October 26, 2014 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax, Virginia

Dear Friends,
The first portion of the Synod on the Family has
come to an end with the production of a document which
will serve as a source of continued study and prayer the
coming year. Few might remember that Pope St. John Paul
also called for a Synod dealing with matters of family life in
1980. At the conclusion of those discussions he issued the
Apostolic Exhortation “Familiaris Consortio” in 1981.
The Apostolic Exhortation begins with the following:
“The family in the modern world, as much as and perhaps
more than any other institution, has been beset by the many
profound and rapid changes that have affected society and
culture. Many families are living this situation in fidelity to
those values that constitute the foundation of the institution
of the family. Others have become uncertain and
bewildered over their role or even doubtful and almost
unaware of the ultimate meaning and truth of conjugal and
family life. Finally, there are others who are hindered by
various situations of injustice in the realization of their
fundamental rights.
Knowing that marriage and the family constitute one of the
most precious of human values, the Church wishes to speak
and offer her help to those who are already aware of the
value of marriage and the family and seek to live it
faithfully, to those who are uncertain and anxious and
searching for the truth, and to those who are unjustly
impeded from living freely their family lives. Supporting
the first, illuminating the second and assisting the others,
the Church offers her services to every person who wonders
about the destiny of marriage and the family.”
Pope St. John Paul then continues to address in a
positive way the perennial and unchanging truth of the
Gospel concerning the human person, marriage, and family
life. He also addresses a number of difficult pastoral
realities concerning “trial marriages”, cohabitation, and
divorce and remarriage. I reprint here that portion which
concerns the admittance of the divorced and remarried to
the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
“Pastors must know that, for the sake of truth, they are
obliged to exercise careful discernment of situations. There
is in fact a difference between those who have sincerely
tried to save their first marriage and have been unjustly
abandoned, and those who through their own grave fault
have destroyed a canonically valid marriage. Finally, there
are those who have entered into a second union for the sake
of the children's upbringing, and who are sometimes
subjectively certain in conscience that their previous and
irreparably destroyed marriage had never been valid.
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Together with the Synod, I earnestly call upon pastors and
the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced,
and with solicitous care to make sure that they do not
consider themselves as separated from the Church, for as
baptized persons they can, and indeed must, share in her
life. They should be encouraged to listen to the word of
God, to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in
prayer, to contribute to works of charity and to community
efforts in favor of justice, to bring up their children in the
Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of
penance and thus implore, day by day, God's grace. Let the
Church pray for them, encourage them and show herself a
merciful mother, and thus sustain them in faith and hope.
However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based
upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic
Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They
are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their
state and condition of life objectively contradict that union
of love between Christ and the Church which is signified
and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another
special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the
Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion
regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of
Reconciliation in the sacrament of Penance which would
open the way to the Eucharist, can only be granted to those
who, repenting of having broken the sign of the Covenant
and of fidelity to Christ, are sincerely ready to undertake a
way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the
indissolubility of marriage. This means, in practice, that
when, for serious reasons, such as for example the
children's upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy
the obligation to separate, they "take on themselves the duty
to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from
the acts proper to married couples.
With firm confidence she believes that those who have
rejected the Lord's command and are still living in this state
will be able to obtain from God the grace of conversion and
salvation, provided that they have persevered in prayer,
penance and charity.”
We all stand before the Lord in need of His grace.
We are all sinners and at the same time we are loved by
God beyond words.
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
—Please remember in your prayers the repose
of the souls of the faithful departed, especially:
John L. Neill, father of Jack and Lorraine Neill.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our
daily prayers.
the 1st Sunday of each month, Saint Leo features a blessing
for Expectant and Adopting Parents in support of life & family.
The blessing will take place after the 9am Mass in the church.
Parents in any stage of pregnancy or the adoption process
are invited.
THE 11 AM MASS NEXT SUNDAY, November 2nd, will be
for the souls of those parishioners, family members and
friends who have died during the last month. If you would like
to have someone remembered in the Prayers of the Faithful
at this Mass, please call 703-273-5369.
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS: Next Saturday, Nov. 1, we
will have our regular First Saturday devotions beginning with
9 am Mass, ending with Benediction. Come, pray for peace
and an end to abortion.
