September 15, 2013 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax


September 15, 2013 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax
Dear Friends,
When Jesus came as Man, he did not present to
the world a book. Rather, he spoke a word of invitaon,
“Come follow me”. Throughout the Gospels the Lord
invites people to gather around him. This “gathering” is the
origin of the word “church”. In its most basic meaning,
“church” is simply the community of persons, invited by
the Lord, gathered as one around him living his life by
grace and connuously being transformed by grace.
The Church is also instuonal. It is necessarily so.
From the earliest moments of the Lord’s preaching and
gathering, the community he formed had to deal with the
praccal realies of living as one in relaonship with each
other and with him. The Gospels relate, for example, that it
was Judas who kept the “purse” and acted as treasurer (I
wish I could come up with a more inspiring example right
now). St. Paul frequently and more clearly is concerned
with the proper ordering of the Chrisan family - the
Church - as it follows Jesus as is evidenced in much of his
wring. For the common good and for the sancficaon of
each member, each follower of Jesus had received a
special and parcular roll to play in service to the others.
One such roll of service was that of “teacher”. The Lan
word for “teacher” is “magister” which is the origin of the
word “magisterium”.
The words of Jesus to his Apostles, “Whatever you
bind on earth shall be bound in heaven” were recognized
immediately by the early Chrisan community as the Lord
giving to the Apostles and to those who followed them, the
responsibility of teaching authoritavely. In the Acts of the
Apostles we see the Apostles deciding not only quesons
of the irreformable essence of the Chrisan faith but also
making praccal judgments regarding ways of living which,
while not seen as definive for all me, were nevertheless
to be adhered to for the good of the community. From the
beginning, faith in Jesus was inseparable from the acons
of living in community with other men and women of faith.
I will connue this next week but I want to
conclude for now with a couple of quotes from the
Catechism of the Catholic Church.
“The Magisterium of the Pastors of the Church in
moral ma.ers is ordinarily exercised in catechesis and
preaching, with the help of the works of theologians and
spiritual authors. Thus from generaon to generaon,
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under the aegis and vigilance of the pastors, the ‘deposit’
of Chrisan moral teaching has been handed on, a deposit
composed of a characterisc body of rules,
commandments, and virtues proceeding from faith in
Christ and animated by charity. Alongside the Creed and
the Our Father, the basis for this catechesis has
Commandments) which sets out the principles of moral life
valid for all men.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The law of God entrusted to the Church is taught
to the faithful as the way of life and truth. The faithful
therefore have the right to be instructed in the divine
saving precepts that purify judgment and, with grace, heal
wounded human reason. They have the duty of observing
the constuons and decrees conveyed by the legimate
authority of the Church. Even if they concern disciplinary
ma.ers, these determinaons call for docility in
charity.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2037)
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
Welcome Home
Are you, or someone you
struggling to accept some
teachings? Are you unable
Sacraments of the Church? Do you think that the Catholic
faith is irrelevant? Welcome Home is an opportunity for
Catholics to find answers & support in a respectful,
welcoming setting. Our next session of Welcome
Home will begin in September. Each meeting will include a
brief talk, small group discussions, and opportunities for
private individual meetings. Please join us and invite any
Catholic who is questioning or is away from the
Church. The meetings continue on September 19th
at 7:30pm in the St. Matthew Room, Parish Hall, and will
continue for 5 additional consecutive weeks. You are
welcome to join us for any or all of the sessions.
For information, please contact Deacon Dave Maurer
or Carolyn Smith at 703-273-5369.
—Please remember in your prayers the repose of the
souls of the faithful departed, especially: Helen David
Luna, sister of Rosario Togade; Agustina Martono,
Paulus Darmawan.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our daily prayers,
especially: Irene Draim.
