TEXT: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 23, 2016

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 23, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   As most of you know, I was born, bred, schooled and gainfully employed until the age of 31 in the Great State of Texas. Texas is a unique state, with a unique geography, tradition and, above all history –a history filled with colorful characters and dramatic events. Perhaps the best known of these is the story of its war for independence, especially the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, my home town, and its great heroes: … Continue reading

Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time

IMPORTANT: MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE. For the first 5 years of my tenure at St. Raymond’s I was blessed to have the help of 2 to 3 other priests living here. Although they were sometimes limited in the help they could give, either because of studies or illness (Fr. Pilon), they were all available to say Mass and hear Confessions, so I was able to maintain a pretty full schedule for these sacraments. ​But, as you know, things changed in January of last year, when our last resident student-priest (Fr. Nguyen) left us to return to his home Diocese, leaving us … Continue reading

TEXT: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 16, 2016

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 16, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” These words echo over the last 2000 years, reverberating in each age from then till now. Every generation of the church has caused us to repeat this question, as we’ve seen persecutions, schisms, heresies, laxity and immorality plague the Church Not to mention periods where decadence and ignorance dominated the life of Christian societies.   This is our history: the history of Christianity and Christians. … Continue reading

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

More News on Bishop Burbidge. I continue to thank the Lord Jesus Christ (and His Mother) for the appointment of our new Bishop. Last week I mentioned that Fr. Smith went to the same seminary that Bishop Burbidge had been rector of, that is, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. When I wrote that I was out of town and had not had the chance to discuss the appointment with Fr. Smith at length, but since then Father tells me (as he mentioned briefly at several Masses last week) that Bishop Burbidge was his rector when he was at St. … Continue reading

TEXT: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 9, 2016

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 9, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   For centuries the Catholic Church throughout the world has remembered the month of October as “the month of the Rosary.” But for the last few decades, the Bishops of the United States have asked us to also observe the month of October as “respect life month.” This coincidence needn’t have us pitting the Rosary against Respect Life, but rather recognizing that the Rosary is one of our most powerful tools in the fight against abortion, and not … Continue reading

Patrick Reilly To Speak At Saint Raymond’s October 20th!

Please join us! Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly will be presenting on “Religious Liberty Threats to Catholic Education” this week in northern Virginia! Topics to be covered include Supreme Court vacancies, Common Core, Title IX, transgender “rights”, “same-sex marriage”, and how these issues impact Catholic education. This will be an important presentation for parents and grandparents of school-aged children.  We hope to see you there!   St. Raymond’s Catholic Church, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield, VA Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 pm   Patrick Reilly is a nationally known commentator on Catholic education  and is regularly seen on EWTN News … Continue reading