Second Sunday In Ordinary Time

Parish Volunteers. Last Saturday night, on the Feast of St. Raymond, we held our annual Volunteer Dinner, honoring about 150 of our parish’s most dedicated volunteers and their spouses. It was a great night for many reasons, but especially to see all these people who are so committed to supporting and serving our parish family  having this opportunity to share in such warm and fraternal fellowship. I’ve always said that one of the best ways to grow in your Catholic faith is to become active in some parish group or committee. It may not be as essential as receiving the … Continue reading

TEXT: Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 8, 2017

Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord January 8, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   The very first verses of the Bible, in Chapter 1 of Genesis, tell us: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…. Then … God said: Let there be light, and there was light.” Think about this: “God said…and there was light” God’s mere word brought forth light.   Eons later, drawing on this opening passage of Genesis St. John the Apostle tells us in the opening passage of his gospel, that we … Continue reading

Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany and the End of the Christmas Season. Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, commemorating the visit and adoration of the Magi to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The Orthodox Church and many of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches also effectively celebrate the Epiphany as the commemoration of the birth of Our Lord, i.e., Christmas. Epiphany has historically been celebrated on January 6th since at least the 3rd century, but the U.S. Bishops long ago moved the celebration to the Sunday falling between January 2nd and January 8th (inclusive), in order that more Catholics would be able to … Continue reading

Join Us Sunday Evening, January 8th at 6:30 PM For A Talk by Bob Laird On “What We Believe And Why We Believe It”

Talk is designed for parents of Religious Education students and is open to anyone.  Next class is this Sunday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Narthex of the church. Bob Laird is currently the Vice President for Program Development and Director of Higher Education Programs at the Cardinal Newman Society.  A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a career Army officer retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Bob has for the last 20 years worked as a Catholic leader in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He served as the long-time director of the diocese’s Office of Family … Continue reading

TEXT: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1, 2017

Solemnity of the Mary, the Holy Mother of God January 1, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Last night at the stroke of midnight the whole world celebrated the passing of the year 2016 and the start of the year 2017. 2,016 years have passed, but 2,016 years since what? Or 2016 years of what? It’s amazing to watch TV or the internet and see people around world celebrating – especially since so many had no clue what they were celebrating. Because the celebration only has meaning when we remember … Continue reading