On this day in 1611, the King James Version of the Bible was published In London by printer by Robert Barker and John Norton.  It is a treasured part of Protestant History and the English Language.  It is often cited for its beautiful, if not sometimes archaic language.   The Roman Catholic Douay-Rheims English translation of the Old Testament in 1609-1610.  The New Testament dates from 1582.  Both translations have not aged well for three reasons.  First, the English language changes over time.  The meaning of some words have changed. Second, earlier versions of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Bibles are available and more accurate. Finally, translators have better tools to use in their work.

Here is a key explanation to keep in mind when choosing a Bible. “Though many people think a paraphrase is the same thing as a translation, this is not the case. While a translation attempts to tell the reader what the original text says, a paraphrase attempts to tell the reader what the passage means. Therefore, a paraphrase is more of a commentary on the text of Scripture than it is an accurate rendering of what the text actually says.”  In other words, the paraphraser chooses words to better express what he or she believes is the meaning. Unfortunately, they can be mistaken.

The GOOD NEW, TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION, and THE LIVING BIBLE are three examples.  How do you know if a translation is acceptable and safe for use by Catholics?  One can find a statement of approval by a Roman Catholic Bishop or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Only such approved translations are suitable for use in Catholic worship. These include the New American Bible, the Revised Standard Version, and the New Revised Standard Version.



05:00 pm  Sat. | May 1: OPEN/Protocols

Frank Boyann (ann.)  Skip and Annette Jennings

08:30 am  Sun. | May 2: OPEN/Protocols

People of the Parish by Fr. Paul Wharton

11:00 am Sun. | May 2: OPEN/Protocols

M & M Haresco and deceased children by Marilyn Malonzo

10:00 am  Tue. | May 4: OPEN/Protocol

Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service

10:00 am  Thur. | May 6: OPEN/Protocols

Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service

08:30 am  Fri. | May 7: CLOSED — SCHOOL ONLY

The Poor Souls in Purgatory

12:00 pm  Fri. | May 7: OPEN/Protocols

Fortunato and Marina Malanzo by Marilyn Malanzo

05:00 pm  Sat. | May 8: OPEN/Protocols

Connie Williams by Cathy Heft

08:30 am  Sun. | May 9: OPEN/Protocols

People of the Parish by Fr. Paul Wharton

11:00 am Sun. | May 9: OPEN/Protocols

Doris Gallagher by children and grandchildren



Our monthly FOOD for FAMILIES weekend is May 1-2, 2021.  Members of the Knights of Columbus will accept donations of food at the entrances before Mass.  Financial donations may be place in an envelope and put in the collection basket or mailed to the church office.  Thanks to the Knights of Columbus and you, our parish supports four different food pantries in three counties.


MASS on FIRST FRIDAY this week will be at 12pm NOON –  OPEN with PROTOCOLS.  One hour of Eucharistic Adoration will follow and conclude with Benediction.


FUNERAL LUNCHEONS are now permitted under PROTOCOL conditions:

(1)       food prepared with pandemic protocols in mind;

(2)       when possible, people who live together, sit together;

(3)       all food and drink served by masked volunteers to masked guests.

Those who were part of this important ministry (a spiritual work of mercy) as well as new volunteers are welcome and encouraged to step forward.  Please call the office. These meals are offered at no charge to families.  Any donations made by a family is used for future luncheons.


ONE MISSION/ONE DAY is a day of giving to replace the Winter GALA fund-raising event that we typically hold in January or February. Our goal remains the same as GALA- raise $20,000. This money is part of our budget for the year and it needed to help us pay our bills.  There will be giving envelopes in the pews next weekend (May 1 & 2) and/or you can donate online. Fr. Paul is considered Donor #1, and challenges you to match or exceed his $300.00 donation.


Be sure to watch this 5-minute video about the school starring and created by some of our students. It had already convinced one family to enroll their two children. Click here to watch.


PONDERABLE POETRY: The World that Awaits

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.


For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.


It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.


Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.


Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life’s desire.


Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

— John O’Donohue (1956-2008) To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings



Four preachers from the same town were talking one evening over coffee. The subject was their failings, and each agreed that he had one. The first preacher said he had a little bit of a drinking problem. He liked to have a shot or two of whiskey now and then. The second clergyman said that gambling was his problem. He couldn’t resist betting on football games from time to time. The third minister said he didn’t have either of those problems, but he did cheat on his income taxes. The fourth preacher said he didn’t have a problem with drinking, gambling, or income tax fudging, but he did have one serious vice: “I just love to gossip, and right now I can hardly wait to leave.”





May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

What Is Mental Health?  Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health problems are common, but help is available. Note that there are a lot of Mental Health Services available in Beckley.  People with mental health problems can get better and many recovers completely.

Early Warning Signs:  Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health. problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

•Eating or sleeping too much or too little

•Pulling away from people and usual activities

•Having low or no energy

•Feeling numb or like nothing matters

•Having unexplained aches and pains

•Feeling helpless or hopeless

•Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual

•Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared

•Yelling or fighting with family and friends

•Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

•Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head

•Hearing voices or believing things that are not true

•Thinking of harming yourself or others

•Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Positive mental health allows people to: Realize their full potential, Cope with the stresses of life, Work productively, and, Make meaningful contributions to their communities and church.

Please complete the following Parish Health Ministry Assessment ON LINE or by printing and returning the following portion in the collection basket:


1. Your age:   ___1-12   ___13-17    ___18-30    ___31-50    ___51-68    ___69-80     ___81+


2.  Your gender:    _____ Male        _____Female


3. Please list the topics of interest to you, such as health concerns, support groups, activities, etc.:



4. Are you interested in using your skills and talents to work in health ministry?

If so, please describe your professional skills, personal interests and other ways you would like to participate.  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________