MASS SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF SEXAGESIMA (January 3, 2013)
4, Monday – Feria
5, Tuesday – St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
6, Wednesday – Feria
7, Thursday – Feria
8, Friday – Feria
+ All Saints’ Men’s Group will meet February 5, 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ Our Winter Agape & Christian Education will meet Wednesday, February 5, at 5:45 p.m. We have regular classes for the nursery and the children and youngsters, as well as adult education.
John Murphy is teaching a class on the sacramental imagination that began January 9 and will run through (skipping Ash Wednesday) February 20:
SACRAMENTAL IMAGINATION: THE LITERATURE OF EPIPHANY
For the season of Epiphany, the season of The Word made flesh, our Wednesday School class will read some stories and poems in which God’s justice and grace are manifest – shown forth and made incarnate in the images of objects and events in our “ordinary” lives, which are charged in extraordinary ways with the sacred sense of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Though you may have missed a class here and there, they are all individually beneficial and you are encouraged to attend.
Our remaining schedule of readings is as follows below:
For Wednesday, February 6:
“Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor
For Wednesday, February 20:
“Parker’s Back” by Flannery O’Connor
The literature for the class is in the undercroft.
+ Agatha (d. 251) was born into a noble and apparently Christian family in 231 in Palermo, Sicily. When she refused the solicitations of the Roman counsel governor Quintianus, he had her imprisoned and tortured for her faith in Christ. She was placed in a brothel and ordered to offer sacrifice to pagan deities, which she refused. Accordingly she responded:
“My courage and my thought be so firmly founded upon the firm stone of Jesus Christ, that for no pain it may not be changed; your words be but wind, your promises be but rain, and your menaces be as rivers that pass, and how well that all these things hurtle at the fundament of my courage, yet for that it shall not move.”
According to tradition she was tortured more and finally with the cutting off of her breast. She died in prison while praying in 251. She is the Patron Saint of Cantania, bell founders, breast cancer victims and is also invoked against fires and earthquakes. Agatha is remembered most vividly for her desire to place Christ above all else.
+ Monday Morning Bible Study – A new thirteen week study of the Old Testament prophet Daniel has begun meeting in the undercroft. The class is using the Precept Ministry resource “God’s Blueprint for Bible Prophecy: Daniel.” This class is not “for women only” and all who are able are welcome and encouraged to attend. For further information about obtaining the textbook or any other questions, please contact Priscilla King, [email protected], 540-456-6458.
+ All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.
+ Daily Mass is celebrated at 12:15 p.m. You and your family members are all remembered by name at the Altar of God every week. Please take an All Saints parish prayer list home with you & remember your fellow parishioners in your prayers!