Dear Friends, Welcome Home


Dear Friends, Welcome Home
Dear Friends,
The readings at Mass this weekend lead us to reflect
upon the faith of Abraham. He hears the voice of God and
leaves all behind looking forward to the promise. This week
we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Assump on of the
Virgin Mary. While we say that Abraham is “our father in
faith”, we rightly say that Mary is “the perfec on of faith”.
Our Holy Father Pope Francis write in his first
encyclical, The Light of Faith:
“In Mary, the Daughter of Zion, is fulfilled the long history of
faith of the Old Testament, with its account of so many
faithful women, beginning with Sarah: women who, alongside
the patriarchs, were those in whom God’s promise was
fulfilled and new life flowered. In the fullness of me, God’s
word was spoken to Mary and she received that word into
her heart, her en re being, so that in her womb it could take
flesh and be born as light for humanity.... In the Mother of
Jesus, faith demonstrated its frui0ulness; when our own
spiritual lives bear fruit we become filled with joy, which is
the clearest sign of faith’s grandeur. In her own life Mary
completed the pilgrimage of faith, following in the footsteps
of her Son. In her the faith journey of the Old Testament was
thus taken up into the following of Christ, transformed by him
and entering into the gaze of the incarnate Son of God….
Let us turn in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and
Mother of our faith.
Mother, help our faith!
Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize
his voice and call.
Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to
go forth from our own land and to receive his
Help us to be touched by his love, that we may
touch him in faith.
Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to
believe in his love, especially at Ɵmes of trial,
beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is
called to mature.
Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus,
that he may be light for our path. And may this
light of faith always increase in us, unƟl the dawn
of that undying day which is Christ himself, your
Son, our Lord!”
In Christ,
Rev. David A. Whitestone, Pastor
August 11, 2013
Please note that the RCIA classes will take
place on Tuesdays this year!
Welcome Home
Are you, or someone you know,
questioning or struggling to accept
Are you unable to
participate in the 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 begin on Sept. 12 at 7:30pm in the St. Matthew
Room, Parish Hall, and will continue for 6 consecutive
weeks. For information, contact Deacon Dave Maurer or
Carolyn Smith at 703-273-5369.
Many people continue to struggle in this difficult
economy. For many years, the Society of St. Vincent
de Paul Conference at St. Leo has sponsored the
Giving Tree Project, which provides donated gifts to the
needy of our parish and surrounding City of Fairfax at
Christmas. If you are a registered parishioner & find your
family struggling from paycheck to paycheck, are elderly or
have a physically special needs family member, we may be
able to help you provide your family with a little extra this
Christmas. Please notify us by August 30 (703-352-2324.)
All information provided is held in strict confidence.
All St. Leo employees and volunteers
who wish to work with children are
required to attend a 4-hour seminar
as part of becoming compliant with
the diocesan policy on child protection.
At St. Leo, we will host a seminar in English on Saturday,
August 24, at 1:00pm, in the Our Lady of Guadalupe room,
Parish Hall. To receive credit for attending, you must
register online for the seminar. Go to: and
click on "Registration." Select the Diocese of Arlington then
select the St. Leo seminar on Aug. 24. Follow the directions
you are given. Questions? Call Mary Adams at 703-2735369 or email at: [email protected].
Scout Sunday August 25th St. Leo the Great
will host Scout Sunday on August 25th.
Current Cub Scouts are invited to wear their
uniforms to the 9:00 am Mass. There will be a
reception for all current Scouts, as well as all
families interested in Scouting, immediately following Mass
in the Guadalupe Room. There will be activities,
refreshments, and information on how to join Scouting.
—Please remember in your prayers the repose of the
souls of the faithful departed, especially: Lisa
McCurdy, sister of Janet Rakoczy.
—We ask you to remember those in need of our daily
prayers, especially: Lucille Kelly.
Thursday, August 15th is the Solemnity of the
Assumpon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a
Holy Day of Obligaon. Mass will be
celebrated on Wednesday, August 14th at
7:30pm, and on Thursday, August 15th at
6:00am, 9:00am, 12:05pm and 7:30pm.
In ancipaon of the Holy Day, we will have
all-night Eucharisc Adoraon beginning immediately
a1er the 7:30 pm Vigil Mass and concluding just before
the 6:00 am Mass on August 15th. Please sign up for
periods of adoraon on the chart in the vesbule.
