November 29, 2015 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax


November 29, 2015 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax
November 29, 2015
Dear Friends,
The Sung Mass in Latin (Missa Cantata)
will be celebrated on
Monday, November 30 at 7:00 pm.
I share again the words of Max Josef Metzger, a Catholic
Priest martyred by the Nazis in 1944:
All are welcome. Please join us.
“He knows not Advent’s meaning who has never sat
By twilight in a dreary cell, its window dim;
Even by day comes li,le light into the narrow space.
Evening falls, slowly steals away the sun.
Night throws her gloomy mantle round the room,
Terrifying, impenetrable.
Will it always be night?
Will ne’er a ray of sunshine pierce the gloom?
And a new day lead on to joy?
A faint light glimmers through the narrow ri4, a
That the sun sets never and soon will rise again,
Yes, that the light on which men turned their backs,
The Lord will bring again, with power and glory,
And found his everlas7ng kingdom!
Blessed Christmas Wafers
A centuries’ old Christmas vigil tradition
enjoyed by East Europeans, blessed
wafers are available from Saint Vincent de
Paul Society at the Knights of Columbus
Christmas tree trailer at Saint Leo.
Times (beginning November 29):
Mon-Fri 3:30-8; Sat 9-8; Sun 9-5. Please call for availability
after December 17. Donation is $4.00 per wafer package.
For information call 703-764-0243. Wafer proceeds benefit
the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
Father Diamond Scholarship
Knights of Columbus
Council 6292 will award a 4 year $500 scholarship to a
Catholic student entering 9th grade in a Catholic HS starting
in the Fall 2016. The application is available on the council
website at in the News Headlines
section. For further information contact Tim Tilson at 703273-9436 or via email at [email protected].
I believe in Advent!”
As we enter into this season of Advent, may we who are
imprisoned by our own fears and doubts, believe again in
the coming of the one who has never le4 us – Jesus, the
cause of our joy! Perfect love drives out all fear.
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
Parish Advent Penance Service
and Individual Confessions
There will be an Advent Penance Service
on Sunday, December 13, at 7:30 pm in
the Church. We plan to have more than
14 priests to hear individual confessions.
Please plan to take advantage of this wonderful
opportunity to participate in the sacrament before
adorn Saint Vincent de Paul's
Christmas GIVING TREE in the
hearts have descriptions and
sizes of gifts requested by needy families/seniors within
our parish boundaries. These families have been
interviewed by SVDP members to learn what the adults
& children could really use. A number of heart requests
will also assist the homeless and babies of single
mothers. We ask you to share the joy of Christmas with
someone in need by taking a heart from the tree and
providing the gift described.
Please place your unwrapped gifts in a gift bag with
the heart attached.
On Sundays, place the gift in the large decorated box in
the vestibule next to the tree. During the week, gifts
should be taken to the parish office.
All gifts need to be returned no later than Tuesday,
December 15.
As in past years, toys for children will not be requested on
the hearts. Instead clothing and educational gifts will be
emphasized. Thank you for your generosity.
—Please remember in your prayers the repose of
the souls of the faithful departed, especially:
James Hartzell, father of Tim Hartzell.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our
daily prayers.
ADVENT: The season of Advent has
begun. To help prepare our minds and
hearts for the birth of our Savior, Saint Leo
parish will offer Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament between the 6:15 and 9am
Masses each weekday.
Rom 10:9-18; Mt 4:18-22
Is 11:1-10; Lk 10:21-24
Is 25:6-10a; Mt 15:29-37
Is 26:1-6; Mt 7:21, 24-27
Is 29:17-24; Mt 9:27-31
Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Mt 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8
Bar 5:1-9; Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Lk 3:1-6
November 30 through December 6
1st Sunday of each month, Saint Leo parish offers a blessing
for Expectant and Adopting Parents in support of life & family.
The blessing will take place after the 9am Mass in the church.
Parents in any stage of pregnancy or the adoption process
are invited.
Dolores C. Fox
Jorge L. Bertran
Bill McCarthy
Joseph Cote
THE 11 AM MASS NEXT SUNDAY, December 6th, will be
for the souls of those parishioners, family members and
friends who have died during the last month. If you would like
to have someone remembered in the Prayers of the Faithful
at this Mass, please call 703-273-5369.
