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December 8, 2013

Scouting at St. Raymonds. In May of this year the Boy Scouts of America reversed its long standing policy on Scouting membership and same-sex attraction. The new policy, effective January 1, 2014, now prohibits packs and troops from denying membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” Before that May decision I had publicly stated that this change would cause me to end St. Raymond’s relationship with BSA. Since then, however, I have remained largely silent, responding to Bishop Loverde’s request that pastors refrain from any action until he gave us his formal guidance. Unfortunately, other important matters … Continue reading

Feast of the Holy Family, December 28, 2014

Christmas Midnight Mass, December 24, 2013 Homily of Pope Francis   “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1). This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we are: a people who walk, and all around us – and within us as well – there is darkness and light. In this night, as the spirit of darkness enfolds the world, there takes … Continue reading

December 29, 2013

[Note, due to Christmas, this week’s bulletin deadline was December 20.] Thanks. On behalf of the whole parish, I’d like to thank all those who have worked extra hard to make Advent and Christmas an extra special time in the parish. In particular the choir, cantors, musicians and Elisabeth Turco for all the beautiful music (very sorry y’all practiced so hard for Lessons & Carols and the snow canceled you out!). The Youth Group, especially for their work on Breakfast with Santa, all the volunteers who worked on the Senior Lunch (particularly Patty Miller). The Knights of Columbus, especially Grand … Continue reading

December 1, 2013

Advent. In the last week or so most of you receive copies of our Bishop’s (Most Rev. Paul Loverde) pastoral letter on the New Evangelization: “Go Forth with Hearts on Fire.” This couldn’t come at a more opportune time as today we begin the Season of Advent, 4 weeks preparing for the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. A time of preparing to celebrate the introduction of Christ to the world, the beginning of the proclamation of the Good News of our salvation. So Christmas is, in part, the celebration of the Original Evangelizing. So as we … Continue reading

November 24, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan. I want to begin this week by thanking all of you who contributed to last week’s second collection for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines suffering from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. I was a little concerned about surprising you with this collection, but decided to go ahead with it considering the immediate emergency need. And you responded in amazing fashion: we collected over $17,000, one of the parish’s largest second collections ever. For those of you who were unable to contribute last week we will continue to accept donations for the next few weeks, forwarding them … Continue reading

October 13, 2013

Religious Persecution. Over the last few years I have often written and preached about the rise of religious persecution, at home and abroad. And I hope you have noticed the weekly short news article in this bulletin under the caption ìChurch Persecuted.î But somehow none of this seems to be enough. As Pope Francis said recently: ìSo many Christians in the world are sufferingÖ.Am I indifferent to that, or does it affect me like itís a member of the family?… Does it touch my heart, or doesnít it really affect me, so many brothers and sisters in the family are … Continue reading

April 28, 2013

Boy Scouts of America and “Gays.” After months of taking criticism for proposing to admit active homosexuals as adult scouting leaders, volunteers, and members (boys), last week BSA announced they are changing their proposal (which still must be approved at their National Annual Meeting next month). The new proposal drops the change regarding adult homosexuals, but still provides that: “No youth may be denied membership …on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” While this at first seems like a victory for Christians, it isn’t really. What has happened here is the typical strategy that leftist-activists have been using … Continue reading

January 5, 2014

Epiphany. Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, commemorating the visit and adoration of the magi to Christ in Bethlehem. It has historically been celebrated on January 6th since at least the 3rd century, but is celebrated in the U.S. on the Sunday falling between January 2nd and January 8th (inclusive). In the Orthodox Church and many of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches it also, effectively, celebrates the birth of Our Lord, i.e., Christmas. The visit of the magi is rich in symbolic meanings for Christians, first of which is as the revealing (“epiphany”) of the Christ to the … Continue reading

Second Trail Life USA Parent Interest Meeting, Trail Life Launch Email

The St. Raymond of Penafort Trail Life USA Troop held an initial interest meeting on 16 December 2013. Despite the short notice more than ten families attended and there are more than 25 boys potentially interested in joining the new troop. To accomodate parents that were unable to attend the first interest meeting, the St. Raymond of Penafort Trail Life USA Troop will host a second information meeting for interested parents on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30 PM in the Parish Hall at St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield, VA. Trail Life USA is a Christian … Continue reading

Second Trail Life USA Parent Interest Meeting

The St. Raymond of Penafort Trail Life USA Troop held an initial interest meeting on 16 December 2013. Despite the short notice more than ten families attended and there are more than 25 boys potentially interested in joining the new troop. To accomodate parents that were unable to attend the first interest meeting, the St. Raymond of Penafort Trail Life USA Troop will host a second information meeting for interested parents on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30 PM in the Parish Hall at St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield, VA. Trail Life USA is a Christian … Continue reading