Sunday, March 16th - Tuesday, March 18th
Forty Hours Devotion
The Reverend George William Rutler, S.T.D.
Priest of the Archdiocese of New York
Pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church
Author of Coincidentally, Brightest and Best, A Crisis of Saints, The Seven Wonders of the World, The Cure d'Ars Today and Beyond Modernity Featured on EWTN
Contributor to Crisis Magazine
Tuesday, March 18th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Welcoming Catholics Home's Spring Series begins with New Topics
REFRESHER COURSE ON LENT AND HOLY WEEK
What is the purpose of fasting during Lent? What is so holy about Holy Week? What does "Triduum" mean and how does it relate to Easter? All interested persons, please register to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see all the new topics and dates of sessions.
Two weeks ago our bulletin delivery was derailed by the snow. Fortunately it did not disrupt the following weekend: the School Musical, a Funeral Mass, a Mass of Installation, SJA Dad's Club Poker Night and Dr. Andrew Abela's lecture on "Church Teaching on Economic Life". What a busy and great few days we just had. Thank you to everyone who lent a hand in one or several of the above success stories.
Since only some of you read it online or managed to get one of the homemade copies of February 16th's bulletin, permit me to repeat my plea for help.
There are within our parish boundaries approximately 30,000 souls whose salvation I must promote in about 14,000 households which I must evangelize.
That's really scary.
Eternal rest grant unto them...
Albert Coppola, Sr.
24 Oct. 1924 - 29 Dec. 2013
John T. Beaver, Sr.
23 Jan. 1932 - 15 Jan. 2014
8 Dec. 1928 - 20 Jan. 2014
19 Feb. 1953 - 24 Jan. 2014
Jackson Kemper, Jr.
8 Feb. 1935 - 6 Feb. 2014
29 Jun. 1916 - 9 Feb. 2014
Jandarc Silva Loch
1 Feb. 1924 - 12 Feb. 2014
THE STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Visit the newest section of St. John's website, The State of the Commonwealth:
The Good Word: Papal Teachings of the last century on Natural Law, the Social Order and the Common Good.
The Our Heroes: News stories about the persecution of the Church locally and internationally.
The Good News: News stories about Catholics who are winning over the culture, whether through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, through public service or otherwise.
Our Governments: A listing of all the elected officials (County, State, Federal) whose constituents include residents of our parish boundaries.
Virginia's Catholic Bishops Issue Statement
Attorney General's Refusal to Defend State Constitution on Marriage
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced this morning that he will not defend Virginia's constitutional amendment protecting marriage, but instead will side with the plaintiffs in lawsuits brought by same-sex couples challenging the provision in federal district courts. That constitutional amendment was overwhelmingly approved by Virginia voters through a 2006 ballot initiative.
Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington and Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo expressed extreme disappointment with the Attorney General's decision and issued the following statement:
"Virginia voters put this provision in the Constitution, and no politician should be able to reverse the people's decision. We call on the Attorney General to do the job he was elected to perform, which is to defend the state laws he agrees with, as well as those state laws with which he personally disagrees. We will continue to defend marriage between a man and a woman, an institution whose original design predates all governments and religions. The Government of the Commonwealth of Virginia should preserve and defend this original design because the constituent majority that supported the constitutional amendment understands the unique benefit that marriage between a man and a woman provides to individual families and society at large."