April 7, 2013 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax, Virginia


April 7, 2013 - St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Fairfax, Virginia
Dear Friends,
This Sunday aernoon we will celebrate a holy
hour of Divine Mercy at 3 PM. We gather as a community
of faith in the presence of the Risen Lord with gra"tude
and deep longing.
The message and devo"on to Jesus as The Divine
Mercy is based on the wri"ngs of Saint Faus"na Kowalska.
At the "me of her death in 1938, the message of Divine
Mercy had begun to spread throughout Poland and the
world. The future Pope John Paul II was deeply moved by
the wri"ngs of St. Faus"na. He described Divine Mercy as
the answer to the world’s problems. When Pope John Paul
canonized St. Faus"na in 2000, he also established the
Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.
On this day we ask for God’s Mercy. We approach
Him in prayer asking Him to pour out his mercy upon us
and on the whole world. We extend to others the love and
forgiveness we have received and hope for from God. We
completely trust in Jesus le6ng go of our false no"ons of
self-sufficiency and strength. We pray for the grace to
forgive each other as we have been forgiven by God. We
strive with His help to imitate His selfless love and in so
doing open our hearts to the fullness of His love.
We celebrate a truth very frequently forgo;en:
God wants nothing other than the eternal happiness of
every single person. He pleads with us to know that His
mercy is greater than our sins. We need only repent and
place our trust in Him to share His joy. “Jesus, I trust in
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
April 7, 2013
Jesus appeared to Sister
Faustina Kowalska on Feb. 22,
1931, with rays radiating from
His Heart. He said “Paint an
image according to the pattern
you see, with the signature ,
‘Jesus, I trust in you.’ I desire
that this image be venerated,
first in your chapel, and
throughout the world. The two
rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands
for the Water which makes souls righteous. The
red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of
souls. These two rays issued forth from the very
depths of My tender Mercy when My Agonized
Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.” This
image signifies the Divine Mercy poured out from
Christ upon the Cross, and reminds us that the
Cross, love in action, is the price of mercy.
The Feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated on the Sunday
after Easter, as requested by Our Lord to Saint Faustina.
Our parish will celebrate this beautiful Feast of Mercy
today, Sunday, April 7th, with a Holy Hour at 3pm in the
church. We will sing the Chaplet of Mercy and have
Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed
Sacrament. Please come and pray with us as we honor
the King of Mercy.
VOLUNTEERS Ongoing refresher training is required each
year for diocesan employees and volunteers who work with
children. This is accomplished by viewing a short (30minute) video called "Keeping the Promise Alive." The next
follow-up training sessions at St. Leo will be held Monday &
Tuesday, April 22 & 23, and Wednesday & Thursday May
15 & 16. The film will be shown at 3 times: 8:15—8:45am,
2:15-2:45pm, and 6:00-6:30pm, all in the Guadalupe room,
Parish Hall. This is not a replacement for the original 4hour training, but is a follow-up for persons whose
original training took place a year or more ago. You do
not need to sign up ahead of time, but you will be asked to
sign out at the conclusion of the session to confirm your
attendance. Contact Mary Adams at 703-273-5369 for more
Gabriel Project Ministry Are you an expectant mother?
Would you like to have a friend supporting and accompanying
you on your journey to motherhood? Gabriel Project is a parish
-based ministry that assists pregnant women with material,
emotional, and spiritual support. Please call our confidential
helpline at 1-866-444-3553.
For volunteer information or to donate items, contact
[email protected]
—Please remember in your prayers the repose of the
souls of the faithful departed.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our daily
Monday Is 7:10-14, 8:10; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday Acts 4:32-37; Jn 3:7b-15
Wednesday Acts 5:17-26; Jn 3:16-21
Thursday Acts 5:27-33; Jn 3:31-36
Acts 5:34-42; Jn 6:1-15
Saturday Acts 6:1-7; Jn 6:16-21
Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Rv 5:11-14;
Jn 21:1-19
Sunday of each month, Saint Leo features 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.
THE 11 AM MASS TODAY, April 7th, is for the souls of
those parishioners, family members and friends who have
died during the last month.
April 8 through April 14
Saint Luis de Montfort Consecration:
Everyone who is preparing to participate in
the Marian Consecration using St. Louis de
Montfort's manual is invited to a Prayer &
Share session with Fr. Baez and the
Legion of Mary members. The dates are
Thursdays, April 11, 18 & 25 in St. Mark
Room from 7-8 pm. You can attend as
many as you wish. We will discuss what
the Consecration means for daily life. Any questions please
call Fr. Baez or e-mail him at [email protected].
