TEXT: Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 8, 2017

Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord January 8, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   The very first verses of the Bible, in Chapter 1 of Genesis, tell us: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…. Then … God said: Let there be light, and there was light.” Think about this: “God said…and there was light” God’s mere word brought forth light.   Eons later, drawing on this opening passage of Genesis St. John the Apostle tells us in the opening passage of his gospel, that we … Continue reading

TEXT: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1, 2017

Solemnity of the Mary, the Holy Mother of God January 1, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Last night at the stroke of midnight the whole world celebrated the passing of the year 2016 and the start of the year 2017. 2,016 years have passed, but 2,016 years since what? Or 2016 years of what? It’s amazing to watch TV or the internet and see people around world celebrating – especially since so many had no clue what they were celebrating. Because the celebration only has meaning when we remember … Continue reading

TEXT: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas, December 25, 2016

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas December 25, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Merry Christmas! What a great day. So many wonderful things going on —the family, the food, the gifts, so many things. But of course, one of the things that makes it different from every other day is all the great memories of Christmases past that make this day seem bigger than life.   I’m sure all of you have those memories. I know I do. Memories of my childhood Christmases with my Mom and … Continue reading

TEXT: 4th Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016

4th Sunday of Advent December 18, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   These last four Sundays we’ve lit a candle to count down the passing of the Advent season, each candle reminding us that the celebration of the birth of the Savior of the world was coming that much closer. Today, we enter the final week of preparation before the celebration begins. It’s a celebration we mark spiritually by recalling the events of that wondrous night when the world was changed forever. We place ourselves in the presence of the … Continue reading

TEXT: 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent December 11, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   This time of year life gets pretty hectic –on top of the regular year-end busy-ness at work and school, we have the ultimate craziness of what the secular world calls “the Holiday” season: everyone running around shopping or decorating, or planning trips, or visiting family and friends. There’s a lot going on, but even in the midst of the craziness, there is a certain air of joy, because most of what’s going on goes on in an atmosphere … Continue reading