February 1, 2015 - St. Hugh of Grenoble Church

St. Hugh of Grenoble
Catholic Church
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 1, 2015
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
— Psalm 95:6
The Sacraments
Rev. Walter J. Tappe, Pastor
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Baptism: 2nd Sunday of the
month after the 11:00 a.m.
Mass. Call the rectory to
make arrangements.
Marriage: By arrangement.
Contact the pastor at least six
months before intended date
of wedding.
Rev. R. Scott Hurd and Rev.
Richard D. Kramer, Jr.,
Assisting Priests
Mr. Desi Vikor, Deacon
Parish Staff
Ms. Maggie Gutierrez, Business Manager
Mrs. Mary Wade, Coordinator of the School of Religion
Mrs. Jennifer Goltz, Director
of Music
Gerald Muller, DMA, Principal Organist and Director
Mr. Hung Le, Plant Manager
Parish Office
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Anointing of the Sick: Call
the Office when a loved one
is seriously ill to arrange for
the sacrament.
New Parishioners
See the Greeter after Sunday
Mass to register.
School of Religion (CCD)
Please inform the parish
office that you’re leaving.
Music for this Sunday
[email protected]
Entrance: no. 800
Mrs. Mary Wade, Coordinator
St. Joseph Regional School
11011 Montgomery Road
Beltsville, MD. 20705
Mrs. Anne-Marie Miller,
Holy Hour
Mass Times
Departing Parishioners
SUNDAY Sat. 5 p.m. Vigil
8 a.m.
Glory to God no. 255
9:30 a.m.
Eucharistic Acclamations:
nos. 317, 319, 321
11 a.m.
Lamb of God: no. 322
Communion: no. 973
Mon.-Fri. 7:15 a.m.
Marian: no. 1005
Saturday 9 a.m.
Final: no. 744
Fed. Holidays 9 a.m.
First Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
135 Crescent Road Greenbelt MD, 20770
Phone (301) 474-4322, FAX (301) 474-9263
sthughoffi[email protected]
Your Prayers Requested
This Week at a Glance
For those preparing for their vocations
Today 2/1/2015, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
† 8am Mass
† 9:30am Mass, Boys & Girls Choir
† 11am Mass, Parish Choir
♦ Sodality 9am, Grenoble Hall
♦ Religious Education 10:30am, School
♦ Youth Group noon, School
Jack Berard and Joe Lomax
For those preparing for the sacraments
For all those preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation,
and our children preparing for 1st Reconciliation and
For the sick
Please pray for: Bobby Mittelstetter; Elizabeth Pels Nash;
Ludvik Matyas; Dave Williams; Lori Moran; Ray &
Loretta Turek; Patricia Molden; Nancy DePlatchett; Stephen Blizard; Jaimi Zimmet.
Monday 2/2//2015, The Presentation of the Lord; World
Day for Consecrated Life
† 7:15am Mass and the Blessing of Candles
For the deceased
Tuesday 2/3/2015, St. Blaise; St. Ansgar
† 7:15am Mass and the Blessing of Throats
♦ Ladies of Charity 7pm, Grenoble Hall
In your charity, please pray for the souls of our beloved
dead: James Shanahan.
Wednesday 2/4/2015
† 7:15am Mass
For our troops
Thursday 2/5/2015, St. Agatha
† 7:15am Mass
♦ Boys & Girls Choir rehearsal 6pm, Church
♦ Parish Choir rehearsal 7pm, Church
Please pray for: Adam Weaver, James Hall, Christopher
Pfaffman, Anthony (Tj) Hose, Anthony Ladnier, Tony
Alves, Karen Mealey.
To add a name to these lists, please call the rectory.
Income Tax Information
The parish will be happy to provide an official 2014 statement of contributions for all those who need it, but to
prevent needless preparation of statements for all parishioners, we are asking those who need them to fill in the
form below and drop it in the collection. Statements cover
all contributions which are identifiable—those made
through the envelope system or FaithDirect.
Friday 2/6/2015, St. Paul Miki and companions
† 7:15am Mass
† 7pm First Friday Devotions
Saturday 2/7/2015, Blessed Virgin Mary
† 9am Mass followed by Fatima Devotions
† 3:30pm-4:30pm Confessions
† 5pm Vigil Mass
♦ RCIA 10am, Rectory
The calendar is also online: www.sthughofgrenoble.org
patron saint
of breast cancer
pray for us.
