Padre's Page - May 12

Dear Friends,

PARISH SEMINARIANS

Congratulations to parishioner Tim Banach who has been accepted by the Diocese of Arlington to study for the priesthood at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia beginning this Fall semester!  That brings to four the number of young men from our parish who are preparing to serve as our future priests:

  • Mike Lewis–Mike is finishing his two years of pre-theology (philosophy studies) at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia and is on his way to Rome for his four years of theology studies at the Pontifical North American College (the American seminary in Rome).

  • Joe Flaherty–Joe is finishing his two years of pre-theology (philosophy) at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and will continue there for his four years of theology studies.

  • Mike Sampson–Mike was recently accepted by the diocese and will begin his pre-theology (philosophy) studies at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, in August.

  • Tim Banach–Again, Tim will will begin his pre-theology (philosophy) studies at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia in August.

Please remember daily to pray for them and for all our seminarians–and that many more men from our diocese and parish will follow their good example of responding generously to the Lord’s call!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS

Again, congratulations to our Second Graders who received Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament for the first time this weekend:  may it only be the first of lifetimes of many Holy Communions!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE TO THE BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

The BLA funds programs such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  We have yet to reach our goal, so please make a commitment if you haven’t yet: every pledge counts! You may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org.  Thanks to all those who have pledged to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal!  

VACA

I’m away this weekend on a brief vacation visiting the maternal, Italian-American, side of my family in the Bronx:  that always means faith, family, food, fun!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

to all parish mothers, and to all our parishioners’ mothers, living and deceased.  We pray for all of you! If she’s living, call your mom!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don