crucifixion (at least in the human way of understanding these events


crucifixion (at least in the human way of understanding these events
Dear Friends,
We celebrate this weekend the Feast of the Triumph of
the Cross. I have reprinted a portion of a homily given
by Pope St. John Paul II on the occasion of this feast in
This is the meaning of the Cross of
Christ. This is its power. “God sent his
Son into the world not to condemn the
world, but so that through him the world
might be saved” (Io. 3, 17).
The feast that we celebrate today speaks
of a marvelous and ceaseless action of
God in human history, in the history of
every man, woman and child. The Cross
of Christ on Golgotha has become for all
time the centre of this saving work of
God. Christ is the Savior of the world,
because in him and through him the love
with which God so loved the world is
continuously revealed: “God loved the
world so much that he gave his only
Son” (Ibid. 3, 16).
– The Father gave him so that this Son,
who is one in substance with him, would
become man by being conceived of the
Virgin Mary.
– The Father gave him so that as the Son
of Man he would proclaim the Gospel,
the Good News of salvation.
– The Father gave him so that this Son,
by responding with his own infinite love
to the love of the Father, might offer
himself on the Cross.
From a human point of view,
Christ’s offering of himself on the Cross
was a sign of contradiction, an
unthinkable disgrace. It was, in fact, the
most profound humiliation possible.
Through his self-emptying on Golgotha,
in the disgrace of the Cross and the
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crucifixion (at least in the human way of
understanding these events) Christ
receives the highest exaltation. In God’s
eyes, the Cross is the greatest triumph.
The way of human judgment is very
different from God’s. God’s judgment far
surpasses ours. What seems to us to be
failure is, in God’s eyes, the victory of
sacrificial love.
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
Bring a friend! Saturday, September 27,
9:00am—4:00pm at Hylton Memorial
Chapel (14640 Potomac Mills Rd.,
Woodbridge) Keynotes: Jennifer Fulwiler,
Fr. Juan Puigbo, Fr. Dwight Longenecker
and music by Marie Miller. The keynotes & music will
emphasize witness, testimonial, and practical sharing of the
faith. Augmenting the talks and music, attendees will have
the opportunity to encounter Christ in the Mass,
Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, and to meet
ministry leaders at the ministry exhibits. Bishop Loverde will
celebrate Mass at 11:30am. Cost: $40. Online registration
Celebrating A Silver or Golden Wedding
Anniversary This Year? Were you married
in 1964 or 1989? Then join Bishop Loverde
for the 2014 Marriage Jubilee Mass to be
celebrated on Sunday, October 19th at 2:30
pm at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More.
Please contact the parish office to
register no later than September 19th 703-273-5369.
St. Leo Adult Bible Study will begin its 2014-15 study on
Thursday Sept. 25, at 7:30pm in the St. Mark Room. Our
first topic of study will be The Letter of
Paul to the Romans. Join us as we
learn from St. Paul about the great gift
of salvation through Christ, and explore
the questions of faith, grace, good
works, & predestination. This was at
Reformation & Martin Luther's decision
to challenge church teaching. Bring a Catholic edition of the
Bible. Contact Norma Jo Shore: 703-978-3361 or
[email protected]
—Please remember in your prayers the repose
of the souls of the faithful departed, especially:
Dr. Francis Bottone, brother of Virginia Sutto.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our
daily prayers, especially: John Berg, Florence
Urban, Margaret Meehan, Helen Curran.
(Sponsored by St. Leo Columbiettes)
on Thursday, October 9th. 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.
Learn Italian! It’s Fun and Easy! Join our classes in
September. For cost & dates please contact Elisabetta
Lazarte: [email protected] or 703-887-1995. Italian
Heritage Society of St Mary of Sorrows, Lucio D’ Andrea:
Craft Fair Space AvailableThe Ladies of Fr.
Diamond Council #6292 K of C, are hosting a
craft show at St. Leo on Sunday October 19th.
We are accepting registrations from vendors
interested in renting table space. Email
[email protected] for information.
Atlantic City Day Trip Monday, Oct. 6 Sponsored by the
Ladies of Fr. Diamond Council #6292. Trip to Taj Mahal
casino departs St. Leo 6am, returning 10pm. Cost $50; $30
return from casino. Coffee, Donuts and BINGO! on the bus;
movie on return trip. Please reserve your seat by
September 23 by calling Flo Hogan: 703-280-2343.
"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.
Prayer: Saint Vincent de Paul, servant of the poor,
accompany us in our service for a tender heart filled with
compassion & become impassioned by His love. Amen.