Special Intention
Richard Dzikowski
Barbara Vitt
Martha Cavanagh
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS: Next Saturday, Dec. 5th,
we will hold our regular First Saturday devotions beginning
with 9 am Mass, ending with Benediction. Come, pray for
peace and an end to abortion.
Rosario Misterio
Jeanne Marie Marousek
An Evening of Praise, Worship, & Adoration will be held
Saturday, December 5th from 7-8:30 pm at Saint Leo in the
Church. All are welcome for prayer, beautiful music,
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction.
Respect Life
Mary Carmen Laney
Christmas Trees The Knights of Columbus will
again sell Christmas Trees in front of St Leo
school. Hours of Operation are Mon.-Fri. 3:30-9
pm; Saturdays 9 am-9:00 pm; Sundays 9 am-6
pm. Sales start November 29 and continue
through December 21. There will be Fraser Firs
and Scotch Pines. Proceeds from the sales support
numerous charitable activities.
In addition to the regular schedule of Masses, Mass has
been offered for the following intentions: Anita Powell,
Donald Eck, Poor Souls in Purgatory, Patrick Laing, Ed
Annual AWC Greens Sale Support AWC Crisis
Pregnancy Center and decorate your home at
the same time! Mixed Wreath with Cones ($25),
Noble Fir Wreath ($20), Advent/Christmas
Wreath with Berries ($10), Mixed Bunch of
Greens ($5), Candle Holder Ring ($15) and 4-pk of Advent
Candles ($10). Sun., Nov. 29th, after the 7:30, 9:00, and
11:00 am Masses ONLY.
Remaining items will be sold at the Knights of Columbus
Christmas tree trailer while supplies last.
Virginia Boschi
For The Parish
deceased of the parish
Pedro Juanpere
Special Intention
Leo. The next class is Tuesday, December 8th at
7:30 pm in the St. Matthew 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.
“Strengthen your hearts in holiness.” Are
you being called to grow in holiness as a
priest, deacon, religious brother or sister?
Call Father J.D. Jaffe at 703-841-2514, or
write: [email protected].
Day of Recollection for Discerners Could Christ be calling
you to the priesthood or religious life? Take a step to find out.
The Office of Vocations will hold a day retreat for men on
Saturday, December 19 and a day retreat for women on
Sunday, December 20. Both run from 9 am to 5 pm and are
open to those 17 years and older. Please register by Friday,
December 11. To register, please contact the Office of
Vocations: 703-841-2514 or [email protected].
Count down to Christmas! St. Leo School 8th
grade class will be selling chocolate-filled
Advent calendars after Masses during
November. Proceeds will fund their graduation
activities. Treat your family & friends to an
a chocolate surprise and bible quote each day.
Calendars may also be purchased and donated to a wounded
soldier. We will take care of the delivery. Calendars sell out
every year. Please stop by our table outside the church.
Krispy Creme donuts also for sale! Call Theresa Sherman at
703-250-8060. Thank you for supporting St. Leo School 8th
grade class!
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
November 29, 2015
Faith & Food at P.J. Skidoos
Please join us on Monday, November 30th
at 7 pm, for an evening of fellowship and
lively discussion over dinner (appetizers on us!). Deacon
Marques Silva will give a presentation entitled, "The Year
of Mercy and the History of Holy Years". Be sure to bring
your friends! All ages are welcome! Contact Carolyn:
[email protected], 703-273-7277.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
(RCIA) is a process for bringing into the Catholic Church
both those who have never been baptized & those who were
baptized in a non-Catholic church. RCIA is also the way for
adult Catholics who have never been confirmed to prepare
for the final Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation. Every
September, a new RCIA process begins at St. Leo. 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 classes are 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 learn! RCIA meets on
Tuesdays, from 7:30-9 pm in the Guadalupe Room.
Adult Confirmation
Adults who wish to receive the
Sacrament of Confirmation need to attend the RCIA
classes on Tuesday evenings. Classes have begun and
will continue through March, 2016. Adult Confirmation will
take place at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in
Arlington, on May 14 & 15, 2016.
For more information about any of the above, please contact
Carolyn at [email protected] or 703-273-5369.