Fabiana Dabu (anniv.)
Costello Family
Schell Wessel
Lilly C. Tronqueo
Grimaneza Avila (anniv.)
Mary Rodriguez (anniv.)
Michael C. Cardillo
Prudencio Diaz (anniv.)
2013 Night of Magic Saturday, April 13,
at 6:00 pm in St. Leo school gym.
Witness multiple magicians perform
fantastical feats of prestidigitation! $10
per adult, $5 per child, $30 family cap.
Price includes admission, pizza, and
drink. Please RSVP with the number of
Leffas, [email protected], 703-436-2717.
(Presented by the St. Leo Knights of Columbus)
Doris Stoehr
Sam Storage
Joe Milanese
Dorothy and Alcide Dumais
For the Parish
Geraldine Willett
Cecilia Gillen
Thelma and Justo Calibara
Bert and Lois Chaloux
2013 Annual St Leo Parish Retreat 4pm, Fri April 26 – 1pm,
Sun, April 28 at Loyola Jesuit Retreat House, Faulkner, MD
Jesus, frequently, often went off to a quiet place to pray and
listen to God the Father. Each of us needs to do the same.
Here is your chance. The theme of the Parish-Based Weekend
Retreat is “Speaking As One Friend To Another”. This is an
opportunity for deepening our faith and love for Jesus through
honest dialogue in prayer. Suggested retreat offering is $235
(more if you can) covers 2 nights lodging, 6 meals & snacks.
Register at: www.loyolaonthepotomac.com or mail your $115
deposit to Loyola Retreat House, PO Box 9, 9270 Retreat Rd,
Faulkner, MD 20632. This retreat is one of a limited number for
both men & women. Make your reservation early. Loyola’s
policy is that no one will be denied a retreat because of
finances. To set up a confidential payment plan call 301-3920819. Other questions, contact St Leo retreat captain, Jim
Caputo: 703-691-0479. Come away to a beautiful quiet place
and listen. See you there. God bless.
In addition to the regular schedule of Masses, Mass has
been offered for the following intentions: Barbara Zollo,
Stephanie Wochok, Special Intention.
at Saint Leo. The next class is Tuesday, April 9th 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.
“As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.”
Do you have a growing interest in sharing the
Lord’s saving mission as a priest, deacon or in
the consecrated life? Call Father Brian
Bashista: 703-841-2514, or write him:
[email protected].
at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, in Emmitsburg, MD.
FIAT DAYS– for high school young women:
Sunday, June 30—Thursday, July 4
QUO VADIS DAYS– for high school young men:
Sunday, July 28— Thursday, August 1.
Quo Vadis and Fiat Days are camps for young Catholics to
deepen their faith, learn about all vocations, and to better
discern God’s call in their lives. Online registration at:
www.arlingtonvocations.org. For more information, contact
Fr. JD Jaffe, Promoter of Vocations: 703-841-2514 or email
to: [email protected]. Fee: $125.00.
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 2013-2014 will be held on Wednesday,
April 10th at 10 am in the Guadalupe room,
Parish Hall. Principal’s welcome will begin at
10am followed by a tour of the school.
Applications are available for pickup at the open house, and
during the school day from 9am to 2pm, and on the school
website: www.saintleothegreatschool.org Please RSVP to
Mrs. Cynthia Washington, Assistant Principal and Director of
Admissions at 703-273-1211, ext. 645 to reserve a place.
All completed applications, with
copies of supporting documents, may
be sent through the mail or handcarried 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: www.saintleothegreatschool.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Saint Leo parishioners receive preferential
status in Pre-School through eighth grade applications.
In-parish families must be registered.
April 7, 2013
Faith & Food at P.J. Skidoos Returns!
Join your parish priests at P.J. Skidoos, 9908
Fairfax Boulevard Fairfax, April 8, 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, contact Carolyn:
[email protected] or 703-273-7277.
The Institute of Catholic Culture presents: Whatever
You Ask in My Name– An Introduction to the Jesus
Prayer on Sunday, April 14, at 7:30pm in the Guadalupe
room, Parish Hall. Talk presented by Father Anthony
For addional informaon regarding any of the above
events, please contact Carolyn Smith:
[email protected] or 703-273-5369.
