A Note From Father Fasano
Salus animarum suprema lex! — The salvation of souls is the supreme law.
As you raise your children, this should be your primary concern, i.e. to assist your children, as far as you are able, to get to Heaven! As the primary educators of your children in matters of Catholic Faith and morals, it is your grave duty to see to it that your sons and daughters receive a thorough and in dept understanding of the teachings of Christ and his Church, as well as developing an active prayer life which leads them to a frequent reception of the Sacraments.
The parish stands ready to assist (but never replace) parents in their vital role as religious educators. Each family as a "domestic church", needs to take very seriously its obligation to impart the fullness of Catholic Faith to a new generation of Catholics. In doing this, the setting of good example is of paramount importance!
Our parish program of religious education is an outstanding resource and supplement for parents. We encourage all of you to allow us to assist you in this important mission by enrolling your children in our parish program, especially in the years of sacramental preparation (i.e. First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation).
We are very proud of the program we have developed at St. John's. It reinforces and completes what each parent should begin to impart at home. Since the salvation of your child takes precedence over every other consideration, we hope you avail yourselves of our assistance, remain supportive of our program and do your best to see to it that your children faithfully attend weekly instruction as well as regularly participate in the liturgical life of our parish. Their salvation (and yours) depends upon it!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jerome Fasano
Father Jerome W. Fasano was born on November 14, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Brooklyn public schools before graduating from Fort Hamilton High School in 1966.
Having received a bachelor’s in philosophy from St. Stephen’s College in Dover, Mass in 1971, Father Fasano completed his seminary studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, NY in 1975 and was ordained on May 7, 1977 by former Arlington Bishop Thomas J. Welsh.
Prior to ordination, Father Fasano spent his deaconate year at St. Ambrose Parish in Annandale. He was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Winchester, 1977-79. He then went to St. Michael Parish, Annandale, 1979-85 and St. John Parish, McLean, 1985-89. He was pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Great Falls, 1989-97, and pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish , Clifton, 1997-2007.