TEXT: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 24, 2016

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 24, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” What more wonderful promise does Jesus make in all of Sacred Scripture? It reaches into the depths of our hearts, and we’re completely disarmed by the generosity of God.   But at the same time, we know that Jesus expects us to ask for things that are good for us: “If you then, who … Continue reading

Christ House Update

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

TEXT: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 17, 2016

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 17, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   In today’s Gospel we encounter the sisters Martha and Mary. As I’ve explained many times before, it is the common Catholic tradition that the “Mary” in this story is also known to us as St. Mary Magdalene.   This coming Friday we celebrate her feast, this year elevated for the first time to the rank of a solemn celebration comparable to the Feasts of John the Baptist, the Apostles and St. Lawrence, the first martyr.   As, … Continue reading

You Invited To An “Informational Meeting” on the Proposed FCPS Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Recommended Regulation Changes presented by Guest Speaker Elizabeth Schultz

Please join us Tuesday, July 26th at 7 PM in the Parish Hall for a very informative and most important topic ongoing in Fairfax County Public Schools. FCPS Board Member Elizabeth Schultz, a member of St. Andrew’s parish, will be speaking and answering questions on what has happened and on where we go from here.  For a look at the proposed changes click here.  

Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

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

Meet Father Smith

Father Charles Smith joins Saint Raymond’s from Saint Ambrose.  To read his bio and an article on how he became a priest, go to Priest tab at the top of this site and click on Father Smith.

Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

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