COVER SHEET CHURCH NAME:

COVER SHEET
CHURCH NAME:
St. Mary
Bulletin number:
511428
Date of publication:
(Sunday’s date)
January 20, 2008
Number of pages transmitted:
4
Special instructions:
Please call Mayra or Emily at 703-836-4100 if you have any questions.
Thank you for all that you do!
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
FOUNDED IN 1795
310 SOUTH ROYAL STREET • ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
Rev. Dennis W. Kleinmann, Pastor
Rev. Robert L. Ruskamp, Parochial Vicar
Rev. John C. De Celles, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Jean Claude Atusameso, In Residence
Rectory
310 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 • 703-836-4100 • Fax: 703-549-3605
Website: http://www.saintmaryparish.net
St. Mary’s School (PK-8) - Mrs. Janet Cantwell, Principal (703-549-1646) • Fax: 703-519-0840;
Main Building 400 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Website: http://www.stmarys-alexva.org
Stephens Hall (Jr. High & Registrar) 703-549-3488
St. Mary’s School of Religion (CCD) and CYO - Luis Brown (703-836-5450)
Director of Music - Dr. Charles Saik (703-684-5308)
Sunday Masses:
Saturday Eve Vigil - 5:00 PM
Sunday - 7:00 AM & 8:30 AM, (9:15 AM - Children’s Mass, St. Mary’s School, 400 Green St.),
10:00 AM (Nursery in Lyceum, 313 Duke St.)
11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & (Vespers - Evening Prayer 4:30 PM) 5:00 PM
Weekday Masses:
Monday through Friday - 6:30, 8:00 AM, 12:10 PM
Federal Holidays - 9:00 AM Mass only
Saturday - 8:00 AM only
Novenas and Adoration at the Church:
Miraculous Medal Novena - Monday - noon
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Thursday 12:30 to 7:30 PM
Mother of Perpetual Help Novena and Holy Hour Thursday - 7:30 PM
Nocturnal Adoration - every First Friday,
9 PM to Saturday 6 AM
Holy Hour for Life - every First Saturday following
8:00 AM Mass
Confessions:
Saturday - 4:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 PM (during Holy Hour)
First Saturday - 8:30 AM (during Holy Hour)
Baptisms:
Every Sunday at 2:15 PM. Please call the Rectory
to register in advance and obtain regulations
concerning godparents,etc.
Marriages:
Contact Parish Priest at least six months before
possible wedding date. Couples who are living
together will be asked to live separately during
marriage preparation time.
Project Rachel, post-abortion help
Gabrial Project, pregnancy help
1-888-456-HOPE
1-866-444-3553
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January 20, 2008
FROM GREEN TO GOLD
9:00 AM
MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2008
Jane Petrino
6:30 AM
8:00 AM
12:10 PM
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008
Oliver Grant
James Arth
Mr. and Mrs. Bang
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008
6:30 AM Baby Conner Carmichael and Family
8:00 AM Mary Guckian
12:10 PM Eleanor Perrine
6:30 AM
8:00 AM
12:10 PM
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008
Jonathan Bebout
William Cloud
Richard C. Fay
6:30 AM
8:00 AM
12:10 PM
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008
Lucy and John Pierpoint
Special Intention: Cassia Manos
Michael and Margaret Rusnak
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2008
Mary Gahan
Dorothy Kramer (Fr. Ruskamp)
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
5:00 PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2008
Special Intention: Celia and Eddie Salomns
(Fr. Jean Claude)
Mary Kavanagh (Fr. Kleinmann)
Benjamin Ruiz (Fr. Ruskamp)
Special Intention: Kevin Lynch
(Fr. De Celles)
Sal Furlan (Fr. Kleinmann)
Catherine A. Jones, Anniversary
(Fr. De Celles)
Parishioners of St. Mary’s (Fr. Kleinmann)
We welcome through the Sacrament of Baptism
Peter Wells DiBella
Walker Prescott Harris
Nicklaus Henry Wallmeyer
The Rectory Office will be closed, Monday, January 21, 2008 in
observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. There will be
one Mass at 9:00 am that day.
Do not think about what will happen tomorrow, for the same
Eternal Father who takes care of you today will look out for you
tomorrow and always. Either He will keep you from evil or He will
give you invincible courage to endure it. Remain in peace; rid your
imagination of whatever troubles you. ~St. Francis de Sales
This week in part this column will be true to its
name. How can I not comment about my “beloved”
Green Bay Packers, whose colors just happen to be
green and gold? I’ll be honest with you right now I am on
cloud nine, as they say, after last Saturday’s game when
the Packers in the midst of a snowstorm defeated the
Seattle Seahawks. All of this may change by Monday
depending on how things go Sunday night with the NFC
Championship game in Green Bay against the New York
Giants. Needless to say I am hoping the Packers prevail.
