Let’s Build Our Church: DBC Review

September 2019: An important update from the St. Katharine Drexel Building Committee.

The SKD Building Committee has been busy since June 2019 preparing the information needed by the Diocesan Building Commission to gain approval to proceed to the next steps of our project (e.g., design and construction). Since June, we’ve prepared a detailed financial analysis to demonstrate feasibility and our ability to pay for, own, maintain, and operate our new church building. We assembled all the necessary supporting studies and documentation as required by the Diocese.

What is the Diocesan Building Commission?
The Diocesan Building Commission is comprised of clergy, management, and external experts in real estate, architecture, construction and finance. The Commission was established to ensure projects are appropriately formulated and vetted prior to undertaking significant financial obligations and initiating costly design and construction.

The Diocese supports our need to have a permanent, spiritual home for St. Katharine Drexel to ensure that we provide for the spiritual needs of our current parishioners and minister to new Catholics, all by spreading the Word of Christ. Diocesan representatives lauded the significant support and efforts St. Katharine Drexel’s parishioners have undertaken – both financial and through community formation. This assessment is underscored by the investment the Diocese has already made in acquiring the land ($1.5M) and the support (financial and professional) the Diocese provided in securing the Special Use Permit from Prince William County.

Next Step: Diocesan Building Commission Review
We will be continuing our collaborative work with the Diocese in October to develop a path to build our church in a timely manner and within the appropriate financial parameters.

To that end, we are pleased to announce that the Diocesan Building Commission will formally evaluate our plan approach in their next meeting on October 21, 2019.

The purpose of this meeting is to come to an agreement on the basic financing approach and underlying assumptions and projections. Upon approval from the Diocesan Building Commission, we can then solicit proposals from and interview Design/Build firms, select a firm, refine our concept, start preliminary design, and other activities.

Your Support Makes This Possible
The most important factor that enabled us to get to this point is the incredible financial and spiritual support the dedicated parishioners of St. Katharine Drexel Mission have provided. We appreciate all you do and trust you will continue to support the building of our church through the fulfillment of your Capital Campaign pledge.

Are you new to St. Katharine Drexel Mission or haven’t yet made a financial commitment?  Join our community in supporting the SKD Capital Campaign. We are currently at 94% of our campaign goal and we truly need your help to make it the rest of the way. Together, we can Build Our Church!

In Christ,

David O’Flynn
Building Committee Chairman

 

P.S. – The SKD Building Committee is planning an event this fall to share further details and visual designs. Details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Walking with Purpose – Woman’s Catholic Bible Study

St. Katharine Drexel Mission is pleased to offer two Bible study options through the Walking with Purpose – Woman’s Catholic Bible Study.

  • First Time Participants: Opening Your Heart
    You may choose either Tuesday Morning 8:30 – 10:00 AM or Wednesday evening 6:00 – 7:30 PM. It is a 22 lesson study and we will meet weekly from October to April.
  • Returning Participants: Keeping in Balance
    This Bible study will be offered to women who have already completed “Opening your Heart.” It will be held on Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 10:00 AM from October to April.

All studies will be held at the Parish office located at 4100 Mill Creek Road, Haymarket VA. Please complete and submit the Registration Form below to join in our Bible study and use the links below to purchase your workbook. 

About Walking with Purpose:  The Modern Woman’s Guide to the Bible

Have you ever considered that your day-to-day struggles are, at their core, timeless and universal? Though your challenges are deeply personal, they are also deeply human, and God has provided workable solutions for you through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Walking with Purpose would like to help you enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ, nurtured through personal Bible study and small group discussions created just for women.

Opening Your Heart is an incredibly effective guide to deep, lasting transformation of the heart and we encourage all participants new to Walking with Purpose to begin here, regardless of previous experience with Bible study.

