St. Mary’s Catholic Church
FOUNDED IN 1795
310 SOUTH ROYAL STREET • ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
Rev. Dennis W. Kleinmann, Pastor
Rev. Robert L. Ruskamp, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Marcus A. Pollard, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Jean Claude Atusameso, In Residence
310 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 • 703-836-4100 • Fax: 703-549-3605
St. Mary’s School (PK-8) • 703-549-1646 • Fax: 703-519-0840
Mrs. Janet Cantwell, Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Main Building 400 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Website: http://www.smsva.org
St. Mary’s School of Religion (CCD) and (RCIA) - Ms. Guerin, Director of Religious Education,
(703-836-5450); Angela Lademan, Director of Young Adult and Youth Activities, (571-319-1975)
Director of Music - Dr. Charles Saik (703-684-5308)
Saturday Eve Vigil - 5:00 PM
Sunday - 7:00 AM & 8:30 AM, (9:15 AM - Children’s Mass, St. Mary’s School, 400 Green St.),
10:00 AM (Nursery in Lyceum, 313 Duke St.)
11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & (Vespers - Evening Prayer 4:30 PM) 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday - 6:30, 8:00 AM, 12:10 PM
Federal, National Holidays and Holy Days - Please see bulletin for schedule of Masses
Saturday - 8:00 AM only
Novenas and Adoration at the Church:
Miraculous Medal Novena - Monday - noon
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Thursday -
12:30 to 7:30 PM
Mother of Perpetual Help Novena and Holy Hour -
Thursday - 7:30 PM
Nocturnal Adoration - every First Friday, 9 PM to Saturday 6 AM
Holy Hour for Life - every First Saturday following 8:00 AM Mass
Monday - Friday following the 12:10 PM Mass
Saturday - 4:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 PM (during Holy Hour)
First Saturday - 8:30 AM (during Holy Hour)
Every Sunday at 2:15 PM. Please call the Rectory
to register in advance and obtain regulations
concerning godparents, etc.
Contact Parish Priest at least six months before
possible wedding date. Couples who are living
together will be asked to live separately during
marriage preparation time.
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FROM GREEN TO GOLD
Once again this week the bulletin had to be submitted
early. On this feast of the Epiphany I again extend to all of you
wishes for a joyous Christmas season as well as prayers that
God truly blesses us, our parish, our nation, and the world
throughout this New Year. It is a great “treat” to actually
celebrate the feast of the Epiphany on traditional date of
January 6th, as we do here this weekend.
Because of the early submission of this bulletin to the
publisher, I do not again this week have current NFL statistics.
As stated last week, the Packers are in the playoffs and the
Redskins were still questionable. That decision will have been
made by the time you read this. There was a good chance they
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2012 would be when I wrote this, but it was still to be determined.
6:30 A.M. Jeannie Lee So, I’ll talk more about that here briefly next week.
8:00 A.M. Charles Richard Dechart More importantly, I hope had a wonderful and blessed
12:10 P.M. George Louis Stelluto, Anniversary New Years Day. I also hope this feast of the Three Kings, this
“Little Christmas,” as it is often referred to, is yet another festive
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2012 day for you. Most of us are probably back to our usual
6:30 A.M. George Lynch, Sr., Birthday activities, as the more secular world has long moved on from
8:00 A.M. Charles Richard Dechert Christmas. Liturgically, we have one more full week of the
12:10 P.M. Baby Gabriel Lee Anderson Christmas season. Spiritually we have almost another month of
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012 it. Traditionally, the Christmas season extended to the feast of
6:30 A.M. Holy Souls in Purgatory the Presentation, which is February 2nd. As we did last year
8:00 A.M. Robert O’Keefe and as they do at the Vatican at the Holy Father’s direction, we
12:10 P.M. Gretchen Schlight Maloney are leaving up most of our Christmas decorations until that later
feast day. So continue to celebrate the birth of Our Lord and all
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2012
the graces He brings us!
