Monday, January 15, 2018

Daystar Mother Daughter event February 10 2018

On the Road to Joy with the Angel of Happy Meetings

Dear Mother and Daughter,

The Women’s Apostolate to Youth cordially invites you to a Mother-Daughter Retreat (for girls in grades 7-9) devoted to reflecting on how our journey through life is profoundly affected by our choice of companions.

Youth are devoted to their friends and deeply influenced by those with whom they choose to share their lives. As they encounter the new and often daunting challenges of adolescence--and sometimes experiences of genuine suffering--they tend to rely heavily on these friends for advice and support. Given how much is at stake in how these challenges are faced, it is critically important that the young develop a sound understanding of the true meaning of friendship and a sure set of principles for assessing the moral character and spiritual depth of their peers.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to forge a stronger bond between the two of you by sharing and deepening your devotion to the great Archangel St. Raphael--chosen by God to accompany the young on their journey through life and to bring them safely to the destination--and the companions--God has prepared for each one of them. The retreat includes talks, and special activities (fun!), as well as opportunities for confession, adoration and Mass.  ~The Women’s Apostolate to Youth

CLERGY: Fr. De Celles, Pastor, St. Raymond of Peñafort

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 10. Registration & Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30am; talks begin at 9:00am, retreat ends at 3:30.

LOCATION: St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish Center and Church 8750 Pohick Rd., Springfield, VA 22153

COST: $50 For Mother and Daughter inclusive. Includes materials, breakfast,
lunch, and clergy stipends. $15 for a 2nd daughter.

RSVP: Please email DayStarRetreat at gmail dot com before January 16. 

(Please help us by responding as quickly as possible. Space is extremely limited. If you cannot come, we want to extend the invitation to others.)

Lead us by the hand to those we are waiting for and to those who are waiting for us.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 Men's Retreat

Fatima, Fatherhood, and Family
A Day of Recollection for Men in Honor of CHRIST THE KING

The Nineteenth Annual Men’s
Day of Recollection sponsored by
the Women’s Apostolate to Youth,
for the sake of Christ’s little ones.

Director: Rev. Paul D. Scalia

Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 9:15am--1:15pm

Location: St. John the Beloved Catholic Church
Beginning in the Parish Hall (located in the School),
6420 Linway Terrace,
McLean,VA 22101

Cost: $35 (lunch and materials included); pay at the door $45; Student Rate: $25


To Register: Send a check (payable to WAY)
by October 20 to:
Jennifer Lawler
5464 Mersea Court
Burke, VA 22015

WAY Schedule 2017-2018


September-we begin St. Teresa and prayer
 20 Begin our study of St. Teresa of Avila (Way of Perfection) Prologue and Purpose of Teresian Carmel (Chs. 1 -3)   -- pp. 39 – 53 in ~ The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila  Volume Two
27 Annual Promise Renewal Mass and light reception

October-we begin our study on the virtues and how to be open to God’s grace
 4 Quarterly Full Member WAY-In
11 St. Teresa (Way of Perfection) Foundations of Prayer chapters 4-8
18 Joint meeting to kick off our study of The Virtues
25 Mass of Installation for new WAY Director
28 Annual Men’s Retreat (Christ the King) held at St. John the Beloved 8am-3pm

1 WAY Council (All Saints-Holy Day of obligation)
8 The Virtues
15 St. Teresa Foundations of Prayer chapters 9-15
22 No meeting
29 Month Holy Hour and Mass

2 Full Member Retreat SRP (with Full Member WAY-In)
6  No Meeting
13 The Virtues
20 St. Teresa Diversity of paths chapters 16-18
27 No Meeting

3  No Meeting
10 Annual Epiphany gathering
17 St. Teresa Prayer in General chapters 19-20
24 TBD
31 Monthly Holy Hour and Mass

10 Daystar (Feb 14 is Ash Wednesday)
14 No meeting-Ash Wednesday
21 St. Teresa Prayer in General-continued chapters 21-25
28 Monthly Holy Hour and Mass