Coffee Social
Come enjoy coffee, a treat, and good company
next Sunday February 8 after all Masses! Your Masses for the Week of 1/25-2/1
hosts this month are the members of the Christ- Saturday 8am
Living & Deceased Sodalists
9:30am Jean Waffo, Eric Zussouo, &
mas Bazaar Committee. While you’re there you
Jean Paul Mohedo
can watch a video to get information about our
Intention of the Parish
parish CRS Rice Bowl project for this Lent!
Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32]
Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-28, 30-32; Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday: Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a; Mk 6:1-6
Thursday: Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Ps 48:2-4, 9-11; Mk 6:7-13
Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9; Mk 6:14-29
Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Ps 23:1-6; Mk 6:30-34
Jb 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps 147:1-6; 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mk 1:29-39
Int. Jay & Carolyn Karch
Peter Phap Nguyen
Int. Shaun & Gina Dwyer
Harry Voght
Int. Bridget McDermott
John McDermott
Intention of the Parish
Shirley Palmer
Int. Joyce Wheaton
Int. Lwonga family
From the Pastor
Dear parishioners,
Next October, the bishops of the world will meet in Rome for the Synod on the Family, to propose to Pope Francis a pastoral plan to support and strengthen the family in light of all the many challenges it faces in today’s world.
Pope Francis desires an ample consultation of the People of God to be part of the synodal process. To facilitate this here
at St. Hugh’s, I have drawn 21 questions from the Synod’s preparatory document for you to ponder and respond to. You
will find these questions below.
Before answering the questions, I invite you first to read the address that the Holy Father delivered on the topic of the
family in observance of World Communications Day. His insights might help you in formulating your own thoughts.
Yours in Christ,
Father Walter
Address of Pope Francis for World Communications Day
The family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church and of a process involving two Synods: the recent extraordinary assembly and the ordinary assembly scheduled for next October. So I thought it appropriate that the theme for the
next World Communications Day should have the family as its point of reference. After all, it is in the context of the
family that we first learn how to communicate. Focusing on this context can help to make our communication more authentic and humane, while helping us to view the family in a new perspective.
We can draw inspiration from the Gospel passage which relates the visit of Mary to Elizabeth. “When Elizabeth heard
Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit cried out in a loud voice and
said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’” This episode first shows us how
communication is a dialogue intertwined with the language of the body. The first response to Mary’s greeting is given
by the child, who leaps for joy in the womb of Elizabeth. Joy at meeting others, which is something we learn even before
being born, is, in one sense, the archetype and symbol of every other form of communication. The womb which hosts us
is the first “school” of communication, a place of listening and physical contact where we begin to familiarize ourselves
with the outside world within a protected environment, with the reassuring sound of the mother’s heartbeat. This encounter between two persons, so intimately related while still distinct from each other, an encounter so full of promise,
is our first experience of communication. It is an experience which we all share, since each of us was born of a mother.
Even after we have come into the world, in some sense we are still in a “womb,” which is the family. A womb made up
of various interrelated persons: the family is where we learn to live with others despite our differences. Notwithstanding
the differences of gender and age between them, family members accept one another because there is a bond between
them. The wider the range of these relationships and the greater the differences of age, the richer will be our living environment. It is this bond which is at the root of language, which in turn strengthens the bond. We do not create our language; we can use it because we have received it. It is in the family that we learn to speak our “mother tongue,” the language of those who have gone before us. In the family we realize that others have preceded us, they made it possible for
us to exist and in our turn to generate life and to do something good and beautiful. We can give because we have received. This virtuous circle is at the heart of the family’s ability to communicate among its members and with others.
More generally, it is the model for all communication.
The experience of this relationship which “precedes” us enables the family to become the setting in which the most basic
form of communication, which is prayer, is handed down. When parents put their newborn children to sleep, they frequently entrust them to God, asking that he watch over them. When the children are a little older, parents help them to
recite some simple prayers, thinking with affection of other people, such as grandparents, relatives, the sick and suffering, and all those in need of God’s help. It was in our families that the majority of us learned the religious dimension of
communication, which in the case of Christianity is permeated with love, the love that God bestows upon us and which
we then offer to others.
