Breaking from Seductive Sentimentality: We all tend to speak, at times, in pleasantly sentimental terms. Out of sympathy for someone’s loss, we may choose to soften the truth: “Your brother passed away last night.” But the current cultural tendency is to invent and redefine words in ways closely connected to sentimentalities detached from both faith and reason. Ideologues invent and redefine many words to carry out cultural subversion. The popular meaning of the word “racism,” for example, is so contested today that it’s become almost useless, except for purposes of defaming people. More:
Charlie Daniels, RIP.  A great Christian and a great musician.
The Old Brogue in Great Falls is a favorite of many of our parishioners, and you can help them with their good work in the community while enjoying their delicious food (curbside pickup, delivery, or dine in).  In addition, they bring meals to needy homeless people at the Missionaries of Charity in Anacostia and participate in the “Feed the Frontliners” program.

In Virginia, the House of Delegates, Senate, and Governor's Mansion are now controlled by pro-abortion politicians. (They also control all 12 seats on the Fairfax County School Board.) Today their new laws take effect. More than one thousand of them. Here are some examples:

  • Abortionists can abort babies on mother's first visit (erase 24-hour waiting period)
  • No more ultrasounds so mother's can see their babies
  • Non-doctors can now abort babies in Virginia
  • Safety requirements for abortion clinics removed
  • Official rejection of male and female; women's showers/bathrooms open to males
  • Transgender identity given special rights to make demands/threaten lawsuits (religious institutions must comply unless they're 100% private)
  • Counselors forbidden to help teens suffering from sex confusion (they can only promote transgenderism, not help teens overcome it; one-way rachet) 
  • State board to impose transgender mandates on all public schools (will make children to question their sex/force Christian kids to affirm a false god)
  • People can change the sex listed on their birth certificate (no medical procedure required)
  • Local governments given power to tear down monuments
  • No I.D. needed to vote in elections
  • Lots of restrictions on right to bear arms

Oh, Virginia -- "Mother of States," "Mother of Presidents," "Birthplace of a Nation" -- what has become of you? Read below for links to some of the new laws -- but don't trust the summaries; you have to read the words of the laws to see what's in them. https://www.nbc29.com/2020/06/26/roundup-new-virginia-laws-taking-effect-start-july/

Fairfax County School Board Watch:  The prevention of child abuse is a high priority of the USCCB and the American bishops. They do not want to repeat those egregious errors and malfeasance. I aim to avoid those failures as well, in my neck of the woods, by speaking out when I see that the little ones of my flock are at risk. As a pastor of souls, I have the responsibility to protect my young people from such evil. So I will not remain silent as the School Board violates the innocence of children. Let's begin with the abuse of language. There is no such thing as "transgendered." One does not become male or female by choice or surgery. (Those very rare medical aberrations are separate matters, of course.) When a young person -- or any person -- suffers sexual organ mutilation under the auspices of "sex change," it is a grotesque injustice. It's unconscionable to "celebrate" such obscenity as the School Board proclaimed. The School Board also promotes indecent sex education in the school, with graphic discussions of sexual perversions. That's also child abuse, plain and simple. A bishop would remove any priest cooperating in such programs -- and justly so. My competency is in the moral law, not public statutes. The Fathers of Vatican II, for example, similarly teach: "Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes."
"Fairfax County School Board: Two days of school, but Transgender Celebrations for All!"

Folks, the new configuration in the church is in no way a commentary on the exercise of your common sense. I am pleased with your responsiveness, goodwill, and diligence. But circumstances that emanate from outside the Parish make these adjustments necessary. Thanks for your patience. Please pray that I do not lose my patience.

Reminder: Old-timers should carefully consider ducking out of Masses if they are "at risk" -- however that's defined.  Be prudent; bring those hand wipes; keep your distance; don't breathe on others (but remember to breathe).  The priest is the only guy distributing Communion and he's highly trained in delivery systems.  Let's continue to use common sense.  You're doing very well. 

The Tragedy of Neglecting Comedy -- by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky:  If you like the comedy of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Castro, you’ll love life under today’s so-called progressives:  https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/06/26/the-tragedy-of-neglecting-comedy/

Mortality facts --  The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 17,210 abortions took place in Virginia during 2017. So far, there are just short of 1,620 deaths from COVID-19 in Virginia.  Let's keep unborn babies socially distant from Planned Parenthood clinics.

Shelby Foote and "the Great Compromise" (useful in view of the recent troubles): https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/unwritten-rules-and-great-compromise/

Thanks to all the benefactors who supported the Bishop's Lenten Appeal.  Because of your generosity, the Parish contributed $318,000.  The donations topped the $310,000 goal.  Congratulations and may God reward you.

Do you wonder why I'm confused?:  Thehealth experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) sayheathy people should only wear masks if they are taking care of someone with COVID-19 or coughing or sneezing or under a few other circumstances. 

When coming to Mass this weekend, help yourself to the missalettes and bring them home with you (and bring them with you when you attend Mass).  Don't leave them in the pews.  I guess these things are contagious.  So think of your missalette as radioactive, except when you handle it.

President Trump’s July 2017 speech in PolandThrough four decades of communist rule, Poland and the other captive nations of Europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish freedom.… And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first Mass with their Polish Pope, that day, every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down. They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when a million Polish men, women, and children suddenly raised their voices in a single prayer. A million Polish people did not ask for wealth. They did not ask for privilege. Instead, one million Poles sang three simple words: “We Want God.”

In those words, the Polish people recalled the promise of a better future. They found new courage to face down their oppressors…. We can still hear those voices that echo through history. Their message is as true today as ever. The people of Poland, the people of America, and the people of Europe still cry out “We want God.”

 Please pray for a happy resolution to the hysterical obsession of the month, whatever it might be.