Men’s Vocation Discernment Retreat: Friday, April 12 –
Sunday, April 14 Are you listening for God’s call?
Consider attending this annual retreat for men (ages 1740) at San Damiano Spiritual Life Center in White Post,
which runs from 7 pm Friday to 2 pm Sunday. Registration
is $40. Space is limited. Sign up with the Office of
[email protected].
Kitchen Lead Assistant for the current school
year. Hours are 10:30-1:30, Monday—Friday. Please call
703-273-1211 ext. 650 or send cover letter and resume to
Jessica Cabrera: [email protected].
Paul VI Catholic High School presents “Once Upon a
Mattress” the musical version of the fairy tale of the
“Princess and the Pea”, April 12, 13, & 14. April 12 and 13
performances will start at 7:30pm; Sunday’s matinee starts
at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for students & seniors, $15 for
adults, and may be purchased in advance by emailing
[email protected] or call 703.352.0925 ext.
371. Come and see if you believe in happily ever after!
St. Leo Moms' Group Join us for faith-filled
fellowship every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Thursday of the
month in the Guadalupe Room at 10am.
Mothers of any age children, and children of all
ages are welcome! Contact Michele Healy:
[email protected]
[email protected].
April 11 - 7:30 pm bible study - nursing babies welcome
April 17 - 7:30 pm book club "The Song of Bernadette"
April 25 - 10:30 am meeting in Guadalupe room
Religious Education News
1st Communion Rehearsal – 6:45 pm in the school
FIRST COMMUNION Mass 11:00 am (divided by
classes/teacher and will meet in classrooms at
10:15 am); reception in gym following Mass
1st Communion Rehearsal – 6:45 pm in the school
FIRST COMMUNION Mass 11:00 am (divided by
classes/teacher and will meet in classrooms at
10:15 am); reception in gym following Mass
May Crowning, all family members are invited to
participate; 1st session @ 4:00 pm in the church;
2nd session @ 7:15 pm in the church
Religious Education Office:
7th Grade Pre-HSPT & Lunch Bishop O'Connell High
School offers 7th graders the chance to take a practice High
School Placement Test, or Pre-HSPT, from 8:30 am-12:30
pm on Saturday, May 11 and Saturday, May 18. Following
the Pre-HSPT, all participants will be provided a lunch. The
cost for the test and lunch is $40. For more information and
to register, visit www.bishopoconnell.org/prehspt or call 703
Bishop O'Connell High School Theatre presents
Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," April 1921 Performances are Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and
Sunday matinee at 2 pm. General admission is $10,
(students & seniors $5.) For tickets and additional
information, please contact the box office at 703-237-1448
or visit www.bishopoconnell.org/theatre. Bishop O'Connell
High School is located at 6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington.
Father Diamond Council
Events & Calendar
High School Students: TONIGHT is 8th GRADE
WELCOME NIGHT! And Divine Mercy! Join us for an
awesome fun-filled, game filled night! Dinner
provided. 6-8pm. Eighth -12th graders invited!
Middle School Students: EDGE THIS WEEK, April 12! “Rise
Up: The Ascension.” A)er a couple weeks break, we are
back! 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Guadalupe Room. Dinner
provided! Games, give-a-ways and more! See you there!
Middle School Students: Mark Your Calendars for “Junior
High Bash” on April 27th. Details to follow!
Ques"ons? Email Melissa or Erik at [email protected]
Are you an adult who has a desire to do rela:onal ministry
with Middle or High School age youth? We're looking for
YOU! We need adult volunteers who are willing to help with
our Youth Nights this school year. Contact Erik or Melissa
for more informa:on, at [email protected]
Girls CLC Meets THIS Monday, April 8th. Each week we break
open the Gospels, grow deeper in our faith and build strong
rela"onships. Usually cupcakes or other sweet treats are
involved. Meet in the Youth Room from 7:30-9:00pm.
Boys CLC Meets THIS Wednesday, April 10th. Each week we
break open the Gospels, grow deeper in our faith and build
strong rela"onships. Crazy madness and crea"ve games
usually ensue. Meet in the Youth Room from 7:30-9:00pm
To learn more about CLC’s (Catholic Life Communies) visit
our website: stleosyouth.com
Want to stay updated on youth events? Visit our website for
calendar & registra"on forms. h;p://www.stleosyouth.com
"It is love alone that gives worth to all things." -St. Teresa of Avila
Please pray for our youth, that they will come to know the
love of Christ and rediscover their faith.
