St. Hugh of Grenoble Catholic Church Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 1, 2015 Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us. — Psalm 95:6 Clergy The Sacraments Rev. Walter J. Tappe, Pastor Reconciliation: Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Baptism: 2nd Sunday of the month after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Call the rectory to make arrangements. Marriage: By arrangement. Contact the pastor at least six months before intended date of wedding. Rev. R. Scott Hurd and Rev. Richard D. Kramer, Jr., Assisting Priests Mr. Desi Vikor, Deacon Parish Staff Ms. Maggie Gutierrez, Business Manager Mrs. Mary Wade, Coordinator of the School of Religion Mrs. Jennifer Goltz, Director of Music Gerald Muller, DMA, Principal Organist and Director Emeritus Mr. Hung Le, Plant Manager Parish Office Oﬃce Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday—Friday Anointing of the Sick: Call the Oﬃce when a loved one is seriously ill to arrange for the sacrament. New Parishioners See the Greeter after Sunday Mass to register. School of Religion (CCD) Please inform the parish oﬃce that you’re leaving. 301-474-4322 Music for this Sunday [email protected] Entrance: no. 800 Mrs. Mary Wade, Coordinator St. Joseph Regional School 11011 Montgomery Road Beltsville, MD. 20705 301-937-7154 Mrs. Anne-Marie Miller, Principal Holy Hour Mass Times Departing Parishioners SUNDAY Sat. 5 p.m. Vigil 8 a.m. Glory to God no. 255 9:30 a.m. Eucharistic Acclamations: nos. 317, 319, 321 11 a.m. Lamb of God: no. 322 Communion: no. 973 DAILY Mon.-Fri. 7:15 a.m. Marian: no. 1005 Saturday 9 a.m. Final: no. 744 Fed. Holidays 9 a.m. First Fridays at 7:00 p.m. 135 Crescent Road Greenbelt MD, 20770 www.sthughofgrenoble.org Phone (301) 474-4322, FAX (301) 474-9263 sthughoﬃ[email protected] Your Prayers Requested This Week at a Glance For those preparing for their vocations Today 2/1/2015, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time † 8am Mass † 9:30am Mass, Boys & Girls Choir † 11am Mass, Parish Choir ♦ Sodality 9am, Grenoble Hall ♦ Religious Education 10:30am, School ♦ Youth Group noon, School Jack Berard and Joe Lomax For those preparing for the sacraments For all those preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation, and our children preparing for 1st Reconciliation and Confirmation. For the sick Please pray for: Bobby Mittelstetter; Elizabeth Pels Nash; Ludvik Matyas; Dave Williams; Lori Moran; Ray & Loretta Turek; Patricia Molden; Nancy DePlatchett; Stephen Blizard; Jaimi Zimmet. Monday 2/2//2015, The Presentation of the Lord; World Day for Consecrated Life † 7:15am Mass and the Blessing of Candles For the deceased Tuesday 2/3/2015, St. Blaise; St. Ansgar † 7:15am Mass and the Blessing of Throats ♦ Ladies of Charity 7pm, Grenoble Hall In your charity, please pray for the souls of our beloved dead: James Shanahan. Wednesday 2/4/2015 † 7:15am Mass For our troops Thursday 2/5/2015, St. Agatha † 7:15am Mass ♦ Boys & Girls Choir rehearsal 6pm, Church ♦ Parish Choir rehearsal 7pm, Church Please pray for: Adam Weaver, James Hall, Christopher Pfaﬀman, Anthony (Tj) Hose, Anthony Ladnier, Tony Alves, Karen Mealey. To add a name to these lists, please call the rectory. Income Tax Information The parish will be happy to provide an oﬃcial 2014 statement of contributions for all those who need it, but to prevent needless preparation of statements for all parishioners, we are asking those who need them to fill in the form below and drop it in the collection. Statements cover all contributions which are identifiable—those made through the envelope system or FaithDirect. NAME: ADDRESS: ENVELOPE #: Friday 2/6/2015, St. Paul Miki and companions † 7:15am Mass † 7pm First Friday Devotions Saturday 2/7/2015, Blessed Virgin Mary † 9am Mass followed by Fatima Devotions † 3:30pm-4:30pm Confessions † 5pm Vigil Mass ♦ RCIA 10am, Rectory The calendar is also online: www.sthughofgrenoble.org Saint Agatha, patron saint of breast cancer patients, pray for us. Coffee Social Come enjoy coﬀee, a treat, and good company next Sunday February 8 after all Masses! Your Masses for the Week of 1/25-2/1 hosts this month are the members of the Christ- Saturday 8am Living & Deceased Sodalists 9:30am Jean Waﬀo, Eric Zussouo, & mas Bazaar Committee. While you’re there you Jean Paul Mohedo can watch a video to get information about our 11am Intention of the Parish parish CRS Rice Bowl project for this Lent! READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32] Tuesday: Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-28, 30-32; Mk 5:21-43 Wednesday: Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a; Mk 6:1-6 Thursday: Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Ps 48:2-4, 9-11; Mk 6:7-13 Friday: Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9; Mk 6:14-29 Saturday: Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Ps 23:1-6; Mk 6:30-34 Sunday: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps 147:1-6; 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mk 1:29-39 Monday Tuesday Wed. Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 7:15am 7:15am 7:15am 7:15am 7:15am 9am 5pm 8am 9:30am 11am Int. Jay & Carolyn Karch Peter Phap Nguyen Int. Shaun & Gina Dwyer Harry Voght Int. Bridget McDermott John McDermott Intention of the Parish Shirley Palmer Int. Joyce Wheaton Int. Lwonga family From the Pastor Dear parishioners, Next October, the bishops of the world will meet in Rome for the Synod on the Family, to propose to Pope Francis a pastoral plan to support and strengthen the family in light of all the many challenges it faces in today’s world. Pope Francis desires an ample consultation of the People of God to be part of the synodal process. To facilitate this here at St. Hugh’s, I have drawn 21 questions from the Synod’s preparatory document for you to ponder and respond to. You will find these questions below. Before answering the questions, I invite you first to read the address that the Holy Father delivered on the topic of the family in observance of World Communications Day. His insights might help you in formulating your own thoughts. Yours in Christ, Father Walter ******** Address of Pope Francis for World Communications Day The family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church and of a process involving two Synods: the recent extraordinary assembly and the ordinary assembly scheduled for next October. So I thought it appropriate that the theme for the next World Communications Day should have the family as its point of reference. After all, it is in the context of the family that we first learn how to communicate. Focusing on this context can help to make our communication more authentic and humane, while helping us to view the family in a new perspective. We can draw inspiration from the Gospel passage which relates the visit of Mary to Elizabeth. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’” This episode first shows us how communication is a dialogue intertwined with the language of the body. The first response to Mary’s greeting is given by the child, who leaps for joy in the womb of Elizabeth. Joy at meeting others, which is something we learn even before being born, is, in one sense, the archetype and symbol of every other form of communication. The womb which hosts us is the first “school” of communication, a place of listening and physical contact where we begin to familiarize ourselves with the outside world within a protected environment, with the reassuring sound of the mother’s heartbeat. This encounter between two persons, so intimately related while still distinct from each other, an encounter so full of promise, is our first experience of communication. It is an experience which we all share, since each of us was born of a mother. Even after we have come into the world, in some sense we are still in a “womb,” which is the family. A womb made up of various interrelated persons: the family is where we learn to live with others despite our diﬀerences. Notwithstanding the diﬀerences of gender and age between them, family members accept one another because there is a bond between them. The wider the range of these relationships and the greater the diﬀerences of age, the richer will be our living environment. It is this bond which is at the root of language, which in turn strengthens the bond. We do not create our language; we can use it because we have received it. It is in the family that we learn to speak our “mother tongue,” the language of those who have gone before us. In the family we realize that others have preceded us, they made it possible for us to exist and in our turn to generate life and to do something good and beautiful. We can give because we have received. This virtuous circle is at the heart of the family’s ability to communicate among its members and with others. More generally, it is the model for all communication. The experience of this relationship which “precedes” us enables the family to become the setting in which the most basic form of communication, which is prayer, is handed down. When parents put their newborn children to sleep, they frequently entrust them to God, asking that he watch over them. When the children are a little older, parents help them to recite some simple prayers, thinking with aﬀection of other people, such as grandparents, relatives, the sick and suﬀering, and all those in need of God’s help. It was in our families that the majority of us learned the religious dimension of communication, which in the case of Christianity is permeated with love, the love that God bestows upon us and which we then oﬀer to others. In the family, we learn to embrace and support one another, to discern the meaning of facial expressions and moments of silence, to laugh and cry together with people who did not choose one other yet are so important to each other. This greatly helps us to understand the meaning of communication as recognizing and creating closeness. When we lessen distances by growing closer and accepting one another, we experience gratitude and joy. Mary’s greeting and the stirring of her child are a blessing for Elizabeth; they are followed by the beautiful canticle of the Magnificat, in which Mary praises God’s loving plan for her and for her people. A “yes” spoken