Entries by J DeVore

Christmas Eve Candlelight Devotional

Plan now to join us for the Fr. Jon O’Brien Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Devotional at the site of the future home of St. Katharine Drexel Church (across from the 7-11 on the corner of Waterfall Road and Route 15).
This short devotional will take place immediately following the 5:00 PM SKD Christmas Eve Mass at Battlefield High School. Don’t miss this opportunity to join with other parishioners in adoring our Lord on the eve of his Incarnation.

High School Events – 1st Sunday of each Month

Did you hear the news? St. Katharine Drexel is planning a winter/spring filled with special activities for high school teens!

Come join in the fun with other teens on the 1st Sunday of each month. We kick things off this Sunday, December 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM at the SKD Mission office (4100 Mill Creek Road – Haymarket).

We’re hosting Trivia Night and Minute to Win It games with snacks on the side!

2022 Angel Tree

It seems early to be thinking about Christmas, but we are already a little behind schedule. In
collaboration with our area School Counselors, we hope to
provide a bit of Christmas Cheer to
students in need. The Angel Tree ministry
coordinates with School Counselors who identify area students who could benefit. They then relay the needs to our
community, collect donations, and return them to the appropriate school
counselors. We try to take Black Friday into
consideration, so we have to move fast!
Please consider volunteering to be part of this
volunteer ministry.
Contact Ellen Sivick for St Katharine Drexel
esivick@saint-stephen.org 703-754-8444

Volunteer as a Lector

Love to Read and want a way to
help the SKD Community??
Why not volunteer as a lector??
With the addition of the 8:00 AM Mass, our community is in need of additional lectors to read at both the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Masses.

Lector books will be provided, and the commitment is no more than once every 4-6 weeks, with enough volunteers!

Send your questions or interest inquiries to Melanie Shipley – mshipley@sms.com

Love to Sing? Join the Choir

St. Katharine Drexel Mission is seeking volunteer teenage through adult cantors (8:00 and 10:30 AM Masses) and choir members (10:30 AM). We are also seeking substitute pianists, for both Mass times, who will be paid a stipend. For more information, please see choir member Kathy Cumber after Mass or email kathy.cumber@gmail.com.

Food Pantry Ministry Volunteers Needed

St. Katharine Drexel Mission collects non-perishable food items for the Haymarket Food Pantry each Sunday during Mass. Please find the baskets in the hallway near Battlefield High School Entrance #4.

Anyone who wishes to join this ministry and deliver food donations from Mass to the Haymarket Food Regional Pantry in Gainesville, please contact Laura Smith at lauracordaro@comcast.net. The Food Pantry drop-off address is: 7669 Limestone Drive, #105 Gainesville, VA 20155

We hope to set up a rotating schedule with a once-a-month time commitment of about an hour.

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) for Adults

For all non-baptized adults who are interested in the Catholic faith as well as adult Catholics who are looking to be confirmed and complete their Christian Initiation, classes will start on October 4 at 7:00 PM in the SKD Mission Office (4100 Mill Creek Rd, Haymarket) until Easter. The classes are designed to prepare the uninitiated to be initiated and for the initiated to be edified.

If you know of somebody interested in Catholicism, of a Catholic missing a sacrament, or an adult Catholic interested in
learning more about the basics of our faith, please, join us.

Email kyung@saint-stephen.org or call 540-687-6433 or just come!

Prayer Quilts

With the help of the SKD Ladies, the Knights of Columbus are providing “Prayer Quilts” for parish members to support those in need for prayers that will come wrapped in a quilt, blessed by Father Murphy, to show the love and blessings of our faith community.

Requests for Prayer Quilts can be presented to the Knights by contacting Ellen Sivick at the SKD Office esivick@saint-stephen.org. If you would like to be a part of this project in any way, please send an email to SKDLadies@gmail.com or Bob Guiney at gk16793@vakofc.org.

Father Jon O’Brien KofC Scholarship

The Father Jon O’Brien Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce our Scholarship Program. The program will award $1,000 to support any higher education endeavor by graduating seniors from our parishes. Open to individuals in the two parishes we serve, SKD and SSM.

We intend to award our Scholarship Grant in July. Applications can be downloaded at: https://fjobkofc.org. The criteria for award is contained in the application.

Due date is June 30, 2022. Late inputs will not be considered

St. Katharine Drexel Celebrates Groundbreaking

The Ceremonial Groundbreaking with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington, took place on the feast day of St. Katharine Drexel, Thursday, March 3, 2022.  A video recording of the event appears below.

We look forward to sharing further developments as we begin the process of building our new church home on the corner of Waterfall Road and Route 15 in Haymarket, VA.