Freedom, Discourse, and Violence. I’m sure we were all horrified by the attack on a group of Republican politicians in Alexandria on June 14. We pray for all those who were injured in the attack, especially our fellow Catholic, Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana. But we also pray for the repose of the soul of the assailant, who was himself shot and killed during the attack. We remember the words of Our Blessed Lord: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” This is perhaps one of the hardest parts of our religion to accept and practice. But … Continue reading
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Today is “Corpus Christi Sunday,” a feast established to remind us that, even as Lent and Easter are over, the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection and His continued presence on Earth remains with us in a most sublime way in the Eucharist. In particular, we remember that the bread and wine really become the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ Himself—His Real Presence among us. Just as surely as He was bodily present on the Cross, at the Resurrection, and as He ascended to His Father in Heaven, … Continue reading
“Fortnight for Freedom,” the fourteen days from the vigil of the Feast of St. Thomas More, June 21, to July 4, Independence Day, to pray for the protection of our liberty. St. Raymond’s will observe the Fortnight in the following ways. All parishioners are strongly encouraged to take part! Click here to print information page. Click here to print prayer package for home use. Click here to print Litany of Saint Thomas More.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity June 11, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA Whenever we pray the Creed we express the basic tenet of our faith: “We believe in one God…” But in that same Creed, we also say we that we believe in God the Father, God the Son, God and the Holy Spirit. It almost seems as if we’re contradicting ourselves. The standard, and correct, explanation is to say that there is one God, but there are three divine persons in Him. How can that be true? And … Continue reading
Trinity Sunday. Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The mystery of the Trinity is the central mystery of our faith, and yet one of the most difficult to understand and misunderstood dogmas of the Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 253-255) teaches: “The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the “consubstantial Trinity”. The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire…. “The divine persons are really distinct from one another. …”Father”, “Son”, “Holy Spirit” are … Continue reading
St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee is serving up Dinner for guests at Christ House in Alexandria on 30 June. We are serving up BBQ Sandwiches (coleslaw, optional) with Potato Salad, House Salad, Watermelon, and Chocolate Cake. Suggested recipes and Sign-up sheets are available in the narthex. Because of the 4th of July holiday and since we have a BBQ Chef who stepped up to “smoke” all the meat, we are accepting $ donations in lieu of a meat dish. Drop off food items at the parish hall kitchen window on Thursday (6:30 – 7 pm) or Friday (6:30 – … Continue reading
Welcome to the 10th Annual Saint Raymond of Peñafort Summer Reading Program June 24 – August 28, 2017 Nine weeks of Summer Reading Fun! Click here for the form. Truly great books are available in our Parish Library. Open Saturdays: 1-5 pm and Sundays: 9:45am – 1:45pm.
PENTECOST. Today we remember the day, 10 days after Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven, that the Holy Spirit descended upon the early Church, about 120 disciples gathered to pray in the upper room. As the Acts of Apostles tells us: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with … Continue reading
Listen to the audio version of Fr. De Celles’ homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, here.
Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday June 4, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA If someone came up to you and said: “who is the Holy Spirit?” what would you say? It’s a safe bet that most Christians, unfortunately, wouldn’t know what to say. And yet today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Spirit—the Pentecost. If you’ve ever heard me speak about the Spirit you’ve probably heard me explain that the word “spirit” in Hebrew is “ruah”—which means “wind” or “breath.” So whenever you hear the words “wind” or “breath” spoken … Continue reading