Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: How We Can Help

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you have seen in media reports, while residents in Texas are only beginning their recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has caused considerable damage throughout Florida. Once again, I ask all in the Diocese of Arlington to join me in prayer for those struggling with the effects of this destructive weather. Pray that victims of these storms will feel the presence of Christ’s peace in the midst of turmoil and unrest.

For those who are able, I ask that you consider making a donation to Catholic Charities USA, which is leading the disaster relief effort on behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States.

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There are many people who need help receiving basic necessities, and they will also need help rebuilding so much that has been lost.

I am also grateful to all who will support the relief’s efforts through contributions being made in parish second collections.

May Our Lord bring relief and peace to those who struggle, now and forever.

Sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

St. Lucy Project - Diocese of Arlington

Support the St. Lucy Project Fall Food Drive

The St. Lucy Project, a program of Catholic Charities of Arlington, is conducting it’s Fall Food Drive!

There are over 200,000 Food Insecure people living In the Arlington Diocese. Sadly, Prince William County is rated the second highest in the Diocese with 26,300 individuals searching for their next meal. A staggering, 12,700 of these individuals are children, 48% of the Food Insecure in Prince William County. This exceeds the national rate of 44%!

Bag Distribution with list of suggested donations, will be offered on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Please return bags the following Sunday, September 17, 2017. Gift cards from Walmart, Giant, and Aldi’s are also accepted. Checks can be made out to CCDA with The St. Lucy Project in the memo. For more information please contact Patty Kuntz at 703-479-2975 ext. 103.

SKDM Fall Festival

Fall Festival – October 1st

The Father Jon O’Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus will be hosting its first annual St. Katharine Drexel Fall Festival on Sunday, October 1 from 2-6:00 PM. The event will be held at 4610 Sudley Road in Catharpin, VA. The cost is $10 per person, $30 per family, children under five are free. The Knights of Columbus Council will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and entertainment. Parishioners are asked to bring side dishes.

Become an Event Sponsor
This is your chance to be a Founding Sponsor of this event for just $150 to demonstrate your support
for this community and receive special promotional consideration:

  1. Your logo prominently displayed on signage at the October 1 festival.
  2. Your logo printed in the insert for the October 1 parish bulletin.
  3. Your logo displayed on the St. Katharine Drexel Website

Fall Festival Sponsorship Form

Register Today! 
See a member of the Knights of Columbus after Mass to register to attend this fun-filled event or complete the form below to register.

Fall Festival Registration Form

St. Katharine Drexel Mission Updates

Join the St. Katharine Drexel Choir

Men and women, at least 18 years old, are invited to sing with the 10:30 AM choir for Sunday Masses and Holy Days, including Christmas and Easter. The “Choir Year” runs from September 2017 through June 3, 2018. Rehearsals are held in the Bull Run Middle School Choir Room from 9:15 – 10:15 AM every Sunday.

Previous experience is not necessary nor is it necessary that you read music. Rehearsals will cover everything you need to know to sing in unison as well as four part harmony. Our first rehearsal will be September 17 at 9:15 AM in the Choir Room. Please join your fellow parishioners in this ministry of sung prayer!

If you would like to participate in the choir, or if you have questions, please contact Trudy Maher at (540) 687-6433 or tmaher@saint-stephen.org.

Diocese of Arlington

Bishop Burbidge’s Statement Regarding Violence in Charlottesville

Seeing the violence in Charlottesville was saddening and disheartening. The more we read about the demonstration of racism, bigotry and self-proclaimed superiority it seemed as though we were living in a different time. So much progress has been made since the Civil Rights Movement. And yet, there are some who cling to misguided and evil beliefs about what makes America unique and remarkable.

Any discussion of this sensitive topic should begin with condemning all forms of bigotry and hatred. For Christians, any form of hatred, no matter who it is against, is an offense-a sin-against the Body of Christ. Each person is created by God and bestowed with His unyielding love. Anyone who treats one of those creations with disrespect, disdain or violence, has offended not just that person, but also the creator of that individual. When we witness destructive behavior, such as racism or hatred, we might naturally respond with righteous anger, but we must not respond with our own form of hatred. Hating those who hate us offers no possibility of authentic conversion or growth the sons and daughters of God.

We should be grateful to live in a country where freedom of speech and assembly is cherished and protected in a constitution. This right protects religious expression, for example. At the same time, these rights also open the opportunity for those with evil intent and backward thinking to demonstrate and share what they believe as well. The question we must ask, especially after seeing our rights misused to the point that violence erupts leaving many injured and a young woman dead, is: what do we do now?

We must find unity as a country. Unity does not mean we all believe the same things. Likewise, the freedom to express differing views or opinions does not mean we reject our unity as God’s family. The Catholic Church is rooted in fundamental principles that make us authentically Catholic-but apart from them, there are issues that allow debate and discussion, which is normal within any family. Our country is the same in many ways. We must be united by a shared interest in freedom, liberty, and love for our neighbor. Beyond those unifying principles, there will be disagreements and differing beliefs. But our unity is in our shared values ​​and, perhaps more importantly, the respect we show to one another. Without respect for each other, even when we adamantly disagree, we will see more violence and discord in this great nation.

At this time, I call upon all Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington to turn to the patroness of our nation, Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception, and St. Michael the Archangel, and pray for unity, respect, and peace in our Communities.

Knights of Columbus Council named after Fr. Jon O'Brien

Knights of Columbus Council

The newly formed Father Jon O’Brien Knights of Columbus Council is seeking new members. The Knights of Columbus is one of the largest fraternal charitable service organization with more than 1.9 million members in over a dozen countries. Members are Catholic men who come together through faith to support their Church and local, national and worldwide causes through charitable action.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Knights of Columbus Council meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Mission Office, 14535 John Marshall Hwy, #10 in Gainesville, VA. All Catholic males 18 and over are welcome!

Divine Mercy Chaplet

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

Please join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each Sunday immediately following the 8:00 AM Mass in front of our Divine Mercy image. If you have never prayed this Chaplet, it is a beautiful and powerful prayer taught by Christ to Saint Faustina. The Chaplet and Rosaries are available so we may all recite it together. Everyone is welcome!

Mom's playgroup - St. Katharine Drexel Mission

Families with Young Children

Do you have young children and wish to connect with other St. Katharine Drexel parents with similar aged children? Please contact the SKD Office at (703) 754-8444 or esivick@saint-stephen.org.  We are trying to coordinate a group and group leader for fun “get-togethers” in and around our community.

St. Lucy Project - Diocese of Arlington

St. Lucy Project Update

The total weight of food donations from our recent St. Lucy Project food drive was 3,127 pounds of food! Thank you so much for your contributions and dedication to the success of the St. Lucy Project.

Your generosity will provide meals for 219,000 food insecure people throughout the Arlington Diocese.

Faith Direct online giving

Join Faith Direct eGiving

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