An Evening of Praise, Worship, & Adoration will be held
Saturday, November 1st from 7-8:30 pm at Saint Leo in the
Church. All are welcome for prayer, beautiful music,
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction.
Mini-Retreat/Evening of Recollection for Women at St.
Leo on Tuesday, Nov. 4th from 7:30-9:00 pm in the church.
This monthly event is designed to help us refocus on our
struggle to become saints, and to make it our joyful duty
serve. Sponsored by Opus Dei. For more information, please
call Peggy, 703-620-4945.
Saint Leo the Great
Forty Hours
Eucharistic Devotion
Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church will
celebrate the Feast of Saint Leo with
The Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion
beginning with 5:00 pm Mass on Sunday, November
9th, and continuing through 7:30 pm Mass on Monday,
November 10th. Father Whitestone will lead our Forty
Hours Devotion this year.
In honor of our patron saint, we remind all
parishioners of the PLENARY INDULGENCE which the
Church grants us on our patronal feast day, so long as
we visit the Church on the feast day, and also, pray for
the intentions of the Pope, and receive the sacraments
of Confession and Holy Communion within several days
(about 20) before or after the feast day. Please join in
honoring our patron, Saint Leo the Great, during our
Forty Hours Devotions, and on his Feast Day, Monday,
November 10th.
Eph 4:32–5:8; Lk 13:10-17
Eph 2:19-22; Lk 6:12-16
Eph 6:1-9; Lk 13:22-30
Eph 6:10-20; Lk 13:31-35
Phil 1:1-11; Lk 14:1-6
Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a
Wis 3:1-9; Rom 5:5-11; Jn 6:37– 40
October 27 through November 2
Mary Virginia Roach
Special Intention
Maria Belanger
Austina Kelley
Judith Ross
Stella Provenzano (anniv.)
Basilio Reyes
Esther Ziemba
Dr. Rafael F. Madan
Mark Leverone (anniv.)
Respect Life
Special Intention
For the Parish
All Souls Novena
Deceased of the Parish
All Souls Novena
All Souls Novena
In addition to the regular schedule of Masses, Mass has
been offered for the following intentions: Jean Ebaugh and
Alice Monroe, John McCarron, Kate Bailey, Kate Bailey.
Leo. The next class is Tuesday, November 11th
at 7:30 pm in the St. Mark room. Please call the
rectory office (703-273-5369) to register.
Low Gluten Hosts are available for those who need them.
Please inform the sacristan before Mass begins.
The second collection next weekend will benefit the
Retirement Fund for Religious. Please be generous.
“Love God with your whole heart, with your
whole soul, and with all your mind.” Is Christ
calling you to let Him manifest His love in you
as a priest or consecrated religious? Call
Father J.D. Jaffe at 703-841-2514 or write:
Saint John Paul Open House All are invited to the Fall Open
House at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School on
Sunday, November 16, 1– 4pm. Meet the entire team of
educators, tour the beautiful building, and learn about John
Paul’s successful programs and welcoming community. A
presentation begins at 1:15 in the Theater. Pep-rally and
House games begin at 3pm. For more information, please visit
jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0300.
Bishop Ireton High School Open House
Bishop Ireton High School (201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria) is
hosting an Open House for prospective students on Sunday,
October 26, 1-3 pm. Presentation begins at 1:00pm. For more
information, call 703-751-7606
PVI Players presents The Miracle Worker, the
inspirational drama based on the true story of
Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Thurs, Nov. 20
(7:00 pm), Fri & Sat, Nov. 21 & 22 (7:30 pm) &
Sun, Nov. 23 (2:00 pm). Tickets $5 students/
seniors; $10 adults; Family Package discount available.
Tickets on sale Nov. 10. Check www.paulvi.net/producers for
tickets & info, or call Mrs. Katherine Miller, 703-352-0925, ext.
371. Paul VI High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax.
Saint Leo the Great
Catholic School
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Faith & Food at P.J. Skidoos
Please join us on Monday, November 3rd at
7:00 pm, for an evening of fellowship and
lively discussion over dinner (appetizers on
us!). Be sure to bring your friends! All ages are welcome!
