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By Colleen Rowan

St. Francis de Sales School in Beckley will have Casino Night Feb. 7 at the Tamarack Conference Center (call the school at (304) 252-4087 for tickets). … Sacred Heart Parish in Princeton will have its Mardi Gras Carnival Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. … St. Peter Parish in Welch, Our Lady Victory Parish in Gary, Sacred Heart Parish in Powhatan and Christ the King Parish in War gave Father Mike Steltenkamp, SJ, a very warm McDowell County welcome when he celebrated weekend Masses recently. … Members of St. Patrick Parish in Hinton, Sacred Heart Parish in Rainelle, St. Mary of the Greenbrier Mission in Alderson and the community of Bethlehem Farm had a Mass and covered-dish dinner in honor of Father Bonaventure and Father Emmanuel from Christ on the Mountain Monastery to wish them well and say good-bye. … At Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Oak Hill, the Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the missionaries from the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center will be offering the youth program Collide: True God-True Man Feb. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. … Sacred Heart Parish in Bluefield congratulates its confirmation class that recently attended the Diocesan Confirmation Retreat. … Christmas CDs of the choir at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ronceverte are available in the vestibule of the church (cost is $10, with proceeds benefiting the choir). … Soup and Sandwich Supper will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in White Sulphur Springs after 4 p.m. Mass Jan. 31, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at St. Charles Borromeo.




By Martina Hart

Boy Scout Troop 2 at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston will host its annual pancake breakfast Feb. 1 at the Sacred Heart Grade School cafeteria. … Altar server training took place at St. Agnes Parish in Charleston Jan. 9-10. … St. Anthony Parish in Charleston collected men’s socks and gloves to be donated to the local Veterans Center. … St. Anne’s Outreach Center at Our Lady of the Hills Parish in Elkview served 52 children throughout 2014. … Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston held an Epiphany concert and dessert party Jan. 4 with music presented by the parish choirs. … Parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish in Nitro and St. Patrick Mission in Bancroft gathered for a covered-dish luncheon following Mass New Year’s Day at St. Patrick’s. … A community night with pot luck dinner and auction took place at Christ the King Parish in Dunbar Jan. 11. … The Knights of Columbus at Ascension Parish in Hurricane sponsored their annual Chili Cook-off Jan. 17. … The children in religious education classes at St. Peter Claver Parish in Huntington spearheaded a Christmas project of collecting gently used toys, cleaning them and delivering them to a child care center in the neighborhood. … Parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Huntington who were interested to have their home blessed during the Christmas season were invited to call their pastor, Father Paul Yuenger. … The Women’s Guild at St. Joseph Parish in Huntington held its first meeting of the year on Jan. 21 with a presentation on healthy eating. … A Culture of Life Baby Shower will take place at Sacred Heart Parish in Point Pleasant Jan. 25 to help restock the Gabriel Project diaper and bottle supply at New Hope Church in Point Pleasant. … St. Joseph Mission in Mason is hosting a                   community dinner every Monday. … St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Whitesville will               have a spaghetti dinner and rummage sale Feb. 6-7. … Parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Logan gathered Dec. 14 for their annual covered-dish dinner and Christmas Sing with a presentation by the religious education class. … Planning and preparation are underway at Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery for Lenten fish dinners. … Visiting priests will celebrate weekend Masses at Sacred Heart Parish in Williamson while the pastor, Father Symeon Galazka, is visiting his family in Poland.



By Colleen Rowan

At Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg, “Prophets: A Call to Repentance,” a Lenten Scripture study with Father Casey Mahone will be held March 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new parish center. … St. James Parish in Clarksburg held a parish council meeting Jan. 21. … Sacred Heart Parish in Salem is in need of volunteers to help clean the church and parish hall. … At St. Anthony Parish in Fairmont, the first Communion will be held May 3. … St. Francis Xavier Parish in Morgantown is in need of volunteers for Lenten fish fries. … At All Saints Parish in Bridgeport, the three magi visited the religious education students Jan. 4, blessing the classrooms and chalking the doorways. … At Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Stonewood, Adoration and Benediction is held every Thursday after the 6 p.m. Mass. … Christian Help thanks members of St. Luke Parish in Cheat Lake for collecting and helping to distribute toys for Christmas to children in need. … St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Fairmont thanks the decorating crew who gave time and talent to make the worship space ready for the Christmas season. … St. Ann Parish in Shinnston will have a parish Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 15. … Members of St. Sebastian Parish in Kingwood, St. Zita Parish in Masontown and St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Terra Alta are asked to donate gently used shoes to help those in need through Soles4Souls (donation boxes are in the back of the churches). … St. Mary Parish in Star City is holding an elimination dinner fundraiser for the church at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 (call the parish to attend). … St. John University Parish in Morgantown scheduled a movie night for Jan. 23. … St. Patrick Parish in Mannington and St. Peter Parish in Farmington welcome Rev. Mr. Todd Garland who has been assigned to pastoral and liturgical ministry. … The youth group for St. Anthony Parish in Fairmont and Holy Rosary Parish in Monongah held a movie night Jan. 18.