with faith can have eﬀects that go well beyond ourselves and our place in the world. To “visit” is to open doors, not remaining closed in our little world, but rather going out to others. So too the family comes alive as it reaches beyond itself; families who do so communicate their message of life and communion, giving comfort and hope to more fragile families, and thus build up the Church herself, which is the family of families. More than anywhere else, the family is where we daily experience our own limits and those of others, the problems great and small entailed in living peacefully with others. A perfect family does not exist. We should not be fearful of imperfections, weakness or even conflict, but rather learn how to deal with them constructively. The family, where we keep loving one another despite our limits and sins, thus becomes a school of forgiveness. Forgiveness is itself a process of communication. When contrition is expressed and accepted, it becomes possible to restore and rebuild the communication which broke down. A child who has learned in the family to listen to others, to speak respectfully and to express his or her view without negating that of others, will be a force for dialogue and reconciliation in society. When it comes to the challenges of communication, families who have children with one or more disabilities have much to teach us. A motor, sensory or mental limitation can be a reason for closing in on ourselves, but it can also become, thanks to the love of parents, siblings, and friends, an incentive to openness, sharing and ready communication with all. It can also help schools, parishes and associations to become more welcoming and inclusive of everyone. In a world where people often curse, use foul language, speak badly of others, sow discord and poison our human environment by gossip, the family can teach us to understand communication as a blessing. In situations apparently dominated by hatred and violence, where families are separated by stone walls or the no less impenetrable walls of prejudice and resentment, where there seem to be good reasons for saying “enough is enough,” it is only by blessing rather than cursing, by visiting rather than repelling, and by accepting rather than fighting, that we can break the spiral of evil, show that goodness is always possible, and educate our children to fellowship. Today the modern media, which are an essential part of life for young people in particular, can be both a help and a hindrance to communication in and between families. The media can be a hindrance if they become a way to avoid listening to others, to evade physical contact, to fill up every moment of silence and rest, so that we forget that “silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist.” The media can help communication when they enable people to share their stories, to stay in contact with distant friends, to thank others or to seek their forgiveness, and to open the door to new encounters. By growing daily in our awareness of the vital importance of encountering others, these “new possibilities,” we will employ technology wisely, rather than letting ourselves be dominated by it. Here too, parents are the primary educators, but they cannot be left to their own devices. The Christian community is called to help them in teaching children how to live in a media environment in a way consonant with the dignity of the human person and service of the common good. The great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information. The latter is a tendency which our important and influential modern communications media can encourage. Information is important, but it is not enough. All too often things get simplified, diﬀerent positions and viewpoints are pitted against one another, and people are invited to take sides, rather than to see things as a whole. The family, in conclusion, is not a subject of debate or a terrain for ideological skirmishes. Rather, it is an environment in which we learn to communicate in an experience of closeness, a setting where communication takes place, a “communicating community.” The family is a community which provides help, which celebrates life and is fruitful. Once we realize this, we will once more be able to see how the family continues to be a rich human resource, as opposed to a problem or an institution in crisis. At times the media can tend to present the family as a kind of abstract model which has to be accepted or rejected, defended or attacked, rather than as a living reality. Or else a grounds for ideological clashes rather than as a setting where we can all learn what it means to communicate in a love received and returned. Relating our experiences means realizing that our lives are bound together as a single reality, that our voices are many, and that each is unique. Families should be seen as a resource rather than as a problem for society. Families at their best actively communicate by their witness the beauty and the richness of the relationship between man and woman, and between parents and children. We are not fighting to defend the past. Rather, with patience and trust, we are