The National March for Life is coming this Friday to Washington DC. We have 4 busses going. Wonderful. But also insufficient.
Next month, on February 13th we will have our Virginia March for life in Richmond, and would again like to organize folks to go. This coming year may be particularly dispiriting for people of good will in Virginia. Last falls elections have left our state legislature in the hands of a political majority who have promised to undermine the sanctity of life. Of course they don’t speak that way, but make no mistake, that is what they want to accomplish.
This weekend we have the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) here to speak and offer you the opportunity to be informed about the workings in Richmond that will directly impact the safety of unborn children.
As one of our parish lawyers told me this week, “expect many votes this session to be scheduled at the last minute and at times that are difficult for people to get there and speak up. This is a known and effective tactic to push through radical legislation.”
The VCC mail lists are a means of keeping you informed, so that we can speak up in defense of those who can not defend themselves.
Who among us thinks we would have been the ones sticking our necks out for change in Nazi Germany? We are not 1930’s Germans, but we are 2020’s Virginians. Speaking up will not cost us our lives. It may cost a few drives to Richmond, status on social media, friendships or even our jobs.
May the Lord give us wisdom to see what to do, and courage to do it.
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.