6:30 A.M. Ginny Barlage
As a reminder from last week’s column, it is this
8:00 A.M. Special Intention: George and Helen Lynch
12:10 P.M. Donna Gaffney weekend that we bid farewell to Fr. Jean-Claude. He has been
with us for just over seven years since October of 2005. During
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012 that time he has served us well and in so many ways. We are
6:30 A.M. Louis Henry very grateful for his dedication and his constant willingness to
8:00 A.M. Marian E. Nowland help in any way he could and as his time allowed. It was
12:10 P.M. Albert Giuseppe, Anniversary always great to have him as a back-up if there was ever a need
and there were a number of needs over those years. Sadly and
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012
perhaps a bit selfishly on my part, we lose that option with
8:00 A.M. Paul L. Guidry, Anniversary
Father’s departure. Nonetheless, we are thankful for his time
5:00 P.M. Gina Marie McReynolds (Fr. Ruskamp)
here and offer our prayers for Father as he heads off to
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD Baltimore for additional studies and part-time work as a
JANUARY 13, 2012 chaplain at the U of M Medical Center. There is a reception for
7:00 A.M. George A. Davis, 20th Anniversary (Fr. Ruskamp) Father immediately after the 1:00 P.M. Mass this Sunday in the
8:30 A.M. Larry Patch (Fr. Pollard) parish lyceum. Please try to attend and extend your well-
9:15 A.M. Parishioners of St. Mary (Fr. Ruskamp) wishes to Father. Thank you and may God bless you, Father
10:00 A.M. Kerlin H. Dunn (Fr. Pollard) Jean-Claude!
11:30 A.M. Carl Roeth (Fr. Ruskamp) Before closing I bring to your attention: first, that our
1:00 P.M. Dr. Gene Hassinger (Fr. Pollard) 2013 parish calendars are delayed. Catholic Extension, from
5:00 P.M. Catherine Roberti (Fr. Ruskamp) whom we obtain the calendars, had a publishing snafu, and the
parishes they serve are all delayed in obtaining their calendars.
WE WELCOME THROUGH THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM They should be here soon, but obviously were not in time for
Luke Matthew Hoskins the New Year. Sorry for this delay and inconvenience. Ideally,
Michael Ignatius Riordan they should be here by next weekend. Another item involves a
Sofia Sandra Yildirim very serious issue facing our country. It is a matter of great
concern to our U.S. bishops. Unfortunately, society in general
Dear Jesus, as You led the Three Kings to You by the light of a star,
and our federal government, as well as some states, in
please draw us ever closer to You by the light of Faith.
Help us to desire You as ardently as they did.
particular is moving in a direction which morally speaking is
Give us the grace to overcome all the obstacles that keep us far from You. very troubling. It involves the three issues of life, marriage, and
May we, like them, have something to give You when we appear before You. religious liberty. Last July the bishops asked us to pray for a
Mary, Our Mother, help us to know Your Son. Amen. respect of these important matters; they are again asking us to
do so. They have some specific things in mind and I will talk
about them here next week. I will also extend some additional
words of gratitude for all who made this Christmas so beautiful
in so many ways. Happy Epiphany and God bless you!
The Epiphany of the Lord Page Three
VOCATIONS PRO-LIFE CORNER
FIAT GROUP NUN RUN - JANUARY 19 "The mystery of the Incarnation reveals the
Ever wonder what a convent is like? Join other high school women on specific value of the dignity of human life.
a trip to visit with the sisters at several local convents. Call the Office of God gave us this gift and sanctified it when the
Vocations at 703.841.2514 or e-mail email@example.com Son became man and was born of Mary.
by Monday, January 14. It is a gift that must be protected, from conception
until natural death. With all my heart I join people
O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! involved in various initiatives aimed at respecting
life and promoting a new social awareness."
Pope Benedict XVI
YOUNG ADULT MONTHLY HOLY HOUR: All young adults (20s & 30s) are
welcome to attend the Young Adult Monthly Holy Hour on Friday, January 11th Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother,
from 7:30-8:30 P.M. at St. Mary’s in Old Town Alexandria. Afterward, join us for pray for us.
an evening of fellowship and fun in Old Town! For more info, please contact Erin
Kisley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.841.2549. NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE: The annual March for Life will be held on
YA BRUNCH: All young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited for a potluck Friday, January 25th beginning at 12:00 noon with a rally on the Mall at 7th St.
brunch hosted on the first Sunday of each month after the 10 A.M. Mass. Please between Jefferson Dr. and Madison Dr., followed by the March to Capitol Hill and
meet in the Lyceum, 313 Duke St, directly following Mass. the Supreme Court. A chartered bus will pick up parishioners in front of St.
YA PLANNING CORE TEAM: A new year is on its way! Please consider Mary’s Church at 11:45 A.M. and return at approximately 3:30 P.M. Please sign
getting involved and offering your talents to serve the young adults of St. Mary's up in the rear of the Church if you plan to ride the bus– seats are limited! If you
Parish. We're looking for men and women in their 20s and 30s with any variety of would like to meet St. Mary’s parishioners at the MARCH, the group plans to
talents to help plan, brainstorm, and execute YA activities. Please contact Angela gather at 7th St. and Madison Drive next to the National Gallery of Art. For
Lademan for more information: email@example.com. additional information, call Suzan Cummins at 703.782.6757.