In the family, we learn to embrace and support one another, to discern the meaning of facial expressions and moments
of silence, to laugh and cry together with people who did not choose one other yet are so important to each other. This
greatly helps us to understand the meaning of communication as recognizing and creating closeness. When we lessen
distances by growing closer and accepting one another, we experience gratitude and joy. Mary’s greeting and the stirring of her child are a blessing for Elizabeth; they are followed by the beautiful canticle of the Magnificat, in which Mary
praises God’s loving plan for her and for her people. A “yes” spoken with faith can have effects that go well beyond
ourselves and our place in the world. To “visit” is to open doors, not remaining closed in our little world, but rather going out to others. So too the family comes alive as it reaches beyond itself; families who do so communicate their message of life and communion, giving comfort and hope to more fragile families, and thus build up the Church herself,
which is the family of families.
More than anywhere else, the family is where we daily experience our own limits and those of others, the problems
great and small entailed in living peacefully with others. A perfect family does not exist. We should not be fearful of imperfections, weakness or even conflict, but rather learn how to deal with them constructively. The family, where we
keep loving one another despite our limits and sins, thus becomes a school of forgiveness. Forgiveness is itself a process
of communication. When contrition is expressed and accepted, it becomes possible to restore and rebuild the communication which broke down. A child who has learned in the family to listen to others, to speak respectfully and to express
his or her view without negating that of others, will be a force for dialogue and reconciliation in society.
When it comes to the challenges of communication, families who have children with one or more disabilities have much
to teach us. A motor, sensory or mental limitation can be a reason for closing in on ourselves, but it can also become,
thanks to the love of parents, siblings, and friends, an incentive to openness, sharing and ready communication with all.
It can also help schools, parishes and associations to become more welcoming and inclusive of everyone.
In a world where people often curse, use foul language, speak badly of others, sow discord and poison our human environment by gossip, the family can teach us to understand communication as a blessing. In situations apparently dominated by hatred and violence, where families are separated by stone walls or the no less impenetrable walls of prejudice
and resentment, where there seem to be good reasons for saying “enough is enough,” it is only by blessing rather than
cursing, by visiting rather than repelling, and by accepting rather than fighting, that we can break the spiral of evil,
show that goodness is always possible, and educate our children to fellowship.
Today the modern media, which are an essential part of life for young people in particular, can be both a help and a hindrance to communication in and between families. The media can be a hindrance if they become a way to avoid listening to others, to evade physical contact, to fill up every moment of silence and rest, so that we forget that “silence is an
integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist.” The media can help communication when they enable people to share their stories, to stay in contact with distant friends, to thank others or to seek their
forgiveness, and to open the door to new encounters. By growing daily in our awareness of the vital importance of encountering others, these “new possibilities,” we will employ technology wisely, rather than letting ourselves be dominated by it. Here too, parents are the primary educators, but they cannot be left to their own devices. The Christian community is called to help them in teaching children how to live in a media environment in a way consonant with the dignity of the human person and service of the common good.
The great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and
consume information. The latter is a tendency which our important and influential modern communications media can
encourage. Information is important, but it is not enough. All too often things get simplified, different positions and
viewpoints are pitted against one another, and people are invited to take sides, rather than to see things as a whole.
The family, in conclusion, is not a subject of debate or a terrain for ideological skirmishes. Rather, it is an environment in
which we learn to communicate in an experience of closeness, a setting where communication takes place, a
“communicating community.” The family is a community which provides help, which celebrates life and is fruitful.
Once we realize this, we will once more be able to see how the family continues to be a rich human resource, as opposed
to a problem or an institution in crisis. At times the media can tend to present the family as a kind of abstract model
which has to be accepted or rejected, defended or attacked, rather than as a living reality. Or else a grounds for ideological clashes rather than as a setting where we can all learn what it means to communicate in a love received and returned.
Relating our experiences means realizing that our lives are bound together as a single reality, that our voices are many,
and that each is unique.
Families should be seen as a resource rather than as a problem for society. Families at their best actively communicate by
their witness the beauty and the richness of the relationship between man and woman, and between parents and children. We are not fighting to defend the past. Rather, with patience and trust, we are working to build a better future for
the world in which we live.”