To suggest topics or submit questions you would like
answered, please contact Carolyn:
carolynsmith.stleos@gmail.com or 703-273-7277.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a
process for bringing into the Catholic Church both those who
have never been baptized and those who were baptized in a
non-Catholic church. RCIA is also the best way for adult
Catholics who have never been confirmed to prepare for the
final Sacrament of Initiation.
Every September, a new RCIA class begins at St. Leo the
Great and we invite any adult who would like to join the
Catholic Church, be confirmed, or who is simply interested in
learning about the teachings and customs of Catholic
Christianity to come and join us. While classroom work is part
of the process, RCIA is more than a class; it is a gradual
introduction to the customs, beliefs, practices, and devotions
of Catholicism. There is no obligation, only an opportunity to
RCIA meets on Tuesdays from 7:30pm-9:00pm
in the Guadalupe Room, Parish Hall.
For additional information, please contact Carolyn Smith:
carolynsmith.stleos@gmail.com or 703-273-5369.
invites interested parents to visit the
school and learn what makes us a
National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
Applications for the current school year are
available in the school office. You may stop by
to pick one up during school hours, 8:00 am3:00 pm or access forms on our website at:
Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available
November 19. Join us for an Open House on any of the
following dates: Nov. 19, 10am; Dec. 15, 10am; Jan. 25,
12:00pm; Feb. 26, 10am, or call the school office to make an
appointment for a tour 703-273-1211.
In case of inclement weather please
check the website or call the school
office. Financial Aid packets available
upon request.
PLEASE NOTE: Saint Leo parishioners receive preferential
status in Pre-School through eighth grade applications.
In-parish families must be registered.
A Catholic Digest Fave Five Charity
Catholic Digest recognized the Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul as one of the TOP
FIVE charities in the October 2014 issue.
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or
"Vincentians") are men and women who strive to grow
spiritually by offering person-to-person service to
individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members
come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy,
some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an
awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are
to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. Call
703-352-3509 today and be a Voice of the Poor.
Many go paycheck to paycheck and when the flu season
arrives and days are missed from work, the individual or
family has a challenge to provide the additional items that
are needed. To help relieve this distress, we welcome
donations of alcohol based hand sanitizers, tissues, latex
gloves, disinfecting wipes and chicken broth.
Religious Education News
There will be a First Communion Parents Meeting for all
parents who have children who will receive First Communion
in the spring of 2015. The meeting will be held on Tuesday,
October 28th at 7:00 pm in the school gym. We will be
giving you important information about your child’s
preparation for First Communion.
Religious Education Office:
Theology on Tap Join us after the talk for a
post-TOT show with Marie Miller & Kenny
Kohlhaas! Arlington Fall 2014 Theology on
Tap series, "Stories of Faith, Hope &
Conversion," held Monday evenings through
Nov. 3. Adults (ages 21-39) single and married of all faith
backgrounds are invited to O'Sullivan's Irish Pub 3207
Washington Blvd., Clarendon (across from St. Charles
Borromeo). Talk begins at 7:30 pm & ends with Q&A at
8:30 pm. Arrive early to get a seat! Questions? Contact
Erin Healy: 703-841-2549 or yam@arlingtondiocese.org
October 27- “Encountering the Living Jesus” ~Gloria
Purvis Scott, Host of EWTN, “Authentically Free At Last”.
8th Annual YA Mass with Bishop Loverde
November 16 All Adults (ages 21 -39, single
& married) are invited to join us for the 8th
Annual Bishop's Mass & Reception for Young
Adults at 7 pm on Sunday, November 16th at
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in
Alexandria. The Principal Celebrant will be
Bishop Paul Loverde. A reception with Bishop Loverde,
local priests and young adults will immediately follow the
Mass at Blessed Sacrament. For more information, please
contact Erin: 703-841-2549 or yam@arlingtondiocese.org.
