Thirty First Sunday In Ordinary Time

Candidate Forum. Our Candidate Forum on October 24 was well attended, with about 125 folks. They tell me this is a lot for an event like this, much larger than most. But frankly, I was really hoping to fill the hall. I’m guessing that some folks didn’t show up when they heard that one of the candidates, incumbent Delegate Kathy Tran, would not attend. I just hope it was not a sign of a lack of interest in this election, which would be a huge mistake, since this is a very important election.
In any case, thanks to candidate Steve Adragna, who did attend and answer questions for 2 hours. And thanks to all who worked so hard to make the evening a success, especially Mychele Brickner who planned and organized everything for us, to Kathy Campbell who managed the evening, to Bob Laird who did an excellent job as master of ceremonies, and to the parish staff for once again making the boss look good.

Elections Adoration. As I said above, this is a very important election. In consideration of that, we will have 24 hours of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 7pm on Monday, November 4, and closing at 7pm on Tuesday, November 5, Election Day. Our prayer intention will be for the Commonwealth of Virginia and to beg the Lord Jesus for Godly elected officials.
As always, we need folks to commit to cover all these hours, especially late-night/early-morning hours. To volunteer please either call the office or go to the sign up page on our website: straymonds.org/ElectionsAdoration/.

Different Forms of Child Abuse. Most of you have heard by now, that a couple of weeks ago the pastor of St. Andrew’s parish was removed from his ministry after confessing to having sexual contact with a minor 25 years ago. It was a sad day for the diocese, especially for many of us who know that pastor well. But the Bishop did the right thing, removing him from ministry. Even though the abuse happened only one time, and so long ago, we need to take this very seriously, not only to see justice done for the past, but to strive to assure that all of our children are always protected. We must protect our children.
It’s strange, though. I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken advocate for strictly punishing priests found guilty of abusing children, as well as the bishops who cover up for those priests. But now a friend of mine has confessed. I never would have dreamt it, having always known him to be such a good man and priest. Yet he confessed it.
So, I will pray for him, and may God have mercy on him, but get him out of ministry and let justice be meted out to him as he deserves.
A hard thing. But necessary. Because we must protect our children, especially from this kind of corruption.
But as I thought about all this over the last few days, it came to me: “if that is the case, and it is, why don’t we protect our children from others in authority who seek to harm them?”
I want you to think about this with me. What greater abuse is there than killing a child? And yet, how many people have willingly voted for men and women who tell us they think it’s a good thing to kill the youngest most innocent of children —babies, before they’re born. How is that not abuse of children!?
And another example. For the last 3 or 4 years we’ve been struggling with folks who instead of helping a boy or girl get over any confusion about their gender, they promote that transgender confusion, and even to go so far as to give them drugs or to mutilate their bodies with surgery that will only change a few outward appearances, but not the fundamental biological life-long reality that boys are boys and girls are girls. And when another child objects to sharing a locker room with a transgender member of the opposite sex, they are told that there is something wrong with them. How is all this not abuse of children!?
And yet, how many Catholics have willingly voted for men and women who support the transgender agenda in our schools?
And another example. What about officials who say parents can’t be trusted to pass on moral values, even how a family should live, not to mention how society should function. And so they develop their own “family life education” that teaches the kids “family values” that run directly contrary to what their own family actually does value, like chastity and traditional morality and marriage.
Now, some may object to me comparing pro-abortion and pro-LGBTQ politicians to people who sexually abuse children. And, honestly, I hesitate to do so. But I don’t know what else to say. What is worse, the sexual abuse of a teen, or the killing of an unborn baby? Or the mutilation of a young body, or the psychological damage done to a child by a LGBTQ activist? It’s all abuse.
Now, I will give these politicians the benefit of the doubt, assuming they are confused, and genuinely think they’re doing the right thing. We cannot not judge their hearts, but we have to protect children from their actions. Because they are STILL WRONG.
And like a bishop who covers up for an abusive priest, voters are the ones who are enabling these politicians to continue their abuse. So when I say that there is almost no way a Catholic can vote for a candidate who is pro-abortion, or pro-transgender, or pro-gay marriage, I understand that these candidates might be otherwise talented people with a lot of good ideas, just like abusive priests might otherwise be very kind and well loved by their parishioners. But FIRST, WE MUST PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.
This week Virginians go to the polls to elect state and local officials, especially our own local state delegates and 4 members of the Fairfax County Public School Board. I can’t tell you the names of people to vote for. So you have to find out before you go into the booth. There are many voter guides out there. Or ask you friends. But find out.
And resolve with me today not to stay home on election day, but to vote. And to vote to protect our children from all who would abuse them.

