Welcome, Father Marques
The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ, because He will say: 'I was a stranger and you took Me in'(Mt 25:35). And let due honor be shown to all, especially to those 'of the household of the faith' (Gal 6:10) and to wayfarers."
In that Benedictine spirit of hospitality, Saint Benedict Parish welcomes Father Anthony Marques! Bishop DiLorenzo has said, in his letter to parishioners, "With the help and leadership of Father Marques, we anticipate the continuation of a wonderful parish community whose unique cultural and spiritual dimensions will be enhanced and continue to grow." Father Marques is formerly of Sacred Heart Parish, Danville, Virginia.
Please watch for this website to be updated soon, and thank you for your patience.
Father Marques' Homilies
- December 14, 2014, Gaudete Sunday
- December 8, 2014, The Immaculate Conception
- December 7, 2014, Second Sunday of Advent
- November 30, 2014, First Sunday of Advent
- November 23, 2014, Christ the King
- November 16, 2014, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Concert Choir of Xavier University
On Friday, January 9, 2015, we will host the Concert Choir of Xavier University from Cincinnati, Ohio. They will present a concert of sacred and secular music at 7:30pm in the church. Assistance is needed to provide the singers with a pre-concert dinner (at Saint Benedict School). We will also need overnight housing for 40 students, with the host families providing a simple breakfast and returning the singers to church on Saturday morning. Upon their departure, we will also provide a bag-lunch for the students to take with them on the bus. If you are able to assist in any way, please contact James Dorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-254-8810 ext. 303. If you are able to assist with overnight housing, please indicate if you prefer to host men or women, how many and if you have a pet (as some singers have allergies).
Wednesday, December 24: confessions at 10:00 am; Mass at 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 12:00 midnight.
There will be Lessons and Carols 30 minutes prior to each of these Masses.
Confessions on Christmas Eve
We are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance in preparation for Christmas. For those who like to make use of the Sacrament Reconciliation, confessions will be heard on Wednesday, December 24 at 10:00am.
Thursday, December 25: Mass at 10:00 am
Please note that while attending Mass on Christmas (either Wednesday night or Thursday morning) is obligatory, doing so does not fulfill the normal Sunday obligation. The Mass schedule for Sunday (Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph) will be as follows: Saturday at 5:30 pm; Sunday at 7:15 am, 8:30 am, 11:00 am.
Saint Benedict School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
These are a few pictures from the Hispanic Heritage day celebrated at Saint Benedict Catholic School on October 10, 2014. We are enjoying participating in the Bishop's Segura Initiative. More pictures from Hispanic Heritage Day.
Statement by Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo
On Supreme Court Refusal to Hear Appeal of Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
2014-10-6 With deep disappointment, we learned today that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of lower-court decisions that struck down Virginia’s law prohibiting same-sex marriage and similar laws in four other states. ...As Bishops we will continue to affirm the truth about marriage, the lifelong union of one man and one woman, as well as its essential importance to the common good. As pastors, teachers, and faith leaders, we can do nothing less. It is our fervent hope that the Supreme Court will reconsider this fundamental issue in the future. [Read the whole statement in a print-friendly PDF here].
Pray for our Seminarians
||Pray for our seminarians. The Richmond Diocese has an excellent website, richmondvocations.org . Here you can read through the stories of our local seminarians. Please pray for them, and pray for more vocations. Also see the Facebook page, Behind the Collar, where you will find pictures of our seminarians with Bishop DiLorenzo, Cardinal Wuerl, and apparently a juvenile Ursus Americanus .
Pray for Christians in Iraq
Pope Francis has expressed deep concern with the situation in Iraq, asking that the whole church and all the faithful raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace. His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, asks our prayers for our suffering brothers and sisters in Iraq, and he sends this beautiful prayer:
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
This is the prayer request, from the USCCB and Pope Francis.
Let us continue to pray for Christians in Iraq, who are intensely suffering for the faith. We can also help relive their suffering through gifts to Aid to the Church in Need and the Christian Near East Welfare Association .
Faith in Action
Join young adults at Saint Benedict Catholic Church for a Bible Study of the Psalms every Sunday at 7 pm at the parish. Discussion in this Bible study will be grounded in the magisterial teaching of the Church as the study leader is reading and sharing Augustine's famous commentary on the Psalms as a basis for learning and discussion of the Biblical text. Young Adults, on Facebook
Prayer and Worship
We are in love with the beauty of the Catholic faith of the ancient Christian church.
Saint Benedict Church celebrates the sacred traditions of the ancient Catholic faith throughout the liturgical year. An annual Corpus Christi procession proclaims to the neighborhood and the world the faith of all participants. Solemn Benediction, Vespers, Rosary processions, and recitation of the Rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet are but a sampling of the devotional life of the parish.
Wherever you are on the journey of faith, including having no faith or only questions and doubts, may you find here at Saint Benedict, in the Divine Presence in repose on the high altar and in the beauty of the sacred liturgy, the peace of God which surpasses all human understanding.
In today's world of so many conflicting voices competing for our attention and allegiance, the rock upon which Jesus founded His Church indeed brings clarity to our vision and and perspective on life.
"The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church's life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once and for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1407, 1994)
" 'You shall worship the Lord your God' (Matthew 4:10). Adoring God, praying to him, offering him the worship that belongs to him, fulfilling the promises and vows made to him are acts of the virtue of religion which fall under obedience to the first commandment." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2135, 1994)
Come, turn to the Lord with us.
Liturgical Sights and Sounds of Saint Benedict Church