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At St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley, a living rosary will be formed Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. (meet in the gymnasium at 6:45 p.m. to participate). … St. Peter Parish in Welch will hold an “International Dinner” Oct. 20 in Ryan Hall, and invites members of McDowell County parishes to attend and bring a favorite dish from their family heritage or native country to share.  . … Members of Christ the King Parish in War who would like to get an announcement in the bulletin should contact Josary Beavers. … At Sacred Heart Parish in Bluefield, Father Kevin MacDonald, C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist priest, was the featured speaker for the annual parish mission Oct. 13-16. … Sacred Heart Parish in Princeton held a blessing of animals Oct. 6 for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. … Eucharistic Adoration will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ronceverte Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. and at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in White Sulphur Springs Fridays from 7-8 a.m. … At Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Oak Hill, the rosary is being prayed for vocations 20 minutes before all weekend Masses in October, the Month of the Rosary. … St. John the Evangelist Parish in Summersville will host a priest appreciation dinner Oct. 20 at Marist Hall. … At St. Patrick Parish in Hinton, parishioners and residents of Bethlehem Farm participated in a living rosary Oct. 6 led by the parish school of religion students. … At Sacred Heart Parish in Rainelle, parish school of religion classes for 2013-2014 started Sept. 22. … At St. Mary of the Greenbrier Mission in Alderson, members are reciting a community Rosary starting 30 minutes before Mass in October, the Month of the Rosary.



By Martina Hart

The Christian Service Committee at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston held a coat and sweater drive to benefit Catholic Charities’ Western Region. … Families of Faith at St. Agnes Parish in Charleston held a welcome to the parish picnic for new parishioners Oct. 13. … St. Anthony Parish in Charleston resumed Bible timeline sessions Wednesdays after the 6:30 p.m. Mass. …  Parishioners at Our Lady of the Hills Parish in Elkview meet Tuesday evenings for a study group on poverty. … Youth at Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston participated in a cardboard city Oct. 12-13. … On Oct. 6, Christ the King Parish in Dunbar honored St. Francis of Assisi with an Italian luncheon after the 11 a.m. Mass. … Holy Trinity Parish in Nitro held an evening of discernment for young people considering their call and vocation facilitated by Father Dean Borgmeyer. … The annual Fall Festival at St. Patrick Mission in Bancroft took place Oct. 11-12 featuring a rummage sale, food, crafts and raffles. … Ascension Parish in Hurricane will hold its first Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 27. … During October, Respect Life month, parishioners of St. Stephen Parish in Ona are collecting baby items in conjunction with the pro-life ministry at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington for  the pediatric addiction recovery center at Lily’s Place in Huntington. … Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Huntington hosted a youth Mass for teens followed by a pizza social Sept. 22. … St. Joseph Parish and schools in Huntington joined the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, Prestera Center for Mental Health Services and the YMCA of Huntington to host the third annual Charity Choice 5K race Oct. 12. … St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Logan celebrated the feast of St. Francis with a blessing of animals Oct. 4. … Parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish in Williamson gathered for an end of summer picnic Sept. 28. … The Women’s Club of Good Shepherd Mission in Coalburg held a hot dog sale Oct. 8.



Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg will hold a Bible study on the Letters to the Hebrews led by Father Casey Mahone Nov. 19 and 26; and Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 7:30-8 p.m. … Prayer intentions for the Prayer Network at St. James Parish in Clarksburg may be placed in the prayer box near the Shrine of the Holy Family. … New members are always welcome to the choir at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Cheat Lake, which holds adult choir practices Tuesday at 7 p.m. and children’s choir practices Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. … St. Francis de Sales Parish in Morgantown is holding a bus trip to a private dinner and tour of Adaland Mansion in Philippi Nov. 17. … St. John University Parish in Morgantown thanks all who helped with the parish’s outdoor Mass and picnic. … St. Mary Parish in Star City will begin Kidzone for children 6 months to 3 years old at the 11 a.m. Mass Oct. 20. … At All Saints Parish in Bridgeport, a memorial meal will be held for immediate families of parishioners who have lost a loved one during the year on All Souls Day. … Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Food Pantry, a shared ministry of St. Patrick Parish in Mannington and St. Peter Parish in Farmington, is in need of non-perishable food items. … Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairmont invites all to its adult faith formation class Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 a.m. … The Wellness Group at St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Fairmont met Oct. 7. … St. Ann Parish in Shinnston is starting a parish youth group. … Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Stonewood will hold a spaghetti dinner Oct. 21 from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. … During October, the Month of the Rosary, at St. Anthony Parish in Fairmont, the rosary is being prayed to end abortion before the Saturday 5:30 p.m. Mass and Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass. … Sacred Heart Parish in Salem will hold an All Saints social in the parish Hall Nov. 3. … At Holy Spirit Parish in Monongah, parents were invited to observe the activities teachers do with their children at the parish school of religion class Sept. 22.