 Keeping in Balance is our followup study. Do you feel pulled in many directions? Do you find it hard to balance the demands placed on your time? Is it difficult to manage all the details thrown your way? God wants to support and help us so that we can be our best in every season of our lives.  Come along on a journey throughout Scripture as we discover the relevance of Old and New Testament wisdom to our daily challenges. In this 22-lesson study, we’ll explore Biblical ideas for managing life’s pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness. Your lifestyle of health and holiness awaits.

Register Now

Here are the links to purchase your workbook:

Registration Form

If you have any questions please contact Mary Banwarth mary@banwarth.com or Tina Boyd tinaeboyd@gmail.com

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

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!

 

Knights of Columbus Fruit Sale

Fruit Sale Fundraiser

Knights of Columbus Fruit Sale

The Father Jon O’Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a fruit sale. Fundraising supports the council’s charitable works in the community and is helping to build St. Katharine Drexel Mission’s Church.

Order Your Fruit Today – Jon O’Brien Council Fruit Sale

  • Sale ends October 31
  • Pick up is on Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 14604 Washington Street, Haymarket VA.**If you prefer to pick up after Mass at SKD Mission, please send an e-mail with your name and order ID to:   FJOB.fundraising@gmail.com
  • You can also place an order to the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry. Name the “FOOD PANTRY” and we will deliver it! We will deliver orders to the FOOD PANTRY!
  • Order Gift Packs for mail delivery by  Christmas!
Knights of Columbus

Our Thanks to the Knights of Columbus

The community of St. Katharine Drexel wishes to thank the members of the Jon O’Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus for all of their hard work in organizing and staffing the 2nd Annual SKD Fall Festival held on Sunday, September 30 at Four Hills Farm in Catharpin. It was a beautiful day full of fun activities and fellowship!

After Mass on Sunday, September 30, Grand Knight Dennis Corrigan also presented Fr. Murphy with a check from the Knights in support of the SKD Building Fund in the amount of $2,400.

Thank you to all involved in the work of this ministry which provides such strong support for our Mission!

Diocese of Arlington

Important: Beware of Phishing Scam

In the past several months, suspected scammers have reportedly created fraudulent Gmail accounts in the names of pastors of Catholic churches in the Arlington Diocese and the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., and are using these accounts to solicit parishioners for monetary donations. There have now been reports of these fraudulent emails being sent to SKD parishioners.

If you receive an email from Rev Christopher Murphy, do not respond! Fr. Murphy does not have a gmail account. Email may also arrive from Rev Christopher Murphy and have another gmail account name attached to it.

Any email solicitation for money or other donations from a Gmail address in the name of a Catholic priest should be immediately suspected as fraudulent. The Diocese has been advised to report these emails to the Internet Crime Complaint Center via the provided link (https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx) and is suggesting victims contact their local law enforcement agencies.

Religious Education Program

Religious Education Classes Start Sunday, September 16

Religious Education classes at St. Katharine Drexel Mission start this Sunday, September 16 at Bull Run Middle School from 9:10 -10:15 AM. Only students who are Pre-Registered can attend this week. However, if you haven’t registered yet, submit your registration forms this week and plan to attend classes the following week!

https://www.katharinedrexelcc.org/faith-formation/

St. Katharine Drexel - Preliminary Interior Church Sketch

Support the SKD Building Project

Your contributions are essential to make a permanent church home a reality for the parishioners of St. Katharine Drexel.

Giving is easy, and every contribution matters – so here’s the Top 5 Ways you can contribute!

  1. Through the Building Fund Envelopes (included with your weekly envelopes) – include check or cash.
  2. Through the SKD Help Build Our Church page on the website.
  3. Faith Direct: https://www.katharinedrexelcc.org/supporting-st-katharine-drexel/
  4. Mail a check with a note: St. Katharine Drexel Mission, 4100 Mill Creek Road, Haymarket, VA 20169.
  5. In any envelope, insert cash, a brief note and drop in the basket during Mass.

Thanks for your support!