March 23, 2014 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax, Virginia


March 23, 2014 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax, Virginia
Dear Friends,
“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of
God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For
Christ, while we were sll helpless, died at the appointed
me for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one
die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die. But God proves his
love for us in that while we were sll sinners Christ died for
These words of St. Paul are filled with gratude.
Paul, being mindful of his sinfulness, gives glory to God for
His love. So great is Father’s love and His desire to be with
us that He sends His Only Son Jesus Christ who, in turn,
offers Himself as the perfect sacrifice of love. To
acknowledge our sin is a great gi6 for it enables us to
recognize our need for God’s mercy and permits healing
and transformaon to begin.
The book you see displayed in the sanctuary in
front of the pulpit is the Book of the Elect. Inscribed in this
book are the names of those who have been preparing to
receive the Sacraments of Iniaon at the Easter Vigil at St.
Leo the Great. It was signed by Bishop Loverde at the
Cathedral during the Rite of Elecon. At that me the
bishop formally declared his approval of those preparing to
be received into the Church
With this “elecon” by our bishop, those preparing
to be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil have
entered into the period of “purificaon and
enlightenment.” This period is marked by the celebraon
of the “scrunies” on the Third, Fourth, and Fi6h Sundays
of Lent. The Rite of Chrisan Iniaon of Adults explains
that the “scrunies are rites for self-searching and
repentance. The scrunies are meant to uncover, then heal
all that is weak, defecve, or sinful in the hearts of the
elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright,
strong, and good. For the scrunies are celebrated in order
to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to
protect them against temptaon, and to give them
strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life….
In order to inspire in the elect a desire for purificaon and
redempon by Christ, three scrunies are celebrated. By
this means, first of all, the elect are instructed gradually
about the mystery of sin, from which the whole world
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and every person longs to be delivered and thus saved
from its present and future consequences. Second, their
spirit is filled with Christ the Redeemer, who is the living
water (gospel of the Samaritan woman in the first
scruny), the light of the world (gospel of the man born
blind in the second scruny), the resurrecon and the life
(gospel of Lazarus in the third scruny). From the first to
the final scruny the elect should progress in their
percepon of sin and their desire for salvaon.”
As we, along with the elect, uncover and
acknowledge our sinfulness and need for God’s love and
mercy, may we all grow in gratude to Him.
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
St. Leo the Great
Annual Parish Lenten Mission
"A Mission of Spiritual Renewal"
presented by Father Dwight Longenecker
Sunday, April 6 through Tuesday, April 8
All 3 sessions begin at 7:30 PM.
The Topics of the Mission are:
Sunday: The Road to Rome -
From Fundamentalist Christian to Catholic Priest
Monday: The Attack of the Ism's -
Twelve Modern World views that Undermine our
Catholic Faith
Tuesday: Being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
Please join us for any or all of the evenings.
Lenten Soup Suppers Don't know what to
cook on Fridays during Lent? You don't have
to! Come join your fellow parishioners and
their families and friends for a penitential soup
supper. Vegetarian and vegan soups, bread and salad will
be served beginning at 6:30 pm in Providence Hall. There is
no charge for the meal, however, donations will be
accepted for the charitable works of the St. Vincent de Paul
Society. The suppers will be each Friday during Lent.
—Please remember in your prayers the repose of the
souls of the faithful departed, especially: Joseph P.
Maurer, uncle of Deacon David Maurer; Walter
Hocker, husband of Elizabeth Hocker; Shanthi
Narayan, mother-in-law of Marie Rodriguez.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our daily prayers.
Parish Lenten Penance Service and
Individual Confessions
St. Leo Parish will host a Lenten
Penance Service Sunday, March 30th
at 7:30 pm in the Church. Visiting
priests will join our parish priests to
hear individual Confessions. Please plan to take
advantage of this wonderful opportunity to
participate in the sacrament before Easter.
2014 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal Renewing
Hope with Hearts Afire! The Bishop’s Lenten
Appeal is in full swing and we are hoping that all
families in our parish will support this important
appeal to the extent that they are able. The BLA
funds many programs, services and ministries that serve
people in need and further Jesus’ Mission in our diocese.
Together we can do so much to help so many!
2 Kgs 5:1-15ab; Lk 4:24-30
Is 7:10-14, 8:10; Heb 10:4-10;
Lk 1:26-38
Dt 4:1, 5-9; Mt 5:17-19
Jer 7:23-28; Lk 11:14-23
Hos 14:2-10; Mk 12:28-34
Hos 6:1-6; Lk 18:9-14
1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Eph 5:8-14;
Jn 9:1-41
March 24 through March 30
Nora Bostrom
Nassif Cannon
Mary Ruth Cavanaugh
Law Kivlen
Rev. Ronald R. Turcich, O.S.A.
Thelma Billingsley
Vesa Julkunen
Special Intention
Raymond Senavitis
Maura DeVito
Austina Kelley
Catherine Curran Meigle
Throughout Lent, Saint Leo Parish will
offer Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration
between the 6:15 and 9 am Masses each
weekday. Beginning March 7th, on Fridays instead
of the Holy Hour, we will have Stations of the
Cross at 7:30 pm. Beginning March 12th, on
Wednesdays we will have Confessions beginning at
6:30 pm and Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 pm.
