Good Friday

Good Friday is a day of both fasting and abstinence.  Failure to “substantially” keep these penances is grave matter (e.g., potentially a mortal sin).  The law of abstinence requires that no meat may be eaten on this day, and binds all Catholics who are 14 years old or older.  No other penance may be substituted.  The law of fasting binds those who are between the ages of 18-59.  The Church defines “fasting,” for this purpose, as having only one full meal a day, with two aditional smaller meals permitted, but only as necessary to keep up strength and so small that if added together they would not equal a full meal.  Snacking is forbidden, but that does not include drinks that are not of the nature of a meal.  Even though these rules do not bind all age groups, all are encouraged to follow them to the extent possible.  Children in particular learn the importance of penance from following the practice of their older family members.  The sick, pregnant or nursing mothers, and other folks with special physical circumstances may be partially or totally exempt from these rules- use good judgement and take care of yourself.

St. Raymond Policy for Weather Closings

St. Raymond Policy for Weather Closings

In the event of Weather or Emergency closings, St. Raymond’s Parish will follow Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) decisions on closings and cancellations. This information is normally available on radio (e.g., WTOP) and TV, and on the FCPS website ( In short, if FCPS cancels “all activities,” so does the Parish: no parish office hours, no CCD classes, no prayer meetings, no privately scheduled meetings with a priest, no Knights of Columbus, no Soup Suppers, etc…., nothing.

There are only three exceptions to this policy:

1) regularly scheduled Masses will never be cancelled, 2) meetings of very small groups that receive the pastor’s personal permission, in which case members will be notified of the exception personally by their group leader, and 3) if the FCPS cancels all activities but keeps their administrative offices open, the parish offices will be open, to the extent possible and safe.


Confessions are available every day during Lent.  The schedule is:


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:

February 19 – March 20: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

March 23 – April 1: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays……6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Saturdays……   Mornings: 8:30 – 8:50 a.m., and after 9:00 a.m. Mass

Afternoons: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sundays………..1/2 hour prior to 8:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Masses

(Sunday Confessions should end when Mass begins)

AAA Women For Choice Formula, Diaper and Car Seat Drive

Formula, Diaper, and Car Seat Drive-

Eagle Scout Project


Pickup Dates: March 7&8 and 14&15

  • Benefitting A-A-A Women for Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center in Manassas
  • Provides Direct Relief to Mothers and their Children in difficult pregnancies
  • Every donation makes a difference!



  • Must be newer than 5 years old
  • Good Condition
    • Infant (up to 20 pounds)
    • Toddler (20 pounds to 40 or 80 pounds)
    • Booster (Over 40 pounds)


  • For newborn infants
  • Sizes 1,2,3,4,5


  • All kinds are graciously accepted

Project by Max Gelbach, Life Scout

Troop 4673 Springfield, Virginia

St Patricks Day Dinner March 14th at 6:30 PM

St. John Bosco Knights of Columbus Council #12846

Invite you to a night of food, song, and dance at

St. Raymond of Peñafort’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance

Saturday March 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Traditional Music by The Cardinal Rovers and

Irish Dancing by The Boyle School of Irish Dance

Traditional Irish Dinner

Corned beef & cabbage – potatoes & carrots – Irish Soda Bread

Children’s Buffet

Irish dogs – fresh carrot sticks – apple sauce/pudding


St. Joseph cream puffs – cake – cookies – brownies


Adults: $12; Children (12 & under) $5; Families (parents & children): $45

Sold after all Masses Feb 28/Mar 1, Mar 7/8, & at the door

For more information e-mail:

First Sunday of Lent Column

WEDNESDAY LENTEN SERIES. Please join us for this year’s Lenten Series every Wednesday evening during Lent, beginning this Wednesday, February 25th . We are honored this year to have as our speaker Fr. Paul deLadurantaye, STD, Secretary for Religious Education and the Sacred Liturgy for the Diocese. His topic will be the virtues: “Habits of the Mind and Heart: A Virtuous Journey in Lent.”


BEHEADING OF CHRISTIANS. This last week Islamist terrorists released a video of their beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. Our government refuses to recognize these radical Muslim terrorists are driven by extreme religious motives. Pope Francis sees things a little more clearly. Last Monday, he made the following statement:

“Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!”. They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians… The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. As we recall these brothers and sisters who died only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage each other to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood. The martyrs belong to all Christians.”


GOOD CONFESSION. One of the most important things you can do during Lent is make a good confession, so I am republishing the following, which has been helpful to many of you in prior years….

How do we make a “good confession”? We begin by prayerfully, and with honesty and humility, looking at our lives to recognize the sins we’ve committed since our last confession, i.e., “an examination of conscience.” In particular we need to look for mortal sins, i.e., sins that involve all three of the following criteria: 1) grave matter, 2) full knowledge of the sinful character of the act, and 3) complete consent. If any one of these is lacking it is not a “mortal sin,” but may be a “venial sin.”

“Grave matter” means the act involves some very serious moral evil, found either in 1) the act itself or 2) the intention behind the act. Grave matter can be difficult to identify, but not always. Clear examples of grave matter include (but are not limited to): violence (in word or deed) against parents; children disobeying parents in a serious matter; neglect of elderly parents (in serious need); serious parental neglect or abuse of their children (including neglecting proper formation in the Catholic faith or unnecessary postponement of the sacraments, especially baptism); murder; abortion; euthanasia; drunkenness; denying just assistance to family members; abandoning a spouse or children; remarriage after a divorce (without annulment); sexual activity before or outside of marriage; viewing pornography; masturbation; contraception; direct intentional sterilization (e.g., vasectomies, tubal ligations); theft of valuable items; unjustly and seriously damaging reputations; lying about important matters; perjury; cursing someone using God’s name; “dabbling” in the occult or witchcraft; willful dissent from Church doctrine; serious and unjust infringements on religious liberty; serious and unjust discrimination; missing Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day; receiving Holy Communion unworthily; direct material cooperation in another’s mortal sin; directly leading another into mortal sin.

