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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-01-24

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Here is Bulletin_2016-01-24

Note 1: Statement from Bishop Paul S. Loverde Dispensing Catholics from Sunday Mass Obligation for 1-24-2016:

(ARLINGTON, VA) In a statement released on January 21, 2016, Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, said the following:

“Due to the impending storm which is predicted to be severe, and bearing in mind that Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia, all Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Such inclement weather and poor road/travel conditions which may jeopardize safety are serious concerns.

Note 2: The Bishop’s dispensation will undoubtedly make my original paper version of Bulletin 2016-01-24 a valuable collectors item. Don’t you wish you had one?

Analysis and Commentary

This weeks bulletin is replete with items of interest worthy of commentary. So much so that we will have to speak about some of them in separate posts.

1. Oh, the Uncertainty: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are scheduled Communion Services. That usually indicates that Father is going to take a vacation. Perhaps it’s time for his annual ski trip. For many, Father’s vacation signals an opportunity to return to the Parish for a few days. But, alas, the Blizzard of 2016 may force Father to cancel his plans. Oh, the uncertainty – will Father be off on a well-deserved vacation, or will he still be here. Blizzards surely can cause unusual inconveniences.

2. Valentine’s Day Massacre: As announced earlier, St. Peter’s will be cosponsoring “a dialogue from the whole world on the care of our common home.” Please refer to the item 2. The More Important in For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-01-10. I asked my best gal if she could handle the excitement and romance of an afternoon at the library engaged in an interfaith, lack of faith, semi-secular, heterodox discussion that will lead to no good ends. She replied that she could only made more amorous be an opportunity to clean out an old outhouse. I guess I’ll have to come up with a better idea for a cheap Valentine’s Day date. Oh, bother!

3. They’re Back! Yes, St. Peter’s and Rappahannock County have been beset by a Poltergeist. We thought it was gone. But, the flyer in this week’s bulletin boldly proclaims: “Get Your Taxes Done Free!” Ah, yes. None other than the People inc. poltergeist is sponsoring this service. We can understand that free tax preparation might provide a great service to the community. But, why is it being advertised in our parish bulletin? More to the point, why is it that since our current Pastor arrived, People inc. is so close by. Certain organizations and certain types of priests seem to have a strong affinity toward one another.

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