Glimpse of God’s Glory

February 25, 2018 |by N W | Comments Off on Glimpse of God’s Glory | Blessings, Father Salvador, Grace, Heaven, Joy, Lent, Prayer |

Second Sunday of Lent
February 25, 2018 – Year B
Readings: Gn 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18 / Ps 116 / Rom 8:31B-34 / Mk 9:2-10
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Last week we were once again blessed to have Father Paul with us. He celebrated the 10:45 Mass. He got here about 1:30 am Sunday morning after driving almost 12 hours from St. Augustine, Florida. He was smiling as he told me that he had gotten lost, taking the wrong exit and ending up in North Carolina. Michelle Rex and her son Timothy came to his rescue. (more…)


Grateful Living, Joyful Giving

October 22, 2017 |by N W | Comments Off on Grateful Living, Joyful Giving | Blessings, Father Salvador, Generosity, Joy, Love, Thanksgiving

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 22, 2017 – Year A
Readings: Is 45:1, 4-6 / Ps 96 / 1 Thes 1:1-5B / Mt 22:15-21
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

When I was still in the seminary, I was asked by our Rector to give an invocation to a retirement party, because he wasn’t feeling well, and none of the seminary priests was available. So I went to a gathering where no one had invited me or expected me. (more…)


A Sneak Preview

August 6, 2017 |by N W | Comments Off on A Sneak Preview | Courage, Faith, Father Salvador, Joy, Light, Self-Reflection, Strength

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
August 6, 2017 – Year A
Readings: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 / Ps 97 / 2 Pt 1:16-19 / Mt 17:1-9
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

The first fifteen to twenty minutes in a movie theater are a preview of coming attractions. Movie makers and theater owners hope that the preview will catch our interest enough to bring us back to see the whole film.

Wedding rehearsals, graduation ceremony practices and First Communion rehearsals are also forms of previews of exciting upcoming events. (more…)


Chasing Happiness?

January 29, 2017 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Chasing Happiness? | Discipleship, Faith, Father Salvador, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Ordinary Time, St. Matthew

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 29, 2017 – Year A

Readings: Zep 2:3, 3:12-13 / Psalm 146 / 1 Cor 1:26-31 / Mt 5:1-12a
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

We all know that everybody wants to be happy. The courses on the science of happiness are becoming more and more popular in colleges and universities when, not too long ago, they were not even part of the curriculum. The song entitled “Happy” by Pharrell Williams was number one on the billboard charts for many weeks. It was downloaded more than a million times, and was used in music videos and animations. All these are confirmations of the fact that happiness is indeed a basic human desire. (more…)


Are You Ready for a Party?

January 1, 2017 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Are You Ready for a Party? | Christmas, Guest Deacons, Homilies, Joy, Mary, St. Luke

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
January 1, 2017 – Year A

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

Are you ready for a party? Maybe it’s the wrong morning to ask that question. Maybe this morning I should ask, are you trying to recover from a party? But you don’t have to answer that if you don’t want to.

Parties are on my mind this time of year, but not just because it’s New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve is also my Dad’s birthday, and we always celebrate with him, and we did again last night, but that’s not the only other reason.



Saving the Lost

October 30, 2016 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Saving the Lost | Eucharist, Faith, Father Salvador, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Humility, Joy, Ordinary Time, St. Luke, Trust

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 30, 2016 – Year C

Readings: Wis 11:22-12:2 / Psalm 145 / 2 Thes 1:11-2:2 / Lk 19:1-10
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Each and every one of us, who is old enough to have a life history, must have experienced being lost sometime in the past, either literally or figuratively. On a dark, winter night a few years ago, I was on my way to attend the priest gathering at the rectory of Fr. Dan Kelly in Nelson County. (more…)


To Boldly Go…

March 27, 2016 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on To Boldly Go… | Baptism, Courage, Deacon Eddie, Discipleship, Easter, Evangelization, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Mission, Service, St. John

Easter Sunday
March 27, 2016 – Year C

Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 / Psalm 118 / Col 3:1-4 / Jn 20:1-9
by Rev. Mr. Eddie Craig, Permanent Deacon

When Father Sal told me he wanted me to preach this morning, my first thought was, “What do I say?” After all, today is THE day, the pinnacle of days. Today we celebrate the triumphal conclusion of Christ’s Paschal Mystery; His suffering, death and His glorious resurrection. What can be said except, “Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!” Amen!

That was my first thought, but then I remembered my number one obligation is to preach the Gospel; the Good News of Jesus Christ. I can sum up this Gospel with three words: God loves us. God loves us and I can even prove it. (more…)


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…)


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…)


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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