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Walking with Purpose Bible Study

Touching the Divine

A study that focuses on the many qualities of Jesus as revealed through the Gospel of John.

TWO SESSIONS AVAILABLE
October 2021 – April 2022

Wednesdays: 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

SKD Mission Office
4100 Mill Creek Drive
Haymarket, VA 20169

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Mary Banwarth for more information.
(mary@banwarth.com or 703-675-3665).

Learn more about the Walking With Purpose at: walkingwithpurpose.com

SKD to Celebrate Groundbreaking on March 3

Specific details will be forthcoming, but mark your calendar for an exciting day in our Mission history. On Thursday, March 3rd, the feast day of our patroness Saint Katharine Drexel, Bishop Burbidge will be celebrating a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of our new church building (corner of 234 and Waterfall Road).

Stay tuned for more information in the new year!

Saint Katharine Drexel, Pray for Us.

Prayer Quilts

With the help of the SKD Ladies we 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.

Church Building Update

Our thanks to everyone who has completed and returned a Cornerstone Campaign Pledge Form. With groundbreaking scheduled for March 3rd, the feast day of St. Katharine Drexel, we will be including space in the bulletin in the coming months to provide information about the Cornerstone Campaign and church building project.

Donate Your Angel Tree Gift Cards by December 5

We are excited to again be Celebrating the Birth of our Lord through our Annual Christmas Angel Tree Program. This year’s plan is to collect gift cards from local stores Walmart, Target, Kohls, Giant as well as Amazon card to present to the school counselors who will pass them along to selected families in their school.

It is preparation time for our annual Christmas Angel Tree Gift Giving Program! Our Angel Tree volunteers work directly with the schools in our church boundaries to identify families in need and provide them with a little Joy at Christmastime.

This is a beautiful way to spread Love and Joy as we celebrate the birth of our Lord!

If you are interested in becoming an Angel Tree volunteer,please contact the SKD office at 703-754-8444.

Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

Our Pastor, Rev. Christopher Murphy invites each member of the parish to join in on our parish-wide consecration “to
Jesus through Mary”. To prepare for this, on the weekend of Oct 30-31 each family will be given the gift of one copy of “33 Days to Morning Glory,” a booklet containing daily readings designed to awaken our love for Our Most Holy Mother, who then powerfully draws us closer to her Son and to His great Love and Mercy.

SKD to Kick Off Cornerstone Campaign

St. Katharine Drexel Mission announced plans to kick off its Cornerstone Campaign as the last step to raising the funds needed to complete the building of our new parish church. Informational letters and Cornerstone Campaign Pledge Forms will be mailed to all parishioners in mid-October.

The SKD Cornerstone Campaign will run from November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2024.

Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage 2021

Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, invites you to join him to mark this “Year of St. Joseph” at the diocesan Marian pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 30  from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event! Individual pilgrims and families are welcomed to participate on their own and there is no registration required to attend.

Sunday Mass Celebration Moving to BHS – September 5

So many of us love attending Mass at Four Hills Farm! It is with mixed emotions that we are moving back into the PWC School system. For multiple reasons, we are making a switch. We are moving to Battlefield High School! It is closer to our future home, we can provide in-person RE classes again and it provides easy access to all who wish to celebrate Mass. Our planning is as follows:

Pastor’s Piece – July 25, 2021

A concerned parishioner inquired about Pope Francis’ latest Moto Proprio, Traditio custodes. This is his mandate that the liberal use of the old-style Latin Mass be curtailed. The pre-Vatican II style of offering Mass was expanded by Pope Benedict XVI’s Moto Proprio Sumorum Ponificum, which gave greater legitimacy and access to the use the Mass prior to the Second Vatican Council. He called that Mass the “Extraordinary Form” and that which is most used, the “Ordinary Form”. Pope Benedict’s pastoral concern was that those who wished to practice the Extraordinary Form not be alienated or estranged from the Church.