HAPPY EASTER

"Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead" (Mt 28,5b-7a).

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Tuesday, April 15

6:30 a.m.Mass
9:00 a.m.Mass and Confessions following
6:30-7:30 p.m.Confessions

Wednesday, April 16

6:30 a.m.Mass
9:00 a.m.Mass and Eucharist Adoration
5:00 p.m.Simple Reposition
6:30-7:30 p.m.Confessions
8:00 p.m.Tenebrae

Holy Thursday, April 17

10:30 a.m.Chrism Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More
7:30 p.m.Mass of Our Lord's Supper
11:50 p.m.Night Prayer in the Parish Hall

Good Friday, April 18

8:00 a.m.Morning Prayer
12:00 p.m. NoonStations of the Cross
1:00 p.m.Rosary
2:00 p.m.Divine Mercy Chaplet
3:00 p.m.Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
5:30-7:30 p.m.Confessions

Holy Saturday, April 19

8:30 a.m.Morning Prayer
9:00-11:00 a.m.Confessions
12:00 p.m. NoonBlessing of Easter Food
8:30 p.m.Easter Vigil (this Mass lasts several hours)

Easter Sunday, April 20

7:30 a.m.Mass
9:00 a.m.Mass
10:30 a.m.Mass
12:15 p.m.Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass

EASTER MESSAGE OF OUR HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

What do you think His Holiness will say?


Click here after 12:00 Noon Rome time on Easter Sunday to find out.

PASTORAL LETTER BY BISHOP LOVERDE

Bought with a Price:
Every Mans' Duty to Protect Himself and His Family From a Ponrnographic Culture

Upon release of the letter, Bishop Loverde said, "In my fifty years as a priest, I have seen the evil of pornography spread like a plague throughout our culture. As part of my responsibility to lead all the people in the Diocese of Arlington to the vision of God, I find it necessary now to address the tremendous moral, social, and spiritual dangers of pornography." In the letter, Bishop Loverde addresses: The nature of the current threat of pornography; The arguments put forward by those who attempt to rationalize pornography; The offering of concrete counsel to all Christians, young people, couples, and priests and the gift of sight and its fulfillment in divine contemplation.

Download the entire letter as a PDF.

Virginia Catholic Conference

Virginia Bishop file amicus brief in Federal Court of Appeals

The Virginia Catholic Conference, representing Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Virginia's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The case is Bostic v. Schaefer. Previously, U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen of Norfolk struck down the provision in Virginia's constitution that affirms marriage as the union of one man and one woman - a provision strongly endorsed by the Virginia bishops and approved by more than one million voters in a 2006 ballot initiative.

In Testimonium...

On Palm Sunday there is no long homily. There is only an invitation to be still, to pray, to meditate on Our Lord's suffering and death, to pay attention to His words, to follow His steps and to contemplate His Heart.

Saint John resting on Our Lord's chest at the Last Supper has long appealed to me as the image of prayer. The image now on the cover this bulletin comes from one of Giotto's depictions of Christ with the Apostles at table on the night before He died. Painted between 1305 and 1306.

This detail shows Saint John's youth in a pose that reminds me of leaning against one of my older brothers while watching TV as a boy. The love of a youngest brother already is almost worshipful. That makes it all the more difficult to try to describe the affection and devotion that the youngest apostle had for His Savior and for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It makes it that much harder to imagine his pain and torment over Jesus' suffering.

Read Fr. Pollard's article

Eternal rest grant unto them...

Albert Coppola, Sr.
24 Oct. 1924 - 29 Dec. 2013


John T. Beaver, Sr.
23 Jan. 1932 - 15 Jan. 2014


Joseph Milford
8 Dec. 1928 - 20 Jan. 2014


Tom Russo
19 Feb. 1953 - 24 Jan. 2014


Jackson Kemper, Jr.
8 Feb. 1935 - 6 Feb. 2014


Suzanne Abbott
29 Jun. 1916 - 9 Feb. 2014


Jandarc Silva Loch
1 Feb. 1924 - 12 Feb. 2014


Lt. Col. Homer Steinhoff
15 Jan. 1923 - 14 Mar. 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.

Archived Events

Sunday, February 23
Lecture on "Church Teaching on Economic Life"
Andrew Abela, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business & Economics
The Catholic University of America
Watch the event online here.

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION: Sunday, March 16th - Tuesday, March 18th

The Reverend George William Rutler, S.T.D.
Priest of the Archdiocese of New York
Pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church

SUNDAY 16 MARCH

7:00 p.m. Solemn Evening Prayer
Homily by Rev. George Rutler

MONDAY 17 MARCH

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
Homily by Rev. George Rutler
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
Homily by Rev. George Rutler

TUESDAY 18 MARCH

9:00 a.m. Concluding Holy Mass
Homily by Rev. George Rutler