August Vicariate Briefs


By John Bagladi

St. John the Evangelist Parish in Summersville will be hosting Father Raju Antony of the  Diocese of Khandwa (India) the weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 1 for the Missionary Co-op Appeal. … St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley invited all to a healing and deliverance seminar Aug. 23-24 featuring Stella Davis, founder of Christian Women In Action.  … Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Oak Hill invited all men of the parish to join the Men’s Club in order to assist with the many projects for the church and school. … At Sacred Heart Parish in Princeton, a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was held Aug. 2 with Mass, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a meager meal. … At St. Patrick Parish in Hinton, the installation of new parish council members took place Aug. 4. … At Sacred Heart Parish in Rainelle, “Give Us This Day” booklets were made available. … St. Charles Borromeo Parish in White Sulphur Springs and St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ronceverte, held the annual Mass at St. John’s Chapel in Sweet Springs Aug. 15 and was followed by an ice cream social.  … At St. Peter Parish in Welch, John Early prepared pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage for the monthly parish breakfast July 21. … At Christ the King Parish in War, the new pastor, Father Dass, held a get acquainted meeting with all parishioners following Mass July 28. … Sacred Heart Parish in Powhatan thanks Angel, Joe and Sue Constantino and children for the new gold paten and two Communion cups donated in memory of Nick Constantino. … Sacred Heart Parish in Bluefield sought volunteers to host the meager meals on first Fridays.



By Martina Hart

Parishioners at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston are starting a prayer shawl ministry, knitting shawls to be blessed and presented to those in need of prayer and friendship in their parish community. … The Oaks Deck at St. Agnes Parish in Charleston was christened during a wine and cheese party following Mass July 20. … Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston will sponsor an appreciation day at Water Ways Park Aug. 17 for all youth who minister as altar servers, greeters/ushers, choir members, readers or nursery aides. … Parishioners of Christ the King Parish in Dunbar provided desserts for the Dunbar Community Luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church Aug. 10. … St. Patrick Mission in Bancroft will resume its Bible study classes Wednesday evenings after Labor Day. … Ascension Parish in Hurricane hosted the first vicariate wide Catholic Charities “Town Hall Meeting” Aug. 7. … Father Babu Joseph Elamturuthil, pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Ona, has offered to meet each family in the parish and bless their homes. … A “class on the Mass” with general instruction on the Roman Missal will be taught at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Huntington by Father Paul Yuenger, pastor, Aug. 18 and Aug. 22. … St. Joseph Parish in Huntington will hold its annual parish festival Aug. 25. … Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Wayne is teaming up with the local Methodist church in September to distribute a donation of fall clothing. … St. Joseph the Worker Mission in Whitesville welcomed new pastor Father Neil Buchlein with a potluck dinner. … St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Logan will hold its annual parish picnic Sept. 15.  … Father Symeon Galazka, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Williamson, celebrated Mass July 11 for a group of young people from St. Hillary Catholic Church of Akron, Ohio, who were volunteering with the Appalachian Service Project, repairing homes in the area. … Following Saturday evening Mass Aug. 24, Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery will have a pizza party for families to register for religious education classes as well as meet the new pastor, Father Mark Gallipeau.



By Jim Bissett

Immaculate Conception Par-ish in Clarksburg is continuing its Mustard Seed outreach ministry for the needy; to volunteer, call (304) 622-9679. … Father Benedict Kapa of All Saints Parish in Bridgeport accompanied parishioners Ashley Roop, Christopher Roop, Emily Estanich, Alex Estanich, Marissa Bailey and Zach McClain to Music Ministry Alive! at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. … Parishioners at St. James Parish in Clarksburg donate money and canned-food for needy families the first weekend of each month during Mass. … St. Mary Parish in Star City will host its “Summer Concert in Church” event Aug. 8. … St. Sebastian Parish in Kingwood is asking parishioners to help with landscaping chores on the church grounds. … St. Luke Parish in Cheat Lake is hosting adult Bible study from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays this summer. … Immaculate Conception Parish is Fairmont is holding a planning meeting for its Tailgating Party this fall at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 in the parish hall. … St. John University Parish in Morgantown is holding a Catholic home school group this fall for children from kindergarten to high school; call  (304) 292-0474 or (304) 599-3902. … Parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Stonewood are asked to note a change in the Mass schedule for Sept. 1: One Mass will be held at the church at 9 a.m. as the traditional Mass for the city’s Italian Festival is held later that day. … In addition to canned-food and other bulk food items, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Food Pantry—a shared ministry of St. Patrick Parish in Mannington and St. Peter Parish in Farmington—is requesting donations of back-to-school items for the fall. … Choir camp was held this summer at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Morgantown.



