Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 3:27pm
Happy 2021! We made it to the new year, getting passed a year like no other. 2020 was a stressful and frustrating time for so many reasons and yet there were most certainly gifts that have come out of our pandemic-time. Who would have thought we’d livestream our worship services and have the pleasure of people from across the state (and even in other states) join us on a Sunday morning? Anything truly is possible with God.
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 2:16pm
We truly are living in extraordinary times; each day I am realizing that things our “similar but different.” Our church services and events continue to happen in uniquely different ways, but I am finding we are still connected as a church family. Our Gathering Sunday was a great example of that. We were blessed with wonderful weather, great music (thank you Sung-Hae Jung, Ruth Kim and Ema Mitrovic) and a fantastic outdoor Eucharist (with some people participating online). Things were different (masks, no congregational singing, no handholding, physical distancing, etc.)
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Sat, 04/11/2020 - 9:37am
During the first Sunday in Lent (March 1) I asked the question, “What will be different?” It was my way to remind us to do something intentional for this season when we focus on looking inward. I had no idea, at the time, that on the second Sunday in Lent (March 8) we would be forced to discourage hugs and handshakes, and on the third Sunday (March 15) we would be “fasting from public worship.” [Click here or photo to read more.]
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:18am
It's been awhile since I wrote something on FJ's blog, largely because I often lament over the act of writing. I enjoy it, but often struggle with the time and focus to get something typed. Today I am using Nike's theme and saying "Just Do It."
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:42pm
"Slow down you move too fast" might be lyrics to a song that some of you will know. Familiar or not with the song, you are sure to connect with the need to take some time to reflect. I might rewrite the next line of the song as "you got to make Advent last." Advent, you ask? Yes, you know the four Sundays before Christmas. It's the Church's intentional time to prepare for the coming of the Christ-child. Yes, you are correct, it is not four weeks before Christmas yet (yes, you are right Momma Jane).
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:49am
Each day at the close of our work, after preparing dinner for each other, our team-lead, Joanna Eliasof, leads us in a reflection. For Day 4, she spoke to us about the continuum of our contribution to society. She explained that there are four possible categories, and we are probably each at multiple stages at various times in our lives. There is not a “better” stage; however, our passion and commitment to a social justice issue will determine where we see ourselves within the following:
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 8:05am
In July 2017, I joined eleven Verona residents on a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA. This Episcopal Church sponsored organization hosts groups of caring individuals weeks at a time to complete construction projects in the surrounding towns and neighborhoods. Grace House is owned and operated by the Diocese of SW Virginia, but is open to any group of active citizens wanting to make a difference.
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:14am
“When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.” – Genesis 32:25
Will you wrestle with me? by Father Jerry (FJ) Racioppi
Probably not a question you would expect me to ask, but you are sure to know that I am not speaking about physical wrestling. My question really is: Will you let me walk with you as we wrestle with faith together?
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:19pm
This is the first entry in what has been renamed "FJ's Blog" (formerly known as our "Mission Trip Blog"). From time to time Father Jerry will write his thoughts on various subjects. In this entry he shares information about the message and experieince we strive to provide in our great Sunday School offerings.
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:29pm
Early on in my time as rector at Holy Spirit Verona I was told about a Mission Trip that Holy Spirit Verona sponsored to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA. Although an Episcopal Church sponsored site, I was not familiar with it. Several of the Holy Spirit parishioners raved about their experience at Grace House. My second summer (2016) at Holy Spirit, we considered doing a Mission Trip, but we felt we did not have the momentum to have a decent attendance.