Year of Mercy Confessions

Year of MercyBeginning on December 2 during the first Week of Advent, the priests of St. John the Beloved will be hearing extra confessions on Wednesdays. On the hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. a priest will be in the confessional and stay as long as there are penitents. One day we will have green lights to indicate an available confessor. In the meantime please look for the white light glowing through the window.

Bishop O'Connell High School Pro-Life Initiative: "March for Me"

The Bishop O'Connell PTO Spiritual Life Committee and the student body Pro-Life Club have developed a unique program called "March for Me" in which students participate in the March for Life to support the sacredness of human life on behalf of those in the community who are unable to participate.

You are invited to participate in a special initiative to support the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Last year, Bishop O'Connell sent nearly 400 students to the Diocese of Arlington morning rally "Life is Very Good" and then bussed them into Washington, DC to participate in the March for Life. On January 22, 2016, Bishop O'Connell High School hopes its entire student body will march in support of life.

If you would like a student to 'march for you', students from Bishop O'Connell High School will be available after all the Masses on the weekend of December 5-6 to help you sponsor a student. Additionally, if you would like to sponsor the cost for the student to attend, you can include a donation along with your sponsorship pledge.

Thank you for supporting and encouraging Bishop O'Connell students to march for life.

2015-16 Sunday Lectures at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church

We invite you to join us for the Sunday Lectures at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, on the dates below, 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall

September 20, 2015
Same-Sex Marriage in these United States
Kyle Duncan, Leonard Leo & Fr. Sina

October 18, 2015
Synod of Bishops on the Family
Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

November 15, 2015
The Persecuted Church in Iraq & Syria
Sebastian & Katharine Gorka

December 13, 2015
Merciful like the Father: the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sr. Clare Hunter, F.S.E.

January 10, 2016
Gaudium et Spes (On the Church in the Modern World)
R.R. Reno

February 21, 2016
Fifty Years After the Second Vatican Council
George Weigel

March 13, 2016
Elizabeth & Felix Leseur: The Sanctifying Power of a Difficult Marriage
Robin Maas

April 17, 2016
Mercy and St. Thomas Aquinas
Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P.

May 15, 2016
Nostrae Aetate & Islam
Robert R. Reilly.

June 12, 2016
Sacrosanctum Concilium (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy)
Rev. Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth


Welcoming Catholics Home

Do you know someone in your family or neighborhood that is thinking about returning to the Catholic Church? Do you or someone you know go to Mass but do not really see the point? Do you or someone you know go to Mass but do not experience intimacy with Christ? St. John’s apostolate, Welcoming Catholics Home, can help.

We will be meeting from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the St. John Academy Teacher’s Lounge on Tuesdays this fall beginning on September 15. Our gatherings include time to get to know one another over wine and appetizers. Then we consider a topic we hope will be of interest. On September 15th, one of our volunteers will be speaking about the Pope’s upcoming visit to Washington, DC and what papal visits are all about in general. They have had a profound impact in shaping world history over the last 50 years. Please join us or suggest a friend or loved one join us. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

Additional topics for the Fall Session can be found here.

In Testimonium...

Having reviewed most of the theological sections of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the document on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council, we can turn our attention to Pope Saint John Paul II.

His last major work touching on the Sacred Liturgy came in 2003 and is called Ecclesia de Eucharistia or "The Church of the Eucharist". Interestingly enough, in all of his one hundred four footnotes, he quotes only once from Sacrosanctum Concilium. His theological and historical is extensive and will help us fill in a complete picture.

Read Fr. Pollard's article

Eternal rest grant unto them...

Ulf Schandlbauer
31 Jul. 2015

JoAnn M. Weglian
25 Apr. 1978 – 23 Aug. 2015

Mary M. Gaffney
15 Sep. 1920 – 5 Sep. 2015

Col. John F. McMahon
2 Jun. 1932 – 8 Sep. 2015

Ralph E. Smith
1 Sep. 1931 – 22 Sep. 2015

Barbara Jean Halpin
5 Mar. 1960 – 17 Oct. 2015

Ilse S. Pollard
12 Jan. 1933 – 24 Oct. 2015