Wedding Assistants. We are in need of women of the parish to help coordinate weddings at St. Raymond’s. This involves helping brides plan their wedding Mass and attending the rehearsal and wedding to help make sure everything runs smoothly. Please contact Pam Rinn at 703-690-4420 or prinn@verizon.net if you are interested.

Oremus pro invicem. Fr. De Celles

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Choir and Schola. Welcome back to our Choir at 10:30 Mass. You know summer’s over when you hear the beautiful strains of choral singing showering down on us from the choir loft. I hope the choir members had a restful summer and look forward to their assistance at Mass. Also, I know they are looking to increase their numbers, so anyone with any interest in joining them is welcome and encouraged to contact Elisabeth Turco at music@straymonds.org.

Also, welcome back to our Schola at 8:45—they add so much to the solemnity and reverence of that Mass.

Fix Climate Change: Eliminate Poor Babies. At a campaign stop a week ago Democrat Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders suggested a unique way to fix Climate Change. Here is his exchange with an audience member:

Audience member: “Good evening. Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years. The planet cannot sustain this growth. I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it’s crucial to face. Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”

Sanders: “The answer is yes. And the answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions. The Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control, to me is totally absurd. I think especially in poor countries around the world where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have, it’s something I very, very strongly support.”

So, the answer to climate change is fewer poor babies, so let’s get rid of them. Satan hates mankind, and God has a particular love for the poor. Whose side is Bernie on?

More Bishops’ Scandals. Last week I had an update on the continuing scandals among the Bishops. This last week 2 more stories hit the news. First, as was widely reported, Buffalo’s Bishop Richard J. Malone was caught on tape admitting to covering up a homosexual priest’s harassment of a seminarian. According to LifeSiteNews, (Sept. 4, 2019):

“On August 2, Malone had a private conversation with his secretary Fr. Ryszard Biernat …Unbeknownst to Malone, Biernat was taping the exchange….‘We are in a true crisis situation,’ Malone told Biernat. ‘…And everyone in the office is convinced this could be the end for me as bishop. It could force me to resign if in fact they make a story…’

“In May, Boston’s 7 Eyewitness News had reported allegations that Fr. Jeff Nowak, a parish priest, had made romantic overtures to seminarian Matthew Bojanowski and even attempted to blackmail him with information heard in the confessional.

“‘I think we’re gonna blow this story up into something like an atom bomb if we start talking about that. You know?’ Malone told Biernat. ’Cause then it sounds like, it sounds like a soap opera. It sounds like a love triangle. And you know what the media can do with that.’

“‘The simple version here is we’ve got victims and we have a perpetrator, and the perpetrator is Jeff Nowak, and he’s done things that are clearly wrong, and I think he’s a sick puppy,’ the bishop said.

“….Nowak was not removed from ministry until August.”

Second, the Ted McCarrick scandal continues to unfold. According to Cruxnow.com, (Sept 5, 2019):

“A yearlong investigation by Seton Hall University confirmed that Theodore McCarrick, the laicized cardinal who had been archbishop of Newark from 1986 to 2000, had sexually harassed seminarians during his tenure as head of the archdiocese.

“‘McCarrick created a culture of fear and intimidation that supported his personal objectives. McCarrick used his position of power as then-archbishop of Newark to sexually harass seminarians,’ said the 700-word “update,” dated Aug. 27.…‘Individuals, communities and parishes across the country have been affected by former archbishop McCarrick and others who have profoundly and forever negatively altered so many lives.’

“McCarrick, as Newark archbishop, was president of the board of trustees at Seton Hall, which is sponsored by the archdiocese. The seminaries are located on the Seton Hall campus.”