Questions on the Family in Preparation for the Synod on the Family
There is no need to answer every question. Answer only the questions the Holy Spirit moves you to answer, where you
think you have something helpful to contribute. It’s fine to answer just one or two questions.
The Holy Father has reminded us that the Synod is not about changing Church teaching, but about exploring ways to
communicate Church teaching more effectively in our present situation.
I have grouped questions under a quotation from the preparatory document (in bold print) that helps set the context for
the questions.
When responding, please indicate the question number you are responding to.
Please e-mail your responses to sthughoffi[email protected] Or, you can drop off your written responses to the rectory.
Please do this by Sunday, February 15. I will collate your responses and forward them to Cardinal Wuerl. I will not include your individual names in the input I forward to the Cardinal. Please be assured that I will keep your responses
With an eye on the Lord Jesus, we look for ways that the Church and society can renew their commitment to the
family founded upon the marriage between a man and woman.
1. What can be done to support and strengthen families of believers and those faithful to the bonds of marriage?
2. How should the Church reach out to those who reject the biblical model of the family as the life-long, exclusive union of one man
and one woman that is open to the procreation and raising of children? Who especially should be involved in this outreach?
3. How can the Church best educate young people in the Christian model of the family, including those young people in family situations which do not correspond to the Christian vision?
As Christians we believe that Jesus restored marriage and the family to their original form (Mk 10:1-12). Marriage
and the family have been redeemed by Christ (Eph 5:21-32), restored in the image of the Holy Trinity, the mystery
from which every true love flows. The spousal covenant, originating in creation and revealed in the history of salvation, receives its full meaning in Christ and his Church. Through his Church, Christ bestows on marriage and the
family the grace necessary to witness to the love of God and to live the life of communion.
4. How can people be brought to understand that Christian marriage corresponds to the original plan of God and, thus, one of fulfillment and not confinement? Who should be involved in this work?
5. What is being done to demonstrate the greatness and beauty of the gift of indissolubility so as to prompt a desire to live it and
strengthen it more and more? What more can be done?
The Lord looks with love at the Christian family and through him the family grows as a true community of life and
love. With inner joy and deep comfort, the Church looks to families who remain faithful to the teachings of the Gospel, encouraging them and thanking them for the testimony they offer.
6. How can a familial spirituality be developed and how can families become places of new life in Christ?
7. How can people be helped to understand that a relationship with God can assist couples in overcoming the inherent weaknesses in
marital relations?
8. What can be done to show that the family has many unique aspects for experiencing the joys of human existence?
9. How can married couples bear witness to the fact that divine blessings accompany every true marriage? How do they show that
the grace of the Sacrament sustains married couples throughout their life together?
10. What can be done so that persons in the various forms of union between a man and a woman outside of marriage — in which
human values can be present — might experience a sense of respect, trust and encouragement to grow in the Church’s good will and
be helped to arrive at the fullness of Christian marriage?
11. What do we need to do to help couples prepare for married life?
12. How can the Church better accompany married couples in the initial years of family life?
Married couples with problems in their relationship should be able to count on the assistance and guidance of the
Church. The pastoral work of charity and mercy seeks to help persons recover and restore relationships.
13. How should the Church minister to married couples who are separated? divorced and not remarried? divorced and remarried?
How should the Church minister to single-parent families?
Some families have members who have a homosexual tendency. In this regard, the synod fathers asked themselves
what pastoral attention might be appropriate for them in accordance with Church teaching: “There are absolutely no
grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to Godʹs plan for
marriage and family.” Nevertheless, men and women with a homosexual tendency ought to be received with respect
and sensitivity. “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”
14. How should the Church minister to members who have a homosexual tendency? How can God’s will be proposed to them in their
15. How should the Church minister to those living in same-sex relationships?
Openness to life is an intrinsic requirement of married love. Pastoral work in this area needs to start with listening to
people and acknowledging the beauty and truth of an unconditional openness to life, which is needed if human love
is to be lived fully. This serves as the basis for an appropriate teaching regarding the natural methods for responsible procreation, which allow a couple to live, in a harmonious and conscious manner, the loving communication between husband and wife in all its aspects along with their responsibility at procreating life.