Altar Server Training: Any St. Leo Student &
any Student in the St. Leo CCD program 5th
grade and higher is invited to learn to become
an altar server. The training will be conducted
on the following dates and times:
August 24, 2013 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
August 31, 2013 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
September 7, 2013 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
September 14, 2013 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
August 12 through August 18
Marilyn Culkin Timlin
Dale Gunn
Ann Patricia deLadurantaye
Special Intention
Robert Bailey
Ted Ittner
David Donnelly
Kathryn Cotner
Donald McCoy
For the Parish
Special Intention
George Rutcho
Joanne Pinheiro
Arthur Murphy
Doris Stoehr
In order to become proficient, one must attend any two of the
training sessions. For more information, or to sign up, please
contact Fr. Baez at the parish office: 703-273-5369.
Bethlehem Wood Carvers will display
beautiful olivewood handmade carvings
from the Holy Land after all Masses
this weekend. These carvings are made
by the Christians of Bethlehem who use
them as their source of income. These brothers and sisters
in Bethlehem are enduring hardships because of the
volatile situation in their home country. For information, call
Feras: 202-302-5889 or visit
Dt 10:12-22; Mt 17:22-27
Dt 31:1-8; Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Dt 34:1-12; Mt 18:15-20
Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab;
1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
Jos 24:1-13; Mt 19:3-12
Jos 24:14-29; Mt 19:13-15
Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Heb 12:1-4;
Lk 12:49-53
Special Intention
For the Parish
Special Intention
Pedro Juanpere
Danilo C.Liwanag
Crayons For Kids
Classroom Supplies and
Other School Supplies Needed (Please Send
New Items Only) During the weekends of
August 24-25 & Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Parish Girl
Scouts will collect school supplies for St.
Anthony’s School in D.C. Cash donations also appreciated
& accepted. Please put monetary donations in an envelope
marked “Crayons for Kids” and place in the Offertory
basket. Please make checks payable to St. Leo the Great
Church & indicate “Crayons for Kids” on the memo line. All
donations will be put towards audio-visual equipment,
reading program, and/or religious articles. Donations will
be taken Aug. 24-25 & Aug. 31-Sept. 1 after all Masses.
In addition to the regular schedule of Masses, Mass has been
offered for the following intentions: Paula Doyle, Special
Intention, Marcus Michael Schimik, Douglas Thompson.
at Saint Leo. The next class is Tuesday, August
13th 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.
“Faith is the assurance of that which is hoped
for.” If you believe in the Giver of the call, you
can hope to be true to it. Will you follow Christ
as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?
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.
Celebrating A Silver or Golden Wedding
Anniversary This Year? Were you married in
1963 or 1988? Join Bishop Loverde for the 2013
Marriage Jubilee Mass to be celebrated on
Sunday, October 20, at 2:30 pm at the Cathedral
of St. Thomas More. Contact the parish office
(703-273-5369) to register no later than September 14.
August 11, 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
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.
For addiƟonal informaƟon regarding any of the above events,
please contact Carolyn Smith: [email protected]
or 703-273-5369.
The Devil's Advocate: 3 Nights, 3 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
on September 10, 17, & 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 for our faith
by engaging with other viewpoints seriously and fairly.
September 10: Sex & Morality with Rev. Paul Scalia,
Bishop's Delegate for Clergy
September 17: Protestant Critiques of Catholicism with
Vaughn Treco, Former Protestant minister and Lay
Applications available:
September 24: Agnosticism & Atheism with Rev. Thomas
Joseph White, O.P., Professor of Theology and Philosophy
PLEASE NOTE: Saint Leo parishioners receive preferential
status in Pre-School through eighth grade applications.
A $5 donation suggested at the door. A wine & cheese
reception to follow. Call 703-841-2550.
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.
Registrations for CCD 2013-14 are accepted throughout
the summer. Please note the kindergarten class can only
accept the first 12 students enrolled. CCD Classes begin
the week of September 8th.
Catechists Needed: We are still in need of catechists &
aides for the 2013-2014 CCD school year (Sunday morning
(bilingual classes), & Monday afternoon & evening sessions).
Please contact the CCD Office: 703-273-4868 if you can help.