7 Full Member WAY-In
14 The Virtues
21 St. Teresa Christ as Master and Guide chapters 26-29
28 We will meet at Saint Raymond of Penafort for Mass (Wednesday of Holy Week)

4 No meeting, Octave of Easter
11 The Virtues
18 St. Teresa Prayer of Quiet and Abandonment chapters 30-32
25 Monthly Holy Hour and Mass

9 The Virtues
16 No meeting
18-20 Annual Retreat, Full members and Candidates only
23 St. Teresa The Eucharist and Pardon of Offenses chapters 33-37
30 Monthly Holy Hour and Mass

6 Full Member WAY-In
13 The Virtues
20 St. Teresa Deliverance from Deception chapters 38-42
27 Monthly Holy Hour and Mass

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Consecration to the Holy Angels

O Holy Angels of God, here, in the presence of the Triune God and in the love of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer, I, N.N., poor sinner, want to make a covenant with you, who are his servants, so that in union with you, I might work with humility and fortitude for the glory of God and the coming of his Kingdom. Therefore, I implore you to assist me, especially - in the adoration of God and of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar,  - in the contemplation of the word and the salvific works of God, -in the imitation of Christ and in the love of his Cross in a spirit of expiation, - in the faithful fulfillment of my mission within the Church, serving humbly after the example of Mary, my heavenly Mother, your Queen. And you, my good guardian angel, who continually behold the face of our Father in heaven, God entrusted me to you from the very beginning of my life. I thank you with all my heart for your loving care. I commit myself to you and promise you my love and fidelity. I beg you: protect me against my own weakness and against the attacks of the wicked spirits; enlighten my mind and my heart so that I may always know and accomplish the will of God; and lead me to union with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
For more information go to: 

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
approved this Consecration prayer
on May 31, 2000 for use in Opus Angelorum.
© 2000 Congregazione dei Canonici Regolari della Santa Croce - Roma

Saturday, July 16, 2016

WAY 2016 
Summer Reading and Meeting Schedule

July 2016

6-Full Member meeting
13-Psalms of longing (Springfield) Elisabeth Lesuer (Bristow)
20-Elisabeth Leseur (Springfield)/Psalms of longing (Bristow)
27-Monthly Holy hour and Mass for troubled youth

August 2016

3 - No Meeting
10- Meeting –Amoris Laetitia chapter 4 and 5
17- Meeting—Dives in Misericordia
24 - No Meeting 
31 – Monthly Holy Hour and Mass for troubled youth

The Women's Apostolate to Youth encourages you to pray for troubled youth.  
Consider joining our Saint Michael the Archangel Intercessory Prayer Campaign for spiritually at risk youth by emailing us at:

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Model of Nazareth

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family and in honor of this, I have pasted below an excerpt from Pope Paul VI's address in Nazareth (which can be found in today's Office of Readings), dated January 5, 1964.    His words still ring true.

May the blessings of the Christ child continue to fill your heart with joy.


Pope Paul VI, January 5, 1964 (Nazareth)

"Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate him.

Here we can learn to realise who Christ really is. And here we can sense and take account of the conditions and circumstances that surrounded and affected his life on earth: the places, the tenor of the times, the culture, the language, religious customs, in brief, everything which Jesus used to make himself known to the world. Here everything speaks to us, everything has meaning. Here we can learn the importance of spiritual discipline for all who wish to follow Christ and to live by the teachings of his Gospel.

How I would like to return to my childhood and attend the simple yet profound school that is Nazareth! How wonderful to be close to Mary, learning again the lesson of the true meaning of life, learning again God’s truths. But here we are only on pilgrimage. Time presses and I must set aside my desire to stay and carry on my education in the Gospel, for that education is never finished. But I cannot leave without recalling, briefly and in passing; some thoughts I take with me from Nazareth.

First, we learn from its silence. If only we could once again appreciate its great value. We need this wonderful state of mind, beset as we are by the cacophony of strident protests and conflicting claims so characteristic of these turbulent times. The silence of Nazareth should teach us how to meditate in peace and quiet, to reflect on the deeply spiritual, and to be open to the voice of God’s inner wisdom and the counsel of his true teachers. Nazareth can teach us the value of study and preparation, of meditation, of a well-ordered personal spiritual life, and of silent prayer that is known only to God.