By John Bagladi

St. Leo Parish in Inwood is sponsoring a contest for the design of a new parish logo. … At Assumption Parish in Keyser, the Knights of Columbus met July 7 for the rosary, Mass and Communion. … St. Agnes Parish in Shepherdstown is asking parents of children in grades one through five to review the current draft of a children’s missal being written for use in the parish. … At Annunciation of Our Lord Parish in Fort Ashby, a cinnamon roll sale was held Aug. 2. … At St. Anthony Parish in Ridgeley, a Mass of healing followed by anointing of the sick was held July 30. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Berkeley Springs hosted a dinner and presentation about Our Lady of Guadalupe July 26 as part of its Silver Rose program. … St. Mary Parish in Petersburg sought volunteers for several short and longterm maintenance and grounds keeping projects. … Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Moorefield congratulates Matthew Wright for his role in a production of Les Miserables.  … At St. James Parish in Charles Town, parishioner Paige Timberlake sought school supplies to take with her for her two-week mission trip to Peru in August. … Our Lady of Grace Parish in Romney is beginning a special devotion to St. Thérèse, the Little Flower of Jesus. … At St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg, the school sought donations of bird seed for its feeders outside the kindergarten building. … St. Bernadette Mission in Hedgesville thanks children in the third through fifth grades from St. Joseph School for their donations of toys for the Loaves and Fishes program.



By Bobbie Brown Showalter

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg will hold a memorial Mass for Father Joseph F. O’Reilly, who was pastor from 1971-1981, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. … It is ice cream social time again, along with hot dogs, pizza and crafts and silent auctions at St. Michael Parish in Vienna Aug. 25 from 4-8 p.m.; in addition photos will be taken. … Christ Our Hope Parish in Harrisville pastoral associate, Sister Maureen Mylott, S.C., returned from her retreat at Loyola Retreat House in Morristown, N.J., where she kept in mind the needs and prayer requests of parishioners. … St. John Parish in St. Marys will be looking at the Gospel of St. Matthew beginning Sept. 17 from 9-10:30 a.m. during Bible study group. … A “Baker’s Auction” will be held Aug. 25 after Mass at Holy Redeemer Parish in Spencer with the proceeds going to the women’s organization. … On Sept. 22, the 2013 St. Matthew Parish in Ravenswood picnic will be held after Mass for fellowship, feasting and fun. … Ceci Edgell was the winner of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish in New Martinsville Little Flower summer basket raffle. … St. Elizabeth Mission in Elizabeth celebrated its 35th anniversary Aug. 18 after Mass. … Mater Dolorosa Parish in Paden City took part in the Catholic Charities Back to School Back Pack campaign and supplied pencils for the returning students. … St. Lawrence Mission in Middlebourne will host the tri parish picnic for Mater Dolorosa Parish in Paden City and Holy Rosary Parish in Sistersville Sept. 22 from noon-4 p.m.



By John Bagladi

St. Boniface Parish in Camden hosted its 81st annual chicken dinner Aug. 3. … St. Brendan Parish in Elkins thanks all those who helped with the new stone wall for the St. Brendan statue, especially Patsy and Sally Ricottilli, Jerry Carter and Ken Hanscom. … St. Patrick Parish in Coalton sought volunteers to help organize the upcoming joint parish picnic. … St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Thomas and Our Lady of Mercy Mission in Parsons is collecting photos of past church activities for a special project. … St. Patrick Parish in Weston held the 11th annual golf outing for the benefit of the parish school Aug. 10 at Deerfield Country Club. … At Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon, the Holy Name men’s group met for breakfast July 20.



By Tim Bishop

The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling will hold its annual parish picnic Aug. 25 at Oglebay Park. …    Corpus Christi Parish in Wheeling is looking for a kindergarten catechist for its Parish School of Religion program. … Beginning Sept. 1, St. Michael Parish in Wheeling will be moving its Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass to 9 a.m. … St. Alphonsus Parish in Wheeling welcomed a special guest Aug. 10 and 11 from the Sisters of the Infant Jesus. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling thanks all of the volunteers who helped to make the parish’s Vacation Bible School a huge success. … Our Lady of Peace Parish in Wheeling has resumed its Bible study group; the next meeting is Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the parish office. … St. Jude Parish in Glen Dale is looking for volunteers to help with the Parish School of Religion program. … St. Francis Xavier Parish in Moundsville will hold a special Mass Aug. 20 for the God’s Children of Love Prayer Group. … St. Paul Parish in Weirton celebrated its parish picnic Aug. 11. … Beginning in mid-September, St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellsburg will conduct Vespers on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. … St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Weirton reminds parishioners that the doors of the church will be unlocked daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. …  Immaculate Conception Parish in New Cumberland thanks parishioners who volunteered during the Christian Music Festival Aug. 11. … Sacred Heart Parish in Weirton will hold a special youth Mass Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. … Sacred Heart Parish in Chester is planning a bus trip to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in September; contact the parish office for more information. … St. Joseph Parish in Proctor clebrated the August birthdays during a social on Aug. 11. … The Altar & Rosary Society at St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee is sponsoring a one-day retreat for women Oct. 5; for more information call (304) 527-1449.