Note that there are many “guides” available to help with your examination of conscience, either in pamphlet form, online or as “apps” for smart phones. [Next week I will republish my own guide.]

Also, in confession you must distinguish the “kind” of mortal sin committed: be clear about what the sin was, but avoid graphic or long explanations. So it is not enough to say “I had bad thoughts,” rather one should say (e.g.) “I had lustful thoughts,” etc.. You must also give the number of times you committed particular mortal sins. Sometimes this is difficult to remember, in which case, give some idea of the frequency/number; e.g., “at least once a month for several years,” etc..

Besides mortal sins, we should also consider venial sins, especially any vices (sinful habits) or other venial sins that are particularly problematic.


A Guide for the Penitent in Confession.

You may go to Confession kneeling or sitting, anonymously behind-a-screen or “face-to-face”—these are usually your options, although the priest has the right to require anonymous confession.


After greeting the priest, you begin by making the sign of the cross saying:

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

The priest may invite you to confess your sins; if he remains silent continue, saying these or similar words:

“Bless me father, for I have sinned. It’s been [number of days, weeks, months, years] since my last confession.”

It is then helpful to reveal your “state in life”: e.g., “I am a married man,” etc…

Then say: “These are my sins.”

List by number and kind all mortal sins you have recollected in your examination of conscience.

You may also describe the types of venial sins you have committed, and list any which are of particular concern to you.

Close with these or similar words:

For these sins, and all my sins, I am truly sorry.”

The priest may ask you some questions to understand your situation better. He may also give you advice.

The priest then gives you a “penance” to perform. If you know you can’t fulfill his penance, tell him so he can give you another penance; (sometimes you don’t know the particular prayer, or you have limitations due to physical impediment).

You then make an Act of Contrition, in these or similar words:

“Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishment; but most of all because I have offended thee, My God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.”

Either during or immediately after your prayer the priest will say the prayer of absolution which concludes with the words (as he makes the sign of the cross):

“I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

You make the sign of the cross + and respond: Amen.

The priest then says a dismissal to which you respond:

Priest: “Go in peace.

You respond:Thanks be to God.”

He may also add:

Priest:Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.”

You respond:His mercy endures forever.

As you are leaving the confessional it is polite to say, “Thank you, Father.” Leave the confessional and do your penance as soon as possible, immediately in church in if you can.


Oremus pro invicem. Fr. De Celles


Lenten Schedule is Now Posted Under Worship Schedule Tab



Ash Wednesday Masses February 18th (a day of mandatory fasting and abstinence)

6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., Noon, and 7:00 p.m.

                   (Note: There are no Confessions on Ash Wednesday)


Weekday Masses (Monday – Friday) ……..6:30 a.m. & 8:00 a.m.

Wednesdays …………. 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays………….. 9:00 a.m.


EFM Mass        First & Third Fridays of every month at 7:00 p.m.



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:

February 19 – March 20: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

March 23 – April 1: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays……6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Saturdays……   Mornings: 8:30 – 8:50 a.m., and after 9:00 a.m. Mass

Afternoons: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sundays………..1/2 hour prior to 8:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Masses

(Sunday Confessions should end when Mass begins)


Stations of the Cross

Fridays (February 20 – March 27)      6:30 p.m.

                        Living Stations of the Cross…… Palm Sunday, March 29

                                                                                                        following the 5 p.m. Mass



Every Wednesday (except Ash Wednesday) 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Every Friday (except Good Friday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty: February 25th & March 25th (last Wednesday of the month)   6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Private Viewing -Sunday February 22nd

At Kingstowne Theaters of

“The Passion of the Christ”

3:00 – 5:15 p.m.

(Contact Parish office for Tickets)


Lenten Series

Wednesdays (February 25 – March 25) 7:30 p.m.

Fr. Paul deLadurantaye will give a series of talks on

“Habits of the Mind and Heart: A Virtuous Journey in Lent”


Soup Suppers

                        Fridays (February 20 – March 27) ………..5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Palm Sunday, March 29th

Blessing of the Palms at all Masses

Procession at 8:45 a.m. Mass

Living Stations following 5:00 p.m.

(Last year’s palms may be left in the boxes in the church for proper disposal.)


(Please see reverse side for Holy Week Schedule)


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE, March 30-April 5




Holy Thursday, April 2nd

No Masses during the day at St. Raymond’s

(10:30 a.m. Chrism Mass at St. Thomas More Cathedral)

No Confessions on Holy Thursday

7:00 p.m. “Mass of the Lord’s Supper”

  • This Mass includes the ritual “Washing of Feet”
  • After Mass, Night Watch is kept until Midnight in the Parish Hall




Good Friday, April 3rd (a day of mandatory fasting and abstinence)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. …Confessions

            3:00 p.m………..………. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Veneration of the Cross & Communion Service)

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.…………Confessions

7:00 p.m. ………..….……Stations of the Cross

7:30 p.m.………..………..Confessions (until the line runs out)




Holy Saturday, April 4th (a day of voluntary fasting and abstinence)

12:00 p.m.……………….. Blessing of the Easter Baskets

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.……..Confessions

8:30 p.m. ……………….…Easter Vigil Mass





Normal Sunday Mass Times except no 5:00 p.m. Mass











Saturday, April 11th


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Easter Egg Hunt

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Senior Luncheon