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Bishop Burbidge - St. Katharine Drexel Groundbreaking

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.

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.

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.

How long do I have to fulfill my pledge?
The SKD Cornerstone Campaign will run from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2024. You can pay monthly, quarterly, annually, or make a one-time payment, whatever works best for your situation. To make your contributions online through the convenience of Faith Direct, visit our website at katharinedrexelcc.org/help-build-our-church/ to learn
more.

Why do I need to complete a pledge form?
The diocese will consider funds pledged through the SKD Cornerstone Campaign Pledge Form, as well as funds received, toward the attainment of the remaining $600,000 that we need to raise. That’s why it is very important that all of our SKD families complete a pledge form so your commitment can be counted toward our final goal!

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. You can contribute to the campaign monthly, quarterly, annually, or make a one-time payment, whatever works best for your situation. We just ask that you please complete the pledge form. The diocese will consider funds pledged through the SKD Cornerstone Campaign Pledge Form, as well as funds received, toward the attainment of our $600,000 goal.

You may also access the campaign brochure and pledge form below:

Cornerstone Campaign Brochure

Cornerstone Campaign Pledge Form

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.

If you need transportation or if you can provide a ride for fellow pilgrims, please contact SSM/SKD Parish Captain, Pat Lorzing, via email plorzing@gmail.com by September 30.

For details, please see the website: https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/2021/marian-pilgrimage

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.

Beginning September 5, 2021
St. Katharine Drexel will begin celebrating Mass on Sundays at the Battlefield High School auditorium at 10:30 AM. BHS is located at 15000 Graduation Drive in Haymarket, VA. Please enter through Door #4 Auditorium (across from the football field).

Mass Time: 10:30 AM

Parking: Between the Football Stadium and Auditorium Entrance

Religious Education: Begins September 12th
SKD Religious Education classes will be held at Battlefield High School each Sunday from 9:00 AM-10:15AM. Please enter the building through Door #4 Auditorium.

Pastor’s Piece – June 6, 2021

Attention! SKD members who are reading this before June 6. Please, make plans to join us for Mass this Sunday, the day of the D-day anniversary. It may not be as historic as storming the beaches of Nazi held Normandy, but we do have some good news regarding building the church that you’ll want to hear.

Last week was filled with good news regarding lifting COVID restrictions. There was so much that I’d like to take more time to go over some of the items. E.g., during the Masses at SSM, I explained how I wish to continue to distribute Holy Communion at the altar rail as long as it is practicable. Many folks were habitually social distancing because of the three cushions at the rail found on the either side of the main aisle. These are not there to mark the need for social distancing, but rather just the fact that we don’t have a longer cushion yet.

I hope that many of you found the Holy Water. Perhaps you’re doubting the efficacy of Holy Water. I feel very badly that it wasn’t more readily available to you in the time of crisis and need. We might be tempted to think that the Church no longer believes in the power of this sacramental. Perhaps, but maybe the reason the bishop was fearful in making it more available was theological?

Unlike the words of the priest at consecration during Mass that bring about the miracle of Transubstantiation, a sacramental is more subjective. In the sacraments, we have a guarantee by Christ Himself that when a priest expresses the words, such as those of absolution, at Confession, He, the Lord, brings about the forgiveness of sins. Because salvation depends on this, it happens regardless of whether the penitent is paying attention or whether the priest is holy. On the other hand, a sacramental doesn’t work that way. Rather, it depends more on the faith and holiness of the minister and user. And then, in addition, there is an option of more than one prayer we priests can use to bless Holy Water. Lamentably, they don’t uniformly speak of the intention to ward off pesky pestilence.

I can assure you that here at SSM & SKD our Holy Water is made with the intention to not only reaffirm us in our baptismal promises and strengthen our struggle with sin, but also, to ward off “all illness and every snare of the enemy.” I pray explicitly for “soundness of body and soul” for all who use it. Additionally, it is made with an optional ritual that includes blessed salt. Naturally speaking, this helps reduce the pond scum that gathers in the stagnate water of the Holy Water stoups, but supernaturally speaking, it provides additional prayers repulsing evil and disease.

Please, feel free to make liberal use of this powerful sacramental.

Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Murphy

Register for the SKD Golf Tournament

SKD Golf Tournament: August 9th

Join us for St. Katharine Drexel Mission’s first annual SKD Golf Tournament on Monday, August 9, 2021 at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA.

9:00 AM – Registration
10:00 AM – Start of Play
11:30 AM – Lunch (while golfing)
3:30 PM – Dinner (tickets for dinner will be available)

Sponsorship opportunities available!

Not a golfer? Register for dinner only!

Learn more and register to play and/or signup to sponsor

For more information, contact Mary Banwarth, 703-675-3665, mary@banwarth.com Dianne Lemanski, 703-966-3583, dianne@diannelemanski.com

Pastor’s Piece – May 9

Due to the schedule disruptions of the pandemic, Bishop Burbidge has appointed me to confirm the children of the parish once more. It is a shame that the children to be confirmed (confirmandi) won’t have the experience of meeting a bishop. It is so very much an important part of our Catholic identity. Nevertheless, frankly, last September went so well, I’m happy not to have to host a bishop. It is a lot less anxiety for me, staff and a host of volunteers.

Not only do I look forward to confirming the children next Saturday (May 15), but currently I find my interviews with them most enlightening. Firstly, the young Christian soul should give all of us reason to be hopeful. Most of them sincerely desire to participate in the Church and make a difference the world. Sadly, there are some other alarming truths that are crystal clear.

Many of the children are completely detached from the Christian calendar. A steady diet of Spring Break during Holy Week has successfully eroded some of the most sacred events of our faith from their understanding. The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus are barely acknowledged for the historical and transformative events that they are. Just a reminder, there are no more important days on our calendar than the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Another crystalline truth is that there is no amount of catechism (dynamic teachers, texts or time) that can possibly contribute to a scintilla of knowledge of the faith in comparison with the family that just goes to Church as instructed. Frankly, a bump on a log sitting in the pew each Sunday will absorb more of the faith than a child in a Religious Education (RE) program for one hour a week. This isn’t a critique of our program, but rather my estimation of what Our Lord has established in our Catholic tradition of going to Mass.

I wish many parents would stop thinking that they can have it all. They wish for their children to be involved in all the activities available on Sunday and for them to be Catholic. Habitually lived faith is necessary to combat the current of disbelief in which the children of the parish live. For example, the most fundamental tenant of Christianity, the Resurrection of the Body, is lacking in some of our confirmandi. How important is it?

St. Paul basically says pack it in and give up if you don’t believe. “But if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then empty (too) is our preaching; empty, too, your faith.” (1Cor 15:12-14)

And so, what I hear from many of our confirmandi are well absorbed RE lessons. I hear them talk about Jesus descending into hell after His death and then ascend to heaven, in order to open it up for souls. For minds that are formed by their environment of secularism and materialism, this is seems like a rational contribution of our faith. A consolation for us after death, but not the miracle that it is. Their minds have neatly packaged the Resurrection for the afterlife. “Rose from the dead” becomes a spiritual act, not the reality that we celebrate on Easter Sunday.

I hope that the Resurrection may change our lives for the better now. It starts with what we do on Sundays.

Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Murphy

Bishop Burbidge – Easter Message

See page five of the April 4, 2021 bulletin for a special Easter message from Diocese of Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.

Easter Message – Bishop Burbidge