St. Katharine Drexel Altar

St. Katharine Drexel Parish … Closer Than You Think!

You won’t believe the progress we’ve been making since this spring on our efforts to build a church for St. Katharine Drexel Parish. And it’s all been made possible by your continued support of the Capital Campaign and Building Fund.

Save the Date – September 22
On Sunday, September 22 after each Mass the Building Committee will be hosting a special event to share the latest on the St. Katharine Drexel Building Project.

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!

Father Jon O'Brien Knights of Columbus - 2018 Lenten Fish Fry

Lenten Fish Fry

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!