#JustOneYes - Arlington Diocese

Make this your best Advent yet with #JustOneYes

How can you experience more Joy this Advent and Christmas? Follow in the footsteps of Mary of Nazareth, a simple girl whose yes to God changed the world. #JustOneYes to God could change you, your family, your community. Like Mary’s powerful “yes” to God, it can change the world.

On December 1, the Diocese of Arlington is launching the #JustOneYes campaign, a movement encouraging an increased commitment to prayer, acts of service, and self-sacrifice. Throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons, learn how #JustOneYes can transform you, your family, your community, and the world!

How can you join the yes movement? Commit to a daily Rosary, daily Mass, your favorite prayer, an extra holy hour a week, to volunteer at your parish, or anything that brings you closer to Christ.

Register your #JustOneYes at:


Show us your yes using the hashtag #JustOneYes on social media.

SKD Mardi Gras Ball

SKD Annual Mardi Gras Ball – Feb. 22

St. Katharine Drexel Mission’s 4th annual Mardi Gras Ball will be held on the evening of Saturday, February, 22 at the Piedmont Club – the last Saturday prior to Lent.

Thanks to generous support from SKD parishioners and friends, this event has contributed over $100,000 directly to the church’s building fund. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a buffet dinner, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, auction, dancing and great fellowship.

Ticket and sponsorship will be available soon, with no increase in pricing. Please consider sponsoring: it’s an
affordable way to advertise your business to a targeted group while supporting the church’s building fund.
Sponsorships are also a great way for parishioners to support the building fund if they cannot attend.

New for 2020:  Onsite babysitting will be available, in conjunction with our teen Work Campers!

The Mardi Gras crew is looking for new people to be a part of the committee. If you are interested in helping,
please contact Casey Parker at cparker@amberridgellc.com. We’d love for you to be a part of our team!
Let the good times roll !!

Get Your Christmas Tree from the SKD Knights

Father Jon O’Brien Knights of Columbus Council #16793 will be selling Christmas trees while they last next to Giant Gas Station at Merchant View Square. These trees are beautiful fresh cut trees from New England. All sizes from 6 ft. to 12 ft., making them a beautiful centerpiece for any home.

Sale Hours (until sold out)

  • Monday – Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 noon – 8:00 PM

Stop by and see us!

Update: Building Committee Latest News

Father Murphy, Lori Trout (SSM and SKD Business Manager) and I met with the Diocesan Building Commission on October 28, 2019.  The purpose of the meeting was to formally review our plan to build a permanent church (Phase I), gain feedback, and seek approval to move forward for the next step in the Diocesan planning and construction process. Senior clerical and lay members of the Diocese attended, along with external advisors. The meeting was extremely positive and the support for our project is strong.  Those in attendance recognize the unique position we are in: as a Mission in a fast growing area; people who’ve been attending Mass in a gym or cafeteria for 19 years; and with the dual challenges of a relatively small current Mission population and a building site that will be expensive to develop.  The commission members were pleased by the level of participation in the Capital Campaigns (about 45%) and were impressed with the amount of money collected and pledged thus far (over $2.8M). 

The next step in the process is to solicit and select a Design/Build Contractor and the Diocese will be integral to that process.  We anticipate interviewing firms and making a selection by the end of the calendar year.  The first task will be to develop a refined estimate for site work and the building. The second task will be to advance the conceptual design to the preliminary stage. Our Site Plan Development Permit is also pending with Prince William County (originally submitted approximately 1 year ago) and we anticipate finalizing the application, based on County comments and inputs, within the next few months.  With permit approval, a refined estimate, and more design information, we will then update our financial model to ensure we can afford not only to build but also to sustain the church.  We estimate that within the next 12 months, and assuming we all fulfill our financial pledges and continue to financially support SKD, we will then seek formal approval of a loan package from the Diocese to enable project completion by November 2023.

In the meantime, please pray that our project is successful.  If you have not yet made your pledge, now would be a great time to help us move forward in building our church!

Thanks for your continued support,

David O’Flynn
SKD Building Committee Chairman

Holiday Sweets to Support the Christian Refugee Relief Fund

Holiday Sweets for Family, Friends, and Business Associates

St Katherine Drexel’s Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a holiday season candy sale for the Knights’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund which benefits persecuted Christians and those in their care, especially in the Middle East. Deadline to Order: December 15, 2019.

All orders must be made online at https://www.sarriscandiesfundraising.com/VIEWBYCATEGORY.aspx?id=MA

Use Group ID number:  10-3461

Orders will be shipped directly to the address you specify and delivery timeframes will be specified when you order.  You can share the link for this non-denominational sale with others who may be interested in purchasing gifts.

If you plan on sending sweets to several locations consider establishing an account to streamline your ordering process.

Monte Carlo Night

FJOB Monte Carlo Night

You are cordially invited!  The Father Jon O’Brien Knights of Columbus Council #16793 will host it’s first  Monte-Carlo Casino Night & Silent Auction on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM.  Proceeds will benefit the FJOB Charitable Giving Programs.
This event will be held at the Regency Dominion Valley Golf and Country Club Ballroom located at 15351 Championship Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169. Tickets are $60 per person.  Monte-Carlo Casino Night tickets include an Italian Buffet Dinner with a glass of red/white wine at dinner, dessert and unlimited coffee, tea, soft drinks + $200 in Casino Fun Bucks and a Triple Crown Racing ticket.
Doors open at 6:00 PM. A cash bar opens at 6:15 PM. Attire is cocktail evening and black tie entirely optional. Handicap parking and accessible. Reservations available now at  https://fjobkofc.org/casino-night/.

Tickets are limited and going quickly. No tickets will be sold at the door. Attendees must be 21 years or older. IDs will be checked at the door. Activities include: Gaming Tables (Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps), Money Board, Triple Crown Horse Race, Silent Auction, Raffles and Prizes plus a Grand Prize of $500.

This event is sponsored by the Father Jon O’Brien Knights of Columbus Council #16793 Haymarket, Virginia and is a 501(C) charitable organization. Through their charitable giving program, the Council supports many causes in Haymarket, Gainesville and surrounding communities. Among these are the St. Katharine Drexel church building fund, the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry, Food for Families, the St. Lucy Project, Helping Hands, Coats-4-Kids, the Global Wheelchair Mission, Special Olympics, and persons with physical and intellectual challenges through KOVAR. The council supports active military and veterans and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice through Wreaths Across America Arlington Cemetery. Visit us at https://fjobkofc.org/ .

Latest Update on Building Project

Our efforts to construct a permanent home for St. Katharine Drexel are moving along quite well this fall.  Our meeting with the Diocese of Arlington Building Commission is scheduled for October 28 to gain conceptual approval of our approach, financing, and other aspects.

On December 8, 2019, we plan to hold a get-together between the Masses to provide you with an overview of the latest plans.  Refreshments will be available. Please mark it on your calendars.

New Adult Bible Study

Starting this fall, St. Katharine Drexel Mission is pleased to offer two Bible Study options for our church community:

  • Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
  • Walking with Purpose: Woman’s Catholic Bible Study

Below is information about our newest adult Bible study: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible is an 8 session study to help you get the “big picture” of the Bible by showing how fourteen narrative books of the Bible tell the complete story.

This study begins with Adam and Eve and continues through to Christ and the Church. You will learn how to read the Bible and better understand it.

The study is set to begin in mid-October. If you would like to join us in our study of the Bible, please contact Jackie Lorzing at jackie.lorzing2011@gmail. or 703-754-3859.


>> Walking with  Purpose: Catholic Woman’s Bible Study

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