Rev. Cornelius O’Brien, RIP. Last Saturday we were informed of the sad news that Fr. Cornelius O’Brien had died at his home in Ireland, at age 87. Some of you may remember him from his many post-retirement summer vacations spent with Fr. Gould at St. Raymond’s. He was a good friend of and mentor to Fr. Gould, and to so many of the priests of the Diocese, including me.

Ordained in Ireland, in 1955 he immediately came to the United States where he served as a priest of the Diocese of Alexandria, La. until 1975, when he joined the Arlington Diocese. After graduate studies at Catholic University, he taught philosophy at various colleges and seminaries in the area.

He became the first chaplain at Christendom College in Front Royal in 1977, and was assistant director of the Notre Dame Institute from 1976 to 1979. He also served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More (1975-79), St. Agnes (1979-80), and St. Lawrence (1980-83).

He was pastor of St. Timothy Church in Chantilly from 1983 to 1999, and of St. James from 1999 until his retirement in 2006.

In 1992, he was also co-founder of CREDO, an organization of priests and scholars dedicated to the proper translation of the Roman Missal, which significantly influenced the eventual retranslation of the Missal in 2011. He also co-founded of the Adoremus Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy in 1995, which still publishes the Adoremus Bulletin.

Fr. O’Brien was one of the most brilliant and erudite men I’ve ever met. He was an expert in philosophy, especially Aquinas, and could talk at length about subjects from Shakespeare, to construction, to sheep farming. I always thought he would have been a great Shakespearean actor if he hadn’t gone into the priesthood. His rich deep voice and his eloquence in speech reminded me of an intellectual Peter O’Toole. All this combined to make him one of the best preachers, both in content and in delivery, I’ve ever heard in my life.

I was honored to serve with him twice, first as a seminarian at St. Timothy’s, and later as his last vicar before he retired from St. James. He was very kind, supportive and encouraging to me, and I was truly saddened when he announced he was retiring and moving back to County Cork, to live with his dear sisters in the “wee hoos” he had helped construct during his annual month-long summer vacations.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace.

Oremus pro invicem. Fr. De Celles

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Back to School. Most of our kids are going back to school this week, so we need to keep them in prayer. Pray especially for the kids in public schools, schools which do not share many of our values and so often teach that our Catholic values are wrong, or even hateful.
Parents, remember to keep a watchful eye on what your kids are learning: do not abandon your precious children to strangers. Ask them what they’re learning, look at their assignments, participate in parent-teacher meetings. Remember to constantly reinforce Catholic values and teachings, especially be aware of the subtle ways some teachers can try to undermine them: e.g. the English paper about the “injustices against transgenderism.” But also, be supportive of good teachers and administrators who are trying to live their Christian faith in the schools.
For those of you in Fairfax County Public Schools, remember to “OPT OUT” of Family Life Education (FLE). You will find a link to this and other important forms on our website. As Bishop Burbidge wrote last year:
“As a community committed to proclaiming the truth about human life, dignity and sexuality, the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Arlington will continue its efforts to educate the public regarding the content of the FLE curriculum and encourage parents to exercise their God-given right to ‘opt-out’ their children from those lessons that distort the truth and are morally offensive.”
And remember to sign your kids up for CCD/Religious Education, and make sure you and they take this seriously. This is the most important school they will attend—learning about God, and how to live just lives, and how to get to heaven! Call to register today, or signup online at straymonds.org!
To “Kids.” I hope and pray that all of you “kids” have a wonderful year of growing in knowledge and wisdom. Apply yourself to your schoolwork, and to a reasonable amount of extracurricular activities, and strive to reach your God-given potential as best you can. But remember that as important as grades and victories, etc., are, it is even more important simply to learn. And to learn not just what’s in the books, but to learn how to think, using reason and good judgment. Always respect authority, but remember not to accept everything on face value, even if it might be written in a book or even taught by a nice teacher. Most especially, respect the authority of your parents, and the authority of Christ and His Church. I’m sorry to say, sometimes people (teachers, coaches, friends) with all good intentions, will tell you things that are just not right. Make sure you talk to your parents about what you’re learning in school, and what the people at school are doing and saying. God created us to live and learn first and foremost in the family, and our parents are our primary teachers. The family is the house of love: your parents love you more than any teacher or friend (as good as they are) could ever dream of—and Jesus loves you even more!

