August 25, 2013

Last week’s column about Holydays and Church law sparked some interesting discussions with parishioners, which, in turn, brought up some other related questions about Church law. So it occurred to me that it might be helpful to discuss some of these in my column. I hope this doesn’t come across as being legalistic. It just seems that a greater awareness of these norms that may affect you or your family will help you to live peacefully and happily with Christ, His Church and your fellow Catholics. Ecclesiastic Law. Since the first century the Church has recognized the need to enact … Continue reading

June 30, 2013

Marriage and the Supreme Court. As I write this on Wednesday (due to bulletin deadlines) news of the Supreme Court of the United States’ (“SCOTUS”) 5-4 decision on “gay marriage” is being announced. Although there is still much to digest in this ruling, it seems clear that it is a split decision: SCOTUS has partially struck down and partially left intact the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Specifically, it has struck down the requirement that the federal government recognize only traditional male-female marriage in applying federal law, finding that the federal government is bound to abide by the definition of … Continue reading

February 3, 2013

Last Week’s Bulletin. I apologize that we were not able to distribute the complete 6 page bulletin to you last week. I hope the single-sheet “abbreviated bulletin” we threw together was helpful, and I’m sorry if any group felt short changed if something they had running in the full bulletin was omitted. By now I hope you all received your copy of that full bulletin, mailed to each parish household courtesy of the bulletin company. Lent Series. Lent is just around the corner and we will soon give you details about the Lenten schedule. But I wanted to announce early … Continue reading

January 27, 2013

Back from South Bend. As I wrote in my last column, I was out of town last weekend, officiating at a family wedding in South Bend, IN. It was a great weekend, not only because of the wedding, but also since I was able to visit with all my brothers and sisters and most of my nieces , nephews, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. But I have to apologize: it seems I brought the frigid cold weather back with me to NoVa. Sorry. Fighting the Good Fight. This last week we witnessed 2 important events on the National Mall in Washington: on … Continue reading

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2012

October 21, 2012 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, Va. You know, one of the great consolations of being a priest here at St. Raymond’s is the kindness of our parishioners. But sometimes people, even very kind people, complain about what I do. And I understand that and I try not to let it bother me, because first of all I know I screw up, and second, well, I know that you can’t please all the people all the time. Besides, I’m a big boy, I can handle, especially when criticisms are presented … Continue reading