YA PRAYER AND DISCUSSION GROUP: Every 2nd Wednesday of the
month from 6:30-8:30 P.M. in the Lyceum. Please join St. Mary's young adults in Immaculate Heart of Mary, please pray for us.
discussion and prayer for important issues of the Faith. Please bring a snack to
share. For more information or to be added to the discussion group online, NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASSES FOR ENGAGED AND MARRIED
contact Angela Lademan firstname.lastname@example.org. COUPLES: Learn how to plan or postpone a pregnancy through identifying the
days of fertility and infertility in a woman’s monthly cycle. The highly effective
YA CANDLEMASS BALL: Save the Date and keep an eye out for further Couple to Couple League (CCL) Main Course in Natural Family Planning (NFP)
details. On February 2nd, St. Mary's and St. Rita's Young Adult Ministries are is taught in three classes by certified married couples. Registration is now open
hosting a formal Candlemas Ball. All proceeds will go to supporting both parishs’ (http://register.ccli.org) for four series of classes to be taught at St. Raymond of
YA ministries. Penafort in classroom 6: Sundays-January 13, February 10, March 10, 2013 at
2 P.M. with Kevin and Erin Stalzer (email@example.com); Thursdays-
YOUTH GROUP SKI TRIP: Sign up today to come on St. Mary's annual high
January 10, 2013 at 7 P.M., or Thursdays-February 21, March 21, and April 18,
school youth ski trip! We'll be hitting the slopes on January 12th at Ski Whitetail.
2013 at 7 P.M., with Bob and Gerri Laird (firstname.lastname@example.org). For your
Contact Angela Lademan today to sign up: email@example.com.
convenience, additional classes are listed at http://nfpvirginia.com/local-courses/.
Contact the Lairds or Stalzers for more information.
WORK CAMP 2013 ADULT CREW LEADERS: St. Mary's is looking for adults
to serve as contractors, adult crew leaders, and volunteers for the High School VIRGINIA STANDS FOR LIFE RALLY: Over the past few years, the Virginia
Work Camp from June 22-28. Please contact Angela Lademan for more info General Assembly has enacted several critical pro-life bills, but those gains will
and to sign up firstname.lastname@example.org. be threatened during the 2013 General Assembly session. State legislators need
to know how strongly Catholics encourage and support their pro-life efforts.
MARCH FOR LIFE: Any teens that would like to attend the March for Life can
Please join the Virginia Catholic Conference in Richmond for the Virginia Stands
sign up today. St. Mary's school has offered to let our youth group bus into DC
for Life gathering on Wednesday, January 9, sponsored by the Conference and
with them on January 25th for the youth Mass at the Verizon Center followed by
other state and national pro-life organizations. The day will feature a special
the March for Life. Contact Angela Lademan to reserve a spot.
prayer walk and rally on the Virginia state capitol grounds. For more information,
see the Conference website at www.vacatholic.org.
FUS YOUTH CONFERENCE: Registration for the July 12-14 Franciscan
University Youth Conference will open up on January 14th. Contact Angela
FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR FR. JEAN-CLAUDE
today to reserve your spot. Conferences sell out quickly so please contact
Please join us in thanking Fr. Jean Cluade for his faithful service to
Angela before January 14th in order to register the group on the opening day.
St. Mary’s and to bid him farewell and wish him
blessings on his next assignment.
CAPTURE MY HEART HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS RETREAT: All high school
ladies are invited to come to a girls only retreat in Annapolis, Maryland on His last full day here is this Sunday, January 6th.
February 15-17. Contact Angela Lademan to sign up today for this special He will offer the 1:00 P.M. Mass that day after which a reception,
event! hosted by the Catholic Daughters, will be held in his honor
in the parish lyceum. All are welcome.