Remember what was said of our Lord when He was a 12-year-old: “Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.” It’s not just about academics or sports: really growing requires advancing in wisdom and grace, becoming the great men and women God created you to be. So, let this be year of staying close to Christ and growing in holiness and your Catholic faith. Do good, and avoid all that is evil. Pray, and know that Jesus wants to give you all the grace you need. And have a great school year!

Name Calling. When I was a child my parents taught me the saying, “sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” This doesn’t mean so much that it’s impossible for name-calling to ever hurt us, but rather that name-calling never really should hurt us. What do I care if someone is mean enough to use words to try to hurt me—why let them hurt me? if someone threw a punch at me, I would dodge it or block it—I wouldn’t let them connect. So why is it that if someone calls us hurtful names, more and more nowadays it seems we go out of our way to insist on being hurt by them?
This is especially the case when such words are thrown around in emotional fits of anger that often express merely the name-caller’s frustration, and not their true feelings about the other person. So, you get in an argument with your spouse, and they call you some ugly name—but they don’t mean it; they just mean, “I’m really frustrated with you right now.” So let’s not allow words to hurt us, especially when they clearly don’t mean what is said.
On the other hand, let’s be careful about calling other people names. Jesus tells us, “Anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell” (Mt. 5:22). I understand that sometimes we have to use strong language to make your point, to be heard, so to speak (Jesus Himself did this, calling the Pharisees “vipers,” etc.). But sometimes strong language, especially name-calling, can have the opposite effect: it closes off all further communications.
Right now our country is very divided over many issues. I don’t know how to solve this (except everyone convert to following Christ and living in true charity with each other). But the solution to these divisions definitely does not involve name-calling or cutting off communication.
Now, sometimes name-calling isn’t done so much in anger, as it is an effort to identify a problem. For example, if someone is being a bigot, perhaps calling them a “bigot” draws attention to a real problem. But we have to be so careful here not to rush to rash judgments and find people guilty of wrongdoing (e.g., bigotry) without a due consideration, including considering the other person’s true perspective. For example, John may tell Mary that her behavior is wrong, even bad for Mary herself. But Mary might think, through rash judgment, that what John is doing is hating her/Mary, when in fact John loves Mary. Maybe John is wrong, but not out of hate. So Mary should not call John a “hater”—because that just hardens both of their hearts to each other.
Today we throw around words like “hater” and “bigot” and “racist” as if they were no more hurtful or uncalled for than saying someone is tall or short. If someone calls us a name like this, let’s not let it hurt us. But let’s also not be calling people names like this, or at least be very careful in doing so. Maybe, they can help identify a problem and facilitate solutions, but often we just use them simply to hurt someone, to vent frustration, or out of rash judgment.

Oremus pro invicem. Fr. De Celles

TEXT: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 4, 2019

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 4, 2019

Homily by Fr. John De Celles

St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church

Springfield, VA

 

A few weeks back you may have heard about the sad situation

in our neighboring diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia,

as an investigation determined that their former Bishop, Michael Bransfield,

was guilty of years of sexual misconduct,

massive financial mismanagement,

and lavish spending of church money.

 

What might Jesus have to say to Bransfield today,

and to all bishops and priests?

Maybe,

“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich,

one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

 

Of course this passage from today’s gospel,

as well as the related texts in today’s 1st and 2nd readings,

applies to all of us,

but in a particular way it must apply to bishops and priests,

who are given a most precious gift in their ordination,

and in that gift are, as Jesus says today, “rich in what matters to God.”

Now, this doesn’t mean that the man who is a priest is himself necessarily holy,

as we see in too many cases, as with Bransfield, that is not the case.

But the gift of priesthood itself is holy, no matter what.

And while a priest’s sins do insult the gift of priesthood,

they do not take away from the gift itself:

a sinful priest still can offer a valid Mass, and forgive sins.

 

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Even so, a priest should do everything he can to be worthy of this immense gift

and to worthily share it with the whole Church.