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 am—3:00 pm or access forms on our website at:
Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be
available November 18. Join us for an Open
House on any of the following dates: Dec. 9,
10am; Jan. 31, 12:00pm; Feb. 17, 10am; March
16, 10am; April 20, 10am; May 11, 10am or call
the school office to make an appointment for a
tour 703-273-1211.
Every Monday: Running Group! Meet in front of the
Church at 7 pm. Come for a fun run & prayer around Fairfax
City. All skill levels welcome! We meet every Monday.
In case of inclement weather please check
the website or call the school office.
Financial Aid packets available upon
PLEASE NOTE: Saint Leo parishioners receive preferential
status in Pre-School through eighth grade applications.
In-parish families must be registered.
Under the patronage of
Bl. Giorgio Frassati, we are a community of young
adults (20's-30's, singles & couples) striving to
deepen our faith, serve the community, & evangelize the
culture, while enjoying coffee & outdoors-y activities.
Every Wednesday: Whiskey and Wisdom at Auld Shebeen,
6-7:00 pm. Every other week of W&W we will discuss the
wisdom in the book of "Letters to a Young Catholic," led by
Mike Horvath.
If you would like to receive our newsletter with upcoming
events, or be added to our Google Community Group, send
an email to: [email protected]
Follow us on Twitter: @FrassatiFairfax
Religious Education News
There will be no Sunday Religious Education classes
on Sunday, November 29.
First Communion paperwork is due in the Religious
Education office on Monday, November 30.
Religious Education Office:
Married Couples: Come find out how to grow &
strengthen your marriage Teams of Our Lady is an
International movement of the faithful chartered by
Pontifical Council for the Laity. Its objective is to help
married couples to discover and put into practice all the
dimensions of their Sacrament of Marriage in fidelity to the
teachings of the Church.
While the movement is
international, it does this at the very local level, with teams
of 5 –7 couples. Come to an Information Meeting at St.
Michael Catholic Church to learn about Teams and how it
can strengthen and grow your marriage even in the tumult
of 21st century family and work life. (If your life is even more
complicated than only family and work, you are invited too.)
The meeting will be hosted by Carol and Deacon Dave
McCaffrey. Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm in the All
Purpose Room St Michael Junior School, (7401 St.
Michael’s Lane, Annandale) Questions: Call Carol or Dave
Girls CLC is this week, Monday, November 30, 7:309pm. Each week we break open the Gospels and
reflect on scripture. Having tea par7es and ea7ng cupcakes are
part of the weekly fun! Interested? Contact Laura Benne,
at [email protected]
Boys CLC is this week! Join us Wednesday, December 2, 7:309pm. Each week we break open the Gospels and reflect on
scripture. Playing ul7mate frisbee, board games, or jamming out
are part of the weekly fun! Interested? Contact Mike Paque,e
at [email protected]
with your families! Join us next week, December 6 for the next
part in Salva7on History: "Plagued." We meet for Mass at
5:00pm, followed by a great dinner, fellowship, fun and faith.
Evening concludes at 8:00pm. Open to all 9th-12th grade students.
Bring a friend! This semester we will be talking about Salva7on
History, "the story."
Audi5on for the One Act Play! Audi5ons will be held on Sunday,
December 6, 2:30-4:30pm. All 9th-12th graders are invited!
Details online. Performances will be February 6th and 7th.
High School Workcamp: All high school teens are invited to the
Workcamp 2016 Informa7onal Mee7ng in the Youth Office
on December 13th at 3:30pm. Please come and hear about this
wonderful opportunity to serve others and grow in faith.
Middle School
Senior holiday project Seeking youth/young
adults to organize a battery collection drive to
assist in our senior holiday project.
Please call 703/352-3509.
Father Diamond Council
Events & Calendar
Meetings – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
8:00 PM
Providence Hall
Advent Begins
9:00AM – Tree Sales start
1:00PM - Giants/Redskins game Providence Hall
7:30-Officers Mtg —Providence Hall
Christmas Dinner & Dance – Providence Hall
Monday Night Football - 8:30 PM Cowboys —
Providence Hall
Breakfast With SANTA!!
Giant, Shoppers Food Warehouse & Safeway Food Cards for
sale – at Providence Hall every weekday at 3:00 PM
or call Larry Novak - 703-978-6137
Join the Knights – Contact Joe Gesker – 703-435-4811
Thursday Takeovers con5nue this Thursday, December 3. We
meet weekly from 3:30-5:00pm for snacks, games, and prayer!
