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St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia

November 22nd is the feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music and musicians. She is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs with her name being recounted in the Litany of the Saints. She is also a saint, for whom her story was passed on in oral narrative and not compiled until the fifth or sixth centuries. But not is not uncommon given the ongoing persecutions of Chrisitians in the last centuries of the Roman Empire. It is popularly held that Cecilia was a noble woman of Rome,...

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Evening Prayer in Our Deanery

Evening Prayer in Our Deanery

The Arlington Diocese is divided up into seven regions called deaneries. Deanery V includes the parishes of Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and Fauquier County. Bishop Burbidge has asked that each Deanery celebrate Solemn Evening Prayer (in Latin, Vespers) at a parish in the deanery to mark the beginning of Preparation Year I for the diocesan Jubilee Year in 2024.  Preparation Year I begins with the First Sunday of Advent.  Parishioners from throughout...

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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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Women’s Group at St. Francis – 2021

St. Francis of Assisi Women's Group - Our Next Meeting Thursday Oct 21 at 10:30 am - Virtual on Zoom Women of all ages are invited to join us for fellowship and discussion two Thursday mornings a month. The Women's Group will begin the year with a small group book study of Danielle Bean's Whisper: Finding God in the Every Day, available through Ascension Press. For more information and to obtain the zoom link for the study please contact Sheila Noble. Whisper: Finding God in the Every Day Do...

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From the Pastor

From the Pastor

From our Pastor It would seem that with many here in Northern Virginia having received the vaccine and the news that children may soon be able to receive the vaccine, there may be some light at the end of this dark tunnel called COVID. It is good to see more and more of you coming back to Mass here in our beautiful church. This is all good news. With the start of Religious Education the church was more full than anytime in the last 18 months. The not-so-good news is that our Sunday collections...

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Francis of Assisi – the Young Man

Francis of Assisi – the Young Man

The first article of the series about St. Francis essentially proposed that what most people think they know about St. Francis of Assisi is a very limited and romanticized version of the “poor man from Assisi.” Such versions often emphasize the Francis who loves animals, who was an ecologist before “ecology” was a word or a concern, and who wrote the “peace prayer.” The first article ended with a challenge: discover the “real” Francis whose story will challenge, inspire, unsettle, amaze, and...

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Francis of Assisi – An Introduction

Francis of Assisi – An Introduction

Every year – or so it seems – very good biographies of St. Francis of Assisi are published. The ones published in the last 10 years all share some great qualities: readable and increasingly historical – introducing the “real” St Francis of Assisi to the world. You might ask why I say the “real” St Francis? Did you know that statues of St Francis are the second most popular lawn/garden ornament sold every year – right behind pink flamingos.  Rather like the popular icon shown above. That is an...

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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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Adult Faith Programs – Sept 2021

Adult Faith Programs – Sept 2021

Adult Faith Program - September 2021 St. Francis of Assisi Parish has a host of programs specifically for Adult faith - to help you become a life-long learner. Consider the list of all the program offerings. Take your next step on the journey of Faith. Deepen your faith and spirituality Are you interested in drawing closer to God and taking your faith to the next level?  Join us virtually on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm beginning Thursday, September 16 and take the next steps to a calmer...

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What if….?

What if….?

This, the 20th anniversary of 9/11, brings back memories of “Where was I on 9/11. ”Indeed it was one of the worst days in our history as a nation. So many lives lost. We lost one of our very own parishioners that day at the Pentagon, David Laychak. On 9/11 2011, I was here in my office at the parish. Parishioners called me to tell me that the World Trade Center was hit. I immediately went to find a TV to see in fact what was transpiring. It soon became clear that we, the US. were under...

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