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From Our Pastor

From Our Pastor

Dear Folks,

Three Things:

1. The Feast of the Holy Cross was Tuesday this past week and is the patron feast of our parish school. I am so proud of the work, energy, and dedication of the faculty and staff of our parish school in making this day something the kids will remember, treasure, and celebrate! I encouraged the staff to consider how we could celebrate the Feast Day with prayer, recreation, service, and feasting. The staff took that idea and built a whole day around the celebration: Holy Mass, service projects, adoration, extra recess, and even a Kona Ice Truck – providing delicious cold treats!

2. “That Man is you”. At the invitation of Fr. Koehr, our parish has embraced this program to forming men in faith and family leadership! Last Saturday more than 200 men came together for the first session and we are excited for the possibilities for our parish family! I am told that registration has cleared 300! It’s not too late to join – all men of the parish are welcome and we have plenty of room! Perseverance is everything: May the Lord bring to completion this great work that He has begun in the souls of many of our parish fathers and brothers.

3. Eucharistic Miracles. Mark your calendar for Friday & Saturday October 22 & 23. Block it off and get ready for an amazing, informative, and transformative talk. We are privileged to be able to host Dr. Ricardo Castanon Gomez who was asked by the church to investigate an alleged Eucharistic Miracle in Buenos Aires in the 90’s. His investigation of this and other miracles led him to conversion from staunch atheism to Catholicism and now powerfully gives witness on the scientific proof of our Lord’s presence in the Eucharist! With Our Lord opening doors, we are even going to be able to host this talk at the new FredNats Stadium! A Session for schools students on Friday, and on Saturday for adults in both English and in Spanish. More information next week.

The Lord is doing great things in our parish: rejoice and be glad!

pax,

Father John Mosimann

September 19, 2021
XXV Sunday In Ordinary Time
From Our Pastor

From Our Pastor

Dear Folks,

This weekend marks the 20th Anniversary of 9-11. One of my most vivid memories is of how scared we were, and how much this day shattered our illusions of safety. I was stationed at All Saints in Manassas, the pastor was away, and being all of 4 years ordained I was the ‘senior priest’ in the parish! The staff turned to me and asked, “what do we do?” I said the only thing I could think of, “we pray.” We immediately scheduled an evening Mass that was packed to standing room only. Afterwards, most folks stood around, lingering for a long time, talking to one another. We all were turning to God for help and reassurance.

In a moment of divine providence, the very next morning the Magnificat Missalette had this quote from Walter Ciszek (a Jesuit author and possibly ‘saint-to-be’) that captured this perfectly:

How easy it is…for us to become dependent on our routines…Friends and possessions surround us…It is the status quo that carries us from day to day…. We begin to lose sight of the fact that behind all these things it is God who sustains us. We go along, taking for granted that tomorrow will be very much like today, comfortable in the world we created for ourselves…and give little thought to God. Somehow, then, God must contrive to break through those routines and remind us once again that we are ultimately dependent only upon Him…that His we are; and that we must look to him and turn to him in everything. Then it is, perhaps, that He must allow our whole world to be turned upside down in order to remind us it is not our permanent abode or final destiny, to bring us to our senses and restore our sense of values, to turn our thoughts once more to Him.”

How can we make sense of evil? Only by firmly believing that God can bring good from all things for those who love him. If He allows us to suffer something, He has a plan to bring good from it. May this be a day of fervent prayer for those who died, for those who mourn, and for true peace in the world.

pax,

Father John Mosimann

September 12, 2021
XIV Sunday in Ordinary Time
That Man Is You Starts Tomorrow at 6:30am

That Man Is You Starts Tomorrow at 6:30am

INTRODUCING TMIY

That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive!  Father Koehr will be leading this program at 6:30am in the PLC for the next 12 weeks.  All men are welcome.  There will be a breakfast in the PLC before the talk in the church.