7th Sunday in Ordinary Time February 23, 2014

Sorry about Last Week’s Bulletin. One of the casualties of the foot of snow we received the week before last was last Sunday’s bulletin. Our bulletin is printed in Pennsylvania and shipped to us every Friday by air through UPS,  so when so many airports closed during the storm last week, and air freight began to back up…. O well. As I write this on Wednesday we are working on mailing the bulletins to you, so I hope you have received them by now. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience. Please remember, the bulletin is always available online on our … Continue reading

February 15, 2014

Two Special Events in Lent. It’s a little early, but I wanted to give you a heads up about two parish events during Lent. First, I am excited to announce that St. Raymond’s will be presenting a special private showing for parishioners (and anyone else who asks!) of the movie MARY OF NAZARETH on the first Sunday of Lent, March 9th, 2014 at 1:30pm at Kingstowne Regal Cinemas. Please see the insert and the article in this bulletin for more details. Second, I am very pleased to tell you that Fr. Paul Scalia has agreed to present a Lenten Series … Continue reading

1st Sunday of Lent 2013

February 17, 2013 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church, Springfield, Va. This last Monday the world woke up to the stunning news that Pope Benedict XVI would resign, effective at the end of this month. The first reaction of most of us seemed to be shock. Which led to an initial response, even from the media, that was very human: one expressing human warmth and affection toward this great and holy man, and sadness that he would be leaving us. But this didn’t last long—at least not for “the world” and it’s media. As … Continue reading

February 10, 2013

LENT. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. As I’ve said many times, this is my favorite season, in as much as it calls us to meditate on the ineffable and immense love of God that it would lead Him to die for our sins. At the same time, then, it is also a time to consider our sins—how we have failed to love him—and to work to overcome them, through our diligent efforts and His grace. Lent, of course, brings a much busier parish schedule, which we’ve laid out in detail in this week’s insert. Please keep … Continue reading