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Mass for people with special needs

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A Mass for people with special needs, organized by the Knights of Columbus Council 11136, was held at St. Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville last month. Father Stefan P. Starzynski, chaplain at Inova Fairfax Hospital, celebrated the Mass.

“We are seeking to transform how we view suffering; we see that suffering can be a gift, that suffering can be redemptive, that suffering can help heal us and make us whole,” said Father Starzynski in his homily.

“But this is only when suffering is carried with love. We then discover that our cross feels less heavy and can even bring great spiritual and physical fruit for ourselves and those we pray for.”

Following Mass, the Knights Council and the Ladies Auxiliary hosted a reception in the parish center.

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019