Father Murphy, Lori Trout (SSM and SKD Business Manager) and I met with the Diocesan Building Commission on October 28, 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to formally review our plan to build a permanent church (Phase I), gain feedback, and seek approval to move forward for the next step in the Diocesan planning and construction process. Senior clerical and lay members of the Diocese attended, along with external advisors. The meeting was extremely positive and the support for our project is strong. Those in attendance recognize the unique position we are in: as a Mission in a fast growing area; people who’ve been attending Mass in a gym or cafeteria for 19 years; and with the dual challenges of a relatively small current Mission population and a building site that will be expensive to develop. The commission members were pleased by the level of participation in the Capital Campaigns (about 45%) and were impressed with the amount of money collected and pledged thus far (over $2.8M).
The next step in the process is to solicit and select a Design/Build Contractor and the Diocese will be integral to that process. We anticipate interviewing firms and making a selection by the end of the calendar year. The first task will be to develop a refined estimate for site work and the building. The second task will be to advance the conceptual design to the preliminary stage. Our Site Plan Development Permit is also pending with Prince William County (originally submitted approximately 1 year ago) and we anticipate finalizing the application, based on County comments and inputs, within the next few months. With permit approval, a refined estimate, and more design information, we will then update our financial model to ensure we can afford not only to build but also to sustain the church. We estimate that within the next 12 months, and assuming we all fulfill our financial pledges and continue to financially support SKD, we will then seek formal approval of a loan package from the Diocese to enable project completion by November 2023.
In the meantime, please pray that our project is successful. If you have not yet made your pledge, now would be a great time to help us move forward in building our church!
Thanks for your continued support,
SKD Building Committee Chairman
Holiday Sweets for Family, Friends, and Business Associates
St Katherine Drexel’s Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a holiday season candy sale for the Knights’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund which benefits persecuted Christians and those in their care, especially in the Middle East. Deadline to Order: December 15, 2019.
All orders must be made online at https://www.sarriscandiesfundraising.com/VIEWBYCATEGORY.aspx?id=MA
Use Group ID number: 10-3461
Orders will be shipped directly to the address you specify and delivery timeframes will be specified when you order. You can share the link for this non-denominational sale with others who may be interested in purchasing gifts.
If you plan on sending sweets to several locations consider establishing an account to streamline your ordering process.
Our efforts to construct a permanent home for St. Katharine Drexel are moving along quite well this fall. Our meeting with the Diocese of Arlington Building Commission is scheduled for October 28 to gain conceptual approval of our approach, financing, and other aspects.
On December 8, 2019, we plan to hold a get-together between the Masses to provide you with an overview of the latest plans. Refreshments will be available. Please mark it on your calendars.
Starting this fall, St. Katharine Drexel Mission is pleased to offer two Bible Study options for our church community:
- Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
- Walking with Purpose: Woman’s Catholic Bible Study
Below is information about our newest adult Bible study: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible is an 8 session study to help you get the “big picture” of the Bible by showing how fourteen narrative books of the Bible tell the complete story.
This study begins with Adam and Eve and continues through to Christ and the Church. You will learn how to read the Bible and better understand it.
The study is set to begin in mid-October. If you would like to join us in our study of the Bible, please contact Jackie Lorzing at jackie.lorzing2011@gmail. or 703-754-3859.
September 2019: An important update from the St. Katharine Drexel Building Committee.
The SKD Building Committee has been busy since June 2019 preparing the information needed by the Diocesan Building Commission to gain approval to proceed to the next steps of our project (e.g., design and construction). Since June, we’ve prepared a detailed financial analysis to demonstrate feasibility and our ability to pay for, own, maintain, and operate our new church building. We assembled all the necessary supporting studies and documentation as required by the Diocese.
What is the Diocesan Building Commission?
The Diocesan Building Commission is comprised of clergy, management, and external experts in real estate, architecture, construction and finance. The Commission was established to ensure projects are appropriately formulated and vetted prior to undertaking significant financial obligations and initiating costly design and construction.
The Diocese supports our need to have a permanent, spiritual home for St. Katharine Drexel to ensure that we provide for the spiritual needs of our current parishioners and minister to new Catholics, all by spreading the Word of Christ. Diocesan representatives lauded the significant support and efforts St. Katharine Drexel’s parishioners have undertaken – both financial and through community formation. This assessment is underscored by the investment the Diocese has already made in acquiring the land ($1.5M) and the support (financial and professional) the Diocese provided in securing the Special Use Permit from Prince William County.
Next Step: Diocesan Building Commission Review
We will be continuing our collaborative work with the Diocese in October to develop a path to build our church in a timely manner and within the appropriate financial parameters.
To that end, we are pleased to announce that the Diocesan Building Commission will formally evaluate our plan approach in their next meeting on October 21, 2019.
The purpose of this meeting is to come to an agreement on the basic financing approach and underlying assumptions and projections. Upon approval from the Diocesan Building Commission, we can then solicit proposals from and interview Design/Build firms, select a firm, refine our concept, start preliminary design, and other activities.
