There will be a rehearsal for Candidates and Sponsors on Tuesday, May 12th. If you have any questions, please contact the Religious Education Office at 703-440-0538.
There will be a rehearsal for this event on Thursday, April 30th. If you have any questions, please contact the Religious Education Office at 703-440-0538.
The Knights of Columbus are hosting an Italian Dinner in the Parish Hall
Saturday, 25 April beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are on sale in the Narthex after this weekend’s Masses. For more information or if you would like to assist with this wonderful evening, please email email@example.com.
The Senior Luncheon is this Saturday, April 11th from 12-2pm. All Seniors are welcome and bring a friend. Please RSVP. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 703-440-0535.
Our church parking lot is not large enough to accommodate all parishioners and their guests. Limited street parking is available, but can cause concern for our neighbors. One option available to you involves parking in the commuter lot at Gambrill Road and Fairfax County Parkway, where you can take advantage of carpooling. Please consider this during Holy Week. The Fairfax County Police will be monitoring the yellow striped “No Parking” zones in the parking lot. and tickets will be issued if violations occur. Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not park where you may block driveways. Infractions will be ticketed and may possibly mean towing as well.
Please note: there are no confessions during Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday. For a complete schedule go to our complete Holy Week Mass and Confession Schedule at http://straymonds.org/sacraments/mass-confession-and-exposition-times/
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.
To view or print new schedule for March, go to Ministries and Groups and click on Lector tab.
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 (http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml). 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)