Entries by Janis DeVore

Knights of Columbus Charter Ceremony

January 14 marked an important day for the Father Jon O’Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus. With the support of local Knights from other parishes, a special Charter Ceremony signaled the official launch of the Council. Father Murphy served as Ceremony Chaplain and shared his excitement about the establishment of the Father Jon O’Brien Council, named after St. Katharine Drexel’s long-time celebrant instrumental in the growth of the mission.

In a ceremony presided over by Knights of Columbus District Deputy Craig Radcliff, newly appointed Grand Knight Greg Murray was presented with the framed chapter declaration. Thirty-four charter members from the Father Jon O’Brien Council were in attendance for the event.

Book Study: Christ the Life of the Soul

It’s not too late to join in the Book Study, “Christ the Life of the Soul” by Blessed Abbott Marmion. The book study group will take place one Sunday a month during Religious Educaiton class hours (9:10 – 10:15AM) starting January 21. For more information, please contact Martha Prokop, Director of Religious Education at mprokop@saint-stephen.org.

Mardi Gras Ball – March 2

Save the date for the 3rd Annual SKD Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Tickets go on sale in January and all proceeds will benefit the SKD Building Fund.

The committee is seeking assistance with the following items:

Donations – please consider donating items for the auction. Contact Dianne at (703) 966-3583 or Mary at (703) 675-3665 to donate items, sponsor the event, or purchase advertising in the Auction Catalog. All donors will be thanked in the bulletin and at the end of the event.

Let’s Build Our Church: 2017 Year in Review

As many of you know, St. Katherine Drexel Mission has been working diligently towards the goal of building a permanent home for our Catholic community since early 2014, when the Building Committee was formed.  Our progress thus far is the direct result of the financial sacrifices many of you have made plus your prayers and support. Since these efforts started, we have made amazing progress – both on the building project and towards becoming an active parish where we gather to worship God in fellowship as we share our Catholic faith.

Six Week Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration

Experience this extraordinary 33 day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality:  St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Pope John Paul II.

Fr. Gaitley masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice. He weaves their thought into a user-friendly retreat that will bless even the busiest people. So if you have been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you are looking to deepen or renew your consecration to her,

What is the Solemnity of Mary

On January 1, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary. Normally, this is a Holy Day of Obligation, but this year it is not. What is the Solemnity of Mary, and why is it on New Year’s Day? The Solemnity of Mary is the day we honor Mary as the Mother of Jesus. Jesus is one […]

Holy Family Novena

December 31 is the Feast of the Holy Family. Here’s the link to our website where you can find the Holy Family Novena. Our country needs prayers, and this Novena covers all kinds of family needs.


Christmas Letter from Bishop Burbidge

On behalf of our pastor Fr. Murphy and the staff of St. Katharine Drexel Mission, we wish you and your family a blessed Christmas season. Please read the attached Christmas letter from Arlington Diocese Bishop Michael Burbidge.

Tickets Now Available for the Mardi Gras Ball

Save the Date … The 2018 SKD Mardi Gras Ball and Auction will be held on February 10,
at the Piedmont Golf Club in Haymarket, VA.

Tickets will go on sale online in December using Faith Direct. Questions? Contact Casey Parker at cparker@amberridgellc.com.

Legion of Mary

Come, grow in your spiritual development and advance the Reign of Christ through Our Lady.

The St. Katharine Drexel Legion of Mary meets every Monday at 3:00 PM in the Mission Office located at 14535 John Marshall Highway, Suite 210 in Gainesville, VA.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Jackie Lorzing at jackie.lorzing2011@gmail.com.