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].
Thursday Bible Study Resumes
Father's Thursday Bible Study is scheduled to meet on the following dates: October 2, 9, 16 and 30, and November 20. Example of the kind of material that is covered in this class: "This lecture pulls together many of the themes that we have studied the past studies in Genesis and Exodus and Numbers. It points out the uniqueness of what God has revealed in the history of the people of ancient Israel and its fulfillment in Jesus. He will also draw theological distinctions between Islam and Christianity."
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 .
Father Kauffmann is back from walking the medieval pilgrimage route known as the Camino of Santiago Compostela, a 490-mile pilgrimage from Saint Jean to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a place that by tradition marks the burial place of Saint James, son of Zebedee and apostle. For a map of the route Father took, links to more information, and updates from the trail, please see Father's blog, saintbenedictblog.wordpress.com .
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