CCD Catechist Meeting 7:00-8:30pm in Parish Hall.
This is a mandatory meeting for ALL CCD Catechists.
Diocesan requirements for all catechists and volunteers
mandate that anyone involved with children must renew
VIRTUS certification by viewing the 20 minute update video
annually. This video will be presented at the meeting.
9/4: CCD Parent Mtg for K-8 in the gym 7:00-8:00 pm
Religious Education Office:
Learn Italian! It’s Fun and Easy! Join classes in
September. For more information about cost & dates please
contact Instructor, Elisabetta Lazatre at [email protected]
or 703-887-1995. The Italian Heritage Society of St Mary of
Sorrows. Lucio D’Andrea : [email protected]
Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic School is hosting a
5K Race and Fun Run. Please join us on September 21st
at 8am. This is a fantastic event for athletic runners as well
as walkers and families. Registration is now underway! Visit
the school's website for more information or register at Please contact Katie Lynch at
[email protected] with any questions.
Food pantry request: Sugar, Splenda & Agave
sweeteners, pancake mix, syrup, jam, peanut
butter, brown & white rice, juice boxes, juice & low
sodium food.
August distribution dates: Wednesday, August 21, 6 - 8pm;
Saturday, August 24, 9am - 12noon.
Monday, August 12: M&M&M (Monday
Morning Mass & Breakfast) Join us for
9:00am Monday Mass followed by breakfast
on us all summer.
Girls CLC Meets THIS Monday, August 12th. 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 7:30 -9:00pm.
Boys CLC Meets THIS Wednesday, August 14th. 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 7:309:00pm
High School Summer Events:
August 16th -17th: Boys CLC Summer Workshop (Virginia
Beach and Busch Gardens) Any boys interested in checking
out our boys clc are welcome to join us for summer
workshop. We will head down to VA Beach for a day, stay
the night in Norfolk and then hit up Busch
Gardens. Contact Erik Teter: [email protected] or
To learn more about CLC’s (Catholic Life Communi es) visit
our website:
Middle School Students: The Summer Events Calendar is
Ques ons? Email Melissa or Erik: [email protected]
Want to stay updated on youth events? *Visit our website
for the full calendar and registra on forms. hLp://
"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."
-St. Teresa of Avila
Calling all boys Grades 1 - 5 in the Parish!
Come learn about St. Leo Cub Scout Pack
1113 and start to enjoy the fun! Visit with us
on “Join Scouting Night”, September 11th
from 7-8 PM in the Music Room at St. Leo
School. For additional information, please contact Jeffrey
Ketron at [email protected] or 703.346.8224.
St. Mary of Sorrows Labor Day Picnic, September 2nd
(5612 Ox Rd Fairfax Station) 10:30 am- 5:00 pm. Mass ,
Blessing of Tools, games, rides, rummage sale, crafts, food,
free entertainment. 703-978-4141
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
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:
August 11, 2013
"La fe es la promesa de lo esperado." Si usted
cree en el llamado del Dador, Usted puede
esperar ser fiel a ella. ¿Seguiría usted a Cristo
como un sacerdote, diácono o en la vida
consagrada? Llame al Padre J. D. Jaffe al
[email protected].
Fiesta de la Asunción de La Virgen Maria :
el 15 de agosto es un dia de precepto en la
iglesia (dia de obligación). Las misas del dia
seràn el miercoles, 14 de agosto a las 7:30 pm
(inglés), y el jueves 15 de agosto a las 6 am
(inglés), 9 am (inglés), 12:05 pm (inglés), y a
las 7:30 pm (inglés).
Para niños de 8 a 18 años—La Legion de Maria tiene un
grupo de Jovenes que se reúnen todos los domingos en el
Salon de San Marcos a las 10:20 am. Los niños aprenden
sobre la Virgen y hacen trabajos de caridad. Es una buena
oportunidad de poner en concreto lo que aprenden en la
catequesis los domingos. Para conocer mas, hablen con el
Padre Baez o pasen por el Salon de San Marcos el
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
31 de agosto, 2013 a las 6:30 pm en la iglesia para
prepararnos para la llegada del año nuevo.
Grupo de Oración Sábados 6-8:30pm, Salon de Nuestra
Sra de La Guadalupe. Información: Jose Ferrufino: 703250-1343.
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].
August 11, 2013

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