In Christ, Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,
The following are the initial responses of the
chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’
Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth,
Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the
chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the
Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop
Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, as well as
response of Bishops Loverde and DiLorenzo, the
Catholic Bishops of Virginia to the October 6 decision by
the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider current cases that
strike down laws upholding marriage as between one
man and one woman.
From the USCCB:
“Upholding the inviolable dignity of every human
person is a duty for all, and this duty entails the
defense of the unique meaning of marriage as
between one man and one woman. The Supreme
Court’s decision not to take up any of the cases
striking down state laws reflecting the authentic
meaning of marriage in five states is extremely
disappointing and surprising. All of these state laws
were democratically enacted, including most by the
direct vote of large majorities within just the last
decade. Millions of Americans had looked to the
Court with hope that these unjust judicial decisions
might be reversed. Instead, as a result of the
Supreme Court’s action today, those decisions are
allowed to take effect. Furthermore, marriage laws
in six other states are now in jeopardy.
Marriage is and can only be between a man and a
woman—a unique relationship in which the state
has a vested interest. It is the only institution that
unites a wife and a husband together for life and
unites them to any children that come from their
union. This truth presumes and supports the equal
dignity of all people, especially of children whose
right to a mother and a father deserves the utmost
legal protection. The Supreme Court’s action fails
to resolve immediately the injustice of marriage
redefinition, and therefore should be of grave
concern to our entire nation.
Globally, we are at a time of recognizing the
decisive importance of marriage and the family
when it comes to addressing challenges of poverty
and serving the good of all. This is a time when
marriage needs to be strengthened, not redefined.
Our young people need encouragement to embrace
the gift and responsibility of marriage as it truly
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is—a permanent, faithful, and fruitful gift of self
between a man and a woman. May all of us
continue to work to strengthen and protect marriage
and stand for justice for all, especially children,
who are the most vulnerable.”
From the Catholic Bishops of Virginia:
“With deep disappointment, we learned today that
the U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of lower
-court decisions that struck down Virginia's law
prohibiting same-sex marriage and similar laws in
four other states. Because of the Supreme Court's
denial, marriages between couples of the same sex
have begun today in Virginia. This occurrence
reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the
intrinsic nature of marriage and represents an
injustice to over a million Virginia voters, whose
decision was to enshrine the understanding of
marriage as the union of one man and one woman
into our state's constitution.
Marriage has been affirmed by countless
generations because it uniquely benefits the
common good by recognizing the union of two
equal but complementary individuals - that is, a
man and a woman - who, by their life-giving union,
may create a family. Marriage not only benefits the
man and woman who enter it, but also best serves
children because of the particular contributions that
mothers and fathers bring to family life. Therefore,
Virginia's constitution rightly recognized the
unique contributions marriage makes to children
and to the common good.
As Bishops, we will continue to affirm the truth
about marriage, the lifelong union of one man and
one woman, as well as its essential importance to
the common good. As pastors, teachers, and faith
leaders, we can do nothing less. It is our fervent
hope that the Supreme Court will reconsider this
fundamental issue in the future.”
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
40 DAYS FOR LIFE From Sept. 24 - Nov. 2, you are invited to
join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer
and fasting for an end to abortion. Contact: Ruby Nicado,,
—Please remember in your prayers the repose
of the souls of the faithful departed, especially:
Mary Adams, wife of John Adams; Brian Nett,
brother of Sarah Rodjom.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our
daily prayers, especially: Jeff Hull.
Are you or someone you know interested in serving
as a lector at Mass? If so, please contact Tim
Holleran at 703-853-8107 or for
more information. Prior experience as a lector is not
Fall into a new book! The Saint Leo Book
Fair will be held in the school library from
Sunday, October 19 (10am-12:30pm)
through Thursday, October 23 (weekday
hours 8:15am-3pm) Please stop by and
support the library.
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, & learn about
John Paul’s successful programs & welcoming community.
A presentation begins at 1:15 in the Theater. Pep-rally and
House games begin at 3pm. For more information, please
visit 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
Christendom College Open House Saturday, Nov. 22
The Open House will include a tour of campus, classroom
visits, informational sessions on student life & financial
assistance. Bishop Loverde, said this about Christendom:
“Christendom College is more than an academic institution
of the highest caliber. It is
Catholic in its fullest and
deepest meaning and purpose.” For more information or to
register for the Open House, visit
Calling all WWII veterans!
Honor Flight Capital Region will
provide local WWII veterans with a
special day of honor and
recognition Saturday, November
8. The trip will include a ceremony at
the WWII Memorial, & visits to other
sites including Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans are
encouraged to have a family member join them (all meals
will be provided.) The trip is free for WWII veterans; it is
simply our way of saying ‘thank you’ to America’s Greatest
Generation. Space is limited; register by October 24.
