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October 14, 2018

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On Sunday, October 21 in the year 1956 Bishop Peter L. Ireton, the sixth Bishop of Richmond made a pastoral visit to the parish of St. John in McLean to dedicate the brand new church that still is our house of worship. In the same year he was given the noble title of Assistant at the Pontifical Throne. What would have been on his mind at the time of his visit, however, is that he shared his birthday, September 21, with the anniversary of the laying of the corner stone of St. John Mission Church, which now houses our parish offices and the Thrift Shop, even though his birth occurred twenty one years prior to the birth of our original church.

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September 30, 2018

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At the beginning of each new day, the Church prays Psalm 95, a call to joy, reverence and fidelity. This past Thursday, the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, we welcomed Fr. John Melmer as parochial vicar of St. John the Beloved.

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September 23, 2018

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On the eve of the completion of a great work of God, the Church turns to the prayer called Te Deum, a litany of praise attributed to Saint Ambrose and Saint Augustine. We sing it at the end of the Office of Readings as every Sunday and Solemnity begins. With great ceremony is this done publicly in Rome during Vespers on New Year's Eve. So too is it fitting for us just before Fr. Sina completes his service at St. John.

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September 16, 2018

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Even more from the letter written by Saint Louis King of France to his son Philip III. We are just over halfway through it.

Honor and love all the people of Holy Church, and be careful that no violence be done to them, and that their gifts and alms, which your predecessors have bestowed upon them, be not taken away or diminished. And I wish here to tell you what is related concerning King Philip, my ancestor, as one of his council, who said he heard it, told it to me. The king, one day, was with his privy council, and he was there who told me these words. And one of the king's councillors said to him how much wrong and loss he suffered from those of Holy Church, in that they took away his rights and lessened the jurisdiction of his court; and they marveled greatly how he endured it. And the good king answered: "I am quite certain that they do me much wrong, but when I consider the goodnesses and kindnesses which God has done me, I had rather that my rights should go, than have a contention or awaken a quarrel with Holy Church." And this I tell to you that you may not lightly believe anything against the people of Holy Church; so love them and honor them and watch over them that they may in peace do the service of our Lord.

Moreover, I advise you to love dearly the clergy, and, so far as you are able, do good to them in their necessities, and likewise love those by whom God is most honored and served, and by whom the Faith is preached and exalted.

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