Marian Consecration and More

10-30-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

Today at Mass I told you of a Marian Consecration that I will lead from Nov. 4th through Dec. 8th of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. There is a book to be used daily, of which I give copies out to participants, and it’s called 33 Days to Morning Glory. (If you’ve done that one, then you may do 33 Days to Mercy.) I will have a special opening Mass on Saturday, Nov. 5th from 9:00-9:30 a.m in the church. Mary is our great help to spirituality, and it’s wise to consecrate your life to her help. The month of daily prayers leads up to our national feast day for her on Dec. 8th. Call me for more info on it asap.


How many saints are recognized by the Catholic Church?

10-30-2016Catholic Church Q and A

There does not seem to be an official number, but it exceeds 10,000. Of course, any person who enters heaven is a saint, by definition, so it is certain the number of actual saints in existence is far, far much greater than the number recognized by the Church. The Church began to herald her saintly people and martyrs from the earliest of times. St. Teresa of Calcutta is the Recent “recognized saint” of the Church. In her lifetime in the last century, many saw her as an extraordinary Catholic woman.

We Are Serious About Following the Lord


"Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over." Zacchaeus was serious about following Jesus. Maybe at the start he was just curious when he ran ahead to scale that sycamore tree. But that curiosity developed into a life-changing experience when Jesus called him by name. At that moment, when the Lord chose Zacchaeus to be His host for the evening, the rich tax collector "came down quickly and received him with joy." And shortly thereafter came his promise of conversion and penance. Not only would he change his ways; he would make up for his former ones. And thus Jesus declared, "Today salvation has come to this house."


October 27 E-Notes

10-27-2016E-NotesFr. John Barry

This Weekend:  Year of Mercy Talk, Survey, Mercy Station
November Clergy Schedule incl. All Saint’s/All Soul’s 11/1-2
Upcoming Funeral
Reminder: New Monday morning Mass, no more Thursday Mass.
11/5 Mass / 33 Day program starts for Dec.8 Consecration to Mary


Justice and Dignity of Life Panel

10-23-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

Coming up on Monday, Oct. 24th, from 7 p.m. and on, in our church, is a Justice and Dignity of Life panel of Catholic experts, including Fr. Daniel Mindling, Dr. G. Kevin Donovan, and Elena Boisvert, Esq. They will speak on, and receive questions about, Honoring the Dignity of Sick and Dying Persons. It is a Catholic adult education evening. It is our latest program for this Year of Mercy. God uses His Church to care for His sick and dying people. He looks for us to be agents of Divine Mercy. We need to understand the Lord’s call in this realm. The world has ideas of its own about sick and dying persons, where Mercy can be forgotten or ignored, too often, for the sake of things like saving people the time and effort for caring for a loved one, or the saving of money or such. This leads to new governmental intervention, such as suggesting of having people just remove themselves (as in ‘assisting’ people into suicide). The Church has her teachings on how to choose and proceed when a persons’ life is so poor or ill or being artificially sustained. It is good to know what those teachings are from experts in the Church.


The Pharisee and the Tax Collector-Polar Opposites By Practice


"Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." The Pharisee and the tax collector--polar opposites by practice. The one is a religious leader, a professional follower-of-the-law. The other is a deviant who extorts money for himself as he goes about his economic business. But in today's parable, Jesus flips these perceptions around. The humble tax collector is the one who "went home justified." Whereas the Pharisee has a flawless outer appearance, when we see a glimpse into his inner thoughts we detect his vanity and presumption. We see a man who may keep the letter of the law, but who is not truly converted to God's ways in his heart. The tax collector, on the other hand, pleads for God's mercy, recognizing that he needs it.


Going back a thousand years or more, were there other Christian churches other than Catholic?

10-23-2016Catholic Church Q and A

Not really. There was just one Church, and her members – the Catholics. Any outside people claiming a Christian connection were living in some heresy or separation. There were numerous heresies going on that misled some people (e.g. Gnostics, Arians). Thus, Catholics who were faithful to the original Church of Our Lord professed a creed of the common beliefs set in the beginning of the Church. We Catholics still pray a Creed at Mass.