September Food Distribution: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6-8pm;
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9am - noon
1 Cor 11:17-26, 33; Jn 19:25-27
1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Lk 7:11-17
1 Cor 12:31–13:13; Lk 7:31-35
1 Cor 15:1-11; Lk 7:36-50
1 Cor 15:12-20; Lk 8:1-3
1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Lk 8:4-15
Is 55:6-9; Phil 1:20c-24, 27a;
Mt 20:1-16a
September 15 through September 21
Huntley Boyd
Loretta Conroy (anniv.)
Prospero Hernandez II
Vincent Bateman
Judith Ross
Eliose Davis
Peter B. Fisher
Kyle Dandrow
Murrell Perisck (anniv.)
Special Intention
Judith Ross
Jerry Nangle
Angel and Ana Maria Gonzalez
Fred Hurley
Fred Ayoub
Bienvenida Lobo
For the Parish
In addition to the regular schedule of Masses, Mass has
been offered for the following intentions: Joseph Welsh,
Margot Edwards, Fr. Richard Dair, Alexander Sisson,
Joseph Welsh, Special Intention, Special Intention, In
Leo. The next class is Tuesday, October 14th 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 Religious Education.
Please be generous.
“Whoever believes in the Son of Man will have
eternal life.” Are you called to bring faith in
Christ and eternal life to others as a priest,
deacon or in the consecrated life? Call Father
J.D. Jaffe at 703-841-2514 or write:
[email protected].
Music Liturgy at St. Leo the Great
Joining a choir gives us a chance to minister to others through
music – to serve the church. What a privilege to be used by God for
this purpose! Ultimately the best reason to join a church choir is that
you get to praise God through song. Our choirs will soon return
(after a brief summer vacation) to leading the congregation in song.
Is God calling you to join one of our choirs and serve the church in
this way? If so, the best time to join is NOW. Please contact our
music director, Lorraine Neill: [email protected] or 703273-4682 if you would like to join any of our choirs.
Our YOUTH CHOIR is accepting boys and girls entering 3rd—6th
grade & rehearses weekly Tuesdays from 3–4 PM. If your child
attends St. Leo School, they will be picked up at dismissal. The
choir sings twice a month – at 5 PM Mass on Saturday or 9 AM
Mass on Sunday. The first rehearsal was on Tuesday, Sept 9th.
The TEEN CHOIR is accepting new teens entering 7th grade
through high school. We are looking for singers & instrumentalists!
The group rehearses Tuesdays from 7–8 PM and sings twice
monthly at Mass alternating between 5 PM Saturday, 5 PM Sunday
& 9 AM Sunday. The first rehearsal was September 9th!
The ADULT CHOIR sings at the 11 AM Mass on Sunday and
rehearses Wednesdays from 7:30–9 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. The first rehearsal was August 27th!
The CONTEMPORARY CHOIR sings at the 9:00 AM Mass under
the direction of Ann LaBarge, and rehearses Thursdays in the St.
Cecilia music room at 7:30 PM. If you would like to sing in this choir,
contact Ann at [email protected]
Our HANDBELL CHOIR is looking for new members. They will
meet this year on Wednesday from 6:30–7:30 PM. It is necessary to
have a basic knowledge of note reading to be a successful ringer.
Contact Lorraine Neill if you are interested.
We are in need of CANTORS to lead the singing once or twice a
month at our Masses. If you are a professionally trained singer,
perhaps you are being called to serve the church in this way.
Contact Lorraine Neill if you are interested.
September 14, 2014
Faith & Food at P.J. Skidoos
Please join us on Monday, October 6th 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:
[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 16.
For additional information, please contact Carolyn Smith:
[email protected] or 703-273-5369.
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 are available for pickup
during the school day from 8am - 3pm,
and at:
All completed applications, with copies of supporting
documents, may be sent through the mail or hand-carried to
the school between the hours of 8am and 12pm. 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, 703-2731211 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.
Religious Education News
OF SEPTEMBER 7 Religious Education classes for the 2014
-2015 school year began the week of September 7 for all of
those who have already registered. Bilingual classes began
on Sunday, September 7 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm. Monday
classes began on September 8 (4:45 pm–6:00 pm for
afternoon classes, and 7:00 pm–8:15pm for evening classes).
Our Confirmation Dates are:
Teams 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 11:
Confirmation Rehearsal- Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:00 pm and
Confirmation -Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 pm.
Teams 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10:
Confirmation Rehearsal- Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 8:00 pm and
Confirmation- Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm.
Catechists and assistants are needed for the 2014-2015
school year. Please call Toni Haaland at 703 273-4868 if you
would like to help teach the Faith. Training is provided. All
volunteers must be fully compliant with the requirements of
the diocesan Office of Child Protection and Safety. Please
volunteer as soon as possible so that we can help you to
begin the process.
