Active Participation at Mass

07-30-2017Pastor's MessageFr. Scott Holmer

At our last Saturday evening Mass, we were short of a piano player. So our intrepid music director, Megan Weeks, asked if we could sing our loudest to support her as she led us in song without accompaniment. I was so impressed and awed when the sound of our voices was reverberating through the rafters of our St. Edward's Church. It was powerful singing with all of you as we raised or voices to God as one.


The Virtue of Tolerance

07-23-2017Pastor's MessageFr. Scott Holmer

I cannot thank you enough for your warm welcome here at St. Edwards. It was a great joy to be able to celebrate my first Mass with you all last weekend. I very much look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Please do not hesitate to introduce yourself to me after Mass and remind me of your name frequently. I have a tough time remembering names but I will try my very best.


One Last Message

07-16-2017Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

I am officially gone on July 19, but Fr. Scott Holmer and I are starting early in some of our duties in our new assignments. He is praying Masses here already, as of Friday (July 14), and I am working at Resurrection Parish in the office many days already, even while moving my things out here to there. He is moving in his things on July 19 from Sacred Heart to St. Edward.

Fr. Scott Holmer will now lead and serve you, and I hope you can welcome him in nicely this weekend. I will be at Resurrection parish, for myself, preaching at all their Masses, in Burtonsville. The change of pastors is underway.

I will miss you, dear people of St. Edward parish. I did not get much time to say my goodbyes, in this sudden announcement to move to Burtonsville and immediately fill a pastoral post, but to those who stopped by after the past two weekends of Mass to offer farewells, I do say thank you. I also offer thanks to those who are praying for me. Likewise, to those who sent a letter or card or some other show of support, I wholeheartedly thank you.

Last Sunday I was in the church from 7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., praying the four Masses, and/or being in gatherings with people wishing me well, over in the hall area. My Mom and a few family members came to the final Sunday Mass (4:30 Filipino). I let out many tears, as the reality hit me that it was my last pastor's mass here. It was an enjoyable ten years with you.

I can be reached at Resurrection Parish in Burtonsvulle. Mail to St. Edward office will get forwarded for a while. You can also reach me at my email Peace.

Fr. Scott Holmer and Msgr. Parry had a farewell party at Sacred Heart Parish

Minute Meditation-Give Love, Gather Love….


To love, we must be able to enact love, and we must be able to do it day in and day out in our work. It is this love that will guide us away from the carelessness that leads us to the destruction of the world and our neighbors through our every day, middleclass existence of buying plastics, fertilizing lawns, eating cheap food, and driving to soccer practices.

It is love that will ultimately move us toward being good and therefore doing good. “In order to be good, you have to know how,” writes Wendell Berry, “and this knowing is vast, complex, humble and humbling; it is of the mind and of the hands, of neither alone.” It is knowledge that requires a spirit and a body and so brings us necessarily to the question of livelihood.

Source: Wendell Berry and the Given Life

Thank You

07-09-2017Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

I, Fr. Barry, want to express my thanks again for a beautiful ten (10) years of pastoral ministry in this parish. Last weekend I had a time after Mass to shake your hands and pray for God’s blessings to remain on us, as you keep on at St. Edward parish and I go on to Resurrection Parish in Burtonsville. Cardinal Wuerl has reassigned me there. It is a parish in eastern Montgomery County on Greencastle Rd., close to Rt. 29. In non-rush hour traffic, it is about a 35-40 minutes’ drive.

You can use my email for contact, which is or call my cell phone: 301-481-7418.

My reassignment was something that could not be announced earlier, because of the situation at the parish I am going to. They were just given the information on July 1-2 at Resurrection of the change of their pastor and of my coming in. The pastor left last June 30, so I need to step in soon in his place. (I am working there already.)

Coming to St. Edward the Confessor Parish on July 19, will be Fr. Scott Holmer. I have been helping him in recent weeks to move into my residence and parish office. He will be my successor and will be your new priest here.

Fr. Barry

“Lord, make my life a window for Your light to shine through and a mirror to reflect your love to all I meet. “ – Robert Schuller

A Random Act of Kindness

07-02-2017Pastor's MessageFr. John Barry

In my first week here ten years ago, a stray dog found his way into my path. He had been hanging around the church door at all our Sunday Masses, so I took him over to my house to my residence back yard, found his tag and an owner’s phone number in it, went to the Petco store (when it was here a decade ago) and got him the poor fella some dog food, some treats and a bowl (for water), and a long dog leash. His owners were out. He had strayed several miles and was looking for a friend. I decided to be that friend. Even though I am allergic to dog hair, I can be a pal for a while to our four-legged buddies. Eventually, the folks came and got their dog. I had kept him for the day.


Fr. John Barry's Farewell Homily

07-01-2017NewsFr. John Barry

I take this homily time to give you thanks for a great decade in this parish with you.   It is a tenth year anniversary for me, and we got some tents for the tenth and some small refreshments outside after Mass today, for me to shake hands or exchange hugs with you, just to gather in my own thanksgiving for you.

I read two of these readings today which mention how the prophet and shepherd men of God are to be supported by the people.   In the Old Testament opening, Elisha had much help from a wealthy woman and her backing and hospitality.   In the Gospel Jesus instructed his apostles and disciple ministers to receive help from the people they served, and that even a gift of a cup of cold water given to a working apostle (like them) would be noticed from Heaven.  

Well, in your case, you have tithed monies and time and talent to St. Edward and to my own ministry here of priestly and pastoral service.  Thank you for that.   In that first reading, Elisha got to be used back by God to the woman in a miracle for her, and, well, there have been some miracles seen and unseen here, if not for various God-moments and God-incidences of blessings.   I hope that God has used me in your life in some way.  Yet, like Elisha knew, I have been blessed by you.


Going into Summer 2017

06-28-2017NewsFr. John Barry

HAPPY SUMMER! I will enjoy this celebratory Tenth Anniversary as your pastor on July 1st. It will be a simple gathering outside after each weekend Mass on July 1 and 2. Yes-- I came here on July 1st, 2007. If a 25th anniversary is something Silver, and a 50th is Gold, then a Tenth, I suppose, is a Tent! So it's a tent gathering with some refreshments awaiting you. I mark this occasion to offer you thanksgiving and gladness for the good decade I have had among you; I want to appreciate this present moment and to honor you, the parish. You'll note how the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time Liturgy of the Word highlights the theme of generous care for God's workers, as well as the special gratefulness of the one being supported. That fits in to my homily for that day. It will be posted here on this banner.

Staff Changes Coming.While I start our new fiscal year (July 1-June 30) with you, we do have two staff members who are changing. Bill Yates and Jackie Macri are finishing on June 30.