NATIONAL MIGRATION WEEK IN JANUARY: The USCCB’s National
Migration Week 2013 will be held from January 6-12 with a primary theme of “HEARTS OF GOLD”- THE 31st ANNUAL CATHOLIC CHARITIES BALL:
“We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues.” This year's Celebrating those that give from the heart for those in need, The Catholic
National Migration Week observance and theme commemorate the 10th Charities Ball is a fun-filled evening of dining and dancing as well as our major
anniversary of the historic joint pastoral letter of the United States and Mexico fundraiser, providing about 10 percent of Catholic Charities annual budget.
bishops conferences, “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope.” Please mark your calendar to attend or volunteer! Friday, February 1, 2013, 7
This theme reminds us of our responsibility as Catholics to help newcomers P.M., The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner - email@example.com, 703.937.3988.
integrate in ways that are respectful, culturally sensitive and responsive to social
needs, and of the ongoing need for comprehensive and compassionate YOUNG ADULT SILENT LENTEN RETREAT
immigration reform. Read more at the USCCB’s website: http://www.usccb.org/ FEBRUARY 15-17- SAVE THE DATE!
about/migration-and-refugee-services/national-migration-week/. Please join Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P. and Fr. Joseph Barranger, O.P. and
other young adults for our Lenten silent retreat at San Damiano Spiritual Life
ARE YOU FREE ON FRIDAYS? Center in White Post! Visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/YAMretreat or contact Erin
Both Christ House, in Alexandria, and Catholic Charities’ Administrative Office, in Kisley 703.841.2549 for more info. This retreat is for all young adults, married or
Arlington, need a volunteer receptionist to answer the phone and greet clients. single.
Hours are flexible, but coverage from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. would be
appreciated. Contact Sherri Longhill at 703.841.3834 or firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Raymond of Penafort, pray for us.
January 6, 2013 Page Four
TODAY'S READINGS DIVINE MERCY CORNER
First Reading: Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! The Lord shines upon you and the
glory of the Lord appears over you (Isaiah 60:1-6). O My God, let everything that is in me
Psalm: Lord, every nation on earth will adore you (Psalm 72).
Second Reading: The Gentiles are coheirs, copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus praise You, my Lord and Creator:
through the gospel (Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6). and with every beat of my heart I want to
Gospel: Magi from the east arrived, looking for the newborn king of the Jews (Matthew
2:1-12). praise Your unfathomable Mercy.
I want to tell souls of Your goodness and
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: 1 Jn 3:22—4:6; Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a; Mt 4:12-17, 23-25 encourage them to trust in Your Mercy.
Tuesday: 1 Jn 4:7-10; Ps 72:1-4, 7-8; Mk 6:34-44 That is my mission, which You Yourself
Wednesday: 1 Jn 4:11-18; Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13; Mk 6:45-52
Thursday: 1 Jn 4:19—5:4; Ps 72:1-2, 14, 15bc, 17; Lk 4:14-22a have entrusted to me, O Lord, in this life
Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; Lk 5:12-16 and in the life to come.
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21; Ps 149:1-6a, 9b; Jn 3:22-30
Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 29:1-4, 3, 9-10 or
Ps 104:1b-4, 24-25, 27-30; Acts 10:34-38 or (St. Faustina, Diary 1325)
Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
Sunday: The Epiphany of the Lord
Monday: St. Raymond of Penafort
JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!
“Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness
and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ.
God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly SAINTS ANNE AND JOACHIM SOCIETY January event will be a meeting/
into the hearts of those who pray.” potluck luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 1:00 P.M. in St. Mary's Lyceum.
St. Louis de Montfort Come enjoy the fellowship of other St. Mary's parishioners and hear from our
guest speaker, The Honorable Vincent Weber (Pat Weber's son). Please
contact Barbara Juszczyk, 703.683.6834 or Patricia Weber, 703.549.2865 if you
PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE ILL, INCLUDING:
plan to attend and let them know what you wish to bring.
Jack Allen George German Vyto Liutkus Don Rocen
Juan Alvarez Betty Gibbs Anthony Lodato Mike Robison Please also note the Brown Bag lunch and DVD viewing originally scheduled for
Anne Ashley David Robert Gibson Frank Lopapa Rosa Rodriguez March has been changed to Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1:00 P.M. in the Lyceum.
Elizabeth Ball Antonia Giofre Peter Lor Gerard Rosekruns
Jacob Barber Gianna Glavin Thomas Lovely Mary Ann Rowe CHRIST HOUSE DINNER: St. Mary’s will be cooking and serving dinner at
Roberta Bauer Christopher Godby Elizabeth Lucas Kelly Ryan
Karen Beattie Mary Goins Dan Lyons Michael Ryan Christ House on Tuesday, January 29th. Please sign-up for food donations in
Charles A. Belanger Jackie Goldhagen Susan Markarian Sheila Ryan the book at the back of the church. (Please make sure rice is instant.) Thank you
Tori Benecchi Millie Goods Harry Marson Shirley Ryan for last year’s generosity with food and help! Questions? Please call Janet
Dennis Benford Edward Graham Jane Martin Marjorie Salwin Watkin at 703.836.1265 or Rita Meyer at 703.768.3482.
