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The Pastor’s Corner


Our Bishop’s Reflections …

During the recent Extraordinary Synod in Rome, Bishop Loverde wrote a letter, dated October 17th, about that important meeting.

Below are some excerpts from his letter:

            ‘Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you.’ This advice from St. Teresa of Avila … has been on my mind as I contemplate the commentary in the media about the Extraordinary Synod on the Family taking place in Rome … Headlines, op-eds and tweets alike are contributing to a cacophony of speculation about the Church’s teaching on marriage, divorce, same-sex unions and cohabitation. The noise is deafening – and it moves me, as your shepherd, to encourage you to heed St. Teresa’s advice and remain undisturbed.

            “The Extraordinary Synod is a two-week meeting at which the Pope and bishops are discussing the challenges that face the family in our current times. Next year, they will meet again at an Ordinary Synod to develop clear pastoral approaches to these challenges. So far, the bishops have released an interim report … which notes some of the themes and topics they have discussed and will revisit at the Ordinary Synod.

            “Many have read this document … and have speculated that the Church will change its 2,000 year-old teaching on the biblical view of marriage. This is simply not the case. We have consistently taught that the design of human sexuality is ordered toward marriage and children. And even when people do not accept or follow Church teaching, nonetheless they deserve compassion and understanding in our interactions ….

            “I conclude by reminding us that a final document summarizing the bishops’ reflections … is intended as a preparation for next October’s Ordinaty Synod. Instead of giving in to speculation or hysteria, I urge you to remain patient. Pray for your shepherds, the Holy Father and the bishops, who seek to work in accord with the movement of the Holy Spirit in order to meet the needs of their flocks. Do not be disturbed. Do not be frightened. Do not give into the temptation to interpret the proceedings of the Synod through an ideological lens. Have faith that the Lord Jesus is with the Church until the end of the age, as He promised. And continue to witness to others the joy of living the Gospel in its fulness.”

Faithfully Yours in the Heart of Christ,

Bishop Paul S. Loverde

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From the Diocese of Arlington:
As the November elections approach, it is likely that political candidates or groups will once again seek to conduct campaign activities—leafleting and fliers, candidate appearances, etc.—on parish property. For this reason, it is a good time to review our diocesan policies regarding political activities on Church property. A more complete discussion of these policies is available online at VCC Political Activity Guidelines.

A few principles to keep in mind:
Distribution of partisan campaign literature (e.g. leaflets, bumper stickers, etc.) on Church property is not permitted. If you discover someone engaging in such activity, politely ask them to stop and escort them off the property. If they will not comply with a polite request, the police (or sheriff) may be called to assist.

Candidates for political office may not be endorsed or opposed , either at Mass or through any official Church channel. If one candidate in a particular race is invited to speak at a parish event, his or her opponent(s) should also be invited. Voter guides or election-related materials other than those prepared by Bishop Loverde, the Virginia Catholic Conference or the USCCB, may not be distributed.
If you become aware of any violations of our diocesan policies on political activity, please inform the Chancellor’s office at 703.841.2524.

In Our Lord

Father Stan Krempa

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From our principal

“I want to thparksank all of Sacred Heart for the warm welcome I have received. My name is Susan Parks and I am the new principal of Sacred Heart Academy. I moved here from the Crystal Coast of North Carolina where I was Principal at Annunciation Catholic School. I grew up in Maryland and lived for many years in Northern Virginia, so I feel I am returning home.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from George Mason University, a Master of Science in Education Administration from the University of Scranton, and a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. I am currently pursuing my EdD in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.

My hobbies are my four children, seven grandchildren and Catholic education. I am very excited to be part of such a delightful community. I look forward to meeting everyone and having a wonderful 2014-2015 school year.”


Fr. Robert Barron says, “Take a deep breath” before reacting to media reports on the Synod on the Family