Help Immigrants in our Parish and Community Learn
English Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington-Hogar
Immigrant Services is currently seeking volunteer ESOL
(English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers for the
upcoming fall 2013 semester at St. Leo. We offer various
levels of instruction and classes are held Saturday mornings
from 10 am to 12 noon. No previous experience or second
language required! Please help us demonstrate Christ’s love
by “welcoming the stranger” in this country. If interested,
please call 571-208-1572 or email [email protected].
(Sponsored by St. Leo Columbiettes)
on Thursday, September 26th. Bus
leaves Saint Leo 7am, returns
approx. 7pm. Trip includes bus
transportation, meal at an authentic
Old Order Amish Farm, bus driver’s
gratuity. Bus will stop at the National Christmas Center in
Paradise, PA after dinner. $65 reserves your seat! Seats are
limited so please reserve now. Please call Ann with questions
or for additional information: 703-352-2724.
Atlantic City Day Trip Monday, October 7th to the Tropicana
Hotel. Cost $50 (includes $15 cash card and free buffet from
the casino) Coffee, donuts, and a movie on the bus. If you are
interested, please call Flo: 703-280-2343. Sponsored by Saint
Leo Columbiettes.
Bishop O'Connell High School Open House Sunday, Sept.
29, 1-3 pm Bring your family for a full tour of our facilities. See
our brand-new science labs, learn more about our curriculum,
meet our teachers, administrators & coaches, and chat with
current students. No RSVP necessary. Presentation begins at
1 pm in the auditorium. Visit or
call 703-237-1433 for more information. Bishop O'Connell High
School is located at 6600 Little Falls Rd, Arlington.
Porto Charities Annual Collection for God’s Special
Children Bishop Loverde has once again endorsed Porto
Charities “Special Kids, Special Need Collection” on behalf
of intellectually and developmentally challenged youth
within the diocese. Next Sunday there will be a second
collection to assist special need programs such as the Paul
VI, Pope John Paul the Great, and St. Mark’s School
Special Education Option Programs, George Mason
University Life Program, Gabriel Home, Special Olympics
and the “Keyboard for Kids” program which provides audio/
visual communication capability to special needs students
within the diocese. The Bishop has sanctioned this
collection as a blessing for God’s Special Children, their
families and this entire diocese. Please be generous in your
support of this worthwhile endeavor.
1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 7:1-10
1 Tm 3:1-13; Lk 7:11-17
1 Tm 3:14-16; Lk 7:31-35
1 Tm 4:12-16; Lk 7:36-50
1 Tm 6:2c-12; Lk 8:1-3
Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Mt 9:9-13
Am 8:4-7; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13
September 16 through September 22
Aurelio Alverez
Robert Bailey
Christopher Heasly
Dr. Rafael F. Madan
George Tabash
Edgar Novack
Jose Garcia
Special Intention
Special Intention
Victor G. Rose, Jr.
Special Intantion
Frederick Hurley
Special Intention
Miguel Lozano
Edward Harter
Luis Felipe Mosquera
For the Parish
In addition to the regular schedule of Masses, Mass has been
offered for the following intentions: Special Intention, In
Thanksgiving, Special Intention.
Leo. The next class is Tuesday, October 8th 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
“God’s Special Kids, Special Needs” Collection.
Please be generous.
“This brother of yours was dead and has come
to life.” Do you want to bring others to life in
Christ as a priest, deacon, religious sister or
brother? Call Father J.D. Jaffe at: 703- 841-2514, or write:
[email protected].
Race for Seminarians The Marine Corps
Marathon sold out in record time, but
there’s still a way to run: join the Race for
Seminarians Team! The money you raise
will support the seminarians in our
diocese. If you can’t be a part of the team,
you can still aid the team’s efforts. Runners and supporters
can visit for more information.
21st International Week of Prayer and Fasting: Imploring
God’s Mercy: September 21-29 Please join us for the
International Day of Prayer Saturday, September 21st, at the
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in
Washington DC from 9am-4pm. Registration is free, but please
register online at This day is part of the 21st
International Week of Prayer and Fasting, September 21-29,
2013. Speakers invited include Fr. Michael Gaitley,
Congressman Chris Smith, Robin Teresa Beck, Andy LaValle
& Mother Olga Yaqob. More information at or
call 1-888-478-PRAY (7729) or 703-707-0799.
