Arlington, Virginia S AI N T A G N E S C H U R C H T HE F EAST O F T HE P RESENTATION O F T HE L ORD M ASS I NTENTIONS Feb (By St. Sophronius, 6th century Patriarch of Jerusalem) M 2 6:30 AM 9:00 AM Tu 3 Our lighted candles are a sign of the divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ. 6:30 AM The Mother of God, the most pure Virgin, carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness. We too should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him. 9:00 AM W 4 6:30 AM 9:00 AM The light has come and has shone upon a world enveloped in shadows; the Dayspring from on high has visited us and given light to those who lived in darkness. This, then, is our feast, and we join in procession with lighted candles to reveal the light that has shone upon us and the glory that is yet to come to us through him. So let us hasten all together to meet our God. Th 5 6:30 AM 9:00 AM F 6 6:30 AM 9:00 AM Sa 7 7:30 AM 9:00 AM The true light has come, the light that enlightens every man who is born into this world. Let all of us, my brethren, be enlightened and made radiant by this light. Let all of us share in its splendor, and be so filled with it that no one remains in the darkness. Let us be shining ourselves as we go together to meet and to receive with the aged Simeon the light whose brilliance is eternal. Rejoicing with Simeon, let us sing a hymn of thanksgiving to God, the Father of the light, who sent the true light to dispel the darkness and to give us all a share in his splendor. Through Simeon’s eyes we too have seen the salvation of God which he prepared for all the nations and revealed as the glory of the new Israel, which is ourselves. As Simeon was released from the bonds of this life when he had seen Christ, so we too were at once freed from our old state of sinfulness. February 1, 2015 5:00 PM Su 8 7:30 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 12:00 PM THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD Souls in Purgatory (Maria Martins) Aurea de Angel (Carmen Guardia) St. Blaise, bishop, martyr; St. Ansgar, bishop Victorine Bonome (Manfred & Josette Manrodt) Douglas Theisen (Alvin & Leona Theisen) Weekday John Corbley (Tom Corbley) Carey & Phyllis Rainey (Ann McClausland) St. Agatha, virgin, martyr Joseph Mulroy (Robert & Nancy Kelleher) James Markoe (Bernadette Michael & Anne Dannaher) St. Paul Miki & Companions, martyrs Joel & Sara Fagen (St. Agnes Parish) George Kormos (Joanne Kormos) Weekday Robert McNeil (Ruth Hazzard) Judy Arkes (Jo & Kevin Lynch) Vigil of 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Paciencia Menciano (Juanita Fadul) 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time William Sullivan (John Corso & Marian Sullivan) Howard Dulavitch (Joan Biehler) Pastor’s intention: For all parishioners Joseph Belair (Michael & Roxane Kerr) indicates person is deceased Readings: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jb 7:1-4, 6-7 • Ps 147:1-6 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 • Mk 1:29-39 By faith we too embraced Christ, the salvation of God the Father, as he came to us from Bethlehem. Gentiles before, we have now become the people of God. Our eyes have seen God incarnate, and because we have seen him present among us and have mentally received him into our arms, we are called the new Israel. Never shall we forget this presence; every year we keep a feast in his honor. For Christ’s healing of the sick we pray for: Bernardo Labrador, Doris Pace, Rena Mariam Paaioho, Doris Hurley, Karen Akerson, Maryann Sweeny, Chuck Hoppe, Eileen Hayase, Paul Kemp, Thayer Thompson, Rafael Romero, Eva Hegerova, Cesar Romero, Dexter Hamasaki, Sam Jennings, Margaret Marie Fagen, Kenzi Mejia, Theresa Cook, Cristia Funes, and Teddy Wiebke. S TEWARDSHIP : P ARISH S UPPORT Rest in Peace: May those who have died enter into the mercy of God and the joy of the Kingdom: Vincent Riley (father of Judith Riley). Sunday collection Church in Latin America Poor box $27,150 $4,290 $169 School Mass: Mon., Feb. 2 at 9:00 AM (Prepared by: St. Agnes School Faculty). www.saintagnes.org F OURTH S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME G ET I NVOLVED Perpetual Adoration Chapel Greg King • [email protected] Bereavement Group Karen Swingle • [email protected] Fitness Club Deborah Wooldridge • [email protected] Wedding Committee Juanita Acha • [email protected] Welcome Committee Emily Paxton • [email protected]l.com Thank you very much to all the parishioners who donated breakfast food and drinks for the visiting March for Life students. They were all very grateful and appreciative for all that was provided by our parish. Your generosity helped make their trip possible. Please know how much your support shown to them again this year is appreciated. 2015 B ISHOP ’ S L ENTEN APPEAL S TEWARDS OF C HRIST S HARING G OSPEL J OY ! Next weekend, each family in our parish will be asked to complete a Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) pledge form at Mass. If you have already donated through the mail or online or are not able to participate, there will be places to note that on the form. Please read the newsletter being distributed with today’s bulletin that contains detailed information about how the BLA funds are distributed throughout our diocese. