Deacon Don Longano
The Ascension of the Lord
"Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?" With these words in Sunday's first Scripture reading, two angels gently admonished the Apostles who were looking intently upward as Jesus ascended to Heaven. (Acts 1:1-11). As Pope Francis reflects, "the Ascension exhorts us to lift our gaze toward heaven, in order to return it immediately to the earth, to implement the tasks that the Risen Lord entrusts to us." (Regina Caeli, May 13, 2018).
2022-23 CCD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Little Flower Parish offers religious education classes for children in Grades K- 8. Classes for the 2022-23 school year will begin on Sunday, September 11, 2022.
Classes for Kindergarten through 5th Grade are held on Sunday mornings in Little Flower School from 10:15 am to 11:30 am. Grades 6, 7, and 8 have class on Wednesday evenings in Little Flower School from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm.
Join your fellow parishioners in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at a Holy Hour for the intentions of the Ordinandi and an increase in Vocations to the priesthood and Consecrated Life on Friday, June 3 between 1:00-2:30 pm in the church. Unite in prayer with parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Washington as we anticipate the Ordination of our priests on June 18! This year's Ordinandi: Deacon Gerald Andrews, Deacon Ryan Braam, Deacon Mattia Cortigianni, Deacon Carlo de Rodrigo Guitierrez, Deacon Peter Mlynarczyk (who was with us last summer), Deacon James Morgan, Deacon Grzegorz Okulewicz, Deacon Thomas Robertson, Deacon Alexander Wyvil, and Deacon Kyle Vance.
The Parish Respect Life Committee invites you to participate in our annual "Baby Shower." The past years have been overwhelmingly successful due to your extraordinary generosity. The recipients are so grateful and continually send their heartfelt thanks. This year we will be supporting several local pregnancy resource centers.
During the month of May, we will be collecting donations through our secure online form found by clicking below. Thank you so much for your kind support of these wonderful centers and the mothers in need!
If you have not already done so, I ask you prayerfully to consider enrolling in Faith Direct, our eGiving system, which allows you to support our parish weekly and our ministries when you are unable to join us for Mass. Through Faith Direct you can make all of your contributions to Little Flower via automatic payment from your checking account or credit card. Sign up is easy, and can be done in just a minute by clicking below.
I hope you have a safe summer full of fun and faith and that you return well rested and ready for another great Little Flower year. We will be here waiting for you.
-Msgr Peter J Vaghi, Pastor
CYO Year End Celebration
Sunday, June 5th 3-6pm
LF Field and Parking Lot
Come join us for our end of year CYO celebration!
We will have food and drink out by the side of the field.
BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)
Annual 8th Graders vs. 8th Grade Parents Soccer Match at 4:30
Questions? Please contact Bill Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration opens on Sunday, May 29th via SportsPilot
SERIES OF TALKS
Monsignor Vaghi gave a series of seven first Thursday talks from
October 2021 - May 2022 with the theme:
The Pandemic Challenge:
A Renewed Appreciation of the Eucharist
In case you missed any talks in this series, the audio recordings can be found by clicking below.
FOR THE DECEASED – Please pray for the repose of the souls of Michael Bradshaw, Bret Brown, Mary Brown, Don Freeman, Ed and Helen Ann Hanner, Griffin Holland, Kathleen Houlding, Elizabeth Hunton, Hal Hunton, Carlos Jingco, Mary Lynn Lawler, Gere Lynch, Norbert Max, Richard McBride, Barry Nace, Terry Radigan, Richard Skoff, Mark Uhar, Robert Walsh.
FOR THE SICK – Please pray for the sick members of our parish and for all who are in need. Keep these and all the intentions of our parish in your prayers.
Poor Box – Donations in May will be for Covenant House, the largest privately funded, nonprofit childcare agency in the U. S. As such, it helps abused, neglected, homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth. Their services include street outreach, health care, job placement, academic remediation, vocational training, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, advocacy and legal services.
"Stewardship is not something about which we can say 'take it or leave it;' the stakes here are nothing less than salvation and eternal life. When we walk away from stewardship, we walk down hill and the end is exterior darkness. When we embrace it – then do we make Christ live
again among us, then through the Son do we glorify the Father." (From a homily by the late Cardinal Umberto Medeiros to the International Stewardship Seminar in Rome, 1973)
Saints as Model Stewards - May the saints we honor next week inspire us to use our own unique God-given talents and opportunities as He would have us do.
Wednesday – "It is our duty to make known our doctrine," said St. Justin. This patron saint of philosophers was martyred in 1265 because of his staunch adherence to the Christian religion. As someone aptly put it, "If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"
Thursday - Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (died 303), who were martyred for their evangelization efforts. May these saints intercede to give us the knowledge, courage and tact to make us effective evangelizers.
Friday is the memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and 21 of his companions, who were martyred in 1886 in what is now southern Uganda. For catechizing and resisting the king's orders that Christians abandon their faith, he and his companions were burned alive.
There are two ways to donate:
Bring non-perishable items to the rear of the church the first weekend of the month. The next collection is June 4-5.
Make a secure online donation to purchase Giant gift cards HERE.
The donations will be distributed to the food pantry of Queen of Peace parish, where the need is great. Thank you for your generosity.