Father Diamond Council
Events & Calendar
Meetings – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
8:00 PM
Providence Hall
Redskins Game – 8:30 @ Hall – Big Screen TV
Members and guests invited
2nd Degree and Business Meeting @ Hall
7:00 Rosary, 7:30 candidates assemble
8:00 Meeting/Degree
All Saints Day
4th Degree Exemplification
Redskins Game – Chili Cook-Off
1pm Providence Hall
Contact Mike Purtill for Rules & Entry
Join the Knights – Contact Pat McGuire – 703-218-2986
JOIN US TONIGHT! Sunday, October 26 for
HSYN (immediately following 5pm Mass)
from 6-8pm in the St. Leo Gym. All teens 9th 12th grade invited, bring a friend! There will be plenty of
candy corn, Saints and fun!
RCIT (Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens) If you are in
high school and are looking to receive, Baptism, First
communion, or Confirmation please email Erik at:
stleosyouth@gmail.com. Registrations for sacramental prep
classes now available!
Girls CLC is this Monday, October 27 Each week we
break open the Gospels and reflect on scripture. Having tea
parties and eating cupcakes are part of the weekly fun!
Interested? Contact Laura Bennett at:
Boys CLC is this Wednesday, October 29 . Each week
we break open the Gospels and reflect on scripture. Playing
ultimate frisbee, board games, or jamming out are part of
the weekly fun! Interested? Contact Erik Teter at
Middle School
"Thursday Takeovers" continue THIS WEEK!!! October
30 , from 3:30-5:00pm. 6th-8th graders are invited to come
for snacks, games, and ultimate frisbee. We will meet in the
Youth Room. This will be a weekly event!
Our next "On Fire!" will be Saturday, November 8,
from 5:00-8:00pm. We will meet for Mass, followed by a
free dinner in the gym, games a brief talk, giveaways, and a
bonfire with s'mores. "On Fire!" will be a once month, large
group event. This year's theme is "Living a Life of Virtue."
Mark your Calendars for our Basilica Scavenger Hunt
trip on November 15th!
Volunteer! Do you have a heart for youth ministry? We
are looking for YOU! We are in need of adult volunteers
with hearts on fire for Christ! Must be at least 21 years of
age, and be fully compliant with the requirements of the
Diocesan Office for the ProtecƟon of Children/Young
People. We need volunteers for both our High School and
Middle School Youth Ministry Programs.
QuesƟons? Email Erik or Melissa at stleosyouth@gmail.com
Gala celebrating 20th Anniversary of Tepeyac Family
Center Nov. 8 Join us at Marriott Westfields as we celebrate
this milestone anniversary. A pro-life OB/GYN, private, nonprofit, medical practice, Tepeyac provides excellent healthcare
to those seeking medicine faithful to Church teachings, as well
as to the poor, underserved, and those referred due to crisis
pregnancies. Your support enables moms to choose life for
their babies, with one-third of babies delivered to moms in
financial need or experiencing a crisis pregnancy. For info, call
703-934-5552 or visit www.divinemercycare.org.
LUNCH N' LIFE Are You 50 or Better? Please join us for the
next Lunch N’ Life sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of
Fairfax-Burke on Thursday, November 20 (12-2 pm) at
Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence, 6304 Lee Chapel
Rd, Burke. The Program will feature Jari Villaneuva, a Bugler,
speaking on The History of Taps. For reservations, call Faye
Quesenberry, 703-620-0161, by November 14th. The cost is
$10.00; checks payable to SCFB. If transportation is needed,
call the SCFB office 703-323-4788. Visit www.scfbva.org.
Horarios e Información
Santas Misas:
domingos a la 1:00 pm
sábados–5 pm (Vigilia),
domingos–7:30, 9, 11:00, 5pm
Confesiones en español: Los domingos desde las 12:00pm
a 12:50pm.
Bautizos: Preparación- llamar a Carlos Cea: 703-8362139.
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“Ama a Dios con todo tu corazón, con toda tu
alma, con toda tu mente.” ¿Te está llamando
Cristo a dejar que Él manifieste su amor en ti
como sacerdote o religioso consagrado?
Llama al Padre J.D. Jaffe al (703) 841-2514 o
escribe a: j.jaffe@arlingtondiocese.org.