16. How can the Church better promote the beauty and dignity of becoming a mother or father and communicate her teaching regarding the natural methods for responsible procreation within marriage?
17. How can relations between family, society and civil life be fostered for the benefit of the family? How can the support of the State
and the international community be fostered on behalf of the family?
18. How can adoption and foster-parenting be encouraged as a powerful sign of fruitful generosity? How can the care and respect of
children be promoted?
19. How does the Church combat the scourge of abortion and foster an effective culture of life?
20. Fulfilling their educational mission is not always easy for parents. How can the Church better show them solidarity and support?
21. How can parents and the Christian family be made aware that the duty of transmitting the faith is an intrinsic aspect of being a
Parish Life
St. Hugh Sodality of Our Lady will be selling raffle tickets
to support the James Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Fund after
all Masses for the next four weeks. Please stop by our table at
the back of the church to purchase raffle tickets for the benefit
of Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance. Tickets are $1.00 each.
PRIZES: 1st-$500; 2nd-$300; 3rd-$100; 4th-$100; 5th-$100.
Pray to End Abortion: The 40 Days for
Life prayer mission needs your support
from February 18 to March 29,
2015. Make a pledge to pray at least
one hour these forty days and visit our
website, 40DaysForLife.com/
CollegePark Volunteer to pray outdoors at 5915 Greenbelt Rd, College
Park. For more information phone
Tom Trunk, 240-593-6982.
40 Days Kickoff Rally: Join us 10am12pm Sat February 14 at St. Mary of the Mills Church, 114
St. Maryʹs Place, Laurel, and hear the inspiring story of a
faithful Catholic woman who turned a crisis pregnancy into
a blessing. The rally will also feature a talk from a Catholic
Charities adoption services specialist, Ellen Warnock. Enjoy
music, refreshments, and prayer resources. High school
youth groups welcome. Phone Joan OʹReilly, 240-393-1940.
Ladies of Charity Reminders:
Next Monthly Meeting: Tuesday,
February [email protected] in Grenoble Hall
If you plan to attend the Ladies of
Charity Archdiocese of Washington Communion Brunch/Mass on
Saturday, [email protected] at
St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel, please bring your check/cash for
$30 to the February meeting. Check
can be made out to St. Hugh Ladies of Charity.
Ladies of Charity Baby Shower will be on Sunday, February
15th (1pm-4pm) in Grenoble Hall.
St. Hugh Ladies of Charity March Monthly meeting will be
on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 5:30p (note time change) in Grenoble Hall due to 40 Hours Observance (Fr. Michael Berry/
Homilist) on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7pm in church.
For any questions/concerns, please call Mary Ann
Tretler (301)313-0920.
Hospital Patients: New socks for Spring Grove Hospital
patients will be collected by the Ladies of Charity during
the month of February. We welcome new menʹs tube/crew
socks and womenʹs crew socks to be placed in the boxes at
the back of the church. If questions, please call Mary Ann
Tretler (301-313-0920).
Dear St. Hugh Families,
Catholic School’s week has been wonderful! We celebrated our Faith with Masses and prayer, our Knowledge
with a geography bee, band concert and honors and awards assembly, and our Service with can food drive,
cleaning the clothing closet and spending time with our Moms.
We loved having our Open Houses, both for new families and existing ones. We love to show off our wonderful school and
have others see the great things that are happening in our little hidden gem behind the big church.
Open Registration has begun! For new families entering K-8th, you may enroll on line www.stjos.org/school by clicking on
Registration and TADS link. You may also apply for financial aid through Tads on our website. The application for pre-k is not
through tads. Please download the pre-K registration form from our website and bring or mail to the school office.
Did you miss our Open House? We will have another Open House, Saturday, March 7, 11:00am-2:00 pm. We hope to see you
there. Private tours are also available, please call the school to schedule your private tour. 301-973-7154
Peace and all Good, Mrs. Anne-Marie D. Miller, OFS 301-937-7154
135 Crescent Rd.
Greenbelt, MD. 20770
Jennifer Goltz OR Mary Wade OR Maggie Gutierrez
sthughoffi[email protected]
(Sunday’s date)
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