Mass for Peace and Justice

The events in our city this past weekend have been very unsettling and disorienting. This is when we, as disciples of Jesus, need to gather together around our Master Jesus, in the Word and Eucharist, to regain our bearings and our perspective. Father Gregory will preside at a special Mass for Peace and Justice on Thursday evening, August 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. 

USCCB Statement

August 13, 2017

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity today in response to yesterday’s violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Full statement follows:

“As we learn more about the horrible events of yesterday, our prayer turns today, on the Lord’s Day, to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country.

We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love’s victory over every form of evil is assured.  At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives.  Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression.”

Statement from Bishop DiLorenzo

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement on the actions taking place in Charlottesville:

“In the last 24 hours, hatred and violence have been on display in the City of Charlottesville. I earnestly pray for peace. I invoke the prayer of St. Francis who prayed “Lord make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon.” I pray that those men and women on both sides can talk and seek solutions to their differences respectfully. The love of Jesus Christ is the most powerful weapon against hatred. Only the light of Christ can quench the torches of hatred and violence. Let us pray for peace.

Middle School Slime Time August 21

All middle school students are invited to join us post eclipse on Monday, August 21 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Incarnation for a smorgasbord of slime making!
If you like creating slime or if you’ve always wanted to try it out, join us!  There is no fee, but you should plan to bring some supplies with you if you can.  Also you should wear clothing that you don’t mind possibly getting slimed.
Ideally each person making slime will bring a plastic container in which you can create your masterpiece.
We will have borax on hand, but if you have some already, feel free to bring your supply.  We will also have a big jug of white glue, but definitely feel free to bring any quantities of white glue if you’d like–the more, the merrier!
Optional things to bring to customize your slime:

–Glitter adds sparkle to your slime
–Food coloring changes the color
–Lotion changes the texture and smell (if it’s scented)
–Conditioner helps make it smooth out

–Clear glue let’s you make clear slime
–Corn starch if you want to make butterslime
Please RSVP to Patrick so we have a rough idea who is coming.  We hope to see all middle school slime enthusiasts there!!  Please spread the word and bring a friend!

Parish Summer Reading: Drunks and Monks

All parishioners are invited to read the book Drunks and Monks by John H. Carmichael, an autobiographical story dealing with the drama of divorce, caring for the gravely ill, recovering from addictions of various sorts, post-traumatic growth, and the role of religion and spirituality in modern life.  This page turner has been described by many as profound and life changing, and it may help you to develop a deeper appreciation for our Catholic faith. Copies can be purchased through the Sycamore Tree.

Passion Flowers

Since time immemorial, people have felt the presence of God in a very real way through His Creation. Sometimes this is felt as awe at its immensity, vastness or power. Other times, particular species serve as God-made rather than man-made icons, beckoning us to prayerful contemplation. I encountered such a “natural” icon growing in the tangles on the far side of our parish’s parking lot when I found Passionflowers (Passiflora incarnata) were scrambling over the undergrowth at the woodlands edge, dotting it with their intricate purple flowers. Totaling a little more than 2 inches in diameter, these flowers provide the wary Christian naturalist a study in the Passion of our Lord, instantiated in its floral structure. At the base, the whorl of ten petals and sepals remember the 10 apostles, save for the denier (St. Peter) and the betrayer. The tendrils, which the vine uses to climb, bring to mind the whips used to scourge. The ring of hundreds of multi-colored filaments, to which the flower owes much of its intricate beauty, elicits a different emotion in us when viewed as representative of the crown of thorns upon His head. Closest to the investigator are the three arms of the flower’s stigma; the three nails which made the five wounds brought to mind by the five anthers found immediately below. Lastly, the thrice-pointed leaves resemble the head of a lance, used to pierce our Savior’s side. The Passionflowers (Passiflora) number some 520+ species distributed throughout the New World tropics. Only two species are native as far north as Virginia (the other is Passiflora lutea). Their varied colors enhance our meditation: the purples of our native one remind us of the robes with which Jesus was clothed after being crowned with thorns, blues and white remind us of the role played by Mary during the Passion, martyrs’ red is worn on Good Friday so that we might not forget the bloodshed and suffering involved, and gold commemorates the joy and glory of His Resurrection which would have been impossible without the Passion and Death. The Passionflower is now valued world-wide for the calming tea it provides, the sweet edible fruit it produces (Passionfruit/Granadilla/Maracuyá), and its graceful, complex beauty in the garden. However, as in many other things, the thoughtful Christian will find more than utility or superficial aesthetics—in this case a living occasion for prayer found in the uncultivated margin of our parish’s lands. If you walk straight out of the church, the patch is behind the last row of the parking lot, closer to the left side. -Chris Golias

Incarnation Socials

Let’s put on some great social events in our wonderful parish during 2017-2018!

We know parish social events encourage us to get to know one another better and to grow as a community.  If you are interested in helping to plan and coordinate one (or more events), please sign-up here.  Committees for each event will begin planning via email, have a few (not too many!) meetings in person, and “work” the event.

Questions?  Please email Jen Kowalski or Caroline Cook

Thank you for your help!  We look forward to working together with you!

August 18- Litnic

Steve & Laura Brown (Casa Alma) will host a litnic in their home in Charlottesville. Please RSVP (434-202-2221) and let them know what you are bringing. Tuesday,

Let’s Make Incarnation Green!

The Green Team is experimenting with different ways to compost garden and food ministry waste by using Black Bear Composting Service. Black Bear takes away our garden and food scraps and they bring back nutrition filled compost for the gardens and grounds of Incarnation.
Do you know what composting is and how it helps the environment? Click here for a short video of how you can help to prevent landfills from being filled with food waste.
Are you interested in composting at home?
You can reduce your trash by 33%! Contact Eric from Black Bear Composting. If you have any questions or concerns or you want to join the Green Team in making Incarnation eco-friendly, simply reply to this email.


Help Needed- Sunday Fellowship Ministry 

We take turns hosting coffee & donuts after the 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. Liturgy. This involves picking up the donut order at Dunkin’ Donuts, preparing lemonade and coffee, and serving those snacks after Mass. When we have only a few ministers, you’ll notice weeknds when we don’t have coffee & donuts after Mass. This is a sign that we need you! Your time commitment is one-half hour before and after Mass one Sunday per month. If you would like to join this ministry, please call Laure Taylor at 434-434-0148. We will pair you  up with someone who will guide you through the process!