Meetings – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
8:00 PM
Providence Hall
Bingo Fairfax Nursing Center 7:15 PM
Council Mtg, Food 7 PM, Rosary 7:30 PM, Business Mtg 8 PM
Rosary to End Abortion 8:00 AM at Eaton Place & Rte 123
Night of Magic—6pm School Gym
Salute to Seniors 12 Noon in Providence Hall
Spaghetti Dinner followed by Bingo
Giant, Shoppers Food Warehouse & Safeway Gift Cards
for sale at Providence Hall every weekday at 3:00 PM
or call Larry Novak: 703-978-6137
(Profits benefit scholarship funds and St Leo PTO)
Join the Knights of Columbus. Call Pat McGuire 703-218-2986
Food pantry request: Rice, pancake mix, syrup,
jam, peanut butter, and hot cereal.
April food pantry distribution:
Wednesday, April 17, 6pm - 8pm;
Saturday, April 20, 9am - noon.
SVDP National Vehicle Donation Program can help
someone in need in 3 simple steps. Donations may be
turned into money to provide critical items such as food,
shelter, housing, care for the elderly, or medicine. Your tax
deductible car donation will help someone in our
Bereavement Support Group Free 6 week program begins
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9pm. A support group for those who
have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.
For info & registration, email: [email protected], call:
703-941-7000, or visit: www.havenofnova.org.
Widow/Widower Bereavement Group Free 6 week program
begins Saturday, April 13, 2-3:30pm. For info & registration,
call: 703-941-7000, email: [email protected] or visit:
Are you seeking a closer relationship with Christ?
Consider a Cursillo Weekend. Cursillo is a lay Catholic
movement. Examine and celebrate yourself, your relationship
with Christ, and your relationship with the Christian
Community. There are times of quiet, spiritual direction, a
series of talks, Mass & Reconciliation. The next Men's
Weekend is April 18-21 at Missionhurst. Brochures available at
the entrance of the church. For more details, please contact
Jeff Wolfhope: 703-597-3638, [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.
April 7, 2013
"Así como el Padre me envió a Mi, así también os
envío yo." ¿Tienes un creciente interés en
compartir la misión salvadora del Señor como un
sacerdote, diácono o en la vida consagrada?
Llamar al Padre Brian Bashista (703) 841-2514, o escriba
a: b.bashista@ arlingtondiocese.org.
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.
¡Vamos a Adorarlo! Todos los últimos sábados del més,
adoramos al Santisimo Jesucristo durante una Hora
Santa. Estan invitados a la proxima Hora Santa que sera el 27
de abril, 2013 a las 6:30 pm en la iglesia para prepararnos
para la llegada del año nuevo.
San Leo Magno ofrece clases de ingles ¡Aprender inglés!
Inscríbase en clases de inglés los sábados, a las 10am.
Clases son los sábados de 10am a 12pm. Las clases
cuestan $50 por el semestre. Puede pagar solo con
efectivo o money orden. Para más información, llame a
Hogar Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities of the
Diocese of Arlington al (703) 534-9805 ext. 222.
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
Grupo de Oración Sábados 6-8:30pm, Salon de Nuestra Sra
de La Guadalupe. Información: Jose Ferrufino: 703-250-1343.
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.
Educación Religiosa
Grupo de Jóvenes: domingos 2:30–5pm—
Información: Guadalupe Barrera 703– 655–2729.
Catequesis Para Niños y Jóvenes: domingos 11–
12:30. Llamar a Lee Cena: 703-273-4868.
Catequesis para Niños especiales ó sordos:
domingos 11:00am—12:30pm
Información - Lee Cena: 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
(Jueves) Ensayo de la Primera Comunion
(nos reuniremos en la escuela a las 6:45)
(Sabado) Primera Comunion: (asignados según la
clase) Nos reuniremos en la escuela a las 9:30 am;
Santa Misa sera a las 11:00
(Jueves) Ensayo de la Primera Comunion
(nos reuniremos en la escuela a las 6:45)
(Sabado) Primera Comunion: (asignados según la
clase) Nos reuniremos en la escuela a las 9:30 am;
Santa Misa sera a las 11:00.
Catequesis: Se necesitan catequistas bilingues para los
domingos de 11:00 am a 12:30 pm. Intresados por favor
comunicarse a la oficina de Educacion Religiosa 703-2734868,
[email protected].

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