Bulletins

December 1, 2019

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If you bought three purple candles and a rose candle already for your Advent wreath, congratulations! You only need three more purple candles and you will be good to go. It is also time to get your Advent calendar ready.

Every Sunday of Advent we will be praying Vespers in the Church at 4:00 p.m., preceded by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a Pro-Life Rosary.

Don’t forget to hang your stockings or put out your shoes the night before St. Nicholas Day, which is December 6.

That same Friday, December 6 will be the school’s annual Christmas Pageant. The music and acting are delightful!

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November 24, 2019

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Give thanks.

Before rushing out the door, off to the television or into the kitchen to do the dishes, take a few extra moments to pray after dinner.

GRACE AFTER MEALS
We give Thee thanks, almighty God,
for these and all Thy benefits,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
R. Amen.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
R. Amen.

BENEDICTIO POST MENSAM Agimus tibi gratias, omnipotens Deus,
pro universis beneficiis tuis,
qui vivis et regnas in sæcula sæculorum.
R. Amen.
Anime omnium fidelium defunctorum
per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace.
R. Amen.

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November 17, 2019

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"The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple"
Jacopo Tintoretto
(1546)

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November 10, 2019

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A week ago the Bishop of Arlington announced a few appointments of pastors and parochial vicars. None of the transfers directly affect St. John the Beloved. However, the recent changes have come about for the most troubling of reasons, which have their effect.

For the first time in my recollection, two pastors in the Diocese have been removed from office because of violations of celibacy. Those announcements came out in the last few weeks. Details are not available to us because of the nature of these things. As much as I hope that the transgressions were less egregious than the imagination might suggest, it still is the case that that some of our shepherds are no longer tending their flocks. Now the parishes of St Andrew in Clifton and St Francis de Sales in Purcellville are receiving new pastoral leadership. Father James Gould is going to be the new pastor of St. Francis de Sales and Father Robert Wagner has been name pastoral administrator of St Andrew. Both parishes have been through a great deal of turmoil whether it be for a few weeks or for well over a year. The good faithful there deserve our prayers and support. Most especially the individuals who have been harmed directly have a very special place in our hearts.

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November 3, 2019

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Last weekend we sent home with you in the bulletin a flyer sent to us from the Vicar General of the Diocese of Arlington detailing concerns about the Family Life Education curriculum in Fairfax County Public Schools. FLE is shorthand for "Sex Ed". The Vicar General has been urging parents for years to be vigilant and to exercise the right to opt out of exposing young Christians to the government's indoctrination in alternative lifestyles, fornication, contraception and abortion.

This past week Bishop Burbidge asked us to join him in a Novena leading up to election day: "We have power that begins with getting on our knees in prayer. That's where it begins. And then, as faithful citizens, we should carry our faith in the gospel of life to the voting booth."

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