Eph 2:1-10; Lk 12:13-21
Eph 2:12-22; Lk 12:35-38
Eph 3:2-12; Lk 12:39-48
Eph 3:14-21; Lk 12:49-53
Eph 4:1-6; Lk 12:54-59
Eph 4:7-16; Lk 13:1-9
Ex 22:20-26; 1 Thes 1:5c-10;
Mt 22:34-40
October 20 through October 27
Sandy Kehoe
Harry J. Hall
Judith Ross
Amalia Simpao
Jose Ignacio Osuna
Joseph and Rose Cesarini
David Howes
Ramon J. Chezem
Mary Frances Buck
James V. Pickering
Samuel Jones
Vinicio Vannicola
Mary Rodriguez (anniv.)
Henry Budzynski
For the Parish
Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez
Special Intention
In addition to the regular schedule of Masses, Mass has
been offered for the following intentions: Alice Marie Gunn,
Vissela Gunn, Special Intention, Alice and Josephine
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 this weekend is for
World Mission Sunday. Please be generous.
“Give to God what is God’s.” You belong to
Christ and Christ is God’s! How will you
respond to so great a love? Is He asking you to
follow Him by serving in the priesthood or
consecrated life? Call Father J.D. Jaffe at 703841-2514 or write:
The Diocese of Arlington’s
Race for Seminarians team
will run in the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K on
October 26th. They are running to benefit the
seminarians of our diocese and foster future
vocations. Please visit for
more details on how to support the runners with a
The Institute of Catholic Culture presents:
presented by Prof. Eric Jenislawski on
Thursdays, October 23 & 30, 7:30 pm at St.
Mary of Sorrows Church Hall, 5222 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax.
For additional information, please visit: or call 540-635-7155.
Saint Leo the Great
Catholic School
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.
October 19, 2014
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: 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: or 703-273-5369.
“And who is my neighbor?” This quote prompted
the parable of the Good Samaritan which was a
story of special personal significance to Frederic
Ozanam, founder of the Society of St. Vincent de
Paul. This parable asks us to stop and think about
our brothers and sisters in need. We are asked to look to our
brothers and sisters in the world and to see the face of Jesus
in them. Our neighbor is the one in need, the one who looks
to us with hope and faith, the one who hopes for Christ. Do I
see Christ in the face of my neighbor– and does my neighbor
see the face of Christ in me? Through your encounter with
the Christ of gentleness and compassion in prayer, you
become more prepared to encounter and assist the same
Christ when you return to renewed service of the poor.
"I feel a lot closer to God," says a SVDP member. "When I
go on home visits I feel something deeper - God's love." "Do
I feed my kids, pay the utility bill or keep a roof over our
heads?" Connect with our brothers and sisters and give them
hope with the love of Christ! Caseworkers needed
now! Call 703/352-3509 to see where you can use your
gifts and talents serving others
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:
See you at YOUTH RALLY!!
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 Registrations for sacramental prep
classes now available!
Men from Catholic churches in Northern Virginia will
participate in a Kairos prison ministry weekend retreat to
Buckingham Correctional Center October 23-26. We would
appreciate assistance in baking cookies, making posters,
participating in a prayer vigil and writing letters of
encouragement to those in prison. More information
available online at Contact Tom
Kelly, St Leo Parishioner: or
703-501-0090 to assist or for information about this prison
ministry program.
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
October 20- “Finding God in Nepal: My Journey Back to
the Church” ~Trent Pomplun, Ph.D., Professor, Loyola
University Maryland.
Father Diamond Council
Events & Calendar
Meetings – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
8:00 PM
Providence Hall
10/18-19 Christmas Cards on sale – Church vestibule
10/19 Family Breakfast after 7:30 & 9:00 AM Masses
in Providence Hall– Everyone invited!
10/19 Craft Fair - School Gym 8:00AM to 1:00PM
10/21 Wine & Cheese 7:00PM –Providence Hall
members & guests invited
——————Giant, Shoppers Food Warehouse & Safeway Food Cards for
sale – at Parish Hall every weekday at 3:00 PM or call Larry
Novak - 703-978-6137
Join the Knights – Contact Pat McGuire – 703-218-2986
GIRLS CLC THIS WEEK Oct. 20th. Each week we break
open the Gospels and reflect on scripture. Having tea
parties and eating cupcakes are part of the weekly fun!
Boys CLC is this Wednesday, October 22. 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 on October
23rd, from 3:30-5:00pm. 6th-8th graders are invited to come
for snacks, games, and ultimate frisbee. We meet in the
Youth Room. This is a weekly event!
"On Fire!" is a once month, large group event. This year's
theme is "Living a Life of Virtue." We meet for Mass,
followed by a free dinner in the gym, games a brief talk,
giveaways, and a bonfire with s'mores. Mark your
calendars for November 8!
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
Follow Bishop Loverde on Twitter!
Pioneering the #NewEvangelization, follow
@Bishop_Loverde for pastoral updates,
inspiration, and more.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Catequesis Para Niños y Jóvenes: domingos 11– 12:30.
Llamar a: 703-273-4868.
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 —
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.
October 19, 2014
“Da a Dios lo que es de Dios.” ¡Tú le
perteneces a Cristo y Cristo es de Dios! ¿Cómo
vas a responder a tan gran amor? ¿Te está
llamando Él a seguirlo y servirle en el
sacerdocio o en la vida consagrada? Llama al
Padre J.D. Jaffe al (703) 841-2514 o escribe a:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 19, 2014