Christmas Mass Schedule

No Nursery available Dec. 24 through January 1

Saturday, December 23:

Sunday Vigil Mass: 5:30pm (English) & 7:30pm (Spanish)

Sunday Mass, December 24:

ONLY 9:00am (English)

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24:

5:00pm & 9:00pm, Midnight Mass (Spanish) begins at 11:30pm

Congregational Carols will be sung a half-hour prior to each

Liturgy on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25:

10:00am & 12:30pm (Spanish)

Feast of the Holy Family–Sunday, December 31

Regular Weekend Liturgies: Saturday 5:30pm,

Sunday 9:00am & 11:30am, 1:30pm(Spanish), 4:30pm

Children’s Nativity Play–10:15am in the Parish Hall

Celebrate with a nativity play, sing-along, and refreshments.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God–Monday, January 1

Mass: 12:15pm (not a Holy day of Obligation this year)

Solemnity of the Epiphany– Sunday, January 7

Regular Weekend Liturgies: Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday

9:00am & 11:30am, 1:30pm(Spanish), 4:30pm

Christmas Season concludes with the Feast of the Baptism of

the Lord on Monday, January 8.

Catechists Needed for Christian Formation

We are in need of THREE Catechists for Christian Formation, beginning with the classes on January 7th. Convenient time and very rewarding experience! We need one individual to be a co-Catechist for a 2nd grade class, and two Co-Catechists who will be teaching the 4th grade class together. Both these classes occur on Sundays, from 10:30-11:20am, following the Christian Formation calendar. We need the Catechists to begin with the January 7th class. Please email Lori with any questions.

Survey from Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for a Synod in 2018 and wants to hear from young Catholics throughout the world.  His goal is for Catholic youth ages 16-29 to please take this survey.
The goal of this questionnaire is to provide you with the opportunity to communicate, express, and recount who you are and what you want to say about yourself.
If you are a Catholic between the ages of 16-29, will you please (1) take the survey and (2) pass this along to anybody else who meets these criteria?

December 15- Evening of Music for Advent and Christmas

THE CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION FESTIVAL CHOIR PRESENTS …. An Evening of Music for Advent and Christmas on Friday, December 15, 2017. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with sung Advent Evening Prayer in the Worship Center. Please join us for this special musical event.

Retreat to Assisi- April 11-19, 2018

FR. GREGORY is leading a retreat to Assisi in Italy next spring, April 11-19. We will be spending an overnight in Siena to prayerfully spend time at the places of Saint Catherine, and then we will go to Assisi for five days to visit and pray at all the places associated with St. Francis and St. Clare. The retreat will end with a visit to Rome and a general audience with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. To find out more, visit www.travelillume.com/trc/phv, or call 800-368-6757, X128, or talk to Fr.Gregory himself, either in person or by calling the Parish Office at 973-4381. Deposit deadline is October 15. After October 15, the opportunity for the retreat will be on a space-available basis.

Church History Study Group

Join us every other Thursday (next meeting: 12/14) at 7:00 pm in the Library to discuss the history of the Catholic Church. There will be 20 sessions (on DVD) that will cover from the first century to present time. If interested in attending the series, please call Sharon Packett (434-973-5659) and leave a message with your name, phone number, and email address.

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

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 434-409-0148. We will pair you  up with someone who will guide you through the process! 

Linen Ministry Needs Help!

THE LINEN MINISTRY NEEDS YOU!

Our  ministers wash and iron purificators, as well as launder altar cloths, towels, and other linens used for our liturgies.

Your commitment is laudering each week for ONE MONTH, ONCE A YEAR!

Please consider helping us.

Contact Karen Lansing at  434-964-9383 or email jmott2001@gmail.com.