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From the Desk of Fr. Donahue…

Dear Parishioners,

Peace to you from the rectory. I recently wrote to you about Bishop Loverde’s six-part series “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: The Election of 2016” that will appear in the Arlington Catholic Herald and on our website in these weeks leading up to Election Day on November 8.

Promoting that column reminds me of something said by Al Kresta, my favorite Catholic radio commentator, as he was trying to make sense of the 2012 Presidential election four years ago: “Our problem isn’t in Washington; it’s in our parishes. Only if we first build the Church can we, will we, bless the nation.” Since then, “Build the Church, Bless the Nation” has become a motto of sorts for both Al Kresta and Ave Maria Radio.

His succinct statement of purpose is quite enlightening and good to keep in mind during this election season. Since we have the privilege of electing our leaders, it really is our duty to participate in the process, which is why Bishop Loverde’s columns on conscience formation at this time are so valuable. However, if we put all our faith in the electoral process, and think that politics is going to bring improvement to our country, we will end up sadly disappointed.

To paraphrase Al Kresta: If we want to bless our nation, then first we ought to attend to the building of the Church, which is to say, the building of ourselves in Christ as the many members which make up His Body.

That is what we are about here at St. Philip Church – building up ourselves in Christ as members of His Church. This day – in which the beginning of our parish religious education program coincides with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks – would be a great day to re-commit ourselves to all St. Philip Parishhas to offer and to take to heart Bishop Loverde’s words about conscience formation.

By attending first to these most important things, we will truly “Build the Church, Bless the Nation”!

St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!

Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue

Construir la Iglesia, Bendecir la Nación

Estimados Feligreses,

Paz a ustedes desde la rectoría! La semana pasada escribí sobre la serie de seis partes del Obispo Loverde "Formando Conciencia para Ciudadanos Fieles: Elección 2016" que aparecerá en el periódico Católico Heraldo y en nuestro sitio en estas semanas previas al día de las elecciones el 8 de Noviembre. Mientras promociono esta columna me recuerda algo dicho por Al Kresta, mi comentarista favorito de radio católica, mientras él estaba tratando de dar sentido a la elección Presidencial de 2012, hace cuatro años: "Nuestro problema no se encuentra en Washington; está en nuestras parroquias. Sólo si construimos primero la Iglesia podemos, y vamos, bendecir la nación. "Desde entonces," Construir la Iglesia, Bendecir la Nación" se ha convertido en un lema para ambas Al Kresta y Ave Maria Radio.

Su declaración sucinta de propósito es bastante esclarecedor y bueno para tener en cuenta durante esta temporada electoral. Ya que tenemos el privilegio de elegir a nuestros líderes, lo que realmente es nuestro deber participar en el proceso, las columnas del obispo Loverde Formando Conciencia en este momento son valiosos. Sin embargo, si ponemos toda nuestra fe en el proceso electoral, y pensamos que la política va aportar mejoras a nuestro país, vamos a terminar tristemente decepcionados. Resaltando las palabras de Al Kresta: Si queremos bendecir a nuestra nación, en primer lugar debemos prestar atención a la construcción de la Iglesia, es decir, edificar nuestra vida en Cristo como numerosos miembros que componemos Su Cuerpo.

Eso es lo que hacemos por aquí, en la Iglesia de San Felipe - edificar nuestra vida en Cristo como miembros de Su Iglesia. Este día - en el inicio de nuestro programa de educación religiosa de la parroquia coincide con el aniversario de los ataques terroristas del 9/11 - sería un gran día para comprometernos en todo lo que la Parroquia de San Felipe ofrece y tomar en serio las series del Obispo Loverde sobre formando conciencia. Atendiendo primero estas cosas importantes, vamos a realmente "Construir la Iglesia, y Bendecir la Nación"!

San Felipe Apóstol - ruega por nosotros!

Su siervo en Cristo, P. Donahue


Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: The Election of 2016

From the Desk of Fr. Donahue…

Dear Parishioners,

Peace to you from the rectory. With the arrival of Labor Day weekend, we are now just a little over two months away from Election Day on November 8th. As such, Bishop Loverde is writing a six-part, biweekly series of reflections in the Arlington Catholic Herald under the title “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship:  The Election of 2016.”

In his first reflection, “Prayerful Discernment,” Bishop Loverde issued a call to prayer and fasting as an initial step in preparing our consciences for the upcoming election. Future reflections will cover other important themes, including The Sanctity of Life; The Truth Regarding Marriage and Human Sexuality; and, Choosing a “Lesser of Two Evils.”

