August 20, 2017

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Welcome, Father Janusz!

Janusz Mocarski was born in 1977 in Białystok, Poland and grew up in Knyszyn, a small town in northeastern Poland, the fourth of five children of Stanisław and Wanda. His father was the organist for his Catholic parish, so the Church was always part of his life. He became an altar server when he was seven. During high school he was active in the youth program, helping to organize prayer groups and foot pilgrimages to local Marian shrines.

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August 13, 2017

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Assumption by Guido Reni, 161

Guido Reni, 1617

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August 6, 2017

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Faces shining
like the sun

Clothes becoming
white as light

God and man
in conversation

Bright clouds
casting shadows

Voices from heaven

Fear and joy

Lord it is good
that we are here

Jesus touching them
and saying...

Rise and
do not be afraid

Eventually we all have to come down from the mountain.

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July 30, 2017

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Happy Anniversaries!

Monday, July 31st marks the 8th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Father Joseph J. Dewaele CICM. Father Joseph is with us every Sunday morning for the 10:30 a.m. Mass. He was born March 19, 1924, in Waregem, Belgium. After his ordination in 1949 his first priestly assignment was in Congo. Later he returned to Brussels and then came to the US in 1967. After ministry in Philadelphia, PA; Oxnard, CA; West Haven, CT and Hamden, CT, he lives in retirement at the Missionhurst residence in Arlington, Virginia.

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July 23, 2017

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Catholic theology and Church law make a very important distinction between material heresy and formal heresy. The 1983 Code of Canon Law offers the following description of formal heresy:

Can. 751 Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.

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