From the Pastor — February 19, 2017

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, With all the conversation recently around refugees, I want bring to your attention a service of our Jesuit Family that is seeking to meet the rising demands of refugees. Many of you have asked how you can help those fleeing persecution and oppression in distant lands, so the Jesuits in the USA are encouraging those we serve to consider supporting the good work of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). This blurb, taken from the...

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USCCB Chairmen Statement in Response to Refugee Executive Order

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that, among other things, suspends issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, indefinitely suspends resettlement of refugees from Syria (a predominately Muslim country), subject to a possible exception for those who are “religious minorities” in their home countries and facing religious...

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From the Pastor-January 15, 2017

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family A few of our parishioners asked me to share some startling statistics that I used in my homilies last weekend regarding the ongoing persecution of Christians all around the world. Sadly, but because we need to earnestly reflect on what this means for us as a body of believers and as a human family, I share this information with you, taken from my Epiphany homily: “To believe in Christ, to obey his Gospel and to execute his...

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From the Pastor, September 25, 2016

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Thank you to all who continue to ask about the status of our newly arrived senior priest, Father Mike Siconofli, SJ.  As some may know, Father arrived here following intensive surgery and was hoping to slow down at OSJ after having served for almost eight years as the Catholic chaplain at Quantico. He enjoyed a thriving ministry to our Marines there and was anxious to begin serving the liturgical and sacramental needs of...

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From the Pastor 5/15/2016

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, The Church, in her wisdom, gives us the Month of May in which to honor Holy Mary, our Mother and our Queen. Mary, the Queen of Heaven, is honored for her unique relationship with Jesus and her love and guidance to each of us, her earthly children. You will note that to the left of our altar is the stunning stained glass window of Mary being crowned Queen of Heaven—it is a true treasure of our parish. In the early 70’s,...

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From the Pastor 4/24/2016

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, As many of you know, my mom Frances M. Florio passed away last week at 81 years of age at a local hospice. She was surrounded by her family and friends, and her last breath was taken as we prayed the Hail Mary—because that is how good old school Italian-American ladies of faith go home to God! She originally entered the hospital after suffering a serious stroke just three and a half weeks ago. She was having difficulty...

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