Second, we learn about family life. May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be. May it show us the family’s holy and enduring character and exemplify its basic function in society: a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings, in sum, the perfect setting for rearing children – and for this there is no substitute. 

Finally, in Nazareth, the home of a craftsman’s son, we learn about work and the discipline it entails. I would especially like to recognise its value – demanding yet redeeming – and to give it proper respect. I would remind everyone that work has its own dignity. On the other hand, it is not an end in itself. Its value and free character, however, derive not only from its place in the economic system, as they say, but rather from the purpose it serves. 

In closing, may I express my deep regard for people everywhere who work for a living. To them I would point out their great model, Christ their brother, our Lord and God, who is their prophet in every cause that promotes their well being."

Monday, November 30, 2015


Advent is a time of waiting and preparing: part silence and anticipation, part activity and action.  This year, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Christ child, I would like to share with you some nuggets gleaned from Mother Mary Francis's book "Come, Lord Jesus, Meditations on the Art of Waiting".  Mother was the abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery in Roswell, New Mexico.  Her reflections sear the heart and stir one's mind to ask with great sincerity, am I preparing for Christ as I ought?  

May God bless each one of us with light, peace, and generosity as we journey to Bethlehem.

Monday, the First Week of Advent: What are the "dark corners" in my life that keep me from God?  What needs to be emptied?  What are the escapes or habits that hinder a generous response to God's will in my life?
Do I rush out to meet God, to serve Him with a generous heart?


Thursday, October 29, 2015

2015-2016 Reading Schedule

WAY 2015-16 Elisabeth Leseur Reading Schedule 


Book: The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur
Each month you will be asked to read a section of her diary, along with one of the monthly retreat topics.  For October we will start with “Silence” and “Resolutions”.  You are encouraged to read her “Daily Thoughts” (pages 147-187) on your own throughout the course of this year. 

October-In Memoriam (pages xiii-xliii), Spiritual Testament (141-145 a letter Elisabeth wrote to her husband titled “For Felix”, pages 287-290 (some copies do not have this letter), and the monthly retreat focused on “Silence” (pages 209-212, and 226). 

November-Journal Part 1 (pages 3-47) and the monthly spiritual retreat: on “Mortification” (pages 212-214). 

December –no regular meeting on Elisabeth, but please read and reflect on the monthly spiritual retreat on “Humility” pages 214-215.  As you read this, consider Mary, our model of humility, asking her to guide you on this “retreat”. 

January- Journal Part 1, continued and the beginning of “Resolutions” (pages 48-79).  Monthly spiritual retreat: “Renunciation” pages 215-216 

February- Resolutions, continued (pages 80-112) and monthly spiritual retreat “Love of Souls” pages 216-217.  

March – No Elisabeth Leseur meeting this month, but please read the monthly spiritual retreat “Serving the Crucified” pages 217-218. 

April – Journal Part 2 (pages 115-145), monthly spiritual retreat “Detachment of Soul” pages 218-220.  

May- Read the monthly spiritual retreat on “Obedience” pages 220-221. ** we may add the reading on Christian Womanhood to this month** 

June- Read “A Call to the Interior Life” and “Living the Spiritual Life” (pages 189-208) and monthly spiritual retreat on “Poverty of Spirit” pages 221-222.   

July- Read “Little Treatises” (233-265) and the monthly spiritual retreat on “Prayer” pages 222-223. 

August – Read “Christian Womanhood” (pages 267-283) and the monthly spiritual retreat on “The spirit of penance” pages 223-224. 

September- Read the monthly spiritual retreat on “Abandonment to God.” Pages 224-226.  

“There is nothing so great or ideally beautiful as the action of God in the human soul.  If we knew how to detect it in ourselves, our lives would be transformed.  If we could see it in others, we would love still more Him who is always in the midst of us, who works marvels in us and who effects these spiritual “rejuvenations” of the soul that we shall come to understand only in eternity.”  
My Spirit Rejoices, p 210