working to build a better future for the world in which we live.” ******** Questions on the Family in Preparation for the Synod on the Family There is no need to answer every question. Answer only the questions the Holy Spirit moves you to answer, where you think you have something helpful to contribute. It’s fine to answer just one or two questions. The Holy Father has reminded us that the Synod is not about changing Church teaching, but about exploring ways to communicate Church teaching more eﬀectively in our present situation. I have grouped questions under a quotation from the preparatory document (in bold print) that helps set the context for the questions. When responding, please indicate the question number you are responding to. Please e-mail your responses to sthughoﬃ[email protected] Or, you can drop oﬀ your written responses to the rectory. Please do this by Sunday, February 15. I will collate your responses and forward them to Cardinal Wuerl. I will not include your individual names in the input I forward to the Cardinal. Please be assured that I will keep your responses confidential. With an eye on the Lord Jesus, we look for ways that the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family founded upon the marriage between a man and woman. 1. What can be done to support and strengthen families of believers and those faithful to the bonds of marriage? 2. How should the Church reach out to those who reject the biblical model of the family as the life-long, exclusive union of one man and one woman that is open to the procreation and raising of children? Who especially should be involved in this outreach? 3. How can the Church best educate young people in the Christian model of the family, including those young people in family situations which do not correspond to the Christian vision? As Christians we believe that Jesus restored marriage and the family to their original form (Mk 10:1-12). Marriage and the family have been redeemed by Christ (Eph 5:21-32), restored in the image of the Holy Trinity, the mystery from which every true love flows. The spousal covenant, originating in creation and revealed in the history of salvation, receives its full meaning in Christ and his Church. Through his Church, Christ bestows on marriage and the family the grace necessary to witness to the love of God and to live the life of communion. 4. How can people be brought to understand that Christian marriage corresponds to the original plan of God and, thus, one of fulfillment and not confinement? Who should be involved in this work? 5. What is being done to demonstrate the greatness and beauty of the gift of indissolubility so as to prompt a desire to live it and strengthen it more and more? What more can be done? The Lord looks with love at the Christian family and through him the family grows as a true community of life and love. With inner joy and deep comfort, the Church looks to families who remain faithful to the teachings of the Gospel, encouraging them and thanking them for the testimony they oﬀer. 6. How can a familial spirituality be developed and how can families become places of new life in Christ? 7. How can people be helped to understand that a relationship with God can assist couples in overcoming the inherent weaknesses in marital relations? 8. What can be done to show that the family has many unique aspects for experiencing the joys of human existence? 9. How can married couples bear witness to the fact that divine blessings accompany every true marriage? How do they show that the grace of the Sacrament sustains married couples throughout their life together? 10. What can be done so that persons in the various forms of union between a man and a woman outside of marriage — in which human values can be present — might experience a sense of respect, trust and encouragement to grow in the Church’s good will and be helped to arrive at the fullness of Christian marriage? 11. What do we need to do to help couples prepare for married life? 12. How can the Church better accompany married couples in the initial years of family life? Married couples with problems in their relationship should be able to count on the assistance and guidance of the Church. The pastoral work of charity and mercy seeks to help persons recover and restore relationships. 13. How should the Church minister to married couples who are separated? divorced and not remarried? divorced and remarried? How should the Church minister to single-parent families? Some families have members who have a homosexual tendency. In this regard, the synod fathers asked themselves what pastoral attention might be appropriate for them in accordance with Church teaching: “There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to Godʹs plan for marriage and family.” Nevertheless, men and women with a homosexual tendency ought to be received with respect and sensitivity. “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” 14. How should the Church minister to members who have a homosexual tendency? How can God’s will be proposed to them in their situation? 