Sixty years ago the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (R.S.H.M.) sisters, commuting from their convent at Marymount College in Arlington, opened St. John School. This Saturday evening we will celebrate the great things God has done through what they began with our first pastor, Fr. Paul R. Cauwe, C.I.C.M. If you are an alum or a former school parent, please come and share your stories. If you just love St. John Parish with its great young servers and choristers, please come and share your gratitude.
Eight days ago our fellow parishioner Tomas Reyes make his lifetime vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Stabat Mater, a secular institute that was founded in Madrid, Spain, to form youth and young adults. You can see Tomas' picture in the Stabat Mater portrait on page 17 of our parish photo directory. He is the man standing directly under Our Lady of Guadalupe. The younger man standing to his left is Mauricio Portillo, who entered the seminary for this Diocese last Fall. The other two men owe me money. If you see them tell me. Just kidding. Please pray that the number of men in Stabat Mater continues to grow and that they continue to bless us with vocations to the priesthood.
Eternal rest grant unto them...
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.