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By Colleen Rowan

At St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley, the RCIA group of inquirers meet Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8 p.m. in De Sales Hall. … Because of less daylight hours and icy conditions, weekday and First Friday Masses will not be scheduled for Our Lady of Victory Parish in Gary, Sacred Heart Parish in Powhatan and Our Lady, Queen of Apostles Church in Kimball during January and February; Masses will be announced in the bulletin. … Weekday Masses will be scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at St. Peter Parish in Welch. … 2014 church calendars are available in the church hall at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in White Sulphur Springs and in the vestibule at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ronceverte. … Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Oak Hill thanks all who donated items to its food pantry, which assisted 261 families with food for 2013. … Sacred Heart Parish in Bluefield congratulates its RCIA candidates who celebrated the rite of acceptance during Mass Dec. 29. … St. John the Evangelist Parish in Summersville will host Father Bill Anderson for a Lenten Mission this April. … St. Patrick Parish in Hinton participated in the second annual Christmas Walk of the churches in downtown Hinton. … Sacred Heart Parish in Rainelle participated in the annual bell ringing campaign during the Christmas season. … St. Mary of the Greenbrier Mission in Alderson provided accommodations for families visiting loved ones in the correctional facility for the holidays for the Alderson Hospitality House. … Sacred Heart Parish in Princeton will have its second Souper Bowl Party Feb. 2.



By Martina Hart

The Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston made the chapel located in the parish’s Cordis Center available to the local community of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church to celebrate Christmas liturgies Jan. 6. … Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston is hosting a blood drive 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 15. … Christ the King Parish in Dunbar hosted a community night Jan. 12, inviting parishioners to bring their “almost new” unwanted gifts for auction. … Holy Trinity Parish in Nitro closed the Christmas season with a visit from St. Nicholas Jan. 11 followed by cookies and hot chocolate. … Young people at St. Patrick Mission in Bancroft are leading parishioners in praying the rosary after Mass every third Sunday of the month. … St. Francis of Assisi Parish and School in St. Albans opened their doors to those affected by the water crisis to take showers, fill up water containers and to do dishes.  … Parishioners of St. Stephen Parish in Ona gathered for “Soup for the Soul” Jan. 19. …  The Social Concerns Committee at St. Peter Claver Parish in Huntington helped families in need in the community at Christmas from monies collected in its Christmas Stocking Project. … Parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Huntington knitted and crocheted 180 scarves and 60 hats which were donated to seven organizations serving children and adults in the community. … St. Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Madison had its annual Christmas luncheon Jan. 12 after Mass. … The annual rummage sale and spaghetti dinner at St. Joseph the Worker Mission in Whitesville is planned for Feb. 7-8. … The high school youth group at Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery meets twice                     a month led by Father Mark Gallipeau.



By Colleen Rowan

At Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg, the next I.C. Men’s Group meeting is Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the parish center. … At St. James Parish in Clarksburg, RCIA classes are held Sundays from 6-7 p.m. in the community room. … St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Fairmont has announced: if Marion County schools announce a winter weather cancellation of school, the 8 a.m. Mass will be cancelled; if there is a two-hour delay, the church will attempt to hold the 8 a.m. Mass. … Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairmont has announced that when Marion County schools are delayed or cancelled, the daily Mass will be cancelled. … The St. Anthony Holy Name Society at St. Anthony Parish in Fairmont met Jan. 15 for dinner and fellowship. … The Holy Spirit Ladies Society at Holy Spirit Parish in Monongah thanks all who helped make the Christmas Angel project a success. … New ministry schedules are now available in the sacristy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Stonewood. … St. John University Parish in Morgantown held Eucharistic Adoration for those unable to attend the annual March for Life in Washington. … Children enrolled in Religious Faith Formation at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Cheat Lake are asked to meet Sunday mornings at 9:10 a.m. in the church. … At St. Mary Parish in Star City, tickets are available after Masses or in the parish office for the elimination dinner Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. … St. Ann Parish in Shinnston thanks everyone who helped make the Christmas bake sale and bazaar and Christmas program successful. … The next first Communion class at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Morgantown is Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. … At All Saints Parish in Bridgeport, a combined rite of acceptance and welcoming was held Dec. 14 for the four catechumens and seven candidates in the RCIA program. … St. Sebastian Parish in Kingwood, St. Zita Parish in Masontown and St. Edward the Confessor Mission in Terra Alta distributed Christmas gifts to children in Preston County in a program sponsored by the Passionists of St. Paul Monastery in Pittsburgh. … At Sacred Heart Parish in Salem, sign-up sheets for parish ministries for 2014 are on the bulletin board. … St. Peter Parish in Farmington thanks parishioners for support of community outreach at Christmas. …. St. Patrick Parish in Mannington is in need of altar servers for Saturday and Sunday Masses.



