Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Jerry Daly’s Birthday. He’s going to be mad at me for doing this, but be sure to wish Fr. Daly a slightly belated blessed and happy birthday, as he turned…. a year older… this last Friday, July 21. For those of you who are new to our parish, Fr. Daly is a retired priest of the Diocese who is neither in residence or assigned here, but is a big help to us by offering Masses and hearing confessions, especially every Sunday. He was a late vocation, not being ordained a priest until he was in his fifties. Before that … Continue reading

TEXT: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 16, 2017

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA God has given us many wonderful gifts: family, health, education, even life itself. But to really enjoy these gifts to their fullness, we first have to know that we have them, and then understand what they are and how they work. And so Our Lord gives us one of His greatest gifts, as He tells us today in the Gospel: “knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been [given] to you!” This gift of knowledge … Continue reading

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tabernacle Issues. You may have noticed something different about the tabernacle last Sunday and this last week. After last Saturday’s Vigil Mass, the key got stuck in the tabernacle lock, which meant we could also not open the tabernacle. Of course, this was a huge problem, since the Eucharist, Our Lord, was inside. Fortunately, parishioner Mark Maurer, our locksmith (owner of Suburban Safe & Lock Service, Inc.), rushed right over, and, after a lengthy struggle which required us to pull the tabernacle out of the high altar (no small feat as it weighs several hundred pounds), he was able to … Continue reading

TEXT: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 9, 2017

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 9, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Last Tuesday our nation celebrated 241 years of freedom. As Catholics it is especially right for us to celebrate that freedom, since we believe that God created us in the beginning to live in freedom: in a very real way we are not fully human if we are not free. And yet as we celebrate freedom, particularly in the context of freedom from the yoke of a foreign King, we hear Christ telling us that in order … Continue reading

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nota bene: Our Bulletin company’s deadline requires that I submit this column on Friday, June 30, so …   REFLECTIONS ON SEVEN YEARS. On Friday, July 7th, I will begin my eighth year here at St. Raymond’s. In so many ways seven years seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, and yet in other ways it has been a long haul. There have been many, many joys along the way, but a few struggles as well. I was struck by  all this recently as I’ve thought and prayed about a particular personal sadness I’ve felt lately in … Continue reading

TEXT: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 2, 2017

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 2, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   This Tuesday is the 4th of July, when we Americans celebrate our independence from Great Britain in 1776. But really, we celebrate much more than this: we celebrate the birth of our nation, a nation that was, as Abraham Lincoln once famously said, “conceived in Liberty.”   Liberty—it is a glorious thing. And since its founding “America” has been a brightly shining light of “liberty” and rightly so. But, if we’re honest with ourselves, even the most … Continue reading

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

4th of July, Fortnight for Freedom, and Supreme Court Victory. We continue our prayers for religious liberty this weekend, and conclude the Fortnight this Tuesday, the 4th of July, with Mass at 10am, followed by special prayers for religious liberty. Thanks for all who have participated in the Fortnight so far, and please join us on the 4th. As we celebrate the liberty proclaimed in 1776, and pray for God’s preservation of that liberty, we also celebrate a new victory in our defense of religious liberty. Last week in a 7 to 2 decision the Supreme Court held it unconstitutional … Continue reading