 

Of course, this is necessary for the good of his own soul

–remember the servant who buried the talent given to him,

of whom the Master said:

“cast this worthless servant into the outer darkness…”

Or as St. John Chrysostom put it so succinctly in the 4th century:

“hell is paved with the skulls of [bad] priests.”

 

But more important than that,

since the priesthood is meant not for the priest’s good,

but for the benefit of the whole Church,

the priest must strive for personal holiness for the good of the Church.

 

Think about it.

A priest is called to confect the Eucharist, to give the Body and Blood of Christ

to his people, and to forgive sins and administer all the sacraments.

But he’s also called to teach about the life of Christ the Eucharist brings to us.

And as Pope Paul VI once wrote:

“modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers…”

And so, the priest is called to be a witness to Christ by leading a holy life,

and so instruct and encourage others to be holy in their own lives.

 

And a holy priest is open to the fullness of the graces God has in store for him.

For example, by the power of the sacrament any priest, even a terrible man,

can forgive sins in confessional,

but holy priest will also be guided by the Lord

to know what to say to aid and convert the penitent.

He will be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit

in preaching, teaching, counseling and consoling His people.

 

And finally, a holy priest offers more efficacious prayer for his people.

St. James writes in Scripture:

“The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.”

Imagine a truly holy priest, a saintly priest,

standing at the altar with the Body of Christ in his hands

—what greater human prayer could there be in the world?

 

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One of the great examples of this sort of priest

is a saint whose feast we normally celebrate today, August 4,

although not this year not liturgically, since it’s Sunday, the Lord’s Day.

The priest who is the patron saint of parish priests, and of all priests,

known to many as the “Curé of Ars,” St. Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney.

 

John Vianney was born in 1786, into a family of devout Catholic farmers

in small town near Lyon, France.

When he was only 4 years old the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror

began to wreak havoc on the Church in France,

executing, imprisoning or deporting tens of thousands of priests and religious.

During those years of persecution many faithful priests went underground,

and pious families gave them shelter, including the Vianney family.

 

It’s no wonder that young John, inspired by these holy and courageous priests,

fixed his sights as a child on following them into the priesthood,

so that when the persecution finally ebbed,

by God’s grace he was ordained a priest at the age of 29.

And 3 years later was named the pastor, or “curé,” of the tiny hamlet of Ars.

 

Ars had never recovered from the revolution

and Catholicism and morals were in shambles:

very few people went to Sunday Mass,

and in a town of only 230 souls there were 4 taverns.

But the new curé was determined to change this,

as he told a young boy on the road who helped him find his way:

“You have shown me the way to Ars,

I will show you the way to heaven.”

 

He began small, but with great zeal.

He spent his own salary to repair his church

and buy beautiful vestments and vessels

for more fitting worship of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

He visited his parishioners, especially the sick.

He preached and taught catechism regularly.

He spent long hours in the church,

praying and waiting for his people to come to confession.

And he celebrated Holy Mass with profound reverence

—nothing was more important to him.

As he would say:

“All good works, taken together, do not equal the sacrifice of the Mass,

since they are human works, while the Holy Mass is the work of God”.

 

Eventually, witnessing his personal holy example and unrestrained love for Jesus,

people started to come, at first from Ars, and then from all over France.

It’s estimated that by 1855, his 27th year in Ars,

nearly 20,000 pilgrims would come to Ars annually

to see this simple priest.

 

Well, not so simple.

Reports soon spread of his miraculous healings

of the sick, the deaf, the blind and the lame.

Word spread of the regular vicious attacks he endured from the devil,

who would sometimes physically assault him at night.

But the most phenomenal reports came

with regard to his ability to read souls in confession:

as he would often remind penitents, in great detail,

of sins that they had neglected to confess.

 

All these, of course, were special graces from God,

but they came to St. John because he had made himself

completely open to them.

In short they came because he was a truly, deeply, HOLY priest:

 

But while those things tended to attract the crowds,

it was something much simpler that led them to actual conversion:

the example of holiness that exuded from St. John.

His love for his for Jesus and his people was manifest in every word and action,

His example of purest chastity led many a sinner to purity,

as they would say “he radiated chastity.”

