Pastoral Letter: Extraordinary Synod on the Family


Bishop Loverde Coat of Arms“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you.” This advice from St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, whose feast day we celebrated this past Wednesday, has been on my mind and heart as I contemplate the commentary in the media about the Extraordinary Synod on the Family taking place in Rome. There has been a significant amount of attention paid to the gathering of bishops from both secular and religious media outlets. Headlines, op-eds, and tweets alike are contributing to a cacophony of speculation about the Church’s teaching on marriage, divorce, same-sex unions, and cohabitation. The noise is deafening – and it moves me, as your shepherd, to encourage you to heed St. Teresa’s advice and remain undisturbed.


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In support of the Priest Retirement Home of the Diocese of Arlington & St. John Academy

Monday, November 3, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Honoring the Brooklyn native, legendary athlete, College of the Holy Cross graduate, Pontifical North American College alumnus, former U.S. Army chaplain, founding pastor of Saint Michael Catholic Church, first director of Northern Virginia Catholic Charities and stalwart defender of the Faith, the late Rev. Msgr. Thomas Patrick Scannell, the fathers of St. John Academy are proud to present the first annual Msgr. T. P. Scannell Cup Championship to be played over the 500 lush wooded acres of the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.

Arlington Diocese Parish Competition
Limited to 128 golfers.
Early bird pricing ends October 12, 2014.
Buy your tickets by clicking here.

Click here to download the flyer or here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Fall Festival 2014: A Great Success!

Thank you to all of you who attended and enjoyed the 2014 Fall Festival on a beautiful September weekend. And a special thanks to all the volunteers without whom the event could not have been the smashing success that it was. Enjoy the gallery of photos kindly provided by Dave Clem.

In Testimonium...

In 1956 on October 21 St. John Catholic Church became a parish. Here is Bishop Peter L. Ireton setting the cornerstone of the new church. That day is for us a Solemnity.

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Eternal rest grant unto them...

Joan Carola Gaw
8 Jun. 2014

G. Leonard Brothers
13 Jun. 2014

Anna Rita Gil
5 Jul. 1924 - 28 Jun. 2014

Dorothy Konnick Furey
3 Jul. 2014

Rita Zimmer Johnston
31 Jan. 1926 - 21 Aug. 2014

John Thomas Bigger
22 Aug. 2014

Abraham H. Pishevar II
8 Mar. 1996 – 25 Aug. 2014

Humanae Vitae

The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships.

The fulfillment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions. The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings.

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