Mary, Mother of God

What is the Solemnity of Mary

On January 1, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary. Normally, this is a Holy Day of Obligation, but this year it is not.
What is the Solemnity of Mary, and why is it on New Year’s Day?

The Solemnity of Mary is the day we honor Mary as the Mother of Jesus. Jesus is one Person with two natures (in a “hypostatic“union). Therefore, Mary is “Theotokos,” Mother of God, and due the respect that accompanies that reality. Honoring Mary as Mother of God is the highest honor we can give her, celebrating her Divine Maternity. The declaration of this title can be traced back to the Council of Ephesus in 431.

January 1 is the Octave of Christmas. Only Christmas and Easter still enjoy the privilege of an octave, which is an eight day extension of the feast. In 1968, Pope Paul VI also established January 1 as The World Day of Peace. Therefore, it is appropriate on this day to ask Mary, the Mother of Peace to bring us closer throughout the year, to her Divine Son, the Prince of Peace!

Nativity - Matthew 1:23 - St. Katharine Drexel Mission

Holy Family Novena

December 31 is the Feast of the Holy Family. Here’s the link to our website where you can find the Holy Family Novena. Our country needs prayers, and this Novena covers all kinds of family needs.

http://www.katharinedrexelcc.org/…/12/holy-family-novena.pdf

Bishop Burbidge. Arlington Catholic Herald, Ashleigh Byers

Christmas Letter from Bishop Burbidge

On behalf of our pastor Fr. Murphy and the staff of St. Katharine Drexel Mission, we wish you and your family a blessed Christmas season.

Please read the attached Christmas letter from Arlington Diocese Bishop Michael Burbidge.

SKD Mardi Gras Ball

Tickets Now Available for the Mardi Gras Ball

The 2018 SKD Mardi Gras Ball and Auction will be held on February 10, 2018 at the Piedmont Golf Club in Haymarket, VA. In addition to being a fun community building event, the Mardi Gras Ball will serve an important purpose in raising funds to build our new church! The evening will feature dinner, open bar, music, raffles, and a live and silent auction.

Tickets Now Available:

Last year’s inaugural event sold out quickly, so get your tickets now after Mass or by purchasing them online through Faith Direct. 

Become an Event Sponsor:

We are also looking for businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor our gala. Remember all proceeds benefit the St. Katharine Drexel Building Fund. To sponsor this important fundraising event or purchase an ad in our Auction Catalogue, please print our Mardi Gras Advertising Form or the Online Sponsorship/Advertising Form.

Don’t miss this fun-filled event in support of our growing church. If you have any questions about the St. Katharine Drexel 2018 Mardi Gras Ball, please contact Casey Parker at cparker@amberridgellc.com.