Scam texts and emails continue.  Please be careful.

"Prayer and communion are not to be made or desired for the sake of the devotion we feel in them, for that is seeking self, and not God; but we must be frequent in both the one and the other in order to become humble, obedient, gentle, and patient."-- Saint Philip Neri

Thank you, Mr. President: The President and Mrs. Trump visited the John Paul II National Shrine to both commemorate Pope Saint John Paul II’s 100th birthday two weeks ago and the 41st anniversary of the modern-day saint’s historic Mass at Victory Square in Warsaw.

Phil Lawler on the topic: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/baffling-and-reprensible/

Folks, the weekend Masses went very well, even without sacred music.  Keep up the good work.  We'll keep the schedule in place.

From the Chancery:  Below are the links (English and Spanish) to the videos being posted today on the diocesan website to help the faithful know what to expect when returning to Mass and receiving Communion during this phase of re-opening.  Please share with your parishioners in the best manner you see fit.

English: https://youtu.be/igaLQTf1ONQ

 Is Catholicism an ideology?  Father Pokorsky: 


Scholars Claim Jesus Actually Told Lepers 'Stay Home, Save Lives’ https://babylonbee.com/news/scholars-claim-jesus-actually-told-lepers-stay-home-save-lives

President Trump on May 22:  TRUMP: "Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches ... it's not right. So I am correcting this injustice & am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches & places of worship to open right now"

On Friday Governor Northam opened Virginia Beach for the weekend with the following order, “If people swarm these beaches and ignore social distancing rules or the regulations the city has put into place, I will not hesitate to reinstate Phase 1 restrictions or even close the beach outright if necessary.” On Saturday Governor Ralph Northam was seen out at Virginia Beach. The governor was walking around without a mask in a crowd. He was not concerned about social distancing.

Folks, as many of you know, the Bishop has permitted the celebration of Communion services (outside of Mass) for gatherings that do not exceed ten. On Sunday, I celebrated five such services.  While I do not have objections to the practice on a very short-term basis, here are my thoughts on its dangers:

FRC Releases New Publication Showing Extent of Radical Sex Education in Schools School Districts Devoting as much as 70 hours of Classroom Time to Sexualizing Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. --Family Research Council released a new publication today titled "Sex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination." It outlines the radical changes that have occurred in the way sex education is taught in America's public schools, and why parents should be concerned: 

  • Teaching kids how to consent to sex/"how to" sex workshops.
  • "Fake Abstinence"--abstinence until your next steady boy/girlfriend.
  • Secret abortions: your parents never have to know.
  • Students pressured to declare themselves LGBT "allies."
  • Same-sex role playing.
  • Teaching children they could be born in the wrong body.

Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council, who authored the publication, wrote:

"Well-funded international pressure groups have been extraordinarily successful in pushing agenda-driven curricula that sexualizes children and promotes a 'sexual rights' ideology among youth. School systems are devoting significant classroom time to these programs--70 classroom hours per child in some cases--even while American public schools are failing to fulfill their core mission.

"Today's sex ed lessons can be highly manipulative--carefully designed to get children to approve of the concept of sexual rights and fluid sexual 'identities,' and to reject their religious beliefs, the authority of their parents, and even physical reality itself.

"Even if parents identify problematic lessons in sex ed and manage to opt their kids out, that won't protect them from sex propaganda appearing elsewhere in school, such as in the halls, in history class, on the calendar, and in the library.

"As parents, we should insist on the best for our children. Demanding risk avoidance-based sex ed, filing universal opt-out letters annually, and attending school board meetings are proactive ways that parents can let their schools know that they are informed, they are watching, and they are prepared to act," concluded Ruse.

To read the full publication, visit: https://www.frc.org/sexeducation.

See Family Research Council's universal opt-out letter .




Email scammers are active again -- Folks, do not respond to any request for funds from me by email.  Scammers repeatedly invent email addresses and send you messages to send money (or gift cards).   Just report to the Parish office and we'll report to law enforcement.

Pastor's thoughts on the pandemic:



There was a time when trust in God’s Providence was part of the cultural fabric of America. Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson wrote (with a hint of Calvinistic theology), “[M]y religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” It’s usually more reasonable to hide behind a stone wall when bullets fly, rather than stand like a stone wall. But not if one hopes to win the battle. Our battle is for eternal life which forever will take the way of the Cross. Trust in Divine Providence.  But keep using those hand wipes, etc.  And older folks with health conditions should certainly stay put (don't come to Mass) until this thing blows over. 



Sacramental Schedule

The Church typically opens by 7:30 a.m. and closes around 7 p.m.  But times may vary because of variations in the Pastor's schedule and the occasional inability to obtain help in locking the church at night.

The Confession Schedule continues

Sacrament of Penance:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:45 am – 8:15 am (No Confessions on Holy Days and civil holidays)
Saturday afternoon: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Expanded schedule for Advent and Lent
All Day Eucharistic Adoration
Every Wednesday: 1 pm through Thursday morning, 8:30 am
Every First Friday: 9 am through Saturday morning, 8:30 am

Mass Schedule:
8 am 10 am 12 Noon*
*Novus Ordo Latin Mass

Saturday: 8:30 am & 5:30 pm Vigil Mass

Weekdays: 8:30 am, (Wednesdays: 12:15 pm)

Holydays (except Christmas):
8:30 am & 7 pm

Contact Us

Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
Direct Line to Pastor 703.759.3520
No text messages please; contact the office for administrative questions.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm 
Closed on Federal Holidays

Saint Catherine of Siena Church
1020 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
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Phone: 703.759.4350
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St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

1020 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066

Parish Office: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753
Religious Education: 703.759.3530
Siena Academy: 703.759.4129