By John Bagladi

At St. Agnes Parish in Shepherdstown, Continuing Faith Formation hosted a parental workshop Sept. 29 with the topic “How to Read the Bible with your Children.”. … At Annunciation of Our Lord Parish in Fort Ashby, the Knights of Columbus hosted a family social and covered-dish dinner Sept. 25. … St. Anthony Parish in Ridgeley hosted a fire safety and prevention presentation Oct. 6. … At St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Berkeley Springs, RCIA sessions began Sept. 17. … St. Mary Parish in Petersburg is seeking volunteers for a number of grounds and maintenance needs. … At Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Moorefield, the Saturday vigil Mass time is changing to 5 p.m. as of Nov. 2.  … St. James Parish in Charles Town is seeking volunteers to help with its three-times-a-month feed the homeless project. … Our Lady of Grace Parish in Romney celebrated Mass in the Memorial Garden Oct. 5 for the unborn and for mothers who lost their babies in miscarriage. …  St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg held its annual Crusader Classic golf tournament Oct. 14 for the benefit of the school. … St. Bernadette Mission in Hedgesville held a meeting of the bereavement committee Sept. 25. … At St. Leo Parish in Inwood, the Little Angels group continues to collect diapers, wipes and hangers for infant and children’s clothing. … Assumption Parish in Keyser held a blessing of pets Oct. 5.



By Bobbie Brown Showalter

On Oct. 31, St. Matthew Parish in Ravenswood will celebrate the feast of All Saints, beginning with a vigil Mass for the holy day, followed by a costume parade of those dressed as a favorite saint and perhaps tell a story of that saint; prizes will be awarded. … On Oct. 13, St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg celebrated the parish feast day and 90th anniversary. … Christ Our Hope Parish in Harrisville welcomed Father Robert Park the week of Oct. 6 as he filled in for their pastor, Father Ronald Prechtl, who was on vacation. … St. John Parish in St. Marys is continuing the “can-a-Catholic” project to bring a can or nonperishable food item to church each week for the local food pantries. … On Sept. 27, St. Vincent de Paul Parish in New Martinsville noted its feast day with a potluck dinner, including door prizes donated by the Holy Name Society. … The youth group of St. Michael Parish in Vienna met and gathered ideas for the rest of the year and planned fundraisers, a teen choir and hopefully a mission trip in the spring. … A “Christ Renews His Parish” will be offered to the women of both St. Francis Xavier Parish in Parkersburg and St. Monica Parish in Lubeck Nov. 9-10. … The women of Holy Redeemer Parish in Spencer provided hundreds of their famous egg rolls for the Black Walnut Festival in Spencer Oct. 10-13, with the proceeds going for parish projects. … Mater Dolorosa Parish in Paden City will host a gathering for the Society of Mary, the Marist priests in West Virginia Oct. 24 as part of the group acknowledging being in the U.S. for 150 years and in this diocese for 110 years. … A visiting priest from Honduras was invited to speak prior to the combined pastoral council meeting of Holy Rosary Parish in Sistersville, St. Lawrence Mission in Middlebourne and Mater Dolorosa.



By Tim Bishop

St. Boniface Parish in Camden thanks everyone who helped make the 81st annual Chicken Supper a huge success. … The Holy Rosary Guild at St. Brenden Parish in Elkins held its famous Chili Dinner Oct. 13. … The Scripture study group at St. Patrick Parish in Coalton meets each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall with Rev. Mr. John Sarraga leading the discussion. … St. Patrick Parish in Weston held a special White Mass for healthcare workers Oct. 18. … The Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas Parish in Thomas held the annual Columbus Day Dinner Oct. 13. … Our Lady of Mercy Mission in Parsons holds a special Adoration each Saturday before Mass. … Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon thanks everyone who helped to make the parish picnic a huge success. … St. Anne Parish in Webster Springs held an Octoberfest celebration Oct. 13. … St. Thomas Parish in Gassaway will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Nov 2. … Good Shepherd Parish in Glenville encourages parishioners to “like” them on Facebook, for parish updates and weekly bulletins.



By Tim Bishop

The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling will resume its Stained Glass Concert Series Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. … The Knights of Columbus at Corpus Christi Parish in Wheeling held a pancake breakfast Oct. 13. … St. Michael Parish in Wheeling held a Mental Health Awareness Vigil Oct. 14. … The parishioners of St. Alphonsus Parish in Wheeling continue to pray for their pastor, Father Francis A. O’Kruta. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling is looking for a catechist to teach the fifth-sixth grade PSR class. … Our Lady of Peace Parish in Wheeling is already taking reservations for the March for Life bus to Washington, D.C. … St. Jude Parish in Glen Dale held a craft show in the parish hall Oct. 12. … St. Francis Xavier Parish in Moundsville held a spaghetti dinner in the parish hall Oct. 6. … Learn more about the Catholic faith at St. Paul Parish in Weirton where classes are held each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish office conference room. … The youth group at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellsburg manned a booth at the annual Applefest in Wellsburg, selling Italian soups and homemade noodles. … Members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Weirton will travel to Pittsburgh Oct. 29 to participate in the 40 days for life campaign. … The women’s group at Immaculate Conception Parish in New Cumberland met Oct. 15 for a rosary recitation and meeting. … The Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Parish in Chester will hold a spaghetti dinner Oct. 27 beginning at noon. … St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee is in need of new white boards for the PSR clasrooms.