Novena Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Novena Prayers to the Holy Spirit offered nine consecutive days in immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated at Saint John the Beloved Catholic Church McLean, Virginia.

“All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, 
together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers…. 
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place”

Acts 1,14; 2,1 

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New Bishop of Arlington to be Installed December 6

Bishop Burbidge

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, 59, will take possession of the Diocese at a Mass of Installation, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2 p.m.

There will be no general public admission to the Mass of Installation due to the limited seating capacity at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More. Admission will be granted only to those who have tickets.

A ceremonial procession including hundreds of bishops, priests and deacons will precede the Mass. In addition, invited guests representing the diocesan parishes, schools and organizations; religious orders; ecumenical and interreligious leaders; and government leaders will fill the Cathedral.

The rite of installation begins when Reverend Robert Rippy, Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, welcomes Bishop Burbidge at the door of the Cathedral. Bishop Burbidge then blesses himself and the congregation in the Cathedral with holy water before processing to the sanctuary, where Most Reverend William E. Lori, Metropolitan Archbishop of Baltimore, will present the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Most Reverend Christophe Pierre. Archbishop Pierre will read aloud the Apostolic Letter by which Pope Francis appoints Bishop Burbidge as the fourth Bishop of Arlington. He then shows the letter to the College of Consultors of the Diocese and then to the congregation. Finally, Archbishop Lori and Archbishop Pierre lead Bishop Burbidge to the cathedra, which is the chair used by the Bishop of Arlington, as a sign of Bishop Burbidge's taking possession of the Diocese of Arlington. It is there that he greets representatives of the various groups in the Diocese, including clergy, religious, families, students and members of other faiths and denominations.

At this point, the Mass of Installation proceeds with Bishop Burbidge as the main celebrant and homilist. The prayers of the Mass will be in honor of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, whose feast day is celebrated throughout the universal Catholic Church on December 6.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception

A Holy Day of Obligation

Mass Schedule, Thursday, December 8th

• 6:30 a.m.
• 9:00 a.m.
• 12:00 noon (Low Latin Mass)
• 4:30 p.m.
• 7:30 p.m.

Christ Was Born to Save

The student brothers of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph have released a new album in time for Christmas, Christ Was Born to Save. CDs can be purchased online for $15.

The 2016-17 Sunday Lectures at SJB


Featuring: Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P..

Sunday the 18th of December
4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall

Admission is free of charge

In Testimonium...

This past Friday evening a few dozen of our young parishioners received the Sacrament of Confirmation from His Excellency The Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services USA. He prayed over them and then anointed them with Sacred Chrism on the forehead saying "Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit." Each replied "Amen." and then he said:

"Peace be with you."

to which they replied

"And with your spirit."

Read Fr. Pollard's article

Vocations Crucifix Program

Vocations CrucifixSt. John the Beloved is reinstating a Vocations Crucifix Program. It is a wonderful means to foster prayer and devotion among our parish families. The Crucifix reminds each host family that they share in the responsibility to pray for and encourage vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, consecrated life and marriage. There will be two Crucifixes, one for St. John Academy families, and the other for CCD/Homeschooling and other parish families. Each family will take the Crucifix home for a week and pray each evening as a family for vocations.

The sign up for St. John Academy families is:

The sign up for CCD/Homeschooling and other families is:

If you’re unable to use the sign up genius, please contact Ann Francis at [email protected] or 703-534-6570.

Eternal rest grant unto them...

Marc Lunde

Angelo Henry Soares Jr.
12 Aug. 1934 – 26 Aug. 2016

John Joseph Mehigan
1 Sep. 2016

The Honorable Maurice Richardson, III
24 May 1928 – 3 Sep. 2016

Matthew Grinstead
17 Sep. 2016

John Flavin
14 Oct. 2016

Larry Helwig
15 Sep. 1932 - 16 Oct. 2016

John Peyton
14 May 1930 - 17 Oct. 2016