Thursday Night Bible Study Group

Bible Study will resume sessions on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. Our topic will be “Journey thru Church History”. There will be 20 sessions (on DVD) that will cover from the first century thru 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.

Prayers for Pastoral Retreat

The Pastoral Council is asking for your prayers that our upcoming work will be infused with the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

In particular, members of Incarnation’s Finance Council, Pastoral Council and Staff will have their annual retreat the weekend of Sept. 22/23.  We begin each new council year this way, with the clergy and lay leaders of Incarnation focusing together on:

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Prayer and
  • Church teachings

With these as our foundation, we discuss and work to resolve some of the major issues facing our parish. At last year’s Retreat those issues included our:

  • Long term financial stability
  • Maintaining and increasing our parish membership
  • Increasing the connections between our Anglo and Latino parishioners

The work we began on these three issues continued throughout the year. We made progress on each of them although more work is needed.

This year’s retreat will focus on the Gospel of Mark from which our Gospel readings will come in calendar year 2018. We will spend considerable time on the question Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do people say I am?”

We will consider how this question applies to us individually and to our Church of the Incarnation family here in Charlottesville.

We thank you for your prayers and we look forward to sharing the results of our retreat with you.

Thank you.

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! 

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.

Join Incarnation’s Pastoral Care Ministry!

We bring Eucharist to nursing homes and to homebound parishioners, stay a while to visit and pray with them, and try to make them a little happier. The number of homebound parishioners that we visit is increasing, and we need more help so we can minister to all those in need. We’re looking for men or women, old or young, willing to give several hours monthly. If you’d like to help, please call Peggy Rush at 434-985-7169. And please pray that our Ministers can continue to serve the needs of our brothers and sisters.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 1-8 pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 1-8 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Eucharistic Adoration

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