As I direct your attention to the Bishop’s column in the coming weeks, I also want to add my own two cents on this important subject. With stakes so great and emotions so high – perhaps like never before in our lifetimes – we run the risk of succumbing to bitterness and even hatred. It would be a terrible thing, though, if while promoting the true and good we end up losing our peace and destroying our souls.

We therefore need to keep the primacy of love before us.  In one of his letters to a religious sister, St. John of the Cross counseled along such lines: “…do not let what is happening…cause you any grief, for it does not cause me any.  [Keep in mind] God, who knows what is suitable for us and arranges things for our good.  Think nothing else but that God ordains all, and where there is no love, put love, and you will draw love out.” ("The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross." p. 703)

We will do well in the coming weeks to read Bishop Loverde’s columns. We will likewise do well to keep a close eye on the movements of our hearts during this time. Such an approach will certainly make a difference, whatever this election brings.

St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!

Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue


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Forming Our Consciences: The Election of 2016
A six-part series by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde on forming our consciences as Catholics prior to the November presidential election.

Election 2016

Part 1: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Part 2:
The Right to Life
Part 3: Marriage and Sexuality 

En Español

Primera parte — Comienzo en espíritu de oración 
Segunda parte — Principios fundamentales: El derecho a la vida 
Tercera parte — El matrimonio y la sexualidad: testimonio de la verdad 


Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30pm
Sunday: 8am, 10am & noon (English)
2pm & 4pm (Spanish)
Weekdays: 9am & 7pm
Saturday: 9am

Adoration

Wednesday: 7:30-8:15pm
First Friday: 9:30-10:30am &
7:30pm-8:30am Saturday (overnight)

Confession

Wednesday: 7:30-8:15pm
Friday: 9:30-10am
Saturday: 4-5pm &
7-8pm
Sunday: 1:30-2pm
First Friday: 7:30-8pm
Also available by appointment.

First Fridays

Confession: 9:30-10:30am & 7:30-8pm
Adoration: 9:30-10:30am &
7:30pm-8:30am Saturday (overnight)

Office Hours

Sunday: 10am-2pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am-9pm
Tuesday: 9:30am-5pm
Saturday: Closed


Parish Calendar

Sep 29

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study
Time: Thursday, 7:30 PM
Location: Room 5
  A parish-based Bible study incorporating live presentation by trained teachers, multimedia, and small group discussion.
Oct 1

Food Pantry Open

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Food Pantry Open
Time: Saturday, 10:00 AM
Location: Church Parking Lot
  The St. Philip Food Pantry is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10-11:30am. Donations and volunteers are always needed.
Oct 1

Baptism Class

Saturday, 10:30 AM

Baptism Class
Time: Saturday, 10:30 AM
Location: Room 5
  Baptismal Class are held the first Saturday of each month at 10:30am at Room 5.
Oct 3

Discovering Christ

Monday, 7:00 PM

Discovering Christ
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Location: Cafeteria
  Revitalize your faith or bring your friends and family to explore the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. Free dinner, conversation and prayer.
Oct 3

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass
Oct 6

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study
Time: Thursday, 7:30 PM
Location: Room 5
  A parish-based Bible study incorporating live presentation by trained teachers, multimedia, and small group discussion.
Oct 7

First Friday Adoration (morning)

Friday, 9:30 AM

First Friday Adoration (morning)
Time: Friday, 9:30 AM
  9:30am with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and ending with Benediction at 10:30am in the Church.
Oct 7

First Friday Adoration (evening)

Friday, 7:30 PM

First Friday Adoration (evening)
Time: Friday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  All Night Adoration begins right after the 7pm Mass and ends at 8:30am Saturday. Come spend some time in prayer before the Lord.
Oct 8

Baptisms

Saturday, 10:30 AM

Baptisms
Time: Saturday, 10:30 AM
  Please call the Parish Office to make arrangements.
Oct 10

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass
Oct 13

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study
Time: Thursday, 7:30 PM
Location: Room 5
  A parish-based Bible study incorporating live presentation by trained teachers, multimedia, and small group discussion.
Oct 15

Food Pantry Open

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Food Pantry Open
Time: Saturday, 10:00 AM
  The need is year-round so please keep donating!
Oct 17

Discovering Christ

Monday, 7:00 PM

Discovering Christ
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Location: Cafeteria
  Revitalize your faith or bring your friends and family to explore the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. Free dinner, conversation and prayer.
Oct 17

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass

 

 

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