I have encountered no pain greater than a parent losing a child.
In today’s bulletin, we have a moving note “from the pews” of one such parent. It begins on this page, and is a moving witness to grace in the midst of unspeakable pain.
For that grief, I would like to announce a candlelight Mass on the day of the March for Life, January 24th. Many parents who have lost children during pregnancy have been told they aren’t allowed to grieve. I suppose that grief is a slap in the face of our culture’s blind and obstinate denial of the gift of life in the womb.
So if you lost a child, in pregnancy, in school, in college, or adulthood this Mass will be offered both for your child(ren) and for you. All are invited to come and offer a prayer of support.Candlelight Mass Friday, January 24 at 7pm.
All are invited to Celebrate World Marriage Sunday with Mass and free dinner with Bishop Burbidge on February 8, 2020.
On Saturday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, the Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge will serve as celebrant and homilist for a Mass celebrating World Marriage Sunday with dinner to follow. All married couples are invited to attend. Dinner is Free but you must RSVP at arlingtondiocese.org/wms20 because space is limited.
On Sunday, January 12, 2020 the Fredericksburg Knights of Columbus Assembly are celebrating Thomas Jefferson’s drafting of the Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom. Each year since 1974, the Knights of Columbus have honored both the Act and President Jefferson in a ceremony for all faiths at the Monument for Religious Freedom in Fredericksburg. We have paid honor to that freedom which ultimately became a basic right of all citizens in every State of this Nation through Article I of the Constitution of the United States. A parade and ceremony will be held downtown starting at 12:45pm at the train station and finishing at the Religious Freedom Monument on Monument Avenue. All are invited to attend.
All married and engaged couples are warmly invited to attend!
No reservations necessary-just show up! The topic for this night is:
Eucharist: The Source and Summit of Married Life
JOIN US FOR THIS POWERFUL SESSION
6:30-7pm Wine & Cheese Social
All gatherings are at the St. Mary’s Parish Life Center
In need of a babysitter? We have a list of High School Youth Group Students that might be available to help you. Please contact Elena Doyle at email@example.com.
All are welcome Last name A-M bring an appetizer N-Z a dessert to share.The sessions require a book (shared between each couple) Please bring $10.