Temporary Victory in Transgender Debate. The following News Release was published by Fairfax County Public Schools this last Tuesday: “Following an extensive closed session yesterday, the Fairfax County School Board directed staff to temporarily suspend implementation of the proposed regulation regarding gender non-conforming and transgender students. As a result, the Board canceled its discussion of the regulation scheduled as part of the work session on Thursday, July 21, 2016. “In May 2015, the School Board voted to extend the FCPS non-discrimination policy (Policy 1450) to include gender identity. The purpose of the regulation is to establish procedures and guidelines for … Continue reading
Summertime. Well, we’ve settled into the lazy days of Summer again, as folks take time to relax a bit, go on vacations or otherwise recharge their batteries after a long and busy year. This is very good—I love summer and look forward to my own vacation in a few weeks. But remember, we never take a “break” or a vacation from God or our Catholic faith. Remember to pray, love God, live in charity with others, and keep the commandments. If you are an active volunteer in the parish, especially at Mass (e.g., ushers, lectors, servers, EMHCs, etc.), remember that … Continue reading
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 10, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA Sometimes first impressions can be deceiving. For many people that may happen with today’s Gospel, as Jesus tells us that “to inherit eternal life”, to go to heaven, we must first, “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,…[soul],…strength, and …mind, and second, “…[love] your neighbor as yourself.” At first glance, at least to many, Jesus seems to be giving 2 new moral laws that sort of wipe out the moral laws of the Old … Continue reading
St. Maria Goretti and Protecting our Children. As I write this column on Wednesday, July 6, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Maria Goretti. St. Maria was not a great doctor or theologian, or nun. She wasn’t even an adult. She was a simple innocent peasant girl, who died as a martyr for Christ. And she wasn’t martyred in some great public persecution of the Church, she was simply killed by a family friend for refusing his sexual advances. And that is exactly why she stands out as an important model and patroness for our children today. Because … Continue reading
St. Raymond’s Hosts “Hamburger Night” at Christ House in Alexandria, VA! Do you want to help make a special dinner for the guests who visit Christ House? CALLING All St. Raymond’s Parishioners who Love to Cook/Bake! Sign-up: TODAY! Call the Project Coordinator, Maria Sanchez-O’Brien at 571-259-7379 (c) to help our Parish Host this month’s Dinner Event and serve Jesus in those who are Hungry Service Date: Dinner on Friday, July 29th, 5-6:30 pm Where: Christ House in Alexandria (so far, FOUR (4) folks have signed up; we can take two High School volunteers!) Food Delivery Days: Thursday, July 28th, 6:20 am to 7:30 pm … Continue reading
Listen to the audio version of Fr. De Celles’ homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 3, 2016, here.
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 3, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA It was the 23rd of March, in the year 1775. Delegates from all over Virginia, including men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason, had gathered at St. John’s Church in Richmond to debate Virginia’s response to the oppression of the English King and parliament. After 3 days of debating and indecision, a 39 year-old devout Christian, a husband and the father of 6–and eventually 17–children, stood to address the assembly. His name was Patrick Henry, … Continue reading
Our April dinner was a HUGE success thanks to so many of you and your generosity. Please mark your calendar- our next two dinners for Christ House are July 29th and September 30th. For our next event, Friday July 29th the “Hamburger Night” recipes AND/OR to volunteer to serve dinner go to our parish Facebook and/or website OR sign up in the Narthex. Thank you for your help in putting on a Picnic Style dinner in July!