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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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The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist – how real? Continued

In our previous article we talked about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as the true and ancient teaching of the Church. What was affirmed at the Council of Trent, was just that - an affirmation of what was held from the beginning of the Church. The teaching and belief of the Real Presence has been consistent, but language has not as we talked about in our previous post that centered on the difficulties of using the word “real” in modern conversation and catechesis. The previous...

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The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist – how real?

In our previous article we talked about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as the true and ancient teaching of the Church. What was affirmed at the Council of Trent, was just that - an affirmation of what was held from the beginning of the Church. The teaching and belief of the Real Presence has been consistent, but language has not. Even in the same language words and their meaning change over time. As time moves ahead, patterns of thinking change. The Ancient Near East (ANE) thought...

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Afghan Arrival Help

Dear Parishioners, As you are probably aware, some 5 thousand Afghan refugees will be placed at Quantico Marine Corps Base. There has been a “call” for help in the way of, diapers, wipes, etc. (please see full list below).  We plan to do our part as a parish and will be coordinating assistance for these refugees, through our Francis House outreach center. The following items can be dropped off at the church during the week or when you come to Mass: Portable Pack-n-Play Portable Cribs Diapers...

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Out of an abundance of Caution….

After some discussion, at the recent meeting of the Parish Council, it was decided that we would not do the Labor day Picnic or Francis Fest this year. Because of the recent spike in cases of COVID (Delta Variant), the Council felt that there could be some risk in gathering parishioners for these two events. When it is deemed safe to do so, we will plan an alternative social gathering for the parish. It is very unfortunate that at a time when we have an incredibly effective vaccine against the...

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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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Back to School Supplies Drive

Why this is Important Studies have shown that starting the school year with the necessary school supplies promotes learning, boosts self-esteem, and helps keep kids in school. Unfortunately as states have cut school spending, schools are providing less and parents are being asked to purchase even more school supplies for their children. Financially strapped families often struggle with how they will be able to purchase all the necessary supplies in time for the start of school. School supply...

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The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

In our previous article we addressed how “transubstantiation” was an apt description of “how” the bread and wine become the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus – and noted along with the 13th Session of the Council of Trent, that the real “ancient and true” teaching was that of the Real Presence. So… what do we mean by the Real Presence? As the Gospel of Matthew tells us: While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat;...

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