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge to support the many programs and ministries that serve the people of our diocese. Every pledge is important! V OLUNTEERS WHO W ORK WITH Y OUTH All adult volunteers who have substantial contact with children and all employees who work with children are required to comply with the Diocesan Policy on the Protection of Children/Young People before initiating service. This policy requires these volunteers to complete an application, forms for a background check and a seminar on Protecting God’s Children (VIRTUS). The seminar must be completed within 45 days of submitting the forms for the background check. There will be a VIRTUS seminar at St. Agnes on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 PM until approximately 9:30 PM in the Parish Center. Registration is online at VIRTUS. ORG . Please register as soon possible because space is limited. The schedule for other seminars offered throughout the Diocese is also available on that website. If you plan to volunteer with children at St. Agnes School or with any St. Agnes program or have any questions, please contact Joan Biehler, Program Coordinator, at 703-525-1166 or email at [email protected] for information about the Seminar and/or a forms packet. The Institute of Catholic Culture ~ PRESENTS ~ CARRYING OUR CROSS An ICC Lenten Retreat ~ WITH ~ Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope Sundays, February 22 & March 1 @ 7:30 p.m. Event Location: St. Agnes Church Hall FREE ADMISSION! NO RESERVATION REQUIRED! For more information, please visit WWW .I NSTITUTEOF C ATHOLIC C ULTURE . ORG or call (540) 635 - 7155 S T . AGNES Y OUNG ADULT M INISTRY All Young Adults are invited to join us, February 4 at the convent at 7:00 PM for dinner/reflection on that week's readings, before heading over to Fiat Lux. Also, join us for our next Bible Study & Brews on February 11, led by our very own Fr. Edlefsen. Contact Kristin for more information at [email protected] S T . AGNES Y OUTH M INISTRY All High Schoolers are invited to Sunday Night Live (SNL), on Sunday, February 8. Our topic of the night is Lent: What’s it all mean? We are not meeting on Sunday 2/1 or 2/15, but will return on February 22, for our Monthly Holy Half Hour & Confessions. All 7th and 8th Graders are invited to our next Ignite night on February 6 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. We will have snacks, games and answer the question, "What is love?" Friendly Reminder: Our next WorkCamp Meeting is Monday, February 9 at 7:00-8:30 PM in the convent. We will be enjoying a team dinner and preparing our fundraising letters. Attention Parishioners: We need your help! This year, 10 of our teens are preparing to spend one week of their summer vacation on a local mission trip. We need two contractors (a.k.a. handymen) to accompany us to WorkCamp. Do you have basic handmen skills? Contact Kristin at [email protected] for more info. We do need these contractors signed up in February, to secure the spots for our teens. This week, please pray one Hail Mary for the following intention: in gratitude for the Core Team members who serve our High School Teens each week. Arlington, Virginia S AI N T A G N E S C H U R C H S AINT AGNES S CHOOL Catholic Schools Week: Students, teachers and parents enjoyed the whirlwind of activities surrounding Catholic Schools Week. It was so nice to spend a week reflecting on and celebrating the wonderful gift of Catholic education and what it means to our children, our families and our community. Thank you to the teachers, parents and volunteers who worked hard to make the week a success. Diaper And Baby Item Collection: The St. Agnes girls' Challenge Club is collecting diapers and baby items to donate to A Woman's Choice crisis pregnancy center in Falls Church. The center assists women in crisis pregnancies with counseling and material goods to help them choose life for their babies. Items we are collecting include diapers (any size), wipes, baby shampoo and lotion, baby clothes, receiving blankets, baby towels and facecloths, crib sheets, blankets, toys, and pacifiers. Larger items such umbrella strollers can also be donated. Used items in good condition are also welcome. Please place items in the specially marked boxes near the office by February 6th. Thank you for your help with this project. For more information, contact Anne Jones at [email protected] or Kathryn Foley at 703-2433238. February virtue of the month: Sacrifice. Upcoming Events: Feb Mon 2 9:00 AM Mass Report Cards Sent Home Wed 4 Science Fair Thu 5 Hot Dog Day B ROTHER D ENNIS & ASSOCIATES (P ARISH S OCIAL O UTREACH ) Ultrasound technology has advanced to the stage of nearmiraculous ability to “see” into the womb and to create a life-like image of the developing child. Until recently, though, such technology has only been available in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital. Mobile ultrasound technology –equipment that can be carried and used in a specially equipped van—takes this technology directly where and when it is needed most. Two years ago, thirteen