TEXT: 6th Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2016

6th Sunday of Easter May 1, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   I don’t have to tell you we live in very troubling times. Every day we read and hear about and even personally experience terrorism, racial tensions, immigration and economic problems, not to mention assaults on our basic rights and freedoms. Sometimes the world seems upside down as what just yesterday everyone knew was good is now bad, and what was terribly bad is now good. We see families torn apart by divorce, infidelity, abuse, drugs, or other vices. … Continue reading

Important Religious Education Dates and Information

Upcoming Events First Communion Rehearsal, Thursday, May 5th; 6:30 p.m. Parish Hall First Communion Mass, Saturday, May 7th; 11 a.m. (children to arrive by 10:15 in Parish Hall).  Pick up certificates, banners and gifts after Mass, Parish Hall   MAY CROWNING, Sunday May 8th after 12:15 Mass; First Communicants wear their First Communion outfits and participate in procession CORPUS CHRISTI procession, Sunday May 29th after 12:15 Mass; First Communicants wear their First Communion outfits and participate in procession   Confirmation Rehearsal, Thursday, May 26th; 6:30 p.m. Parish Hall Confirmation Mass, Bishop Loverde, Friday May 27; 7:30 p.m.; sponsors and Confirmandi … Continue reading

Sixth Sunday Of Easter

The Logic of Life and Love. Love is logical. Now, to some that may seem a strange thing to say, since we tend to think of “love” as being merely a feeling, or a passion. But if you say you love me and then scream at me and try to kill me, we can all see that’s not love, and those actions are not consistent with the logic of love: logic, reason, tells you if you love someone you will act and even think a certain way toward them. Love, then, is logical. And love is at the core of … Continue reading

Fifth Sunday Of Easter

Some Basics of Marriage Canon Law. In light of all the heated discussion over the last few years, as well as the Holy Father’s recent letter, Amoris Laetitia, it may be time for me to review a few basic practical aspects of Catholic Church law, called “canon law,” on marriage. First of all, what is marriage? It is a covenant of mutual total self-gift of one man and one woman to each other, commenced by the free consent of both parties, and ordered to the conception and raising of children and mutual support of the couple. Essential to a valid … Continue reading

Latest Update on Christ House Needs as of 1 PM on Wednesday, 28 April

We have met all our food goals!  Please see message from Christ House Group Lead, Maria Sanchez-O’Brien: Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up to cook AND bake for this Friday’s Christ House Dinner Project which St. Raymond’s is hosting. We have plenty of food for seconds AND if there are any leftovers, we will leave some plates for the men who live in residence at Christ House AND take ANY OTHER LEFTOVERS to the Missionaries of Charity in Washington D.C. for their Soup Kitchen at the Queen of Peace Mission. The sisters at this mission feed between … Continue reading

We Need Your Help This Thursday and Friday!

Our parish will serve at Christ House in Alexandria THIS Friday.   We are STILL SHORT about 12 dishes of BBQ chicken!  Please encourage friends at church to sign up.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! WHEN is this dinner?  THIS Friday, April 29th, on the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena! WHAT exactly is this Project? St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee volunteers coordinate the meal planning and organization, preparation, some cooking, and serving so that our parishioners may volunteer to cook up part of a meal for which about 5 to 7 parishioners sign up to serve in the small Dining Room at Christ House … Continue reading

TEXT: 5th Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2016

5th Sunday of Easter April 24, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Today’s Gospel gives us one of the most important teachings in all of Scripture: Jesus’ commandment: “love one another as I have loved you.” Sadly, we often fail to love one another as Christ has loved us. Sometimes it’s because we just choose not to: we choose to be selfish rather than loving with others. But sometimes it’s because we don’t know, or forget, what it means to love, or more importantly, what it means to love as … Continue reading