Diocese of Arlington

Bishop Burbidge’s Statement Regarding Violence in Charlottesville

Seeing the violence in Charlottesville was saddening and disheartening. The more we read about the demonstration of racism, bigotry and self-proclaimed superiority it seemed as though we were living in a different time. So much progress has been made since the Civil Rights Movement. And yet, there are some who cling to misguided and evil beliefs about what makes America unique and remarkable.

Any discussion of this sensitive topic should begin with condemning all forms of bigotry and hatred. For Christians, any form of hatred, no matter who it is against, is an offense-a sin-against the Body of Christ. Each person is created by God and bestowed with His unyielding love. Anyone who treats one of those creations with disrespect, disdain or violence, has offended not just that person, but also the creator of that individual. When we witness destructive behavior, such as racism or hatred, we might naturally respond with righteous anger, but we must not respond with our own form of hatred. Hating those who hate us offers no possibility of authentic conversion or growth the sons and daughters of God.

We should be grateful to live in a country where freedom of speech and assembly is cherished and protected in a constitution. This right protects religious expression, for example. At the same time, these rights also open the opportunity for those with evil intent and backward thinking to demonstrate and share what they believe as well. The question we must ask, especially after seeing our rights misused to the point that violence erupts leaving many injured and a young woman dead, is: what do we do now?

We must find unity as a country. Unity does not mean we all believe the same things. Likewise, the freedom to express differing views or opinions does not mean we reject our unity as God’s family. The Catholic Church is rooted in fundamental principles that make us authentically Catholic-but apart from them, there are issues that allow debate and discussion, which is normal within any family. Our country is the same in many ways. We must be united by a shared interest in freedom, liberty, and love for our neighbor. Beyond those unifying principles, there will be disagreements and differing beliefs. But our unity is in our shared values ​​and, perhaps more importantly, the respect we show to one another. Without respect for each other, even when we adamantly disagree, we will see more violence and discord in this great nation.

At this time, I call upon all Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington to turn to the patroness of our nation, Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception, and St. Michael the Archangel, and pray for unity, respect, and peace in our Communities.

Divine Mercy Chaplet

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

Please join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each Sunday immediately following the 8:00 AM Mass in front of our Divine Mercy image. If you have never prayed this Chaplet, it is a beautiful and powerful prayer taught by Christ to Saint Faustina. The Chaplet and Rosaries are available so we may all recite it together. Everyone is welcome!

Faith Direct online giving

Join Faith Direct eGiving

Donating to St. Katherine Drexel has never been easier now that we’ve partnered with Faith Direct, a secure electronic giving platform. You can make all of your contributions to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Mission via automatic payment, making it a great way to simplify your giving … READ MORE ABOUT FAITH DIRECT

St. Katharine Drexel - Fundraising Committee

Fundraising Kickoff Meeting – January 20

As promised, the SKD Building Committee is pleased to announce that we are developing a new, fun, and innovative approach to fundraising to gathering the funds needed to build our church. Our fundraising approach relies on your support and participation.

We are having a kickoff meeting on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1-2:00 PM at the Mission Office at 14535 John Marshall Hwy # 210, Gainesville, VA, and we are seeking people like you who want to participate and make a difference. You’ll have more fun than you thought possible, you’ll get to meet vivacious and interesting people, plus we’ll provide food and drink. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by January 8th by emailing Ellen at esivick@saint-stephen.org or by calling the Mission Office at 703-754-8444.

Religious Education Program

Religious Education Classes on Sundays at 9:15AM

With the change in the parish Mass schedule, St. Katharine Drexel Mission’s Religious Education classes will now be held at Bull Run Middle School starting at 9:15AM. Religious Education classes begin on September 11.

If you have already registered, you will receive a class assignment letter and calendar. If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible; it takes approximately two weeks to process registrations, order books and prepare materials. We cannot accept walk-in students, so don’t delay. We are planning a wonderful year of learning and spiritual growth!