Seeing the violence in Charlottesville was saddening and disheartening. The more we read about the demonstration of racism, bigotry and self-proclaimed superiority made it seem as though we were living in a different time. So much progress has been made since the Civil Rights Movement. And yet, there are some who cling to misguided and evil beliefs about what makes American unique and remarkable.

Any discussion of this sensitive topic must begin by condemning all forms of bigotry and hatred. For Christians, any form of hatred, no matter who it is against, is an offense—a sin—against the Body of Christ. Each person is created by God and bestowed with his unyielding love. Anyone who treats one of those creations with disrespect, disdain or violence, has offended not just that person, but also the creator of that individual. When we witness destructive behavior, such as racism or hatred, we might naturally respond with righteous anger, but we must not respond with our own form of hatred. Hating those who hate us offers no possibility of authentic conversion or growth as sons and daughters of God.

We should be grateful to live in a country where the freedom of speech and assembly is cherished and protected in a constitution. This right protects religious expression, for example. At the same time, these rights also open the opportunity for those with evil intent and backward thinking to demonstrate and share what they believe as well. The question we must ask, especially after seeing our rights misused to the point that violence erupts leaving many injured and a young woman dead, is: what do we do now?

We must find unity as a country. Unity does not mean we all believe the same things. Likewise, the freedom to express differing views or opinions does not mean we reject our unity as God’s family. The Catholic Church is rooted in fundamental principles that make us authentically Catholic—but apart from them, there are issues that allow for debate and discussion, which is normal within any family. Our country is the same in many ways. We must be united by a shared interest in freedom, liberty, and love for our neighbor. Beyond those unifying principles, there will be disagreements and differing beliefs. But our unity is in our shared values and, and perhaps more importantly, the respect we show to one another. Without respect for each other, even when we adamantly disagree, we will see more violence and discord in this great nation.

At this time, I call upon all Catholics in the Diocese or Arlington to turn to the patroness of our nation, Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception, and Saint Michael the Archangel, and pray for unity, respect, and peace in our communities.

Modified Weekday Mass Schedule

mass-schedulesPlease note: Modified Weekday Mass Schedule February 6- 24- morning Masses:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday celebrations at 8 AM; Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 AM.  Additionally, evening Weekday Masses are Wednesdays 7 PM and Friday Feb 17 EFM (LatinMass) at 7 PM.

Christmas Mass Schedule

Dec 24- Christmas Eve Children’s Masses (Last names beginning M-Z) 4 PM and (Last names beginning with A-L) 6 PM. Additional Christmas Eve Masses- 8 PM and Midnight Mass beginning with Christmas Carol Music beginning at 11:30 PM
Dec 25- Masses at 8:45 AM, 10:30 AM and 12:15 PM

Please note: there is no 7 am or 5 pm Masses on

Sunday, December 25th.

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


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.