Ash Wednesday and Good
Friday are days of fast
and abstinence.
Every Friday in Lent is a day of Abstinence.
Fast means 1 main meal per day and 2 smaller,
meatless meals for all between the ages of 18 and
59 (inclusive.)
Abstinence means no meat or meat products are
to be eaten. This is applicable to all who are 14
years or older.
These are minimum standards for the observance of
the Lenten penitential period of preparation and no
Catholic may lightly excuse him/herself from them.
Dorothy and Julius Klobukowski
Patricia Ribik Smith
Fred Ayoub
Arthur Miles
For the Parish
Leo. The next class is Tuesday, April 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 benefits Catholic Relief
Services. Please be generous.
Marian Consecration- "Do you know what it is?" The
Legion of Mary invites all interested parishioners to
participate in a 33 day preparation for the Consecration to
Christ through Mary. This Consecration is an effective
means to faithfully live our Baptismal commitment. Sign up
after all Masses on March 22-23.(A freewill donation of $2
will cover book & shipping.) Participants begin the 33 day
preparation on April 10. Consecration will take place
Saturday, May 24 after 9 am Mass. A reception will follow in
the Our Lady of Guadalupe room. To prepare for the
Consecration, there will be 4 “Prayer and Share” sessions
on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm in St. John room
on April 15, 22, 29 and May 6. Father Baez will speak about
a different saint each evening.
Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (the movie) will
be shown in the Our Lady of Guadalupe room on Saturday,
April 5, from 10am-12:30pm after Benediction. Light
Refreshments will be served. Viewer discretion advised.
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
An Open House for Preschool and
Kindergarten through Grade 8, for school year
2014-2015 will be held on Wednesday, March
26 at 10 am in Parish Hall. Principal’s welcome
will be followed by a tour of the school.
Applications will be available for pickup at the
open house, during the school day 9am- 2pm, and on the
school website: Please
RSVP to Mrs. Cynthia Washington, Assistant Principal and
Director of Admissions at 703-273-1211, ext. 645 to reserve a
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 2014–2015 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.
An additional Open House will be held on Wednesday,
April 16 at 10 am.
Applications available:
PLEASE NOTE: Saint Leo parishioners receive preferential
status in Pre-School through eighth grade applications.
In-parish families must be registered.
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Faith & Food at P.J. Skidoos
Faith and Food will take a break during Lent.
Please join us on Monday, May 12th at 7:00
pm, for an evening of fellowship & 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: [email protected] or 703-273-7277.
Lenten Bible Study Father Whitestone will present a Bible
Study on four consecuve Monday evenings during Lent.
The studies connue Monday, March 24, at 7:30 pm in
the Guadalupe Room, Parish Hall. Each week Father
Whitestone will explore the history, theology and
spirituality of the Sunday readings.
For addional informaon regarding any of the above
events, please contact Carolyn Smith:
[email protected] or 703-273-5369.
Spring into reading!!! The Saint Leo Book
Fair will be held in the school library
Sunday, March 23 (10 am—12:30 pm)
through Thursday, March 27 (weekday
hours 8:15-3:00). Please stop by and support the library!
St. Leo Adult Co-Ed Softball team The St. Leo Adult CoEd Softball team is looking for a few women who would like
to play. Must be 18+. We play in Fairfax Adult Softball
league on Sunday evenings, two games each night. Games
start in early April and run though June. Please contact
Tom LaBue at: [email protected] or 703-938-0695.
Mark your calendar for this year’s Annual St. Leo Parish
Retreat: Fri. April 25 4 PM — Sun. April 27 1 PM at Loyola
Jesuit Retreat House in Faulkner MD. Retreat theme: “Rivers
of Living Water.” The suggested retreat offering is $235 for 2
nights lodging, and 6 meals & snacks. This year there is a
special retreat fee of $185 for a first time retreatant and for
young adult retreatants up to age 30. Remember, Loyola’s
policy is that no one will be denied a retreat because of
finances. Just contact the retreat house staff directly at 301392-0800. You may register on-line or by mail. Visit: For other questions; contact
the St Leo retreat captain, Jim Caputo, @ 703-691-0479.
Food pantry Easter request:
Cake mixes and frosting needed by April 4.
Female maximum absorbency underwear for size L/XL. Waterproof mattress bed pads
(disposable or washable). Hospital bed sheets (new).
FCPS ACE Gift Certificates.
Religious Education News
Registration for 2014—2015 Religious Education Classes
Registrations for classes for grades K-8 will begin the
weekend of April 5-6 after all Masses. We will have
registration in the church vestibule and it will be first come/first
served. Registered Parishioners have priority. Please bring a
copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate if you have not
already submitted one to our office.
Vacation Bible School 2014 will be held July 28—Aug 1
Many people are needed to make this event succeed, so
please consider helping. All volunteers must be Virtus
certified and undergo a background check. Questions?
Please call the Religious Education office 703-273-4868 or
email Sue Spitz at [email protected].
