Entries by El Ames

Ladder Safety in the Parish

The Diocese has had all parishes under go a Risk Assessment protocol. We have completed many of the requirements identified in the risk assessment report. Several such as door replacements are on going and hope to be completed this next fiscal year. Fencing will be done around unsafe areas. Signage has been posted where needed. […]

A Note from Father Perez

Dear Parishioners: It has come to our attention that a scammer is again sending emails impersonating Father Perez. Be assured Father Perez is not asking for gift vouchers or anything through email or text messages. Any email that has a suspicious address should be ignored. Official emails from OLV parish and the Diocese of Arlington […]

The Feast of the Ascension

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Mankind’s first space flight lasted minutes on April 12, 1961. The first man in outer space who took that history-making trip 60 years ago was Russia’s Yuri Gagarin. He believed firmly in the Almighty and was a devout Christian, even though he kept silent about that to his country’s […]

From the Bishop

Statement Of The Bishops Of The Province Of Baltimore And The Arch-diocese Of Washington – Lifting the General Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass We, the Catholic Bishops of the Province of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington, give thanks to Almighty God for the progress our country has made in curbing the coronavirus […]

May 9 Reflections

Let’s face facts: the internet has given editorial cartoons a re- prieve from extinction, able to withstand the decline of newspapers as a major source of information for most people these days. Depending on the viewpoint the cartoons espouse, many of them are clever enough to draw either a chuckle or a curse. Our beloved […]

May 2 Reflection

A mere ten minutes from my front door in South New Jersey lies a vineyard. Despite the absence of the climate that holds forth in France, Italy, and California, it flourishes. When I drive by it, I can catch a glimpse of those long straight lines of bushes. Often enough, I think of those immortal words of […]

April 25 Reflections

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson No matter how speedily our computers compute, or how “Wi” your “fi” is, the image we hear today of God’s Son as “The Good Shepherd” persists in popularity and persuasive power. Chalk that up to our unexpressed longing for a gentler human landscape, free of the hard edges technology […]

April 11 Reflections

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson In my retirement I have learned that I am at least a half decent cook. My loving Mom was prescient years ago when she taught me how to cook a decent breakfast and a few dinner menus under her simple rubric: “You might not be able to get a […]

Fourth Sunday of Lent Reflection

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson Fourth Sunday of Lent Allow me to present some facts about an event coming next Saturday, March 20. That will be this year’s date for “the Vernal Equinox. At precisely 5:37 AM that morning, when most of us will probably be enjoying a Saturday sleep-in, the Northern hemisphere of […]

Second Sunday of Lent Reflection

The exhilaration one feels in the wake of a successful weight loss program or an addiction broken through a program like Alcoholics Anonymous is often enhanced by the compliments of friends and acquaintances. They applaud the transformation, especially if they have clear memories of “the old you.” The accomplishment is also a source of good […]