Nuevo Coro de San Leo San Leo tiene una
nueva directora de Coro para la misa en
español, Noemi Solares. Estamos en busca de
participantes ya sea que hayan sido antes parte
del coro o que quieran ahora ser miembros del
nuevo grupo. Si usted esta interesado y desea formar
parte, las prácticas serán los dias miércoles a las 7:30pm
en el salon St. John y domingos a las 12:00pm en el salón
St. Cecilia del centro parroquial. Para mayor información
enviar email a nsolares4@gmail.com.
RCIA Para Adultos: domingos 10:30 am—12pm Salon Juan
al lado de la iglesia. Para información, llamar al Diacono Jose
Lopez 703-222-7704.
Hora Santa: Jesus nos dijo ¿No puedes acompañarme por
una hora? El grupo de oración de la parroquia los invita a
una Hora de Adoración delante del Santísimo normalmente
todos lo últimos sábados del més. La próxima hora santa
será el 25 de octubre.
Matrimonio: Todo Católico que desee contraer matrimonio
debe contactar la parroquia por lo menos seis meses antes del
evento. Para mayor información comunicarse con Diacono
Jose Lopez 703-222-7704.
Se ofrece clases de inglés Caridades Catolicas–Hogar
Hispano ofrece clases de inglés en la Iglesia San Leo Magno
los sábados de 10 am a 12 pm. Ofrecemos varios niveles de
clase. Llame a 571-208-1572 para más información.
Catequesis Para Niños y Jóvenes: domingos 11– 12:30.
Llamar a: 703-273-4868.
Estudio Bíblico – Epístola de Santiago y Carta de Pablo
a los Gálatas El estudio bíblico comenzará el 19 de
Septiembre. Estudiaremos la Epístola de Santiago “Perlas
para una Vida Santa” durante 11 semanas y en enero
entraremos al estudio de los Gálatas “Liberados para Vivir
una Vida Plena”. En el estudio de Santiago aplicaremos la
sabiduría de Santiago en nuestras vidas diarias. Este
estudio es para todos los que luchamos para vivir una vida
verdaderamente cristiana y nos ofrece muchas soluciones
prácticas. En el estudio de Gálatas aprenderemos lo que
significa tener una relación de hijos con Dios Padre. El
estudio se llevará a cabo todos los viernes de 7:30 a
9:00pm en el salón San Juan del centro parroquial. El costo
es de $25 para el material. Para mayor información o para
registrarse, llamar a Sandra Solares, 703-346-0409.
Sacramentos para Estudiantes de Secundaria: llamar
a la Oficina de Jovenes al teléfono 703-591-6089, ó email a
Legion de Maria: sabado 5:00—6:30 pm ó domingo 11
am—12:30 pm.
Información: Virginia Pierson —vpierson@stleofairfax.com
Para mas información, llamar al Diacono José López 703222-7704.
GED: Comienza el domingo 7 de septiembre 2:30 -4:00 pm
Alfabetización: Comienza el domingo 7 de septiembre
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Clases de Convalidación: Comienza el sábado 13 de
septiembre 7:00—9:00 pm
Programa Rito de Iniciación Cristiana para Adultos (RICA)
Clases para adultos (18 años o mayores) que deseen recibir
los sacramentos de bautizo, confirmación, y comunión
comienzan el domingo, 14 de septiembre, y de 11am a
12:15pm en el salón San Juan del centro parroquial. Para
mayor información, llamar a Gustavo o Sandra Solares,
tel. 703-346-0409.
Grupo Divina Misericordia y Compasión ¿Conoce a alguien
que se encuentre solo y enfermo? ¿Sabe de alguien que
necesite de la palabra de Dios y de la compañía de miembros
de su iglesia? Un grupo de personas de nuestra parroquia
visita a los miembros de la comunidad que se encuentran
enfermos en los hospitales ó en sus casas. Se brinda
oraciones y compañía a todas aquellas personas delicadas de
salud. Tambien un ministro le puede traer comunión ó puede
pedir que un sacerdote le visite para recibir los sacramentos.
Por favor llamen a Gilma Orozco al 571-238-6634.
Grupo de Oración Sábados 6-8:30pm, Salon de Nuestra Sra
de La Guadalupe. Información: Jose Ferrufino: 703-250-1343.
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