Religious Education Office:
English Classes Available Catholic Charities-Hogar
Immigrant Services offers English Classes at St. Leo on
Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. The cost is $50
for the semester and includes the textbook. Various class
levels offered. For more information call Hogar Immigrant
Services at 571-208-1572.
Father Diamond Council
Events & Calendar
Meetings – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
8:00 PM
Providence Hall
Fr. Malloy Assembly Mtg –Providence Hall 7:30 pm
Family Breakfast – Providence Hall EVERYONE
Invited – omelets, eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage
1st Degree & Meeting at Providence Hall
7pm Rosary, 8pm 1st Degree
Redskins Game -Providence Hall – 8:30 pm
September 27 Crab Feast -6:30pm Providence Hall
$35- Adults, $10 (Kids & Landlubbers)
All-U-Can-Eat (crabs, hot dogs,
hamburgers, corn, coleslaw)
RSVP Required, $45 for walk-ins
Herb Zimmerman– 703-385-9455; Charlie Kraiger– 703-667-0241
Join the Knights – Contact Pat McGuire – 703-218-2986
Get info on Youth events for 2014-2015! Stop by the
Youth Ministry table aer Mass THIS week! We
would love to meet you! We will have informaon
about registraon, events, and volunteering opportunies!
YOUTH CARNIVAL! Kick-off the year with us SUNDAY,
SEPTEMBER 21 (immediately following 5pm Mass) 6-8pm in
St. Leo Gym. All teens 9th - 12th grade are invited!
RCIT (Rite of Chrisan Iniaon for Teens) If you are in high
school and are looking to receive, Bapsm, First communion,
or Confirmaon please email Erik at [email protected].
Registraons for sacramental prep classes now available!
Youth Rally! Mark your calendars for Sunday October 19th!
Rally is one of largest gatherings of high school age teens
from the all around the diocese. Come for a day of faith and
fun! Permission slips will be available late September.
Girls CLC is Monday, September 15th. Each week we break
open the Gospels and reflect on scripture. Having tea pares
and eang cupcakes are part of the weekly fun! Interested?
Contact Laura Benne9 at [email protected]
Boys CLC is Wednesday, September 17th. Each week we break
open the Gospels and reflect on scripture. Playing ulmate
frisbee, board games, or jamming out are part of the weekly
fun! Interested? Contact Erik Teter [email protected]
Middle School:
"Thursday Takeovers" begin October 9, 3:30-5:30pm. 6th-8th
graders are invited to come for snacks, games, and ulmate
frisbee. We meet in the Youth Room for this weekly event!
"On Fire!" Kick-Off will be on Saturday, October 11, 5-8 pm
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."
Cox Farms Trip! Saturday, October 18. Meet for 9:00am Mass
followed by a trip to the farm. We will need drivers and
chaperones. More details & a permission slip will be online in
early September. Each month, we will have a service trip or
fun field trip planned
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 willing to complete the Virtus CerAficaAon. We need
volunteers for both our High School and Middle School
Youth Ministry Programs.
QuesAons? Email Erik or Melissa at [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: 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
[email protected].
Legion de Maria: sabado 5:00—6:30 pm ó domingo 11
am—12:30 pm.
Información: Virginia Pierson —[email protected]
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.
September 14, 2014
“Aquél que cree en el Hijo del Hombre tendrá
vida eterna.” ¿Estás llamado a transmitir la fe
en Cristo y la vida eterna a los demás como
sacerdote, diácono o en la vida consagrada?
Llama al Padre J.D. Jaffe al (703) 841-2514 o
escribe a: [email protected].
Registraciones para las Clases de Educación Religiosa
Registraciones para las clases de Educación Religiosa estarán
abiertas hasta el jueves 28 de agosto. Nuestras Oficinas
están abiertas de Lunes a Jueves 930 am- 330 pm. Hojas de
registración están disponible en el Web site de la Parroquia.
Por favor llame a Toni Haaland o Virginia Pierson al 703-2734868 si usted tiene alguna pregunta.
Se necesitan Catequistas y asistentes para el año escolar
2014-2015. Por favor llamar a Toni Haaland al 703-273-4868
si le gustaría ayudar a ensenar la Fe. Se dará entrenamiento.
Todos los voluntarios deben ser totalmente compatibles con
los requerimientos dela oficina diocesana de protección dela
infancia. Por favor déjenos saber lo antes posible para
ayudarlo con el proceso.
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 [email protected].
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 27
de septiembre.
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 Gustavo y Sandra Solares, 703-346-0409.
Grupo de Oración Sábados 6-8:30pm, Salon de Nuestra Sra
de La Guadalupe. Información: Jose Ferrufino: 703-250-1343.
September 14, 2014

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