Reminder: Pro-Life Speaker on May 2

Tomorrow evening, May 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. we are honored to have with us Larry Morris, Esq., the General Counsel of The Catholic University of America (CUA). Larry is in a position to give us unique insights of the religious liberty attacks taking place on our Catholic college campuses and how CUA and other Catholic institutions are defending themselves against them. You may recognize Larry as he is also a parishioner of St. Raymond’s.

LCAC Needs Your Help

We received an Urgent request from Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC). Their Food Pantry is critically low! We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food starting immediately. They are especially in need of canned fruit, canned meat and cereal. Please drop off your donations at the church after Mass or in the rectory during office hours. We would like to refill their pantry before Easter so that the food can get to those in need before Easter Sunday.

27 Feb 2013

This is a reminder of two important events at the parish this week:

1. Wednesday February 27th there will be a “Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty” beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will be followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m. As we sadly enter the last days of the Pontificate of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI, who steps down from the Chair of Peter on Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. EST, we will offer special prayers for Pope Benedict, his successor and for the Church. If you cannot make it for Mass, consider stopping by and praying for these intentions during our regular Wednesday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 7:00 p.m. Recite the Litany of Liberty, Novena Prayers to St. Thomas More, and the Prayer For Religious Freedom.

2. Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, Father Scalia will return with the second installment of our Lenten Series on the Beatitudes. Attendance during the first week (last week) is NOT a prerequisite for attending the talk this week. Enjoy an enriching hour of spiritual guidance as we strive to live out the Beatitudes.

24 Jan 2013

Message from Father De Celles:

The U.S. Catholic bishops have announced a “Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.” As part of this call, I am inviting all St. Raymond parishioners to join me in taking part in the United States Bishops’ “Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.” This initiative involves 5 parts:

1) Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour: Every Last Wednesday of the Month we will have a Holy Hour from 6pm to 7pm, and offer special prayers for life, marriage and religious liberty. This will take place during the last hour of the currently regularly scheduled Wednesday Exposition and Adoration. The first “Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty” will take place this coming Wednesday, January 30, at 6pm.

2) Daily Rosary: All parishioners are asked to pray the Daily Rosary, either individually or as a family, for life, marriage and religious liberty.

3) Intentions at Mass: We will continue to include petitions for the protection of life, marriage and religious liberty in every Sunday’s Prayer of the Faithful, and I ask that those who attend weekday Mass keep these intentions in your prayers at those Masses.

4) Meatless Fridays: As I have often reminded you, the Lord taught his apostles that some terrible evils are conquered only through acts of penance: “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). With that in mind, and following the Bishops’ current initiative, I encourage all parishioners to abstain from meat of any kind (other than fish) on all Fridays of the year. (Of course, Catholics are required to do some form of penance every Friday of the year. Traditionally, the penance normally offered on Fridays is abstinence from meat, although most Catholics either replace it with another form of penance [which is permitted] or neglect to offer any penance at all [not permitted]. During Lent abstinence from meat is absolutely required on every Friday for all Catholics over 13 years of age. Note, however, except in Lent, failure to do Friday penance does not constitute a mortal sin).

5) This summer we will observe a Second Fortnight for Freedom in the 2 weeks before the Fourth of July, much as we did last summer.

These are just a few small things we can do to help keep up the good fight for life, marriage and religious liberty in our parish and our country. I add to this list my own continuing invitation to parishioners to join me in abstaining from meat and praying the Rosary (at least) every Wednesday as well. And while all these small efforts will be effective in their own way, they also serve as reminders that we must constantly look for new ways to promote and encourage others in the truth, always charitably, respectfully and peacefully.