Mary Bilyeau John Guerin Karen Martinez S. Charlotte Satterfield
Chris Bosworth Elizabeth Hahn Holden Mauk James Saunders
Robert Bowen Harry Harson Bob McCaslin Catherine Schwallie CHRIST HOUSE ON WHEELS (CHOW), VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Joe Braddock Mike Hart John McDemott Bob Scullin Help us in our mission to feed the hungry in all corners of our diocese. If you are
Conrad Brinckman Florine Henderson James McGrath Family Anna Cecelia Sefcik
interested in either opportunity below, contact Sherri Longhill at 703.841.3834 or
Jake Bulmer Carol Holver Mary McGuire
Maria Campo Helen Hoover Janice Melone John Shannon email at email@example.com.
Jean Carrano Nancy Jackson Marie Moses Thomas Siegel
Ron Celeste Aidan James Edward Muckerman Mary Solomita Drivers: Do you have a van or SUV and can you drive boxes of food from
Wallace P. Cooney Luther Johnson Anna Munro John Soos Christ House in Alexandria to other pantries throughout the diocese?
Sister Anne Correale Herbert Jung David Bruce Nash Mike Stachura Volunteers are especially needed on weekdays.
Clem Cowley Anne Kelly Judy Nee Catherine Stevenson
Dan De Celles Barry Kelly Betty Nesky Timothy Sullivan
Pantry workers/packers: Pack boxes of food from Christ House in
Etelvina León Duarte Alyssa Klebasko Rob Pallace Carson Svilich Alexandria to feed the poorest of the poor throughout the diocese. Flexible
Patricia Leon-Duarte Dr. David Klipp Jack Pellicci Anne Szczepanski Saturday schedule.
Debbie DuBrul Lily Koehler Gabriel Milagro Pereira Cindy Tedesco
Grace Duffy Cecilia Kowalik Dee Phillips Caitlin Anne Temple
ST. MARY'S CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: Since 1795, the decoration of St.
John Dye Jackie Kruse Tom Phillips Dr. Trimber
Mary Fennie Tom Lavin Kerry Pilz Jane Trimber Mary Catholic Church and Sanctuary has been an important expression of the
Lisa Flowers Thomas Larsen Brenda Pisarkiewez Marie Tutsock joyful celebration of Christmas. With a rich heritage of more than two centuries,
Jennifer Ford Delmar Lewis Jim Price Gloria Wanchock St. Mary's has always maintained a more distinctly historic appearance. In
Loretta Fusco Gail Lincoln Joan Price Julia McNally Wile keeping with this history and the liturgical calendar, the Mary Martha Guild will
Edward Galmish John Linehardt Blaise Pugh Henry Wysocki
Toni Gelston Emily Liutkus Marie Reeping Deanna Zagin install Christmas decorations on Monday, December 24, 2012 between the last
Advent Masses. These decorations will be maintained through the Twelve Days
of Christmas. After that time, selected decorations including the Crèche and all
the wreaths will remain in place until February 2, 2013 (the Feast of the
Presentation, also known as "Candlemas") following the Vatican tradition. Our
Christmas decorations include native berries, greens and flowers, accented by
PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THE DECEASED, INCLUDING
beautiful poinsettias, which were first introduced to the Commonwealth in 1811
by Elizabeth and James Monroe. Church decorations, flowers and vintage
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, please pray for them. Amen. Crèche figures, designed to give glory to “our newborn King,” also remind us of
the great gift of the Catholic Faith which our ancestors have handed down to
PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL OUR MILITARY AND CIVILIAN MEMBERS SERVING IN HARM’S us. To protect and preserve our Christmas decorations for future generations,
WAY, INCLUDING: we ask everyone to please refrain from touching the crèche figures, Christmas
flowers and ornaments – instead, let them prayerfully touch you. In this Year of
R. Mark Brown Amy Hebbel Megan McGarry Chris Quayle
Matthew Constantino Christopher Moore Brian Riva
Faith, may you experience the many blessings of the Christmas Season!
Edward Culbert Albert Martins Anne Maureen Olds Michael Patrick Stack
Peter Culbert Mark Martins Sean Park Troy Ware “Hear Mass daily; it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed
Mark Dobson Brian Matthews Edward Joseph Parry, III Case Wilson the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is
Sandra Haasl Brian Wong the most holy act of religion; you can do nothing that can give greater glory to
God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and
If you would like to include a relative or friend in our prayer list,
please call the rectory office at 703.836.4100. devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the saints.” --St. Peter Julian Eymard