Who would have thought we would even be here
at the beginning of the season way back in early
September? Admittedly, few people were expecting a
great season for the Packers. They had a very young
team and an aging quarterback, who many thought
should have retired at the end of last year. In addition
there was no running game. Yet they kept charging
forward, finishing the season 13 and 3, much to
everyone’s surprise. Bret Favre, the “aging” quarterback,
had one of his best seasons, breaking all kinds of
records. They seemed to develop somewhat of a
running game after acquiring Ryan Grant from of all
teams the New York Giants. Things went the Packers’
way. They were assured a bye week and were seeded
second in the NFC after Dallas. They started last
weekend with a 14 point deficit, having fumbled twice
within minutes and allowing Seattle to gain an early lead.
Then it started to snow, actually to snow hard, and the
Packers never looked back, finishing that game 42-20.
Unfortunately, having lost to Dallas and to the
Chicago Bears in the second to last game of the season
the Packers also seemingly lost the home field
advantage to Dallas. That is until Dallas lost to the
Giants this past Sunday in an almost unbelievable upset,
which moved the championship game to Green Bay.
Presumably this will be an advantage. The weather
Sunday evening promises to be bitterly cold, in the single
digits, on the “frozen tundra,” as the home of the
Packers, Lambeau Field, is often called. The last NFC
title game in Green Bay was on January 12, 1997 when
they beat the Panthers and went to New Orleans for the
Super Bowl where the Packers defeated the New
England Patriots. Where all this will go Sunday starting
at 6:30 P.M., time will tell. Regardless, it truly has been a
great run. There is a spiritual message here, as you
might have guessed I would find one. That message is
we never know where things can go. The unexpected
can lead to something tremendous. With God all things
are possible. And no I am not suggesting that it is by
God’s intervention that the Packers are where they are,
although I joke that they are God’s team.
On a closing note and as an example of the
above, during the game and after the 5:00 P.M. Mass on
Saturday I was called to the hospital. One of our
parishioners, yet another stalwart of St. Mary’s, a great
family man, a daily Communicant, an extraordinary
minister of Holy Communion, who frequently took
Communion to the sick, someone who had been at Mass
that morning and did a number of errands that day, was
called home by God. Mr. Paul Guidry died that evening
rather unexpectedly. We never know how things are
going to go and so we try to be ready with God’s graces.
I believe Paul was, may God rest his soul. I pray we all
can be, whether the Packers win or lose.
In Christ,
Fr. Kleinmann
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
VOCATIONS
“To you who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and
called to be a holy people.” Could it be that you or
someone in your family is being called to consider
priesthood or consecrated life? Call Father Brian Bashista
at 703.841.2514 or write [email protected]
SERMON ON THE MOUNT IS BACK!! SPECIAL MARCH FOR
LIFE TALK: This Tuesday, January 22nd, from 7:30-9pm in St. Mary's
Lyceum, Fr. Kleinmann will speak on "Saved by Hope: Applying Pope
Benedict's New Encyclical on Hope to the Church's Pro-Life Stance
and Mission." Wine and cheese social followed by talk and discussion.
WORKCAMP INFORMATION MEETING (MANDATORY)
Wednesday, January 30th at 7:30pm (or this Sunday, January 20th at
7:30pm): For parents and teens (who are in freshmen through junior
years in high school). This diocesan teen program offers an amazing
week of service in rural Virginia. The teens help work on homes in
groups, and they participate in a whole line-up of evening events. If
you are interested or think you may be, please come to the
Informational Meeting. This meeting is mandatory for those
who attend WorkCamp and will be held in the Auditorium of the parish
Lyceum. If you cannot make this upcoming meeting, please join us for
the meeting this Sunday night, Jan. 20th, at 7:30pm which is also in
the auditorium. Many of you would have already received an email
about this option.
Any questions?
Contact
Theresa! ( [email protected] or 703-836-4100)
SPECIAL WORKCAMP ANNOUNCEMENT: All Adults ~ Please
prayerfully consider volunteering as a leader or contractor for this
wonderful outreach ministry for the teens of our parish (and other area
parishes). It will be held in the last full week of June in Orange,
VA. Ideally, we will have leaders selected within this next month. For
Teens ~ please prayerfully consider your interest in going on the
WorkCamp adventure this June. Stay tuned for the announcement on
our upcoming informational meeting. For any questions (adults or
teens), please contact Theresa at [email protected] or 703-8364100 ext. 13.
WOMEN'S GROUP Nights ~ Next February 7th and 21st: For
women in their 20's and 30's, married or single. The night begins at
7:30pm. Please arrive at the church by 7:30pm for the first fifteen
minutes of the parish Holy Hour. By 7:45pm, meet around the corner
at the "white house" at 314 Duke St., next door to the rectory. Please
contact Theresa at [email protected] or 703-836-4100 ext. 13 if
you have any questions.
