keeping the health and safety of others in mind, this year we are asking for only donations of money or gift cards.  Letters have been mailed to all Parishioners and donations are now being accepted and will do so through December 4.  Donations can be mailed (626 S. Oakwood Avenue), dropped off at the Parish office, or placed in the collection basket at any Mass. On behalf of the children, we thank you in advance for the wonderful and generous donations to the 2020 Season!

STATEMENT OF THE DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON: Please click here to read the Statement of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on recent remarks of Pope Francis.

 

MASS SCHEDULE and INTENTIONS:

SAT.  07 – 5pm

Joe & Betty Peplowski by Ziolkowski (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)

SUN. 08 – 8:30

People of the Parish by Father Paul (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)

11 am Cordell Honrado by C & P Corro (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)

Mon. 09 – Wed. 11

There is no Daily Mass this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday because of work being done in the Church and Fr. Paul being at meetings in Charleston.

Thu. 12 – 10am​

Poor Souls (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)

Fri.  13   – 8:30

Pat Walsh (school only)

SAT.  14 – 5pm

SUN. 15 – 8:30

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES by DOROTHY DAY (1897-1980):

It is no use saying that we are born

two thousand years too late to give room to Christ.

Nor will those who live at the end of the world have been born too late.

Christ is always with us, always asking for room in our hearts.

Yet now it is with the voice of our contemporaries that he speaks,

with the eyes of store clerks, factory workers, and children that he gazes;

with the hands of office workers, slum dwellers, and suburban housewives that he gives. It is with the feet of soldiers and tramps that he walks, and

with the heart of anyone in need that he longs for shelter.

And giving shelter or food to anyone who asks for it, or needs it, is giving it to Christ.

 

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do.

 

Young people say, “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.

 

I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.

 

The world would be better off if people tried to become better,

and people would become better if they stopped trying to become better off.

For when everyone tries to become better off nobody is better off.

But when everyone tries to become better everyone is better off.

 

FIVE STAR   ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮   PRAYER OF THE DAY:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

— Unknown Author (not St. Francis of Assisi)

 

 

POEM of the DAY:   Let Your God Love You

Be silent.

Be still.

Alone,

Empty

Before your God.

Say nothing.

Ask nothing.

Be silent.

Be still.

Let your God

Look upon you.

That is all.

God knows.

And understands.

God loves you with

An enormous love,

Wanting only to

Look upon you

With love

 

Quiet.

Still.

Be.

 

Let your God

Love you.

– Edwina Gateley, There Was No Path So I Trod One

 

FOR FUN:

A zoo has had to move several parrots back into isolation after they started swearing at visitors. The five African grey parrots moved to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park on 15 August and were kept in a room together but it seems as though the cheeky birds spent their time in isolation picking up swear words. Although staff at the zoo found the parrots’ foul language pretty hilarious, action had to be taken when they started swearing in front of paying customers. The wildlife park’s CEO Steve Nichols said the birds had been placed in ‘time out’ before revealing that across his 25 years working with parrots he has come across some that ‘sometimes had a bit of bad language’.  Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, he said: “For the last 25 years, we have always taken in parrots that have sometimes had a bit of bad language and we have really got used to that. “Every now and then you’ll get one that swears and it’s always funny. We always find it very comical when they do swear at you… “The more they swear the more you usually laugh which then triggers them to swear again…” Staff at the zoo now plan to release the birds into five separate areas so they can’t encourage each other.

 

LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Day

Photo is in the Public Domain – https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a5/Dorothy_Day_1916.jpg

Read in LADbible: https://apple.news/AJnOEAp7mQ9Kh7HYHFxHUhA