We Are Never Alone

May 1, 2016 |by N W | Comments Off on We Are Never Alone | Comfort, Easter, Father Salvador, Grace, Trust

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 1, 2016 – Year C
Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 / Ps 67 / Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 / Jn 14:23-29
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

A story is told about a grandfather who, one sunny Sunday afternoon, went to visit his daughter and her family.  As soon as he went in their door, he saw his little grandson, Timmy, crying inside the playpen.  When the little boy saw him, he lit up and cried:  “Grandpa!  Take me out of here!”  Is there a grandfather who can refuse that plea from his grandson? (more…)

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The Good Shepherd Knows

April 17, 2016 |by N W | Comments Off on The Good Shepherd Knows | Comfort, Courage, Family, Father Salvador, Grace, Strength, Trust

Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 17, 2016 – Year C
Readings: Acts 13:14, 43-52 / Ps 100 / Rev 7:9, 14B-17 / Jn 10:27-30
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

About five decades ago, my uncle convinced my mom to allow me to spend a couple of days with his family in another province in the Philippine Islands.  I had a childhood experience that I will never forget, because that was my very first sleepover.  (more…)

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Oasis of Mercy

March 6, 2016 |by N W | Comments Off on Oasis of Mercy | Comfort, Father Salvador, Forgiveness, Grace, Healing, Lent, Mercy

Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 6, 2016 – Year C
Readings: Jos 5:9A, 10-12 / Ps 34 / 2 Cor 5:17-21 / Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

When Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Year of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica, he said, “Let us not forget that God forgives, and God forgives always.”  Today’s gospel is a manifestation of this truth.  Today, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, the vestments of the deacons and  priests, as well as the linens, are colored rose,  because this is Laetare Sunday, or “Rejoice” Sunday. (more…)

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Winter to Spring Journey

February 10, 2016 |by N W | Comments Off on Winter to Spring Journey | Comfort, Father Salvador, Hope, Lent, St. Matthew, Trust

Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016 – Year C
Readings: Jl 2:12-18 / Ps 51 / 2 Cor 5:20-6:2 / Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

In the middle of winter, we may find it a little challenging to picture in our minds the season of Spring, with its colorful flowers and green leaves.  But we all know that in a few weeks, these seemingly dead trees around us will come to life again.  It will help us and make us feel better, if we remind ourselves and each other, time and again, that this particular season will pass and give way eventually to much warmer weather. (more…)

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Rejoice Always

December 13, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Rejoice Always | Advent, Comfort, Eucharist, Father Salvador, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Joy, St. Luke, Trust

Third Sunday of Advent
December 13, 2015 – Year C

Readings: Zep 3:14-18a / Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6 / Phil 4:4-7 / Lk 3:10-18
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

While I was waiting for my food at one of the local fast food restaurants yesterday morning, I had the wonderful opportunity to see living examples of why the town of Bedford deserves its title of “The Christmas Capital of the State of Virginia”. It is not only the beautiful display of lights, which are one of the best in the state, but because of the people who live here. There was an elderly couple, or if I may use the words of St. Luke: “a couple advanced in years”, who were so vibrant, spreading the joy of the season by just being themselves, and greeting everyone with “Merry Christmas”. (more…)

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Intercessors

November 15, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Intercessors | Comfort, Courage, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Prayer, Saints, St. Mark, Strength

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 15, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Dn 12:1-3 / Psalm 16 / Heb 10:11-14, 18 / Mk 13:24-32
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

We are all aware of the horrific events of last Friday, the 13th, when the whole world was shaken by the attacks on innocent civilians in Paris. Pope Francis, after offering condolences and prayers, forcefully condemned the violence.   He described the attacks as ‘not human’, and he added that it is difficult to understand how such things could be done by human beings. The Holy Father knows, as we do, that there can be no rational explanation for such irrational and evil acts. (more…)

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Eyes of Faith

October 25, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Eyes of Faith | Comfort, Faith, Father Salvador, Healing, Homilies, Hope, Ordinary Time, St. Mark, Trust

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 25, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Jer 31:7-9 / Psalm 126 / Heb 5:1-6 / Mk 10:46-52
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

All of us rejoice, because we are alive. This is the first day of the rest of our lives, not only in this world, but the life that will never end.

We know that we are all blessed to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains area. The leaves in this part of the world, during the season of Fall, remind us of the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. But we also know that this beautiful scenery around us means nothing, if we don’t have the sense of sight. Our ability to see is indeed something that we should be grateful for, every single day of our lives. It should remind us how good and gracious is our God. (more…)

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Perfect Gift

August 30, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Perfect Gift | Comfort, Courage, Discipleship, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Ordinary Time, Service, St. Mark, Strength, Trust

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 30, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 / Psalm 15 / Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 / Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Yesterday in his homily at our sister parish in Moneta, Resurrection Catholic Church, Deacon Chris Barrett focused on his theological reflections related to the shooting that occurred at Bridgewater Plaza last Wednesday, taking the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, and wounding the lone survivor, Vicki Gardner. Vicki is out of danger now. She is a parishioner at Resurrection, and we were able to talk to her yesterday. (more…)

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Live Forever

August 16, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Live Forever | Comfort, Eternal Life, Eucharist, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Ordinary Time, St. John, Strength

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 16, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Prv 9:1-6 / Psalm 34 / Eph 5:15-20 / Jn 6:51-58
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

A story is told about a man who was desperately late for an important appointment as he drove into an underground parking garage. He jumped out of the car and opened the back door to get his briefcase. Just then, an attendant came up and explained to him that the garage was a ‘self-park garage’ and he would have to park his car himself. Since he was in such a hurry, he quickly jumped back into the car and rolled down the window and said, “Okay, okay, which way do I go?” The attendant leaned into the window and replied, “Up the ramp and to your right, sir; but first you’ll have to get into the front seat of your car.” (more…)

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Storm and Faith

June 21, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Storm and Faith | Comfort, Courage, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Ordinary Time, Prayer, St. Mark, Strength, Trust

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 21, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Jb 38:1, 8-11 / Psalm 107 / 2 Cor 5:14-17 / Mk 4:35-41
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

At some time in the past, some of us have experienced a storm while at sea, at the lake, or even while driving. For many of us, especially those who travel quite often, the closest experience that we may have is turbulence on a plane. During that time, it is a big relief when someone gives us assurance that everything will be fine. (more…)

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