Religious Education Office:
St. Leo CYO is looking for a volunteer director of girls
volleyball. Addi#onally, we are looking for volunteer
coaches for girls volleyball, grades 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and
7th/8th. Please contact Brian Gormley: 703-720-6734.
“But whoever drinks the water I give, will never be
thirsty.” Are you thirsting for an understanding of
your vocation? If you think Jesus may be inviting
you to the priesthood or consecrated life, call
[email protected].
Father Diamond Council
Events & Calendar
Meetings – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
8:00 PM
Providence Hall
FAMILY BREAKFAST after 7:30 & 9:00 AM Masses
at Providence Hall – open to ALL- eggs, waffles,
pancakes, omelets, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy
3/28 – 6 PM - Parish Soup Supper – Providence Hall
Night of Magic –6:00 pm in school gym– open to All
Magic, Pizza & Drinks Cost: $10/adult-$5/child-$30family cap
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 John Eldred at (703)-932-1322.
T.O.B Con)nues! Join us from 6-8pm in St.
Leo Gym for dinner and games. Bring a friend!
All Things New, #CaptureTheMoment: High School
Students are invited to join us for our annual retreat! We
will be going to Camp St. Charles with 4 other parishes for
an amazing weekend away, and an encounter with Christ.
Cost: $95. Permission Slips on our website,
Nail Sale fundraiser con)nue throughout lent. All
proceeds support our high school workcamp. There will be
envelopes available in the vesbule with nail crosses.
Please send your donaons in the envelope to
the rectory office. Thank you for your generosity in
supporng this awesome opportunity for our young people
to answer the call of service.
Theology of the Body for Middle School concludes this
week! Join us Wednesday March 26, 7:00-8:30 pm in the
8th grade religion classrooms in St. Leo School. Open to
parents and teens Grades 7 & 8. For more info, email
Melissa at [email protected]
NEXT EDGE: Saturday, April 12, from 3:00-4:45 pm in the
Guadalupe Room. “Without Ceasing!” Join us for snacks
and games, invite a friend! Open to grades 6-8.
[email protected]
Girls CLC is this Monday, March 24 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 7:30-9:00 pm.
Boys CLC is this Wednesday, March 26: Join us from 7:309:00 pm in the Youth Room. We play Ulmate Frisbee,
break open the Gospel and go deep into the faith.
To learn more about CLC’s (Catholic Life Communies) visit
our website:
Want to stay updated on youth events? *Visit our NEW
website for the calendar & registraon forms:
“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”
-St. Teresa of Avila
Blessed Sacrament
(1417 W. Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22302)
June 23-June 27: Welcome to the Jungle- A Safari
adventure, Laser Tag, Cooking, Crafts, Pool fun and so
many more exciting activities. July 7- July 11: Drama
Camp: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock. Cost: Early Bird
special $240 if turned in before April 1,2014. $275.00
after April 2. From: 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Ages: Rising KRising 6th. Please use the link on the Blessed Sacrament
School’s website for the registration form. Please send it
with the $100.00 per week, per child, non-refundable
deposit to the school office labeled summer camp. Spaces
are limited— sign up soon.
Visit: for more info.
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.
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“Pero aquel que beba del agua que yo
daré, nunca volverá a tener sed.” ¿Estás
sediento de entender tu vocación? Si crees
que Jesús te está invitando al sacerdocio
o a la vida consagrada, llama al Padre
J.D. Jaffe at (703) 841-2514 o escribe a:
[email protected].
Registraciones para las Clases De Educación Religiosa
2014-2015 Las registraciones para las clases grados k-8
empezaran el fin de semana del 5-6 de Abril después de
todas las Misas. Tendremos mesa de registración en el
vestíbulo y será en base al primero en llegar / primero en
ser servido. Los feligreses tienen prioridad. Por favor traiga
una copia del acta de Bautizo de su niño, si es que todavía
no ha entregado una a nuestra oficina.
Clases de alfabetización Si usted conoce a un adulto que
no sabe leer o escribir, ofreceremos en la parroquia un
curso de aprendizaje los domingos a partir del 2 de marzo
del 2014. El costo es minimo. Favor de llamar a Padre
Baez o al Diacono Lopez para mas información.
Convalidacion de Matrimonio Parejas casadas por la
corte civil o que están en unión libre por muchos años
están invitados al curso de convalidaciones que comenzará
el sabado, 1ro de abril a las 6:30 pm en el Salón de San
Juan. Ofreceremos cuidado de niños. El curso continuará
todos los sabados al mismo tiempo y terminará a
comienzos del mes de mayo. Habra una mesa a la entrada
de la parroquia después de la misa en español para
inscribirse, o puede hablar con el Padre Baez o el diácono
Lopez para mas información.
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 22 de marzo.
Legion de Maria: lunes 7:30—9 pm ó domingo 11 am—
12:30 pm. Llamar a Padre Ramon: 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.
Información general: llamar a Diacono Jose Lopez
Grupo de Oración Sábados 6-8:30pm, Salon de Nuestra Sra
de La Guadalupe. Información: Jose Ferrufino: 703-250-1343.
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].
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