February 28, 2021

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28 February
Second Sunday of Lent

Ordinary Form
Genesis 22,1-2.9a.10-13.15-18
Psalm 116,10.15.16-17.18-19
Romans 8,31b-34
Mark 9,2-10

Extraordinary Form
1Thessalonians 4,1-7
Psalm 24,17.18
Psalm 105,1-4
Matthew 17,1-9


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February 21, 2021

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21 February
First Sunday of Lent

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.

Mark 1,12-13

Do you imagine Jesus spending forty days sitting on a rock? The description of Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy spending 40 days and 40 nights prostrate on the holy mountain (Deut 9,18) influenced how I used to imagine the forty days in the desert.

Was Jesus going somewhere?

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February 14, 2021

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14 February
6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Quinquagesima Sunda
Feast of Saint Valentine

Or perhaps I should say "Feast of Saint Valentines". Early editions of the Roman Martyrology provide these descriptions of two saints named Valentine celebrated on February 14.

At Rome, on the Flaminian road, in the time of the emperor Claudius, the birthday of blessed Valentine, priest and martyr, who after having cured and instructed many persons, was beaten with clubs and beheaded.

At Teramo, St. Valentine, bishop and martyr, who was scourged, committed to prison, and as he remained unshaken in his faith, was taken out of his dungeon in the dead of night and beheaded by order of Placidus, prefect of the city.

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February 7, 2021

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7 February
5th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Sexagesima Sunday

On the 7th of February, 1920, a seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond passed away in Rome at the North American College. His passing was sad but subdued, until his class-mates who were gathering his belongings to be sent back to his family in Richmond discovered a letter which he had marked "to be read only in the event of his death in Rome", which included the following last testament:

Act of Oblation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I have nothing to leave or give but my life, and this I have consecrated to the Sacred Heart to be used as He wills. I have offered my all for conversions to God of non-Catholics in Virginia. This is what I live for and, in the case of death, what I die for. Death is not unpleasant to me, but the most beautiful and welcome event of life. Death is the messenger of God come to tell us that our novitiate is ended and to welcome us to the real life.

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January 31, 2021

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31 January
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Septuagesima Sunday

Last week you might have seen the sad footage of pro-abortion protestors interrupting Holy Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Columbus, Ohio, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Our ushers certainly noticed it.

Over the course of the last few years, with the encourage-ment of the Diocese of Arlington, the usher crews have been paying attention to more and more aspects of parishioner safety. In the ushers room is a First Aid Kit, an AED (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) as well as masks and gloves. Fainting is the most common incident that happens in church. Our ushers have always been good at summoning medical help, both by calling 911 and in facilitating the as-sistance that can be rendered by nurses and doctors already on the scene.

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