September 15, 2013
Faith & Food at P.J. Skidoos Returns!
Join your parish priests at P.J. Skidoos, 9908
Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, on Monday,
September 16th, at 7:00 pm, for an evening of
fellowship & lively discussion over dinner (appetizers on
us!). Please welcome Father Randy Sly, a former Anglican
archbishop who now serves as a Catholic priest in the
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Be sure to
bring your friends! All ages are welcome! To suggest topics
or submit questions you would like answered, please contact
Carolyn: [email protected] 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 beginning on September 17.
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
Please call Mrs. Cynthia Washington, Assistant
Principal and Director of Admissions at 703-2731211, ext. 645 to request a tour.
All completed applications,
with copies of supporting
documents, may be sent
through the mail or hand-carried to the
school between the hours of 9am and
2pm. Acceptance letters for the 2013–2014 school year will be
mailed once completed applications are received. Financial
Aid packets are also available upon request. In the event of
inclement weather, please check the website, or call the
school office, 703-273-1211 for information.
Applications available:
PLEASE NOTE: Saint Leo parishioners receive preferential
status in Pre-School through eighth grade applications.
In-parish families must be registered.
For addional informaon regarding any of the above events,
please contact Carolyn Smith: [email protected]
or 703-273-5369.
The Devil's Advocate: Powerful Debates
How can we believe in God when terrible things happen to
good people? Aren't many of the Church's teachings created
by man, and diverge from what the Bible teaches?
If you've ever asked questions like these and gotten soft or
unsatisfactory answers, come to The Devil's Advocate series
continues on September 17 and 24 at Bishop Ireton High
School auditorium in Alexandria. Set up as a Devil's Advocate
asking the questions and a Catholic apologist defending the
Church's position, we aim to answer the hardest questions of
our faith by engaging with other viewpoints seriously and
September 17: Protestant Critiques of Catholicism with
Vaughn Treco, Former Protestant minister and Lay
September 24: Agnosticism & Atheism with Rev. Thomas
Joseph White, O.P., Professor of Theology and Philosophy
A $5 donation suggested at the door. Wine and cheese
reception to follow. Call 703-841-2550.
PARENTS: Come to the Youth Ministry Meeng
Religious Education News
Fall 2013 Confirmation Candidates: Confirmation is
scheduled for Friday, November 22. Rehearsal will be
Thursday, November 21. Please continue to pray for each
other as you prepare for this wonderful sacrament.
Confirmation Retreat: We are still accepting registrations for
the Confirmation retreats happening this Fall (2013).
PLEASE NOTE: The Day Retreat is now full. There is still
space available for both the Boys’ and Girls’ retreats
CCD Classes began the week of September 8th.
The last day for CCD registration was Thursday,
September 12th. Children must be enrolled in the program
before they may attend class.
Wednesday, September 25th - Confirmaon 2014 Team
Leader Meeng in St. John Room, Parish Hall at 7:30pm
Religious Education Office:
Music Liturgy at Saint Leo the Great
Joining a choir gives us a chance to minister to others through
music – to serve the church. Ultimately the best reason to join
a church choir is that you get to praise God through song. Our
choirs return to leading the congregation in song. Is God
calling you to join one of our choirs and serve the church? If
so, join us NOW. Please contact Lorraine Neill:
([email protected]) or 703-273-4682 to join.
YOUTH CHOIR ( boys & girls entering 3rd-6th gr.) Rehearsals:
1 hour/week on Tuesday 4:30pm OR Wednesday at 3pm.
October - April. 1st rehearsal Sept 17 or 18!
TEEN CHOIR (teens 7 grade - high school) We are looking
for singers & instrumentalists! Rehearsals: Tuesday 7– 8PM.
