Ash Wednesday Is March 1st.

Ash Wednesday is March 1st and is a mandatory day of fasting and abstinence.  Our Mass schedule is 6:30 am, 8 am, Noon, 5 pm and 7 pm. There are no Confessions and no Adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist on Ash Wednesday.  

Lenten Schedule Now Available!

To view our 2017 Lenten Season Schedule go to top of website and click on “Lenten Schedule” or to view or print this schedule – go to Worship Schedule half way down this page on the right and click on “Mass and Confession Schedule” to view Lenten Schedule.

TEXT: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 19, 2017

7th  Sunday in Ordinary Time February 19, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA     In today’s Gospel Jesus makes one of the most radically challenging demands in Scripture: ” I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” If we’re honest with ourselves, this passage should be very intimidating.   It’s intimidating, first of all,  because it seems oxymoronic to say “love your enemies.” Plus, it seems an impossible task, because sometimes it seems we’re surrounded by enemies who really don’t care if we love … Continue reading

TEXT: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 12, 2017

6th  Sunday in Ordinary Time February 12, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, a day when the world celebrates lovers. So let’s talk about love today. But not “love” the way the world thinks of it, but love the way it truly is: love the way God thinks of it.   In today’s Gospel we find Jesus continuing the same Sermon on the Mount that we’ve been reading for the last 2 Sundays. Today Jesus is talking specifically about the commandments. Now, many people view the … Continue reading

Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time

Two Retreats. Spiritual retreats can be so important in helping us draw closer to Christ, and refocusing our lives on Him. That’s why Canon Law requires that all the priests in the Church must go on a five day retreat every year. In our Diocese, every other year, the priests go on one of 3 retreats sponsored by the Diocese, led by “retreat masters” chosen by the Bishop. The week before last I was on such a retreat with one-third of the priests of the Diocese, with Bishop Michael Barber (of Oakland, CA) as retreat master. ​The idea of a … Continue reading

Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Since I write this from my retreat (on Wednesday, Feb. 8), I’m supposed to be praying, so it’s going to be a very brief column. First Confessions. Last Saturday about 70 of our Second Graders went to confession for the first time. What a great gift God gives us in this sacrament. And what a joy to be able, as a priest, to share this gift with these little ones. I’m confident that none of us think any one of them was in absolute need of the sacramental absolution (i.e., in the state of mortal sin), even so, we all … Continue reading