All Saints Day Celebration: Sunday, November 5th

Save the Date!
Church of the Incarnation will be holding an All Saints Day Celebration on Sunday, November 5th following the 9:00am Mass.  We will have games, crafts, prizes, and saint-themed food!  Children (and adults!) are encouraged to dress as a Saint for the celebration.  At the start of the 9:00am Mass, the “Saints” will participate in the procession.  Starting this Sunday, October 15th, sign ups for food and volunteering to help with the event will be located in the Narthex.  If you have any middle or high school aged children who would be interested in running a game or activity (or you would be willing to do so yourself!), please contact me or sign up in the Narthex.  We look forward to celebrating with you and your family!  God bless you!

Free Lunch and Learn for CPAs and Financial Planners

Be a guest of the Diocese for Mass, lunch and a continuing professional education opportunity for CPAs and financial planners on Wednesday, November 1.  Come learn how Virginia’s Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits (EISTC) program is providing tremendous tax benefits to donors, and granting millions of dollars in scholarships to K-12 students who otherwise could not afford to attend Catholic schools. Since Nov. 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation, join us at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (located at 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond VA 23294) at 12:00 noon for Mass (optional), lunch at 12:30 (optional), and the EISTC presentation from 1:00-1:50 pm.  For  C.P.A.’s, the seminar will provide one hour of continuing education credit.  To register, please contact Miriam Tice at 804-622-5201 or mtice@richmonddiocese.org

40 Days for Life


40 DAYS FOR LIFE, a peaceful, prayerful vigil, is September 27 through November 5, when we pray for an end to abortion. Bring your rosary or prayer book, and join us on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood at 2964 Hydraulic Road (park at the Albemarle Baptist Church, directly

across the street; or at Drillers [near their fence], just south of Planned Parenthood on Hydraulic). Sign up online to pray for an hour anytime, and especially come on Tuesday, the day Incarnation will be there. Sign ups for that day are on the table in the narthex – sign up to come the same hour every week.

If you have any questions contact Nancy Strassburg, nancys735@comcast.net or 434-973-3698.

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: 10/19) 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.

ESOL Teachers Needed

If you are interested in helping our Spanish-speaking parishioners learn English, contact Sheila! No experience is required, just a willingness to give it a try. Classes are currently scheduled for Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.

Men’s Cursillo Weekend- October 19-22

A MEN’S CURSILLO WEEKEND will be held October 19-22, at Camp Overlook (near Harrisonburg). The purpose of the Catholic Cursillo Movement is to support people in living out their faith in their everyday lives. It is an inspiring 3-day retreat led by a dedicated team of lay adults and a Catholic priest from our area. Registered Catholic parishioners are encouraged to submit an application by Thurs., October 5, (please note the deadline) and must be sponsored by a person (male or female) who has made a Cursillo weekend previously. If you do not know anyone who has made a Cursillo weekend and who can sponsor you, please contact Karen and Roy Norville at valleycursillo@gmail.com and we can arrange a sponsor for you. For more information and to download an application, please go to  Valley Cursillo

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