ENCOUNTERING THE LIVING CHRIST THROUGH SACRED
LITURGY, MUSIC AND ART, JANUARY 26TH: Saint Raymond of
Peñafort Parish, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield, VA 22153. Mail
advance registration fee ($10.00) c/o Michael Sirotniak, Catechetical
Leaders of Arlington, 6720 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124 (Make
checks payable to “Catechetical Leaders of Arlington”). Registration
will be accepted at the door ($12). For more information, please
contact Michael Sirotniak at 703.817.1773 or [email protected]
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AT THE CEMETERY: If you have
placed Christmas decorations on the tombstones at St. Mary’s
Cemetery, please remove them as soon as possible. Thank you.
PLEASE JOIN PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS
MINISTRY TEAM AND COMMUNITY FOR ITS 18TH ANNUAL
PANCAKE SUPPER, February 5th, from 6-8pm in the school
cafeteria. The evening will feature entertainment, games, face
painting, and fun for the entire family. Adults: $6, children under 6: $4,
omelet bar additional $3.50. For more info please call Campus
Minister, Mrs. Denyse Kline at 703.352.0925 ext. 330.
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PRO-LIFE CORNER
"A great prayer for life is urgently needed,
a prayer which will rise up throughout the
world. Through special initiatives and in
daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise
to God, the Creator and lover of life, from
every Christian community, from every
group and association, from every family
and from the heart of every believer.”
– Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life
(Evangelium Vitae), n. 100.
NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE: The annual March for Life will be
held on Tuesday, January 22nd beginning at 12:00pm with a rally
on the grounds of the Washington Monument, followed by the March
to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court. A chartered bus will pick up
parishioners in front of St. Mary’s Church at 11:15am and return at
approximately 3:30pm. Please sign up in the rear of the Church if
you plan to take the bus. If you plan to meet St. Mary’s parishioners
at the MARCH, the group will gather at the National Sculpture
Garden ice rink at 7th and Constitution Avenue. For additional
information, call 703.683.5449.
THEOLOGY ON TAP AT PAT TROY’S IN OLD TOWN,
ALEXANDRIA:
If you are in your 20’s and 30’s and have questions about the Catholic
Faith, come join us for food, fun, and faith in a casual setting. Happy
Hour ‘till 7:30pm, Talk 7:30pm, followed by Q&A. Bring your friends
and your coworkers! You must be 21-please bring I.D.! 111 North Pitt
Street, Alexandria, VA (at the intersection of King Street and Pitt).
January 21, 2008
“Chastity: An Alternative Lifestyle”
Dawn Eden, Popular author of “The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding
Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On”
Sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington Office for Family Life/Young
Adult Ministry. Questions? Call 703.841.2550.
Visit us at www.arlingtondiocese.org.
BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL: LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Many of you have received Bishop Loverde’s letter requesting your
financial support of the 2008 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal.
Please
consider making a generous pledge to this important annual
campaign.
BLA funds help to support diocesan offices and ministries that serve
tens of thousands of people each year. All parishes benefit from
services that are received from the Diocese of Arlington. From
encouragement of vocations, to support of seminarians, to continuing
education of priests, to training of catechists, the Appeal funs those
things that parishes cannot do on their own.
Please pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you consider your
annual pledge to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal. Make a sacrificial gift in
gratitude for the gifts that God has given to you.
THE ROSARY AND DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET ON CD: Available
in the back of the Church. Donation of $1 requested-please place
donation in poor box. This simple voice recording is only 17 minutes in
length. It’s an easy way to pray the Rosary daily while you commute to
work, run errands, or workout. CD also includes the Divine Mercy
Chaplet, a treasury of traditional Catholic prayers, and a short history of
the Rosary.
St. Agnes and St. Vincent, please pray for us. Amen
January 20, 2008
TODAY'S READINGS
First Reading -- The glory of the LORD shows through Israel, a
light to all nations, that salvation may reach to the ends of the
earth (Isaiah 49:3, 5-6).
Psalm -- Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will
(Psalm 40).
Second Reading -- All those who call upon the name of the
Lord are called to be holy (1 Corinthians 1:1-3).
Gospel -- John the Baptist testifies: The one who comes after
me, on whom the Spirit comes down and remains, is the Son of
God (John 1:29-34).