New folks always welcome!
Do you love to sing?! Come Christmas Caroling with us on
Saturday, December 12 at Commonwealth Nursing Home. Forms
are online, and due on December 9. We will meet for 9:00am
Mass, depart at 10:00am, sing at 10:30am, and finish with lunch
at Chik Fil A! We will be back at St. Leo by 1pm.
Mark your calendars for the next ON FIRE! December 19!
#BlessedAreThoseWhoHungerAndThirstForRighteousness. We
will meet for 5:00pm Mass, followed by dinner, games, at talk a
Bonfire and S'mores! We will be having an awesome Advent/
Christmas Party! This year's theme is #BLESSED.
Save the Date for Life is VERY Good Evening of Prayer on
January 21 at GMU!! Ticket cost: $17.00. Forms online and DUE
by Monday, January 18. Open to 6th-12th graders.
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 must be fully compliant
with the requirements of the Diocesan Office for the Protection of
Children/Young People.
Questions? Email Melissa at [email protected]
EnCourage is a Catholic support community for parents,
family, and friends who want to reach out in truth and
compassion to loved ones experiencing same-sex
attractions. Standing by the true teachings of the Roman
Catholic Church, EnCourage members support one
another and their loved ones through discussion, prayer,
and fellowship. EnCourage meets the first Monday of each
month at St. Veronica Parish in the school building, room
P205, at 7:30 pm. St. Veronica is located at 3460
Centreville Rd, Chantilly. For information, or to reach a
priest who works with EnCourage, please email:
[email protected]. Even if you are not
comfortable with the idea of group meeting, priests working
in this ministry will help you!
Novena Led by Bishop Loverde for Couples Suffering
with Infertility and Infant Death From December 4 -12,
Bishop Paul Loverde will lead a novena to Our Lady of
Guadalupe for all couples who desire who are struggling
with infertility and infant loss. The novena will culminate
with Mass on December 12 at Saint Timothy in Chantilly.
Visit to signup. For more information, please contact the Office for
Family Life (703) 841-2550.
November 29, 2015
"Fortalezcan sus corazones en santidad".
¿Están siendo llamados para crecer en la
santidad como un sacerdote, diácono,
religioso, hermano o hermana? Llama al
Padre J.D. Jaffe (703) 841-2514, o escribele a:
[email protected].
No habrá clases Educación Religiosa el domingo, 29
de noviembre.
los papeles de Primera Comunión se deben, en la oficina
de Educación Religiosa el lunes 30 de Noviembre.
Programa de Rito de Iniciación Cristiana para Adultos
(RICA) Este programa es para todos los adultos (18 años para
arriba) que les falte uno de los sacramentos de iniciación
(bautizo, comunión, o confirmación). Las clases comenzarán el
domingo, 27 de septiembre, a las 10:30 am en el salón San
Juan del centro Parroquial. Para mayor información, llamar a
Gustavo y Sandra Solares, 703-346-0409.
Voluntarios para el Programa de RICA: Si desea participar
en el RICA como voluntario, por favor ponerse en contacto con
Gustavo y Sandra Solares al 703-346-0409.
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 11:00am-12:15pm, Salón Juan
en el Centro Parroquial. Para información, llamar al Diácono
José López, 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 información, llamar al Diacono José López 703-222-7704.
Taller para Servidores de la Liturgia El 28 de noviembre
tendremos un taller de 7:30am a 3:00pm en el gimnasio del
colegio de San Leo. Todos los que trabajan en ministerios
de la liturgia o que desean trabajar en algun ministerio
litúrgico (Sacristan, Ujieres, Ministros Extraordinarios de la
Comunión, Lectores, Bienvenida, Coro) deben participar en
este taller. Se proveerá almuerzo. Por favor avisar su
participación al coordinador de su ministerio.
Para mayor información, consultar con sus coordinadores o
[email protected].
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.
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 será el 28 noviembre.
Grupo de Oración Sábados 6-8:30pm, Salon de Nuestra Sra de La
Guadalupe. Información: Jose Ferrufino: 703-250-1343.
November 29, 2015

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