Save the date … A Retreat Day for Married Couples will be led by Fr. Paul Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, on Saturday, July 7 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Experience a profound and reflective retreat including talks, Adoration, Confession, and spiritual time with your spouse; the retreat will conclude with Mass.
What a great turnout last Friday evening for the Father Jon O’Brien Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry! Our thanks to the Knights for sponsoring this wonderful community event and for the George Brent Council at All Saints for the use of their Knights Hall. We can’t wait for next year’s event!
Palm Sunday, March 25
Penance Service at Holy Trinity, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Holy Hour with Confessions, 7:00 PM
Holy Thursday Lord’s Last Supper Mass
St. Stephen the Martyr, 7:30 PM
St. Katharine Drexel, 7:30 PM
Good Friday Lord’s Passion
St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 3:00 PM
St. Katharine Drexel, 7:30 PM
Stations of the Cross, St. Stephen the Martyr
5:00 PM Via Crucis (Vivo) and 7:30 PM (Confession to follow)
St. Stephen the Martyr, 8:30 PM
St. Stephen the Martyr, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM (Spanish)
St. Katharine Drexel, 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM
* All Services for St. Katharine Drexel will be held at Bull Run Middle School.
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Day Camps are offered within the Arlington Diocese for families seeking excellence in Theatre and Art education within a Catholic environment.
- Drama Bootcamp introduces Improvisational Comedy, Acting, Movement, and Theatre Games to young people K-8.
- Camp Broadway offers daily instruction to 4th-12th graders in Singing, Dance, Acting, and Production leading to a final showcase.
- Arts & Crafts Fun Camp engages our youngest campers in creative projects intended to teach new skills in a fun and supportive environment.
- Art Explorer Camp challenges older students who seek to develop greater skills with more elaborate projects and instruction.
All instructors are Professional Teachers who have extensive backgrounds in their fields. Teacher Biographies can be seen here: http://www.
The Order of Malta, Northern Virginia Region cordially invites individuals (and companions) with illness or physical/mental
challenges to a Mass and Anointing of the Sick with Bishop Michael Burbidge on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. in St.
Ambrose Catholic Church. Lunch will be served to all attendees after Mass by the Knights and Dames of Malta.
Please RSVP to Laura Mead, DM (RSVPAnointingMass@gmail.com) with your name, phone, email address, and number of attendees.
The Mardi Gras Ball was a huge success. Initial estimates show that we nearly doubled the amount raised last year! Thank you to all who participated, in particular, our sponsors and advertisers:
- Lee Beaver – Keller Williams Realty
- St. Katharine Drexel Legion of Mary
- Mart Family
- Mosquito Joe
- Strategic Management Solutions, LLC
- Dianne Lemanski Real Estate Group – Keller Williams
- Bull Run Mountain Neighbors
- Tree Surgeon
- Tony Guiffree
- Integral Business Counsel, LLC
- Meridian Financial Partners
- Summit Roofing
- Brennan Team Real Estate Group – Long & Foster
- Joanne Craig
- Clemente Family
- Merle and Mary Jacobsen
- Rebeccca Kirt
- Joseph and Maryann Maire
- Manley Family
- Parker Family/Amber Ridge LLC
- Sarah Singer
- Mary Pat Ubelhart
Congratulations to our parishioners who made their Marian consecration on Feb 11, 2018. We will have more on our Legion of Mary chapter later this month on the St. Katharine Drexel Mission website. The Legion of Mary meets every Monday at 3:00 PM in the SKD Mission Office. If you would like to learn more, please join us!
Each month during the upcoming year, St. Katharine Drexel will highlight a church ministry. We kick off the year with a look at the Father Jon O’Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus.
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.
Through the work of Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus was officially chartered as a fraternal benefit society in 1882 under the founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. 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.
A driving force behind the creation of the Council, Craig Radcliff explained that, “efforts to form a Knights Council began when SKD parishioner Patty Kuntz notified him that Father Murphy expressed interest in the formation of a Council.” From that point on, you could find Craig in his red jacket talking to current and future Knights after Mass.
With strong support from the parish, things moved quickly. In January 2017, the SKD Round Table was formed. This past September, the Father Jon O’Brien Council #16793 was created. The Knights got to work immediately in October, sponsoring and running the first St. Katharine Drexel Fall Festival with over 300 parishioners in attendance. During Advent, 21 members from the Father Jon O’Brien Council assisted the Our Lady of the Rosary Council in selling Christmas trees at Holy Trinity Church which in turn donated $2,000 of the proceeds to the Council.
That leads us to January 14, when the Charter Ceremony took place with support from the Bishop Flaherty Assembly & George Brent Council. An active Knight and an officer with the Fourth Degree, Greg Murray’s responsibilities as Grand Knight include coordinating the installation of officers and members, appointing committees, monitoring programs and activities, and scheduling services for departed Knights.
“Our guiding principal is charity,” explained Greg Murray. “Activities focus on the Parish, Catholic Church and community.” Mutual aid is offered to members in need, and fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, and public relief works.
What’s up next for the Father Jon O’Brien Council?
Murray shared that future plans include efforts to support KOVAR, a Virginia Knights of Columbus Charity that provides support for individuals with intellectual disabilities. During Lent, a dozen Knights will be working at the All Saints’ George Brent Council Lenten Fish Fry to raise money for KOVAR. The Knights are also planning other events focused on parish youth, diocesan Seminarians, Culture of Life events, the House of Mercy, and the SKD community.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who accept the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, live according to its precepts, and are in good standing with the Church. There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order’s core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Fourth Degree Knights participate in funerals, baptisms, Confirmation, local parades and community events, and activities in support of the Bishop.
Those who are interested in learning more about the Father Jon O’Brien Council are encouraged to approach a fellow Knight after Mass or visit the Knights of Columbus website. “We are looking forward to growing our Council and we invite parishioners to get involved in this faith affirming organization,” added Murray.
The Saint Katharine Drexel Knights of Columbus Council meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Mission Office moving February 1st to 4100 Millcreek Road in Haymarket, VA.
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Day of Event Volunteers – setting up auction items, table decorations, assisting with checkout. Please email Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist.
- Graphic Design – assist in the layout of the bid sheet and auction catalog.
For questions, please contact Casey Parker at (571) 239-8001.
St. Katharine Drexel Mission
Sundays at 8:00 AM / 10:30 AM
Bull Run Middle School
6308 Catharpin Road
Gainesville, VA 20155
Pastor: Rev. Christopher D. Murphy
4100 Mill Creek Road
Haymarket, VA 20169
Tel: (703) 754-8444
Fax: (703) 754-7443