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
1 Sm 15:16-23; Mk 2:18-22
1 Sm 16:1-13; Mk 2:23-28
1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Mk 3:1-6
1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7; Mk 3:7-12
Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22; Mk 16:15-18
2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5; Mk 3:20-21
Is 8:23 -- 9:3; Ps 27; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17;
Mt 4:12-23 [12-17]
SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Agnes
St. Vincent; Day of Penance for Violations
to the Dignity of the Human Person
Thursday:
St. Francis de Sales
Friday:
The Conversion of St. Paul;
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends
Saturday:
Ss. Timothy and Titus
Sunday:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Please pray for all those who are ill, including:
Charmaine Atkenson
Chris Ballard
Joe Barbano
Maggie Beirne
Thomas Bertocci
David Boitano
Bethany Burton
Jane Casey
Liz Clark
George Clayton
Joan Clayton
Holly Coors
Robert Daley
Columbine Delenclos
Dan Doherty
Etelvina Duarte
Nora Edmonds
Betsy Engelken
Anna Gaum
Garret Golubin
Lovanne Graham
Jean Gray
Merle Guidry
Elizabeth Hahn
Todd Hansen
Bette Jean Heins
Daniel Scott Holden
Rosemary Wolf Hogan
Mark Hulkower
Eleanor Hyde
Cissie Jordan
Joseph Kavanagh, Jr.
Joan Keller
Robert Kloska
Rhoda Lebowitz
Joe Leonard
Jane Lewis
Thomas Lovely
Marge Madson
Brendon McLane
Joanne McManus
Joan Melick
Helena (Aileen) Meyer
Mary Miller
Gregory Naile
Laura Palmer
Lauren Pettit
Jill Pfeiffer
Marietta Phillips
John Rachel
Betsy Raposa
Carl Ruthstrom
Eddie Salomns
Elizabeth Shimkus
Mike Slavin
Tony Snow
George Stelluto
Graciela Sullivan
Kay Sullivan
Grace Sweeney
Michelle Thorell
George Thomas
Thomas Warren
New additions to the sick list are in bold print.
Please pray for all the deceased, including Paul Horton
and Paul Guidry.
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ST. MARY’S SCHOOL WILL HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE ON
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008 AT 8:30AM IN THE SCHOOL GYM,
LOCATED IN THE MAIN SCHOOL BUILDING. Parents of new
students applying for the 2008‑2009 school year are invited. If you
plan to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Bright, registrar, at 703-549-3488,
ext. 12.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Our priceless treasure as Catholics is our belief in the
actual living presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Christ
could not have been plainer than when He told us to
eat His Body and drink His Blood. What we may
overlook is that our spiritual nourishment does not have
to end with Holy Communion. Prayer in silence before the Blessed
Sacrament is where God can speak to us. He can fill our hearts,
strengthen our wills, teach us humility, and stay with us so we can
grow in holiness.
Think of spending just one hour per week with Our Lord.
Sign-up sheets for a new session running from February through April
are in the back of the Church. Adoration is on Thursdays from
12:30pm-7:30pm, concluding with a Holy Hour.
Please call Mary Stier at 703.768.7167 for more information.
CARPENTER’S SHELTER: On February 7th, we will be serving
dinner to the residents. Sign up for food donations in the book at the
back of the Church.
CHRIST HOUSE DINNER: St. Mary’s will be serving dinner at Christ
House on West Street on Tuesday, January 29th. If you can
contribute food (listed in book at back of the Church) or help serve,
please check book or call Janet Watkins at 703.836.1265 or Rita
Meyer at 703.768.3482. Many thanks for all the help given in 2007!
THE WEDDING MUSIC WORKSHOP FOR ENGAGED COUPLES
will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at 7:00pm in the Church. Call
Dr. Saik at 703.684.5308 for more information.
SOCIETY OF THE PATRICIANS: All Catholic adults are invited to
meet from 9:00-11am on Saturday, January 26th in the Holy Family
Auditorium of St. Mary’s Lyceum for a discussion of “The Holy Name
of Jesus.” Sponsored by the Legion of Mary, the monthly meetings of
the Society of the Patricians give ordinary Catholics an opportunity to
build the knowledge of their faith by means of a discussion in a
prayerful, family setting. Father De Celles serves as our Spiritual
Director and summarizes the discussion. Refreshments are provided.
For more information, please contact Kathleen McKeon at
703.581.5233 or by email at [email protected]
FREE THROW CONTEST: The Fitzgerald Council Knights of
Columbus will conduct its annual free throw contest on Sunday,
January 27, 2008 at St. Mary’s gymnasium starting at 7:00pm. All
boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to participate. For information
call Christian Stech at 571.642.0125.
CONFIRMATION: The Parish Confirmation for our 8th graders, high
schoolers, and Adult Confirmandi will be Thursday, February 21st,
2008 at 7:30pm in the Church. Most Reverend Richard Higgins,
Military Bishop, will preside. Please keep our Confirmandi in your
prayers as they prepare.
Mary, Mother of the Life within, all life we entrust to you; the life of every
expectant mother and the child within her womb: the life of every human
body, the life of every human soul; the life of every newborn child and the life
of all grown old. You held the Lord to your own heart and drew Him so
close in. So draw us now in all our needs, O Mother of Life within. Amen.