The group sings monthly alternating between the 5pm Mass on
Saturday & the 5pm Mass on Sunday. 1st rehearsal Sept. 10th!
ADULT CHOIR sings at the 11 AM Mass on Sunday.
Rehearsals: Wednesday 7:30 – 9:00 PM. This traditional choir
sings 4-part music. It is helpful if you have had some
experience singing in a choir. They also prepare the music for
Holy Days, Confirmation, Christmas Midnight Mass, Holy
Week, & various other celebrations where music is needed
throughout the year. 1st rehearsal August 28th!
GREGORIAN SCHOLA (under the direction of Bob Adams)
sings at the 7:30 AM Mass on the 1st & 3rd Sunday each
month. Rehearsals: Thursday 7– 8 PM in the basement of the
Rectory. Contact Bob at [email protected] for more info.
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR sings at the 9 AM Mass under the
direction of Ann LaBarge. Rehearsals: Thursday 7:30 PM in
the St. Cecilia music room. Contact Ann at [email protected]
High School Students: Sunday, September 22! Join us for a
“New Years BASH.” No, it is not 2014 yet, but it is the start
of a new school year! Free Chipotle, Awesome Giveaways,
Games, & prizes… and CHIPOTLE! 6-8pm. Meet by the Gym.
Middle School Students: SEPTEMBER 21!!! We all scream for
the end of summer and an array of ice cream flavors and
toppings & an Ulmate Cabbage Tournament. What's beAer
than unlimited ice cream? Heaven. Join us as we kick-off our
fall semester on Church, and explore why being Catholic is
such a giF! Time: 3-4:45 pm. Guadalupe Rm (Parish
Hall). Join us aFerwards for the5:00pm Sunday Vigil Mass!
Families are encouraged to join us!
Quesons? Email Melissa or Erik at [email protected]
Salvaon Saturdays at Saxby’s: Saturday, September 28th!
Join us for a study of the Old Testament and Salvaon
History! This is a new Bible Study for High School Students.
10:30-11:30am. Bring your Bible. Email Melissa at:
[email protected] for more info. We will meet every
other Saturday.
Girls CLC is this Monday, Sept. 16th. Each week we break
open the Gospels, grow deeper in our faith and build strong
relaonships. Crazy madness and creave games usually
ensue. Meet in the Youth Room from 7:30-9:00pm
Boys CLC is this Wednesday, Sept. 18th. Each week we break
open the Gospels, grow deeper in our faith and build strong
relaonships. Crazy madness and creave games usually
ensue. Meet in the Youth Room from 7:30-9:00pm
To learn more about CLC’s (Catholic Life Communi es) visit
our website:
Want to stay updated on youth events? *Visit our NEW
website for the full calendar and registraon forms. hAp://
“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.” -St. Teresa of Avila
NOTE: The Confirmaon Day Retreat for 8th Grade Students
on September 28th is now FULL. You must either aAend the
weekend retreat or find another retreat. Thank you!
Sisters of Life to Speak September 21 Join us for a very
special event with the Sisters of Life. “Inspiring Others with the
Heart of Christ” is the theme for Saturday, Sept. 21, Talk will
be 10am-12:30 pm, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Chantilly in
the school cafeteria (after 9am Mass). All are welcome. Event
is free. Sponsored by Gabriel Project, a parish-based
pregnancy assistance ministry of the Office for Family Life. For
information, please contact the Gabriel Project office at 703841-2755. RSVP:
Learn Italian! It’s Fun and Easy! Join classes in September.
For more information about cost & dates please contact
instructor, Elisabetta Lazarte at [email protected] or 703-887
-1995. The Italian Heritage Society of St Mary of Sorrows.
Lucio D’Andrea : [email protected]
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"Este hermano tuyo estaba muerto y ha
vuelto a la vida." ¿Deseas traer a otros a la
vida en Cristo como un sacerdote diácono,
hermana o hermano religioso? Llame al
Padre J. D. Jaffe al (703) 841-2514, o escriba
a: [email protected].
