November 8, 2015

  • St. Louis Catholic School Open House Nov. 15 & 17 – St. Louis Catholic School will be hosting an Open House for prospective families, Sunday, Nov. 15, 10am-1pmand Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9am-noon. Please join us for tours of the school and for information regarding the admissions process. St. Louis offers several half-day preschool options and full-day Kindergarten through 8th Grade. K-8th Grade applications for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted. Preschool registration is in February 2016. For more information, please contact the school office 703-768-7732 or visitwww.stlouisschool.org.
  • Open House – John Paul the Great – All are welcome to Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School’s fall open house on Sunday, November 15, from 1 – 4pm. There will be a presentation at 1:15 and House Games at 3:00. For more information contact admissions@jpthegreat.org, orwww.jpthegreat.org, or 703.445.0300.
  • On Wednesday November 11 at 8:45am is the Veteran’s Day Celebration  Mass at McClunn Hall.
  • On Friday November 13 at 8:45 Mass will be at Walsh Hall.
  • Please read the announcement in the bulletin about the Offertory Program that will begin next week. Over the next three weeks we will ask all parish members to engage in some reflection about where the parish fits in their financial priorities. We expect that some parishioners will keep the same level; some may decide that they are not giving enough and will increase their weekly giving. There may be some families who are suffering financial hardship that may need to decrease their weekly commitment. Again, please be sure to read the bulletin announcement.

November 1, 2015

  • November 2nd All Souls Day Additional Masses at 12 Noon and 7pm in Walsh Hall.
  • This Tuesday, November 3, is Election Day, a day when we exercise one of our most important civic rights and duties, the right to vote. Click Here for voter information and a message from +Bishop Loverde about this years election.
  • November 11 at 8:45am is the Veteran’s Day Celebration Mass at McClunn Hall.

October 25, 2015

  • Help send some of our St. Louis Boy Scouts go to Florida Sea Base this summer! Boy Scouts from Troop 680 will be holding a car wash in the teachers parking lot on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to raise money for this unique opportunity in the Florida Keys. No vehicle is too small and donations are also welcome.
  • Next Saturday, October 31, 2015, there will be a special All Saints Vigil Holy Hour following the 5:30PM Mass. An All Hallows Celebration will be held afterwords in the School Cafeteria. All of our Middle and High School students are especially encouraged to attend before or after they go “Trick-or-Treating”.
  • All Soul’s Remembrance Table – During the month of November, we will once again have a remembrance table for parishioners to display photographs of their departed family members. Please bring your photos to the parish office. Be sure to clearly label the back of the picture so that it may be returned to you at the end of the month.
  • Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – join your fellow parishioners for a 33 day preparation period beginning on November 5th. The Consecration day will be December 8th. Please see the insert in today’s bulletin for more information.
  • Be sure to pick up your BLUE BAGS as you leave Mass today and return them, filled with non-perishable food items, to the school during the week, or to the church next weekend. Our St. Louis Youth Group volunteers will be handing out bags as part of the annual FALL HARVEST FOOD DRIVE to support the Catholic Charities St. Lucy Project, “Feeding the Hungry and Nourishing the Soul”.

Lent: Adjust your clingy-ness!

“Because he clings to me I will deliver him…”
Psalm 91:14

Clingy… not the adjective that makes you want to say, “Yeah, I want to be CLINGY when I grow up!” Boyfriends/girlfriends can be clingy, friends can be clingy. Kids can be clingy to parents, usually when they’re really little. Parents can be clingy to children, usually when they atart to get a little older and more independent. But the reality is, we are all clingy. We all cling tightly to something. We all have things we can’t let go of… RESIST THE URGE TO START SINGING THAT SONG FROM FROZEN!!!

This beautiful verse above from Psalm 91 is one of my favorite verses in all of scripture. We spend a lot of time talking about issues, politics, news, history; all kinds of things that impact our lives as Christians in a world that no longer values the Gospel of Christ. And that’s important. But sometimes we forget that the Gospel is not simply something to argue about, it is supposed to reach deep into our heart and our spirit. This verse helps me with that; a lot.

On Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we begin lent.  This year at Mass everyday, we are hearing readins from Cycle “b”, and these are some of my favorite Lenten readings. You’ll hear, if you go to daily Masses especially, this constant theme of God saying, “Hey, turn back to me, cling to me, and I will deliver you and save you.”

It is such and amazing reminder that Lent isn’t simply about  inflicting pain on yourself, or avoiding things you like. It is about taking a reality check about how “turned” is my soul towards God… How much do I cling to Him? Do I hold on to Him, His Word, His Ways, or when things get tough is He the first thing I forget about.

God never abandons anyone who clings tightly to Him. So maybe this Lent I can practice not clingl so tightly to my phone, to pizza, to my favorite TV shows, to my favorite video games, to less-than-holy habits, to ways I habitually treat people that are less than loving…

Maybe I can practice clinging to things like the Eucharist, both receiving Him and adoring him in the adoration chapel, to confession/reconciliation, to reading the Bible or other Holy writings, to going out of my way to break habits (except prayer or good habits, those can stay), cling to treating everyone, even the people who annoy me most, with only the GREATEST care… maybe I can cling tightly to these things.

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