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

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 11, 2001. Today we remember the infamous day when our nation was attacked by Islamist Terrorists, killing 3,000 innocent people and injuring more than 6,000 others. We remember our beloved and honored dead from that day, and pray for their souls. And we remember the courage of those who came to the aid of those trapped in the wreckage of the Pentagon and the Twin Towers, and of course the brave souls who took down the fourth plane over rural Pennsylvania rather than letting it proceed to a fourth target in Washington. Let us pray for those who died, … Continue reading

Twenty Third Sunday In Ordinary Time

Labor Day, End of Summer. This weekend our nation celebrates “Labor Day.” For some, this weekend is merely the end of Summer. But for many Americans it’s a celebration of the hard work of so many Americans that has made our nation so successful in so many ways. We should rightly celebrate this, as “work” is one of the original gifts given to Man by God, as He gave Adam and Eve dominion (“lordship”) over all the earth and commanded them: “fill the earth and subdue it.” That “subduing” of the earth is the work/labor of Man, who was created … Continue reading

Twenty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time

“Gender” Wars. A lot of news this week on the continuing assault against women and children, liberty and common sense by “gender” ideologues.   August 17 Meeting. A huge crowd of 270, mostly concerned parents, attended the hastily called meeting on Wednesday the 17th, at which attorney Mary McAlister of “Liberty Counsel” spoke about the rights of parents to resist the Fairfax County Public School Board’s efforts to impose its abusive transgender policy on our children. I was amazed because we only scheduled the meeting one week before and struggled to get the word out. The large attendance was particularly … Continue reading