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: Todos los viernes a las 7pm
Todos los sábados de 3:30 a 5:00pm. Los domingos desde
las 12:00pm a 12:50pm.
Bautizos: Preparación- llamar a Carlos Cea: 703-8362139 ó Padre Ramon: 703-273-5369.
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 el Padre Ramon al 703-273-5369.
Grupo de Jóvenes: domingos 2:30–5pm—
Información: Guadalupe Barrera 703– 655–2729.
Catequesis Para Niños y Jóvenes: domingos 11–
12:30. Llamar a: 703-273-4868.
Catequesis para Niños especiales ó sordos:
domingos 11:00am—12:30pm
Información: 703-273-4868.
Sacramentos para Estudiantes de Secundaria:
llamar a la Oficina de Jovenes al teléfono 703-591-6089, ó
email a [email protected].
Legion de Maria: lunes 7:30—9 pm ó domingo 11 am—
12:30 pm. Llamar a Padre Ramon: 703-273-5369.
Información general: llamar a Diacono Jose Lopez
Estudio Bíblico – San Mateo: El Rey y Su Reino Este 27 de
septiembre comenzaremos un nuevo Estudio Bíblico sobre el
Evangelio de San Mateo y el enfoque será "El Rey y Su
Reino." Será los viernes a las 7:30pm en el salón parroquial
San Juan y el costo será de $20 por persona (cubrirá el costo
del libro de trabajo). El cupo es limitado así que reserve su
espacio lo antes possible. Para mayor información hablar con
Gustavo o Sandra Solares: 703-250-0089 o 703-346-0409.
Grupo de Oración Sábados 6-8:30pm, Salon de Nuestra Sra
de La Guadalupe. Información: Jose Ferrufino: 703-250-1343.
Retiro para mujeres: La casa de las monjas dominicas
invitan a cualquier mujer que esta interesada en un retiro
desde el 20-22 de septiembre en McLean, VA. El director de
retiro es el Padre Fernando Negro. El costo sugerido es $175
por persona. Para más información, por favor llame a Yolanda
Caraballo al 301-977-0972.
Clases de Convalidaciones Matrimoniales: ¿Estan casados
por lo civil o estan viviendos juntos por muchos años?
¿Deseas casarte en la iglesia? Estan invitados a participar en
el curso de convalidaciones matrimoniales ofrecido por la
parroquia de San Leo los sábados a partir del 7 de septiembre
2013 hasta el 12 de octubre 2013 desde las 6:30 pm hasta las
9 pm. El curso es un requisito para casarse por la iglesia.
También tenemos cuidado de niños. Durante el mes de
agosto, parejas de convalidacion estaran disponibles en la
entrada de la iglesia para anotar los nombres de cualquier
pareja que esta interesada. Para mas información llame al
Padre Baez: 703-273-5369.
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.
Quiere Mejorar su Inglés? Inscríbase en Clases de Inglés!
Ofrecemos clases de inglés en San Leo Magno los sabados
de 10 am a 12 pm. Inscríbase los sabados a partir de las 10
am en la parroquia (salon de Guadalupe). El costo de las
clases es $50 por un semestre entero de 12 semanas, e
incluye el libro. Para más información, llame a Caridades
Católicas, Hogar Immigrant Services al 571-208-1572.
Retiro en Silencio El grupo de Liderazgo invita a hombres
de 18 años en adelante para un retiro desde el 20 al 22 de
septiembre en su casa de formación en Falls Church. Para
mas información llame al 571-499-0812.
Educación Religiosa
Catequesis: Se necesitan catequistas bilingües para los
domingos de 11:00 am a 12:30 pm. Las personas
interesadas por favor comunicarse a la oficina de
Educacion Religiosa 703-273-4868, o por correo
electrónico: [email protected].
September 15, 2013

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