15. How should the Church minister to those living in same-sex relationships? Openness to life is an intrinsic requirement of married love. Pastoral work in this area needs to start with listening to people and acknowledging the beauty and truth of an unconditional openness to life, which is needed if human love is to be lived fully. This serves as the basis for an appropriate teaching regarding the natural methods for responsible procreation, which allow a couple to live, in a harmonious and conscious manner, the loving communication between husband and wife in all its aspects along with their responsibility at procreating life. 16. How can the Church better promote the beauty and dignity of becoming a mother or father and communicate her teaching regarding the natural methods for responsible procreation within marriage? 17. How can relations between family, society and civil life be fostered for the benefit of the family? How can the support of the State and the international community be fostered on behalf of the family? 18. How can adoption and foster-parenting be encouraged as a powerful sign of fruitful generosity? How can the care and respect of children be promoted? 19. How does the Church combat the scourge of abortion and foster an eﬀective culture of life? 20. Fulfilling their educational mission is not always easy for parents. How can the Church better show them solidarity and support? 21. How can parents and the Christian family be made aware that the duty of transmitting the faith is an intrinsic aspect of being a Christian? Parish Life St. Hugh Sodality of Our Lady will be selling raﬄe tickets to support the James Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Fund after all Masses for the next four weeks. Please stop by our table at the back of the church to purchase raﬄe tickets for the benefit of Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance. Tickets are $1.00 each. PRIZES: 1st-$500; 2nd-$300; 3rd-$100; 4th-$100; 5th-$100. Pray to End Abortion: The 40 Days for Life prayer mission needs your support from February 18 to March 29, 2015. Make a pledge to pray at least one hour these forty days and visit our website, 40DaysForLife.com/ CollegePark Volunteer to pray outdoors at 5915 Greenbelt Rd, College Park. For more information phone Tom Trunk, 240-593-6982. 40 Days Kickoﬀ Rally: Join us 10am12pm Sat February 14 at St. Mary of the Mills Church, 114 St. Maryʹs Place, Laurel, and hear the inspiring story of a faithful Catholic woman who turned a crisis pregnancy into a blessing. The rally will also feature a talk from a Catholic Charities adoption services specialist, Ellen Warnock. Enjoy music, refreshments, and prayer resources. High school youth groups welcome. Phone Joan OʹReilly, 240-393-1940. Ladies of Charity Reminders: Next Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, February [email protected] in Grenoble Hall If you plan to attend the Ladies of Charity Archdiocese of Washington Communion Brunch/Mass on Saturday, [email protected] at St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel, please bring your check/cash for $30 to the February meeting. Check can be made out to St. Hugh Ladies of Charity. Ladies of Charity Baby Shower will be on Sunday, February 15th (1pm-4pm) in Grenoble Hall. St. Hugh Ladies of Charity March Monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 5:30p (note time change) in Grenoble Hall due to 40 Hours Observance (Fr. Michael Berry/ Homilist) on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7pm in church. For any questions/concerns, please call Mary Ann Tretler (301)313-0920. HELP THE LADIES OF CHARITY—Socks for Spring Grove Hospital Patients: New socks for Spring Grove Hospital patients will be collected by the Ladies of Charity during the month of February. We welcome new menʹs tube/crew socks and womenʹs crew socks to be placed in the boxes at the back of the church. If questions, please call Mary Ann Tretler (301-313-0920). Dear St. Hugh Families, Catholic School’s week has been wonderful! We celebrated our Faith with Masses and prayer, our Knowledge with a geography bee, band concert and honors and awards assembly, and our Service with can food drive, cleaning the clothing closet and spending time with our Moms. We loved having our Open Houses, both for new families and existing ones. We love to show oﬀ our wonderful school and have others see the great things that are happening in our little hidden gem behind the big church. Open Registration has begun! For new families entering K-8th, you may enroll on line www.stjos.org/school by clicking on Registration and TADS link. You may also apply for financial aid through Tads on our website. The application for pre-k is not through tads. Please download the pre-K registration form from our website and bring or mail to the school oﬃce. Did you miss our Open House? We will have another Open House, Saturday, March 7, 11:00am-2:00 pm. We hope to see you there. Private tours are also available, please call the school to schedule your private tour. 301-973-7154 Peace and all Good, Mrs. Anne-Marie D. Miller, OFS 301-937-7154 CHURCH NAME: ST. HUGH OF GRENOBLE 135 Crescent Rd. 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