November 3, 2013

Vote Like a Catholic. This Tuesday, November 5, Virginians go to the polls to elect our state and local officials, including our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Delegates. Sadly, many, including many Catholics, will vote for candidates who embrace abortion, “gay marriage” and the undermining of religious liberty, and many others will stay home and not vote at all. It is our moral duty, as Christians, to vote, and I encourage all of you to do so on Tuesday, and to vote like the faithful Catholics you are. And I also encourage you to pray for the good of … Continue reading

30th Sunday In Ordinary Time 2013

October 27, 2013 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church, Springfield, Va. As most of you know, I was born, bred, schooled and gainfully employed until the age of 31 in the Great State of Texas. Texas is a unique state. It has flown the flag of 6 nations, including the “Republic of Texas” for 9 years. It’s massive expanse of land is bounded on one side by the vast coastline of the Gulf of Mexico, and on the other by the Rocky Mountains; and in between it has the coastal plain, the piney woods, … Continue reading

October 7, 2012

Today is “Respect Life Sunday,” beginning “Respect Life Month,” in which the American Bishops call us to remember that over 3000 innocent Americans are killed every day by abortions, over 1.3 million a year, for a total of over 50 million dead since 1973. But even as horrible as that death toll is, we can’t forget that abortion has other consequences as well—consequences that have been eating away at the moral and legal fiber of our nation and culture. Of course, we cannot forget the consequence of abortion’s devastating effect on women. Especially the women who have been lied to … Continue reading

September 30, 2012

SOCIAL JUSTICE. The Catholic Church coined the term “social justice” in the mid-1800’s as part of a systematic effort to apply traditional Catholic doctrine to address the new problems raised by the Industrial Revolution, and to counter the evil proposals advanced by Marx and other socialists, i.e., “the left.” This effort reached official “doctrinal” status when Pope Leo XIII issued his encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891, and almost every Pope since then has weighed in to further clarify and to apply the doctrine to their own times. Unfortunately, the doctrine has often been misunderstood, and even hijacked by the ideologies … Continue reading

September 9, 2012

Welcome, Fr. Joseph Kenna. I’m sure you all join me in extending a warm and heartfelt welcome to Fr. Kenna, our new Parochial Vicar. It’s great to have him here, and I look forward to working with him to help you all draw closer to Christ and His Church. Of course, Father will need a little time to get his feet firmly on the ground, change is hard as we all know. But I know he’s looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and getting to work and to know all of you. Please join me this afternoon (Sunday) after … Continue reading