Our Lord Jesus Christ – King Of The Universe

Offertory Commitment Sunday.  Last Sunday I preached on the importance of parishioners giving to our offertory collection—the source of almost all our funding in running the parish. In many ways it was a hard homily to give and to hear. Thank you all for listening so intently and patiently. During my homily I talked about the need to recognize the many gifts God has given each of us, and our need both to be grateful and to use those gifts for the good purposes God intends for them. And I asked you to spend time praying and discerning about how … Continue reading

Thirty Third Sunday In Ordinary Time

Election: Praised be Jesus Christ! Some thoughts on last Tuesday’s election. To paraphrase President Gerald Ford, our long national nightmare campaign is over. And, by the grace of God, we have avoided a new nightmare by not electing a president who would continue to press the current president’s pro-abortion, anti-religious-liberty, anti-marriage-and-family, anti-common-sense agenda, not to mention months or years of congressional and FBI investigations and possible indictment and/or impeachment. On the other hand, I pray we haven’t elected a president who will present us  with merely an alternative nightmare, building on his past examples of boorishness, marital infidelity, callous and … Continue reading

Thirty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time

Vote Like a Catholic. This Tuesday, November 8, Virginians go to the polls to elect our President, Vice-President and U.S. Representatives (and to vote on some local referenda). Sadly, many, including many Catholics, will vote for candidates who embrace abortion, “same-sex marriage,” and the undermining of religious liberty, common sense and reason. Many others will stay home and not vote at all. But as the Church teaches so clearly: “Worship pleasing to God can never be a purely private matter…: it demands a public witness to our faith…. [I]t is especially incumbent upon those who, by virtue of their social … Continue reading

Thirty First Sunday In Ordinary Time

Election and the Right to Life. I can’t wait for the current national election to be over. Please God, somehow in Your merciful will, give us the government we need. Unfortunately, as I (and, probably also, you) keep lamenting, both major candidates seem so deeply flawed. But there does seem to be one key issue—the key issue—that they differ on which may offer us some glimmer of hope in discerning our choice. That issue is abortion. As St. John Paul II once wrote: “[T]he common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right … 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

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

Twenty Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Our New Bishop. For the last 13 months I have been asking you to pray for the appointment of “a good and worthy successor” to our retiring Bishop Loverde, and I am so happy to tell you the Lord has heard our prayers. By now most of you have heard that last Tuesday, October 4, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Loverde and appointed Bishop Michael Burbidge to replace him, effective December 6, as our Bishop, the new Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington. (As you know, Bishop Loverde tendered his resignation to the Pope on September 3, 2015, … Continue reading

Twenty Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time

October: Respect Life. October is “Respect Life Month,” and there’s a lot of news to talk about. Life Chain. Today, the first Sunday of October, is “Respect Life Sunday.” To kick off this month today, Sunday, October 2, our parishioners will join thousands of Americans in the “Life Chain.” This year, as in the past, over 100 St. Raymond parishioners will join other local pro-lifers lining up on the sidewalk of Franconia Road in front of Key Middle School from 2:30 to 3:30 PM to simply stand peacefully and quietly praying, maybe holding a sign, as a public witness to … Continue reading

Twenty Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Religious Ed/CCD. Last Sunday we began this year’s CCD program and we are off to a great start. Enrollment and attendance are up, but more importantly enthusiasm seems up as well. As I greeted parents, students and teachers on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday I was struck by a palpable sense of a shared appreciation of the great good we can accomplish this year, as our children draw closer to the Lord. Now, this is only the first week, but I think it bodes well for the coming year. To all involved directly in CCD, keep up that great attitude, and … Continue reading

Twenty Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Parish Picnic Last Sunday. Thank God every year I get to say the same thing: The Lord must love us very much, because he always gives us an absolutely beautiful day for our parish picnic, and last Sunday was no exception. I think a great time was had by all—a true experience of fellowship in Christ. Thanks to all who made the picnic such a success. At the risk of leaving someone out let me thank all the folks who worked so hard, particularly the Knights of Columbus. Booklet on St. Raymond. Last week we distributed about 500 free copies … Continue reading