TEXT: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 19, 2016

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 19, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Today America celebrates Father’s Day. And it’s right and good that we do so. Especially today, when, now more than ever, we need to rediscover the true meaning of family, especially of fatherhood and motherhood, as gifts from God which are essential to the happiness of every human being. On Mother’s Day I talked about the greatness of being a woman and mother –today we talk about the equal greatness of the gift of fatherhood.   When … Continue reading

Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Priest Transfers. Last Saturday Bishop Loverde published his annual list of priest re-assignments. Sadly, our own Fr. Joseph Kenna was on that list: effective Wednesday, June 29, he will be transferred to St. Elizabeth’s in Colonial Beach. Fr. Kenna has been with us for almost 4 years and has done a great job ministering to the people of our parish, and helping me in so many ways as well. He is a good priest and friend to us, and I’m sure we will all miss him. To send Fr. Kenna off with our best wishes and prayers, I invite you … Continue reading

TEXT: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 12, 2016

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 12, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   In today’s Gospel we read the beautiful story of Christ’s forgiveness of the “sinful woman,” who, if we read carefully, and follow the mind of the early Church, we find is clearly none other than my favorite saint, Mary Magdalene. Perhaps it’s no coincidence then, at least not in God’s plan, that this last Friday Pope Francis issued a decree, elevating the liturgical celebration of St. Mary Magdalene, from the liturgical rank of “Memorial” to “Feast.”   … Continue reading

Eleventh Sunday In Ordinary Time

Turning Toward the Lord: Ad Orientem. It’s been almost 3 years since we instituted the practice of the priest praying in the same direction as the congregation, or turning toward the East (“ad Orientem”), at the 8:45 Mass on Sundays. As I’ve explained before, this ancient practice was highly encouraged by Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis’ top liturgical spokesman has continued this. Last summer Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, published an article in L’Osservatore Romano explaining and promoting this practice, and just last month he strongly reiterated his arguments in an interview in the French … Continue reading

TEXT: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 5, 2016

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 5, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA The story in today’s Gospel is one that is, unfortunately, often forgotten. That’s probably because it’s only recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke, and at Mass we only read it once every three years, on the 10th Sunday of Ordinary time. And the thing is, in a lot of years, the 10th Sunday of Ordinary time winds up falling on the same day as the Feasts of the Holy Trinity or Corpus Christi so we read the … Continue reading