MASS SCHEDULE – WEEK XXIV.13 TRINITY (November 10, 2013)
11, St. Martin, Bishop of Tours
15, St. Albert the Great
+ St. Martin of Tours was born 316 in what is modern day Hungary. Though a Christian (against his parents’ wishes) he was forced to join the Roman cavalry and he was stationed in what is today Amiens, France around 334, which was after the conversion of Constantine I to Christianity. The story goes that one day as he approached the city gate of what is today Amiens, he came upon a beggar dressed only in rags and he was moved so deeply with compassion that he cut his military coat in half and shared it with the beggar. That night Martin dreamed that he saw Jesus and he was wearing the half of his coat he had given to the beggar. He heard Jesus speak to the angles: “Here is Martin the Roman soldier, who is not baptized, who clothed me.” Martin was baptized soon after the dream and he served two more years in the military. St. Martin died on November 8, 397 in France. In the middle ages the relic of St. Martin’s cloak was kept in an abbey near Tours. It was considered one of the most sacred relics of the Frankish kings and it was carried everywhere the king would go, even into battle. Clovis I, considered the Founder of France, credited the prayers of St. Martin for his defeat of the Arian king Alaric II. Martin is by far one of the most loved and venerated saints in the world. Churches and cathedrals and even towns are named in his honor. He is the patron saint of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, which has a medal in his name. Martin Luther was named after him and even baptized on November 11 another feast of St. Martin.
+ Albertus Magnus was born in Swabia (in Germany) in 1206. He studied at the University of Padua, and then, against his family’s wishes, joined the newly founded Order of Preachers. He became a famous teacher, with headqarters at Cologne from 1248 on. His pupils included Thomas Aquinas. His writings are considerable both in bulk and in scope. They are concerned not only with biblical and theological studies, but also with logic, metaphysics, ethics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, human and animal physiology, geography, geology, and botany. He says that in some areas, such as questions about the nature of God, men cannot draw sound conclusions by themselves because they lack the necessary data. But he is an enthusiastic supporter of what we might call today critical realism, working on empirical data, in areas of knowledge where those data are relevant. Given a longstanding belief in his day that eagles incubate only one egg and rear only one offspring per season, he had himself lowered over a cliff edge and down to an eagle’s nest, so that he might check for himself.
+ WEDNESDAY SCHOOL AND AGAPE THIS WEEK! Our next class is this Wednesday, November 13 at 5:45 p.m. Classes begin at 6:30 and run till 7:15 p.m. We will have classes for all age groups and our schedule will be published next Sunday. Please call Jackie Jamison if you are interested in volunteering with the children’s classes since classroom assistants are needed!
+ All Saints Men’s Group meets Tuesday November 12, 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ Monday Morning Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. in the undercroft and classes will run through Monday, November 18. The first few weeks will be a general overview of the Bible using the survey “How The Bible Fits Together.” For further information about the Fall term please contact Priscilla King, 540-456-6458 – [email protected]
+ 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!
+ 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.