local Knights of Columbus Councils raised the funds needed to do just that: to purchase a mobile clinic and ultrasound machine to allow A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound and Pregnancy Resource Center to bring this technology to college campuses, to abortion clinics, to pro-life pregnancy resource centers that do not have ultrasound machines—or even a mall or a parking lot if that February 1, 2015 is most convenient for the woman. “Our aim is to reach women where they are, with a time-critical intervention and provide them with a free, non-invasive ultrasound, which enables them to see and hear the heartbeat, and encounter the humanity of their developing child.” Because A Best Choice is a Christ-centered ministry and, therefore, a truth-centered ministry, its counselors and medical professionals not only show women the ultrasound images but explain to them their child’s stage of development, pointing out the child’s very real human features and encouraging their clients to listen to the child’s heartbeat. Most clients, even those who are otherwise abortion-minded, choose life once they see the reality of their child. And A Best Choice is ready with compassionate, on-the-spot counseling and to refer her to the many resources available in the DC area to support her and her decision. This week, Brother Dennis is honoring Bishop Loverde’s request to “support A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound and Pregnancy Resource Center in their endeavors to reach women in their moment of need” through our offering of $1,800. You can learn more about A Best Choice at WWW.ABESTCHOICE1.ORG. I N AND AROUND O UR D IOCESE AND B EYOND … 2nd Annual Catholic Business EXPO: February 10, at ReMax Premier Conference Center 44675 Cape Court #110, Ashburn, VA from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM with a cocktail reception. Sponsored by Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia Dulles Chapter. Free admissions to the general public. Booth Spaces available at a nominal fee of $25.00! Register Now Space is Limited. Great way to showcase your business and network with other Catholic Businesses. Contact [email protected] or call 703-904-6806. Enjoy Valentine's Day with a romantic evening with Dinner and Music at the Waterford in Springfield sponsored by the Knight of Columbus Council 9407. Avoid reservations & wait times. Price includes professionally catered meal and gratuities. Space is limited, it is recommended to purchase your tickets early. Visit WWW . VDAYGALA . COM for more information or contact the planning committee at [email protected] All women of the parish are invited to hear MAGGIE GALLAGHER, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), speak on "THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE" on Feb. 21 at Yuma Study Center, 4101 Yuma St., NW, DC, 10:00-11:45 AM. To register, please email Mary O'Keeffe, [email protected] For more information email Carol Naill at [email protected] to ask for the flyer with more details. Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: In today's second reading St. Paul talks about the fact that married couples have to deal with the anxieties of the world. Sometimes those stresses can really have a negative impact on our marriages. Get away from all those worldly anxieties and take time to just focus on God and each other by making a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on Feb. 20-22 in Herndon. Information: RENEWMARRIAGE VANORTH . ORG or contact us at [email protected] or 703-378-4150. The American Council of the Blind is seeking volunteers for its annual day on Capitol Hill. Date: Tuesday, February 24. Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. We will probably meet in the Rayburn cafeteria, toward the rear of the room. Wear good walking shoes, dress neatly, and come prepared for the weather. You’ll need money for Metro and lunch or snacks. You can work a few hours, half a day, or all day, depending on your schedule. Contact Sharon Lovering, [email protected] or 202-559-2044 for more details or to sign up. Lenten Silent Retreat For Women, Feb. 27 – Mar. 1: Experience God's peace and acceptance at the Dominican Retreat house in McLean. Fr.Dennis Mason, Franciscan, is our Retreat Director. The Retreat begins at 7:15 pm Friday and lasts until 3 p.m. Sunday. Contact the Dominican Sisters at 703-356-4243 www.dominicanretreat.org 7102 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA - or Mary Green 703850-0971 [email protected] Overcoming Sin & Evil at this Year’s Men’s Conference! All men of the parish are invited to the sixth annual diocesan Men’s Conference on March 7th, 2015. This year’s conference – entitled Victory Over the Common Enemy – will feature renowned speaker Fr. Larry Richards and author Neal Lozano exploring the presence of sin and evil in our lives, and how to overcome them. Breakfast, lunch, and Mass with Bishop Loverde will be included. Registration begins January 1st. Please note the new conference location - Foxchase Manor in Manassas. Go to WWW . ARLINGTONDIOCESE . ORG / MEN for more details or to register.
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