Fr. De Celles’ First 2016 Advent Series Talk, “Grace: God’s Action and Our Response”, is now available on the website!

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Click here to listen the first talk in Fr. De Celles’ 2016 Advent series.

The topic of this year’s series is “Grace: God’s Gift at Christmas and Throughout the Year.”

The first talk, given Thursday, December 1, 2016 covered: “Grace: God’s Action and Our Response.”

There will be no talk next week, due to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Please join us for the final talk in Fr. De Celles Advent Series, “Hard Questions about Grace,” on Thursday, December 15th.

 

Please Join Us For A Novena Beginning October 30th For The Upcoming Election

The upcoming election is quickly approaching.  Please join us in this Novena beginning October 30th!  Go to the link at the top of this website for more details!

The prayer will be in the form of a novena — nine consecutive days of prayer — and will run from Oct. 30 to the eve of the election on Nov. 7.

The prayer is addressed to the Holy Trinity through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

Individuals, families, councils and parishes are all invited to participate.

“The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. He added: “Pope Francis has said in reference to the U.S. election that we should ‘study the proposals well, pray and choose with your conscience,’ and this novena is designed to help Catholic Americans do that.”

The text of the novena reads:

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners – on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us,that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.  Amen.

40 Days For Life- Join Us 22-23 October!

40dayslogoforwebWe are again witnessing at the Falls Church Healthcare Center at 900 S Washington Street.  
Our parish days of commitment are Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October from 7 am – 9 pm.
 
                        To those who have already signed up or been out to witness during this vigil season 
                                                  I offer my humble and profound thanks!
                                         To those who truly can not participate on the sidewalk, 
                                I thank you for participating in prayer from wherever you are.  
                                  Clearly this is a spiritual battle in which we all must engage.
You may have noticed that the sign up sheets are in the narthex.  Many hours have been filled, but there are indeed many more available for prayer warriors.  This year I have noted by color which hours the clinic is open, and which it is closed.  ALL hours are important.  As the local story (run on the National Site) below highlights, one really never knows the full impact of the peaceful, prayerful presence at any hour.  Several of our own parishioners were present for this grace filled event highlighted below.   
Feel free to sign up when others are there – there is strength in numbers.  Or feel free to bring others with you.  So many more folks might really want to participate but may be hesitant for any number of reasons.  Yet with a personal invitation  from YOU more may come!! What a gift that first invitation could really be.

FORMED!

St. Peter's Church, St. Peter MNOn October 7th we celebrate the Feastday of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  To listen to

“Praying the Rosary Like Never Before”

by Dr. Edward Sri- go to our parish wide FORMED account and listen.  This will change the way you pray the rosary.

 

Sign Up in 3 Easy Steps at www.formed.org

 

 

 

  1. Click on “register“.
  2. Enter parish code “93XXHV

and your personal email address

…then click “GO“.

Fill in the blanks…then hit “SUBMIT

 

Christ House Dinner Was A Huge Success!

Thank you for your generosity!  
Your good deeds went beyond helping us host dinner at Christ House in Alexandria last evening.
Mother Theresa’s sisters in southeast D.C., who serve 60-80 homeless men on Saturday mornings, were also beneficiaries of our “Hamburger Night” efforts!
 
A team of seven volunteers last evening, anchored by our Head Chef—Joe Adelman—
orchestrated a fabulous dinner for 57 guests at the Christ House Dining Room in Alexandria.
As Christ House currently has 16 guests in transitional housing, we also prepared 8 plates for these men to enjoy at 7 pm, after their workday.
 
Dinner teams always plan for 60 guests AND seconds for everyone, so we served up many second helpings:
* around 35 hamburgers  * about 15 corn-on-cob (halves) * 15 servings of potatoes  * many servings of coleslaw * several bowls of cubed watermelon * a few extra cookies * bananas and apples 
 
Christ House Dinner guests were so thankful and said that the meal was absolutely delicious”!
We served, prayed, sang a little (one of the guests is a former choir member at Blessed Sacrament in Alexandria), and chatted a little, and all had a great time.
 
After serving 65 guests at Christ House and offering seconds, we had food remaining: 
around 36 to 40 servings of each food dish n desert.
 
So a trio of us volunteers delivered this food to the 
Missionaries of Charity Queen of Peace Mission
on Wheeler Rd. in Southeast 
Mother Superior, Sr. Mishie, and the other sisters were sooo happy and thankful!
The Missionaries invite us to celebrate Mother Theresa’s upcoming Mass in honor of “Mother’s” canonizationat their Missionon Saturday, September 4th 
AND
Mass at the Shrine of the Basilica of The Immaculate Conception with Cardinal Wuerl on Saturday, September 11th!
A BIG THANK YOU!!!
To all who prepped all the wonderful food at St. Raymond’s kitchen—THANK YOU!
To the impromptu team of four awesome ladies who came together to wash, chop, and prep 20 lbs of potatoes—THANK YOU!!!
To the gentlemen who came to assist with everything, from washing, to cutting, to chopping, to slicing, and lifting heavy items, cooking, and helping load/unload the cars—THANK YOU!!!
To all who baked/delivered the beautiful cookies—THANK YOU!  Folks LOVED ‘em!
To all who grilled/bought 1/4 pounders—THE READY-to-GRILL patties were a SMASH hit!!!  THANK YOU!!!
To all who made/bought The BEST Coleslaw, including the “heirloom” recipes!  Everyone enjoyed it!  THANK YOU!
To all who made/brought potatoes for us to serve as oven-fried potatoes!  Savory!!!  Big HIT!  THANK YOU!
To all who delivered lettuce, pickles, tomatoesonions, cheese, condiments, and hamburger buns—THANK YOU!
St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee