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The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception

It’s important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived “by the power of the Holy Spirit,” in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was...

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Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving Blessings

On behalf of the Friars and staff here at St. Francis I wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving. The feast of Thanksgiving reminds all of us of the importance of moments of gratitude; the value of seeing what is good and right in our world. Let our Thanksgiving be a celebration where we view our world not just in terms of the material things that we have been gifted, but also in the good and meaningful actions that we can do for others, and that have been done for us. May we be aware of God’s...

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Fr John’s Update: Visit to Camp Upshur

Fr John’s Update: Visit to Camp Upshur

On Tuesday, November 9th, Fr. John and Bishop Burbidge visited the Afghan refugees at Camp Upshur, Marine Corp Base Quantico. Watch Fr. John's report of the visit - images and video of the refugee were understandably not permitted as many have relatives living in Afghanistan.      

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Fr John’s Update: Visit to Camp Upshur

Afghan Refugees – an update from Fr. John

I want to thank the parish for its tremendous response and outreach to our Afghan refugee sisters and brothers. I have visited the facilities and the people – and while I am not allowed to give details because of security precautions, it is a huge effort. An effort that is the work of the US Marine Corp, federal agencies (DHS), and the US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USSCB) – the only Church related organization that is part of the on-site relief efforts. We can all also be proud of the...

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All Souls – Bless their hearts

All Souls – Bless their hearts

It is at the wake and funeral that we glimpse into best part of the now faithful departed. These stories reveal that within each of us is the work of God, even if perhaps unfinished. Stories which reveal the love of God poured into the world through everyday people.  I have heard stories of deep, abiding love, holiness, and sacrifice that are akin to the lives of the Saints. All these good words are more than our social convention not to speak ill of the dead. Stories of the best of days paint...

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All Saints Day

All Saints Day

During the first 300 year of the Christian church, the people of God endured periods of peace, but also extended periods of persecution. Especially in the local churches, each generation remembered the martyrs and the leaders who exemplified the faith. By the fourth century these women and men were honored in liturgies that commemorated their passing into God’s bright glory. In time, churches were named to honor their memory, sometimes even built on their tombs. And in time relics were...

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World Mission Sunday 2021

World Mission Sunday 2021

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2021 “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once we experience the power of God’s love, and recognize his fatherly presence in our personal and community life, we cannot help but proclaim and share what we have seen and heard. Jesus’ relationship with his disciples and his humanity, as revealed to us in the mystery of his Incarnation, Gospel and Paschal Mystery, shows us the...

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Parish Business Manager Job Opening

Parish Business Manager Job Opening

Long-time staff member, Ed Knapp has retired - congratulations to him - enjoy the new life! St. Francis is a DYNAMIC GROWING Roman Catholic parish in Prince William County, Virginia seeking candidates for its full-time Business Manager position. Position Description: Supports the pastor Provides oversight and guidance to the parish and school staff Fulfills financial, facilities, maintenance, and administrative responsibilities Requirements: College degree required, with major in business...

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Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday”—a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year’s the theme is “Say the Word and My Soul Shall Be Healed.”  On this day, we especially thank and pray for our Parish Catechists for ministry to the community and our children.  As you prepare to celebrate, pray for, and commission those engaged in formal parish...

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Jubilarian’s Mass

Jubilarian Mass and Celebration of Marriage Are you celebrating your Silver or Golden Marriage Jubilee this year?  Were you married in 1971 or 1996?  Then please contact the Parish Office to make sure that you are registered for the “2021 Mass for Jubilarians.”  This Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at 3:00 p.m. on October 17th at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA.  The Parish Office must submit all registrations to the Office for Family Life as soon as...

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