By John Bagladi

St. Mary Parish in Petersburg received a note of thanks for the parish’s donation towards the purchase of soccer equipment at Living Hope High School. … At Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Moorefield, Helen Chambers is the contact for the card ministry.  … St. James Parish in Charles Town collected used clothing from Dec. 26-Jan. 6 for its annual St. Martin of Tours clothing giveaway Jan. 11. … At Our Lady of Grace Parish in Romney, Cecilia Fagga and Terry McGee collected the gifts for the Angel Tree program at Christmas. … At St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg, the school is holding an open house Jan. 28 as an introduction to the benefits of Catholic education. … At St. Bernadette Mission in Hedgesville, the hospitality committee met Jan. 9. …                  St. Leo Parish in Inwood hosted parishioner Elijah Bui’s senior music recital Jan. 12. … At Assumption Parish in Keyser, religious education studies focusing on the Book of Revelation are being held through mid-February. … At St. Agnes Parish in Shepherdstown, all students preparing for confirmation were invited to join Father Mathew Rowgh at his house for lunch Jan 5. … Social Sunday was held Jan. 5 at Annunciation of Our Lord Parish in Fort Ashby and St. Anthony Parish in Ridgeley. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Berkeley Springs held its annual parish-wide Christmas pot luck dinner Jan. 5.



By Bobbie Brown Showalter

Father John McDonough, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in New Martinsville, is offering A Healthier Holier You 2014, addressing both good habits for the body and the soul. … Msgr. Joseph Peterson, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg, regretted the need to cancel the December Evening of Remembrance at the last minute due to an emergency snow alert. … St. John Parish in St. Marys resumed the Bible study of the Gospel of Matthew Jan. 14. … Christ Our Hope Parish in Harrisville gathered after Mass Christmas Eve to celebrate with cookies and a cup of Wassail. … St. Elizabeth Mission in Elizabeth will host the Feb. 13 Parkersburg Vicariate Meeting, beginning with lunch at noon. … St. Monica Parish in Lubeck continues to be the gathering space for the area’s Teen Faith Formation youth group meeting the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 6-8 p.m. … The book club at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Parkersburg chose Jan Caron’s “At Home in Mitford’” for the Jan. 20 meeting. … The youth group at St. Michael Parish in Vienna met Jan. 12. … On the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, St. Matthew Parish in Ravenswood offered an international dinner after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. … Parishioners of Holy Redeemer Parish in Spencer celebrated Epiphany with a covered-dish dinner, at which three kings made an appearance to give gifts to the children. … Father James McCafferty, SM, pastor of Mater Dolorosa Parish in Paden City, Holy Rosary Parish in Sistersville and St. Lawrence Mission in Middlebourne, is continued his adult education classes Jan. 12 at Mater Dolorosa on the topic of Marist spirituality.



By Tim Bishop

St. Boniface Parish in Camden thanks everyone who helped decorate and take down decorations during the Christmas season. … The Faith Sharing Community at St. Brendan Parish in Elkins met Jan. 15. … St. Patrick Parish in Coalton holds a social hour after Sunday Mass. … St. Patrick Parish in Weston held a special collection and food and water drive for those affected by the recent chemical spill. … Parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Thomas participated in the annual March for Life in Washington Jan 22. … The Women’s Guild at Our Lady of Mercy Mission in Parsons is preparing for its annual Memorial Day yard sale. … The Knights of Columbus at Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon are holding an Italian sub sale with delivery in time for the Super Bowl. … St. Anne Parish in Webster Springs held a planning meeting for its annual Table of Plenty Dinner Jan. 17. … St. Thomas Parish in Gassaway thanks all volunteers who helped at the food pantry by loading, unloading and distributing food. … Parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Franklin are collecting canned foods for their local food closet.



By Tim Bishop

The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling will hold a special Mass for Healing on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. … Corpus Christi Parish in Wheeling will hold its annual Family Fun Night March 1. … St. Michael Parish in Wheeling held a pro-life vigil Jan. 22. …  St. Alphonsus Parish in Wheeling will hold a doughnut social Feb. 2, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling is searching for a full-time pastoral associate. Call the parish office for more information. … Our Lady of Peace Parish in Wheeling thanks all volunteers who helped to decorate and take down the Christmas decorations. … St. Jude Parish in Glen Dale will hold a fish fry Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. … St. Francis Xavier Parish in Moundsville holds a daily rosary service after 8 a.m. Mass. … The St. Paul’s Holy Name Society at St. Paul Parish in Weirton welcomes all men to join in helping with church activities. … Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Weirton is looking for volunteers to help plan the parish’s annual Polka Fest. … St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellsburg will participate in a series of Married Couples Retreats scheduled for Feb. 28, March 7, 21, 28 and April 11 in Priestfield. … St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Weirton will hold a special blessing of all married couples Feb. 15 and 16 and will be followed by a luncheon. … Immaculate Conception Parish in New Cumberland, if you are sick or shut-in and want to receive Communion, call Larry DeRosa at (304) 564-5031. … The Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Parish in Chester are selling raffle tickets to win a new TV. … St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee will hold an evening of reflection for women Jan. 28 led by Rebecca Royse, coordinator of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. … St. Joseph Parish in Proctor held a social for parishioners Jan. 12.