October 20 E-Notes

10-20-2016E-NotesFr. John Barry

Next Weekends.  New Dividing Doors.
RCIA Classes
Monday’s Special Panel Presentation & Website Plug
Sat, Oct 28 Talk for Year of Mercy
All Saints and All Souls Days.  Mercy Station.
One Daily Mass Schedule Change


Parish Social Justice Committee

10-16-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

We have a Parish Social Justice Committee, serving under me and the St. Edward’s Council. They have been working on local and regional projects and interests. You will see the announcement on this page of their largest effort to date.


What moved the laity’s involvement to be so engaged in modern Catholicism?

10-16-2016Catholic Church Q and A

Much happened in the late 50s and early 1960s and burst open at Vatican II. The movement to great Catholic lay participation happened, interestingly, when the number of priests, brothers and sisters were in high numbers in much of the West.


Pray Always Without Becoming Weary


"Will not God then secure the rights of His chosen ones who call out to Him day and night?" The widow in today's parable didn't give up. She kept "bothering" the judge by coming to him and asking for a decision in her favor. Ultimately, her persistence caught his attention and influenced his behavior. Jesus seems to be teaching us today that this quality of faithful persistence is a good one to have. Thus, He advises us to call out to God not once, not twice, but "day and night." This is a fitting image for the idea of continual prayer; it goes on all the time without ceasing.


How is a parish named, and why is it for certain saints or angels or Christ’ titles?

10-09-2016Catholic Church Q and A

Our own parish was named in connection to our roots as an English Catholic mission, as St. Edward the Confessor has been one of England’s patron saints. Also, it so happened that a popular auxiliary bishop of Washington in the 1970’s had the name (His Excellency Bishop Edward Hermann, who actually confirmed me in the early 1970’s), and it was a contributing factor for the Cardinal of Washington to pick that saint. A governmental hero-saint was also popular for the Washington Archdiocese parish to make as its newest parish patron.


Reflection on the 28h Sunday in Ordinary Time


"Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?" Jesus had worked a miracle of healing for ten people afflicted with leprosy. They had cried out for Him to have pity on them, and He did. But only one member of this group took the time to return to Jesus, fall at His feet, and thank Him. Why is it so few honestly give thanks to Jesus’ help? This reality shows how sin really is in the world. It blinds us and deafens us to the work of God going on in our midst. Thus, little thanks is showing. We get pretty clueless.

Happy Feast Day and Anniversary

10-09-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

Happy Feast Day and anniversary everyone, on this October 13th. It is St. Edward the Confessor day on the Church calendar, this Thursday.

In some years at anniversary we have had a special speaker come to the parish and it is true for 2016. On this Monday, October 10th, Columbus Day at 7p.m., we have Brian Pusateri as our special guest. He has a gripping, dynamic testimony about God’s forgiveness and his living by it. You really ought to come and hear him. Many parishes have and were touched by His story. His talk is “Blessed, Broken and Scared/Shared.” The talk is for adults only. (Young adults included, or teens accompanied by a parent/adult). It is quite appropriate for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, too!

Brian is a Catholic layman. Due to the effectiveness of his speaking ministry, he has a web site and ministry now called “Broken Doors.” There is a book about his experiences, too, called The Broken Door, written by Joseph Calloway. The book is about Brian, but written in a form like “The Shack.” It’s amazing. We are flying Brian in from South Carolina. The talk is free*, open to any adult guests, and it goes for about 75 minutes. (A free-will offering will be available in the poor boxes.) You might want to bring tissues for tears, too.


October 7 E-Notes

10-07-2016E-NotesFr. John Barry

Parish Patron videos on our website
Year of Mercy Speaker coming Monday!
School wins Blue Ribbon award
Columbus Day


Fun Day Today!

10-02-2016Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

As I said last week here in the column, one of our biggest needs in the parish is for people to mix and socialize and to know one another better. Our annual Parish Fun Day makes this possible, as we gather for food, music, games, talking, and more – in an inexpensive social afternoon.

I do hope you come today, as it starts after the 11:30am Mass closes. We always have Fun Day on this first Sunday afternoon in October. It commemorates our parish founding in October of 1972. Officially, we were begun on October 13th – the feast day of St. Edward the Confessor.

Fr. Barry

Reflection on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time


"When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'" What a humble attitude this would be! Jesus challenges us today not to boast, not to seek special praise, not to consider ourselves worthy of some great reward when we follow Him. Rather, He honestly reminds us that it is simply our duty to do all we "have been commanded."


How many Catholics are there in the world?

10-02-2016Catholic Church Q and A

Of the billions of people in the world, one billion profess to be Catholics, either in practice or affiliation.