First Sunday Of Lent

Lenten Series. This Thursday, at 7:30pm, February 18, we begin our 2016 Lenten Series. We are honored to have Fr. Mark Pilon present this year’s series on the topic: “Mercy – Another Name for Love.” Fr. Pilon served at St. Raymond’s for three years before retiring in 2012. He was formerly the Chairman of Systematic Theology Department at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, and holds a Sacred Theological Doctorate from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). He is an eloquent, erudite and brilliant speaker and teacher. His topic this week will be: “The Initial Revelation of Mercy in the … Continue reading

2016 Lenten Series Thursday Nights (February 18 through March 17) at 7:30 PM In The Parish Hall

Please join us beginning next Thursday, at 7:30pm, February 18, we begin our 2016 Lenten Series. We are honored to have Fr. Mark Pilon present this year’s series on the topic: “Mercy – Another Name for Love.” Fr. Pilon served at St. Raymond’s for three years before retiring in 2012. He was formerly the Chairman of Systematic Theology Department at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, and holds a Sacred Theological Doctorate from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). He is an eloquent, erudite and brilliant speaker and teacher. His topic this week will be: “The Initial Revelation of Mercy in the … Continue reading

TEXT: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 7, 2016

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time February 7, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Whenever I train Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, to help the priests distribute Communion, I always begin by telling them: “none of you is worthy to distribute Holy Communion.” Most are shocked—some are even angry—when they hear that. But then I add: “and I’m not worthy either.”   Think of it: No one is worthy to even touch Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. and anyone who thinks he is, shouldn’t touch the Blessed Sacrament. And if … Continue reading

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

LENT. The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday with Ash Wednesday. Although some people find this season a burden I think it’s wonderful, in that it gives us a great opportunity to meditate on the immense love of God that would lead Him to suffer and die for our sins. At the same time, then, it’s also a time to consider our sins—how we have failed to love him in return—and to work to overcome them, through our diligent efforts and cooperating with His grace. In short, it can be a time of intense growth in our personal relationship with … Continue reading

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Snow! Well, I hope you all survived the blizzard safe and sound. The priests did, and it looks like the parish facilities did as well. Thanks be to God. We’re still working on snow removal: the snowplows were here for about 36 hours straight throughout the storm, but now we’re working on getting rid of those 15-foot-high snow mountains. I hope you all received word (through an email from the parish office or some other way) that the Bishop dispensed all the Catholics in the Arlington Diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass last weekend. This was kind of … Continue reading

Dr. Ryan Anderson’s talk is now available online!

The talk given by Dr. Ryan Anderson at St. Raymond’s on January 14, 2016 is now available on our website, under the tab for “Religious Liberty & Marriage.”  Click here to go directly to that page. Dr. Anderson spoke about his new book, “Truth Overruled: the Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty.”