Pastoral Letter: Extraordinary Synod on the Family
“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.
35th Annual Christmas Bazaar
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FIRST ANNUAL Msgr. T.P. Scannell Cup GOLF TOURNAMENT
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.
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From the Office of Readings for All Saints Day, excerpted from a Sermon by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153):
The saints have no need of honor from us; neither does our devotion add the slightest thing to what is theirs. Clearly, if we venerate their memory, it serves us, not them. But I tell you, when I think of them, I feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning.
Calling the saints to mind inspires, or rather arouses in us, above all else, a longing to enjoy their company, so desirable in itself. We long to share in the citizenship of heaven, to dwell with the spirits of the blessed, to join the assembly of patriarchs, the ranks of the prophets, the council of apostles, the great host of martyrs, the noble company of confessors and the choir of virgins. In short, we long to be united in happiness with all the saints. But our dispositions change. The Church of all the first followers of Christ awaits us, but we do nothing about it. The saints want us to be with them, and we are indifferent. The souls of the just await us, and we ignore them.
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.