Your Support Makes This Possible
The most important factor that enabled us to get to this point is the incredible financial and spiritual support the dedicated parishioners of St. Katharine Drexel Mission have provided. We appreciate all you do and trust you will continue to support the building of our church through the fulfillment of your Capital Campaign pledge.
Are you new to St. Katharine Drexel Mission or haven’t yet made a financial commitment? Join our community in supporting the SKD Capital Campaign. We are currently at 94% of our campaign goal and we truly need your help to make it the rest of the way. Together, we can Build Our Church!
Building Committee Chairman
P.S. – The SKD Building Committee is planning an event this fall to share further details and visual designs. Details will be provided in the coming weeks.
St. Katharine Drexel Mission is pleased to offer two Bible study options through the Walking with Purpose – Woman’s Catholic Bible Study.
- First Time Participants: Opening Your Heart
You may choose either Tuesday Morning 8:30 – 10:00 AM or Wednesday evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM. It is a 22 lesson study and we will meet weekly from October to April.
- Returning Participants: Keeping in Balance
This Bible study will be offered to women who have already completed “Opening your Heart.” It will be held on Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 10:00 AM from October to April.
All studies will be held at the Parish office located at 4100 Mill Creek Road, Haymarket VA. Please complete and submit the Registration Form below to join in our Bible study and use the links below to purchase your workbook.
About Walking with Purpose: The Modern Woman’s Guide to the Bible
Have you ever considered that your day-to-day struggles are, at their core, timeless and universal? Though your challenges are deeply personal, they are also deeply human, and God has provided workable solutions for you through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.
Walking with Purpose would like to help you enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ, nurtured through personal Bible study and small group discussions created just for women.
Opening Your Heart is an incredibly effective guide to deep, lasting transformation of the heart and we encourage all participants new to Walking with Purpose to begin here, regardless of previous experience with Bible study.
Keeping in Balance is our followup study. Do you feel pulled in many directions? Do you find it hard to balance the demands placed on your time? Is it difficult to manage all the details thrown your way? God wants to support and help us so that we can be our best in every season of our lives. Come along on a journey throughout Scripture as we discover the relevance of Old and New Testament wisdom to our daily challenges. In this 22-lesson study, we’ll explore Biblical ideas for managing life’s pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness. Your lifestyle of health and holiness awaits.
Here are the links to purchase your workbook:
walkingwithpurpose.com/ collections/study-guides/ products/opening-your-heart- study-guide
walkingwithpurpose.com/ collections/study-guides/ products/keeping-in-balance- study-guide
Progress continues in our efforts to build a new church home for St. Katharine Drexel parishioners. Based on the positive response we received from our fall Capital Campaign (reaching 94% of our campaign goal), this spring was spent moving our church building project forward!
The building committee initiated development of the general “architectural program” for the church along with potential floor plans. The architectural program outlines the overall requirements for the number of seats and types of support spaces we need within the constraints of budget and overall footprint/size stipulated by the county’s Special Use Permit.
Preliminary floor plans were developed to accommodate at least 350 people, plus provide office and limited meeting space, along with confessionals, cry room, and other spaces. We hope to complete the architectural program, floor plan, and elevations by June. Those items will be used as inputs to the preliminary design.
Site design activities continued through our civil engineering firm, Ross-France. Various soil and hydrology (e.g., water well capacity) investigations were performed along with fire protection and site utility engineering required by the county. By late summer, we are hoping to receive approval on the site development permit, submitted to Prince William County in November 2018.
The building committee intends to start the selection process this summer to identify a design and construction team to prepare the preliminary design. We anticipate selecting a team by early fall. The result of the preliminary design will be a more detailed plan and refined cost estimate needed to evaluate financing and affordability for our $6M budget.
Apart from design activities, we also entered into discussions with the Diocese about financing our project (i.e., obtaining a mortgage). Those discussions will give us parameters as to what debt we can afford and will be used to help us finalize our design and construction approach. In a project like this, it is normal for design and financing activities to occur in parallel to inform affordability and features of our church.
How you can help us continue moving forward
We are pleased to report that we are making steady progress. This project will only happen, however, if we all continue to fulfill our pledges. If you have not participated in the Capital Campaign, we urge you to do so. We would very much appreciate your support in helping us make a new church home for the St. Katharine Drexel parish community.
Chairman, Building Committee
The parishioners of St. Katharine Drexel Mission are moving forward on our shared goal of building a permanent home for our Catholic Community. Please read our 2018 Annual Building Committee Update for important and exciting news!
St. Katharine Drexel Mission
Sundays at 8:00 AM / 10:30 AM
Bull Run Middle School
6308 Catharpin Road
Gainesville, VA 20155
Pastor: Rev. Christopher D. Murphy
4100 Mill Creek Road
Haymarket, VA 20169
Tel: (703) 754-8444
Fax: (703) 754-7443