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Mary’s Baby Shower

Mary’s Baby Shower

In honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the entire month of May, we are collecting new baby clothing (sizes newborn to 12 months), blankets, and disposable diapers (sizes newborn to size 3). All of this is to support St. Francis House clients and clients of Birthright in Dale City. When:  May 1 through 29th Where: the Pack-n-Play located in the vestibule of the church or at either of these homes Collette White - 17223 Miss Packard Court, Dumfries VA 22026 Delores Coimbra - 17419 Four Seasons...

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Annual Car Raffle

Take a chance! For $5 a ticket you can have the possibility of winning one of 4 new 2022 vehicles similar to the ones shown.  And that's not all!   There are also 21 cash prizes available - totaling $40,000.  All unsold and ticket stubs with payment are due no later than April 26th.  The drawing will be April 30th at All Saints Catholic Church, our raffle partner. We need your help for this our largest annual fund raiser! Raffle tickets have been mailed to each family - and we want you to be...

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Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person Do I respect the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death? Do I recognize the face of Christ in all others around me whatever their race, class, age, or abilities? Do I work to protect the dignity of others when it is being threatened? Call to Family, Community, and Participation Do I try to make positive contributions in my family and in my community? Do my beliefs, attitudes, and choices strengthen or undermine the...

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Put Things into Perspective

Put Things into Perspective

It is said that on a certain occasion a homeless man entered a church with his bottle of wine, his old clothes, and his badly groomed beard. Upon entering, the person who saw him looked at him displeased, and invited him to sit on the last bench and in the corner against the wall. During the meeting, the pastor of the church reported that, as everyone already knew, the new pastor who would replace him was going to be presented. When called, that man who had been hidden and set aside in a...

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Knowing Jesus

Knowing Jesus

“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” So said Pope Francis on June 15th of last year as part of a papal audience. But it is not original to Pope Francis; he is quoting St. Jerome, the great biblical scholar and translator from the late 4th and early 5th century. What about you? What is your comfort level with Sacred Scripture? Where would you place yourself on the scale? Our Catholic fluency in Scripture could use some upgrades. And it is not that we aren’t fluent. Heck, we...

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The Sabbath, a time to focus on what’s important!

The Sabbath, a time to focus on what’s important!

In her book Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul, Rabbi Naomi Levy writes about Henry, a member of her congregation.  Henry’s internet startup was booming – he was making more money than he’d ever dreamed of.  He was thirty-six, happily married with an adorable, energetic son. But Henry was feeling empty.  Something was missing in his life – he sensed that he had “forgotten something,” but didn’t know what.  Yeah, he admitted to the rabbi, he was constantly “plugged into” the office...

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Knowing Jesus

Sunday of the Word of God

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16–17)   The Sunday of the Word of God in the Catholic Church takes place on the third Sunday in Ordinary Time - this coming Sunday, January 23rd. It was established in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio (of his own initiative), Aperuit illis, “to be...

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God’s Guidance

God’s Guidance

Today’s First Reading relates to the battle between the Philistines and the people of Israel. The people of Israel bring the Ark of the Covenant to the battle believing that if they have the holy Ark of God’s presence with them, then they will not lose the battle. They are acting superstitiously. The Philistines win the battle, and they capture the Ark of the Covenant. Eli’s two sons are killed. Eli’s sons, along with the army leaders, made the mistake of thinking that just because they were...

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Where the love of God goes…

Where the love of God goes…

Some forty-six years ago in November 1975 an intense low pressure system was crossing the Great Lakes, with winds gusting to well above hurricane force, and waves the size of mountains. The forecast has been for clear sailing. Over 200 mariners were lost that day. Among the lost souls that day were the captain and crew of the large iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald. Storms and loss of lives are part of life on the Lakes. However, this event was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The...

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2021 Christmas Season Mass Schedule

2021 Christmas Season Mass Schedule

Here is our celebrations of Mass during the upcoming Week of Christmas and beyond Dec. 20th thru Dec. 23rd: 8:45 am daily Mass Dec. 24th (Christmas Eve): 4:00 pm (English) ** 6:00 pm (English) ** 8:00 pm (Spanish - live streamed) 10:30 (English - live streamed) ** if the number of people attending exceeds the capacity of the church, a limited overflow Mass will be offered in the school cafeteria! Dec 25th (Christmas Day) 9:00 am (English) 11:00 am (English) Note: The normal Saturday...

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