By Tim Bishop

Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Moorefield thanks all volunteers who helped with the celebration of the parish’s patronal feast. … St. Mary Parish in Petersburg is looking for ideas for a parish-wide Lenten project. … St. James Parish in Charles Town thanks everyone who volunteered at and attended the annual Christmas dance Dec. 27. … Our Lady of Grace Parish in Romney reminds parishioners that the 2015 contribution envelopes are available in the back of the church. … The Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg will hold a community breakfast Jan. 25 from 9-11 a.m. … St. Bernadette Mission in Hedgesville reminds parishioners of the inclement weather policy—please call the parish office for a recording of Mass cancelations. … The Oremus Prayer Group returned to St. Leo Parish in Inwood Jan. 4. Sessions are held each Sunday at 10:15 a.m. … Pepperoni rolls are on sale at Assumption Parish in Keyser until Jan. 25. Cost is $3. … St. Agnes Parish in Shepherdstown is holding auditions for a youth based musical to be presented in May. … The Ladies Guild at St. Anthony Parish in Ridgeley and Annunciation of Our Lord Parish in Fort Ashby held a Christmas dinner Jan. 7. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Berkeley Springs thanks everyone who helped make the Christmas pot luck dinner a success.




By Colleen Rowan

All Masses at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Parkersburg are being held in the parish center until further notice as renovations are underway inside the church. … Bible study is held at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg Thursdays during the school year at 10 a.m. in the parish activity center, and open to anyone interested in Scripture study. … At St. John Parish in St. Marys, palm branches from last year may be brought the church until Feb. 15 to be burned for ashes for Ash Wednesday. … Christ Our Hope Parish in Harrisville thanks all who helped take down Christmas decorations. … St. Monica Parish in Lubeck holds Prayers Night Thursdays at 7 p.m. … A parish council meeting for Mater Dolorosa Parish in Paden City and Holy Rosary Parish in Sistersville will be held at Mater Dolorosa Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. … At St. Matthew Parish in Ravens-wood, the next Ladies Guild meeting will be Feb. 8 after 10:30 a.m. Mass. … The St. Michael Bible Study at St. Michael Parish in Vienna meets Fridays from 9-11 a.m., and it is never too late to join the group. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in New Martinsville will begin its adult education series “Catholicism” Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the church. … The renovation of the kitchen at Holy Redeemer Parish in Spencer is almost complete.



By Tim Bishop

St. Patrick Parish in Weston thanks all parishioners who helped take down Christmas decorations at the church Jan. 11. … St. Brendan Parish in Elkins thanks parishioners who brightened the day of local nursing home residents through Christmas caroling. … St. Patrick Parish in Coalton is in need of volunteers to help pick up food donations on Mondays. Contact the parish office for more information. … Preparations are underway at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Thomas for the annual Lenten fish fries sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. … Our Lady of Mercy Mission in Parsons held an Epiphany Pot Luck dinner Jan. 4. … Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon held a “Christmas Baby Shower” to purchase gifts and necessities for local infants in need. … St. Thomas Parish in Gassaway holds Eucharistic Adoration every Friday at 6 p.m. … St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Franklin held its annual Epiphany breakfast Jan. 4.



By Tim Bishop

The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling thanks all parishioners who helped take down Christmas decorations at the church Jan. 11. … The Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wheeling will not meet in January or February. … Corpus Christi Parish in Wheeling held its adult Scripture session Jan. 14 focusing on the life and letters of St. Paul. … St. Michael Parish in Wheeling is planning a series of parties to celebrate associate pastor Father Thomas Gallagher’s birthday. … St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling held a reception Jan. 11 to show its appreciation for all volunteers of the parish and school. … Our Lady of Peace Parish in Wheeling will have a youth ministry night Feb. 24 featuring the missionary group from the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in Huttonsville. … Preparations are underway at St. Jude Parish in Glen Dale for the parish’s annual Lenten Fish Fries. … St. Francis Xavier Parish in Moundsville thanks Cindy Gunto, who is retiring, for her 34 years of service to the parish. … St. Paul Parish in Weirton thanks all who have given time, talent and treasure to the parish over the past year. … Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Weirton is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Lenten Dinner fundraiser. … St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellsburg is in need of Eucharistic ministers for Mass on Saturdays and Sundays. … St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee held a pasta dinner Jan. 11 to benefit the religious education program at the parish. … St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Weirton reminds parishioners to pick up their confirmation pictures in the parish office during regular business hours. … Immaculate Conception Parish in New Cumberland encourages parishioners to pick up their contribution envelopes in the gathering space of the church. … Sacred Heart Parish in Chester held a confirmation retreat Jan. 18. … St. Joseph Parish in Proctor held a Christmas dinner with Santa Dec. 14.