Signage on the St. Katharine Drexel church site in Haymarket, VA

Latest News on SKD Building Project

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!

March 2019
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.

April 2019
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.

Summer 2019
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.

David O’Flynn
Chairman, Building Committee

Potomac Nationals Logo

Family & Knights at the Ball Park

Save the Date … the Fr. Jon O’Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring its second annual “Family & Knights at the Ball Park” at the Potomac Nationals baseball game on Saturday, June 22 at 6:30 PM.

Potomac Nationals vs. Carolina Mud Cats (Brewers)

Saturday, June 22 @ 6:30 PM
Pfitzner Stadium
7 County Complex Court – Woodbridge, VA

Buy Tickets Below: Only $10/person
(under two years of age free on parent’s lap)

Special Events Planned throughout the Evening:

  • 35th Anniversary – Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom
  • Bobblehead giveaway to 1st 1,000 attendees – features RHP Stephen Strasburg dressed as Indiana Jones
  • On-field activities for the SKD/STM/KOC kids
  • Opening Ceremony – The National Anthem led by the FJOB Council accompanied Knight Councils & banners
  • FJOB Knights hold the P-Nat American Flag on-field during Anthem
  • The 1st Pitch Guest Pitcher
  • The 7th Inning Stretch God Bless America – Knight Councils in attendance
  • P-Nats Mascot Uncle Slam photo ops
  • Face painting
  • Kid’s Tunnel with the P-Nats & Carolina Mud Cats
  • DEDICATED FJOB Knights 50/50 Raffle
  • Fireworks immediately following the game

See 2019 Family & Knights at the Ball Park Flyer.

2019 SKD Mardi Gras Ball

Over 160 parishioners and friends of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Mission celebrated Mardi Gras in grand style at SKD’s 3rd annual Mardi Gras Ball, held March 2 at the Piedmont Club. The theme was “Black & White” to coordinate with their evening’s entertainment, Blazin’ Keys Dueling Pianos.
Piano players on two baby grand pianos played guests’ requests – unless another guest paid more for the players to stop the song or begin another one. By the end of the night, everyone was up from their seats, singing and dancing.
All proceeds from the evening, including the auction, raffles and tips to the pianists, were donated to the St. Katharine Drexel Building Fund. Photo courtesy of Joe Cashwell/Haymarket Joe Photography.
CSR Rice Bowl for Lent

2019 CRS Rice Bowl – Share the Journey

This Lent, we invite you to share the journey of Norma, Annet, Christyan, Kumba and Ona by following the links to CRS Rice Bowl. With each link to their video journey, each will share their personal story of how CRS Rice Bowl has made a difference in their lives.

We hope you and your family will share their journey week by week.

Week 1:
Encounter Norma – Guatemala

Week 2:
Encounter Annet – South Sudan

Week 3:
Encounter Christyan – Sri Lanka

Week 4:
Encounter Kumba – Sierra Leone

Week 5:
Encounter Ona – Gaza

Visit CRS Rice Bowl Share the Journey to download the app available in English or Spanish.

*STM/SKD Religious Education students will have received a CRS Rice Bowl from their teachers. Families who don’t have children in RE can pick up a Rice Bowl at Mass as long as they last.

St. Katharine Drexel Capital Campaign

SKD at 94% of Downpayment Goal through Pledges

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!

 

SKD Legion of Mary

Join the Legion of Mary on Wednesdays

The St. Katharine Drexel Legion of Mary welcomes all to join them on Wednesday from 11:00 AM – Noon at the SKD Mission Office. The Legion of Mary is the largest Confraternity of men and women worldwide practicing Marion devotion through Apostolic spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Legion of Mary - St. Katharine Drexel Mission

CSR Rice Bowl for Lent

2019 CRS Rice Bowls Now Available

Lent begins Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Did you know that 25% of CRS Rice Bowl donations stay in our local communities? CRS engages people at every level—individual, family, community, regional, national and international—to promote transformative and sustainable change by providing health and medical services, clean water and sanitation, justice and peacebuilding, and working with at risk families displaced from war ravaged countries. CRS Rice Bowl is our sacrifice.

Distribution:
CRS Lenten Rice Bowls will be available before Ash Wednesday to Religious Education classes and available to parishioners who wish to participate.

Return Date:
Sunday, April 28th before and after Mass. (There will be only one (1) return date so as not to conflict with Communion dates.)

*Note: For the Religious Education class returning the most Rice Bowls there will be a class surprise!  

March for Life

The March for Life

Friday, January 18 is the 46th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC. This will be a full day event to include pro-lie speakers, Christian band performances, the March for Life, food and fellowship. If you are interested in attending with fellow parishioners, please contact Ellen (esivick@saint-stephen.org) or Kendall (kparker@saint-stephen.org) or call the Saints Katharine Drexel Mission Office at (703) 754-8444.

2019 March for Life

St. Katharine Drexel Capital Campaign

SKD Capital Campaign Now Underway

Don’t forget to bring your Capital Campaign pledge envelope to Mass this week to place in the collection basket. If you didn’t receive an envelope or can’t locate your mailing, you can also print a pledge form from our website.

Remember, even if you decide to give online through the convenience of Faith Direct, we ask that you complete a pledge form to help us properly track the campaign and secure financing.

Find out details about our new church and take a look at the latest renderings.

Together, let’s build our church!

Pond Bridge - SKD Mission Office

Eagle Scout Bridge at the Mission Office

A big note of thanks to Matthew Lorzing and Eagle Scout Troup #1882. For Matthew’s Eagle Scout project, he and members of his Troop built a bridge on the back property of the St. Katharine Drexel Mission Office to complete the Rosary Walk positioned around the pond. What a beautiful and tranquil spot for prayer. Thank you, Matthew!