His poverty of life and sacrifices showed them how to give all for God:

he gave literally everything he had to his parish or to the poor;

he would fast constantly,

eating only one daily meal of cold potato soup, if that;

he would sleep only 2 or 3 hours a night

so he would have time to keep his heavy schedule,

especially his 12 to 18 hour days in the confessional.

And his humility was a hallmark of his life:

once, early on, the neighboring priests signed a petition to his bishop

demanding the Cure of Ars be removed for his incompetence;

but the bishop rejected it when he saw that the last signature on the letter

was that of the humble John Vianney himself.

 

But all who knew him would say all this came from and led back to

his love and devotion to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

His poverty of spirit showed in the torn cassock he wore constantly,

but covered during Mass with beautiful vestments, for the glory of God.

His love for his people was evident as he tenderly called them

to receive our Lord in Holy Communion:

“The soul hungers for God, and nothing but God can satiate it.”

His chastity shown like a beacon, as they said:

“He gazed upon the Host with immense love”

showing them his single-hearted desire for God alone.

His self sacrifice for his people,

shown through when ever he would offer Mass so devoutly:

“What a good thing it is” he would say

“for a priest each morning to offer himself to God in sacrifice!”.

And his humility was nowhere more evident

than in the presence of his Eucharistic Lord:

“I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle” he wrote

“like a dog at the foot of his Master.”

 

This is the example of holy priesthood that Holy Mother Church holds out

to all priests, including bishops.

But also to you, as She reminds you not to be discouraged by bad priests,

but to praise God for the gift of the priesthood, and for good priests.

And to demand that all priests and bishops at least strive to understand this.

And to pray for your priests that they be open

to the fullness of the graces of the priesthood.

 

For in spite of all the scandals, we must remember, the greatness of the gift.

As the Holy Curé of Ars saw it so clearly and wrote:

“O, how great is the priest! …”

“Only in heaven will he fully realize what he is”

“Were we to fully realize what a priest is on earth, we would die:

not of fright, but of love…”

 

These are no words of vanity or exaggerated self-importance,

but words from the humblest of men,

who was overwhelmed with awe for the sacrament and its responsibilities.

As St. John would say:

“The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you”.

 

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It was a year ago yesterday that I first preached about the scandal

of now-former cardinal McCarrick.

And now we have the Bransfield scandal, and I know there are more to come.

 

All this can lead us to great discouragement, both priests and laity alike.

But then we remember that Jesus knew

there would always be weak and sinful bishops and priests

like Judas in the beginning,

and McCarrick and Bransfield and their friends today.

And so Jesus gave us bishops and priests like St. John the Apostle,

who stood faithfully at the Cross,

and his namesake, St. John Vianney, who stood faithfully in Ars.

 

And we remember that for all the truly evil bishops and priests,

we also know so many priests who sincerely strive

to imitate the truly holy priests, like those two Saint Johns.

 

So, we must not be discouraged, but re-invigorated.

 

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As we now move more deeply into the mystery of this Holy Mass,

let us recognize the incredible gift that the priesthood is to us.

And recognize the abuses of that gift.

But also thank God for the gift,

and for the good priests who accept and embrace that gift for all its glory.

And pray for those priests, and all priests,

that they may always strive to imitate the many great and holy priests

that have come before them,

especially their patron, St. Jean-Marie Vianney.

 

And pray that all of us, laity, priests and bishops,

may “Take care to guard against all greed” and lust,

and strive to be “rich in what matters to God.”

MODIFIED MASS SCHEDULE: July 16 – July 23

MODIFIED Mass Schedule

Tuesday, July 16th through  Tuesday, July 23rd   

 

Tuesday, July 16th through Friday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 16th – 6:30am Mass ONLY

Wednesday, July 17th – 8am Mass and 7pm Mass

Thursday, July 18th – 6:30am Mass ONLY

Friday, July 19th – 8am Mass  and 7pm EFM Latin Mass

 

Saturday and Sunday – Regular Mass Schedule

Sunday Confessions on July 21st are cancelled

 

Monday, July 22nd through Tuesday, July 23rd  

Monday, July 22nd – 8am Mass ONLY

Tuesday, July 23rd – 6:30am Mass ONLY