SF Archbishop Cordileone to speak Thursday evening at Springfield St. Raymond

The Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, will give a talk this Thursday evening, November 19, at St. Raymond of Peñafort Church in Springfield, Virginia, entitled “Marriage: The Foundation of a Civilization Built on Truth and Love.” Archbishop Cordileone’s presentation, which will begin at 7:30 pm, is free and open to the public.

Born in 1956 in San Diego, Archbishop Cordileone has served since 2012 as ordinary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, home to more than 400,000 Bay Area Catholics in three counties. A canon lawyer, he worked as assistant at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest canonical court, from 1995 to 2002. He then served successively as auxiliary bishop of San Diego and bishop of Oakland before being called to the archepiscopate of San Francisco. He currently also serves the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as chairman of the Subcommittee for the Defense of Marriage.

St. Raymond of Peñafort Church is located in Springfield at 8750 Pohick Road, about six miles west of Interstate 95 near the intersection of Pohick Road and Fairfax County Parkway, and offers ample free parking.

A prayer in honor of St. Raymond of Peñafort

On Friday, January 23, the feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Raymond, a Dominican friar in Catalonia during the 13th century, served as personal confessor to Pope St. Gregory IX and is the patron saint of lawyers.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Raymond of Peñafort in Springfield, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence.  Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the Collect of the Mass of the Feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on January 23:

Deus, qui beatum Raymundum poenitentiæ sacramenti insígnem ministrum elegisti, et per maris undas mirabiliter traduxisti: concede; ut eius intercessione dignos poenitentiæ fructus facere, et ad æternæ salutis portum pervenire valeamus. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, You Who chose blessed Raymond to be a renowned minister of the sacrament of Penance, and miraculously brought him through the waves of the sea, grant that by his intercession we may produce good results from our penitence and reach the heaven of eternal salvation. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Springfield St. Raymond sets first Solemn High Mass for Assumption

A Solemn High Mass will be offered at St. Raymond of Peñafort Church, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield, at 7:00 pm on Friday, August 15, in celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The faithful are reminded that the feast of the Assumption is a holy day of obligation.  As on Sundays, Catholics are obliged to assist at Holy Mass on that day.

Friday evening’s Solemn High Mass will be the first ever offered at the parish.  Music for the Mass will be provided by the Suspicious Cheese Lords, a local men’s vocal ensemble.  A guide to the Extraordinary Form is included in this Sunday’s parish bulletin.

This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.