A Baptism Story

January 10, 2016 |by N W | Comments Off on A Baptism Story | Baptism, Discipleship, Faith, Family, Guest Celebrants, Self-Reflection

The Baptism of the Lord
January 10, 2016 – Year C
Readings: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 / Ps 29 / Acts 10:34-38 / Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
by Rev. Richard Mooney, Guest Celebrant

In early December of 1952, I was baptized.  It was something my parents did for me.  I was about six weeks old.  For a while, I thought it was something my parent had done to me.  Later on I realized it was something my parents had done for me.  And I think they did the best they could, especially while trying to raise six boys (I was the third of them).  They had us all baptized as infants.  (more…)

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“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

January 1, 2016 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” | Discipleship, Faith, Guest Deacons, Homilies, Mary, Prayer, Self-Reflection, St. Luke

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
January 1, 2016 – Year C

Readings: Nm 6:22-27 / Psalm 67 / Gal 4:4-7 / Lk 2:16-21
by Rev. Mr. Mike Stinson, Permanent Deacon

“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

I’m a teacher, and one morning a few weeks ago, I was driving to school, and my son Jeremy was in the car with me. As we got to a long curve in the highway, I noticed a car that was coming the other way was drifting across the yellow line, moving into my lane.

I moved over slightly and assumed he would move back into his lane — but he didn’t. He kept drifting over towards me, and I moved over some more, and he kept coming, until finally at the last second I jerked my wheel to the right — then there was a loud bang! and then what was left of my rear view mirror was dangling from a wire, thumping the side of my car door as I drove on down the road.

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Home in the Lord

December 25, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Home in the Lord | Christmas, Deacon Eddie, Discipleship, Faith, Family, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Joy, St. Luke

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
December 25, 2016 – Year C

Readings: Is 9:1-6 / Psalm 96 / Ti 2:11-14 / Lk 2:1-14
by Rev. Mr. Eddie Craig, Permanent Deacon

I love Christmas music. I start listening to it at the beginning of Advent, and I listen to it all the way through Advent and Christmas, all the way up to the Baptism of the Lord. This started when I was a little boy. My parents had an assortment of Christmas albums and I had a little record player, and I would sit and I play them over and over. And my parents had everything from “Oh Holy Night” to “Blue Christmas” by Elvis. I think I wore those albums out.  This year one particular song got stuck in my head throughout the whole month of December. That song is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” (more…)

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Blessed Are You Who Believe

December 20, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Blessed Are You Who Believe | Advent, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Prayer, St. Luke

Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2015 – Year C

Readings: Mi 5:1-4a / Psalm 80 / Heb 10:5-10 / Lk 1:39-45
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

About 3 days ago, a couple visited our sister parish, Resurrection, in Moneta. They were looking for a priest because they claimed they could see demons in their home. Since I wasn’t there, they told their story to Deacon Chris. He prayed with them, and gave them holy water to take home and sprinkle on their house. By the way, this couple wasn’t Catholic. But yet they believed that, somehow, our church could assist them in driving out their demons. When I heard this story, it reminded me of a post from one of my Facebook friends. It said something like, “People make fun of us Catholics until they see demons in their homes.” (more…)

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Mercy and Forgiveness

December 8, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Mercy and Forgiveness | Commitment, Courage, Discipleship, Faith, Father Salvador, Forgiveness, Healing, Homilies, Love, Mercy, St. Luke, Strength, Trust

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2015 – Year C

Readings: Gn 3:9-15, 20 / Psalm 98 / Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 / Lk 1:26-38
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

During my first few months as pastor here and at our sister parish, Resurrection, I had the privilege to know an extraordinary young man named Alex Earnandes. He and his family were members of Resurrection Parish. He was highly regarded by both young and older members of the community and well known and loved by the congregation of Resurrection. He had been an altar server at Resurrection for many years before I became pastor. He was a member of the men’s group and helped in many other ministries as well. (more…)

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Living and Praying with Joy

December 6, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Living and Praying with Joy | Advent, Blessings, Faith, Family, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Love, Prayer, St. Luke

Second Sunday of Advent
December 6, 2015 – Year C
Readings: Bar 5:1-9 / Psalm 126 / Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 / Lk 3:1-6
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

The recent Bedford Christmas 5K race and the concert by the Lynchburg Youth Symphony Orchestra remind me of the significance of this year’s theme of the Bedford Christmas Parade: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It was obviously taken from the classic movie of the same title that’s supposed to have taken place in a town called Bedford Falls. (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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True Colors

November 1, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on True Colors | Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Prayer, Saints, Trust

Solemnity of All Saints
November 1, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 / Psalm 24 / 1 Jn 3:1-3 / Mt 5:1-12a
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

A few years ago when I was still a priest in Norfolk, I got a call to go to a nearby hospital. When I arrived I was met by a jolly male nurse who was dressed as a clown for Halloween. After he greeted me with “Happy Halloween,” he gave me a rare compliment on my outfit. He said, “Nice costume. You really look like a priest.” I told him I loved being a priest and he responded, “Well who knows, you might be a priest someday.” (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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Holy Indifference

October 11, 2015 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Holy Indifference | Deacon Eddie, Discipleship, Faith, Homilies, Humility, Ordinary Time, St. Mark, Trust

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 11, 2015 – Year B

Readings: Wis 7:7-11 / Psalm 90 / Heb 4:12-13 / Mk 10:17-30
by Rev. Mr. Eddie Craig, Permanent Deacon

The older I get, the more it astonishes me how wisdom can often be found in the strangest places. Even if you’ve never watched it, I’m sure most of you are aware of the cartoon that comes on by the name of The Simpsons. (more…)

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