Padre's Page - July 15

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

ANNUAL MISSION COOPERATIVE APPEAL

Every year each parish in our diocese hosts a visiting mission speaker and takes up a second collection to support a mission (the annual “Missionary Cooperative Appeal”).  This weekend we are happy welcome Msgr. Ignace Coissy (of our sister parish in Haiti!) who is speaking on behalf of his Diocese of Les Cayes, Haiti.  Please be generous in helping our needy sisters and brothers in the faith!  As always, you can give most easily to this and to other collections electronically through Faith Direct.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Congratulations and thanks to coordinator Carolyn Lange, to Francesca Gross (our Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry) and to all the volunteers and children who participated in an excellent “Kids for Jesus” program last week!  Everyone had fun while learning about our faith, following the examples of the saints.

REDEVELOPMENT NEWS

Bishop Burbidge has approved the continued exploration of the potential redevelopment of the St. Charles Parish site. We will be conducting further consultations to identify the current and future programmatic needs that should be reflected in any redevelopment efforts.  This will be a large undertaking but I am excited to work with all of you to make this the best process possible.

For this phase, I have appointed and hired Rashad Badr to serve as the Chairman of our Redevelopment Committee.  He is an active parishioner at St. Charles and has volunteered extensively as a member of our Redevelopment Core Team for the last year, putting his professional experience as a consultant and manager to work for our parish.  Rashad has been an important part of the consultations to date and he is well-positioned to help guide this process going forward. 

Rashad will be responsible for coordinating the committee's activities, for ensuring that the committee undertakes a thoughtful and thorough consultation process, for collecting and disseminating important data, and for keeping all stakeholders updated throughout the process.  I am confident that he will help facilitate a great spirit of zeal and collaboration as we work together for the future of our parish.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - July 8

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

WORK CAMP. 

Congratulations to our over 20 high school teens and to our adult volunteers who joined over 800 teens from around the diocese at the annual Work Camp last week, refurbishing the homes of the needy in the Fredericksburg area:  job well done!

SUMMER SEMINARIAN. 

We welcome seminarian Joseph Jacobeen who will be with us this Summer, gaining pastoral experience.  You will see him serving Mass, and he will be present at parish activities and events.  His home parish is St. Timothy’s in Chantilly, and he attended Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina before entering seminary, studying at St. Charles Borromeo (!) Seminary in Philadelphia.  Please keep him and all our seminarians always in your prayers.

MISSION APPEAL NEXT WEEKEND

Every year each parish in our diocese hosts a visiting mission speaker and takes up a second collection to support a mission (the annual “Missionary Cooperative Appeal”).  Next weekend we will welcome Fr. Ignace Coissy (of our sister parish in Haiti!) who will be speaking on behalf of his Diocese of Les Cayes, Haiti.  Please come prepared to be generous to help our needy sisters and brothers in the faith!

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

Summer often means a slower pace of life, more recreation and vacation–but be sure not to take a vacation from your vocation to be saint!  Encountering the Lord through daily prayer, Sunday Mass and frequent Confession should always remain the bases of our spiritual lives.  When traveling, find local Mass and Confession times using this convenient website:  masstimes.org

Enjoy the Summer, and remember to put Jesus first!
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I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - July 1

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

Summer often means a slower pace of life, more recreation and vacation–but be sure not to take a vacation from your vocation to be saint!  Encountering the Lord through daily prayer, Sunday Mass and frequent Confession should always remain the basis of our spiritual lives.  When traveling, find local Mass and Confession times using this convenient website:  masstimes.org

Enjoy the Summer, and remember to put Jesus first!

GAZPACHO. 

Since it’s Summer, I share with you an authentic gazpacho recipe which I got from my friend Victoria who grew up in Seville, Spain, where her family ate this as their first course daily at lunch time in the Summer:

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs very red tomatoes

  • 1 sm bell pepper (green is traditional, but red, yellow or orange peppers may be substituted)

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 2 tbs vinegar (sherry vinegar, if possible–or red wine vinegar)

  • 1 tbs salt

  • 3/4 cup olive oil

  • 3 slices bread (briefly soak in water, then squeeze out water)

  • 1 med cucumber

Blend and chill!

Serve with the following garnishes (cubed):

  • Tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Peppers

  • croutons (plain)

Serves 4-6

INDEPENDENCE DAY

I wish everyone a safe and joyful Fourth of July!  Let’s remember to pray that our nation remain the Land of the Free–respecting the freedom of religion in particular–and the Home of the Brave–especially those who serve our country in various capacities.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - June 24

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WEEK

Each year during this week the Church throughout the United States highlights the importance of defending religious freedom.  There is a wealth of information available here:  www.arlingtondiocese.org/religiousfreedomweek2018/

MISSION TRIP

This October our parish will undertake a mission trip to Blessed Sacrament parish in Piura, Peru, with Fr. Dyer leading as spiritual director.  Missionaries will have the opportunity to serve the people of parish in a variety of ways.  The registration deadline is June 30th–this week!  Please see our website or contact the parish office for more information.

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

Summer often means a slower pace of life, more recreation and vacation–but be sure not to take a vacation from your vocation to be saint!  Encountering the Lord through daily prayer, Sunday Mass and frequent Confession should always remain the bases of our spiritual lives.  When traveling, find local Mass and Confession times using this convenient website:  masstimes.org

Enjoy the Summer, and remember to put Jesus first!

WORK CAMP

Please pray for our more than 30 high school teens and all our adult volunteers who will spend this week at the annual diocesan Work Camp, joining 1,000 people in renovating the homes of the needy in the Fredericksburg area.  You can also support their good works through financial donations–and consider joining our Work Camp crew next year!...

RETREAT

I’ll be away on my annual retreat this week:  please keep me especially in your prayers, as I will you.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - June 17

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

MISSION TRIP

This October our parish will undertake a mission trip to Blessed Sacrament parish in Piura, Peru, with Fr. Dyer leading as spiritual director.  Missionaries will have the opportunity to serve the people of parish in a variety of ways.  The registration deadline is June 30th:  Please see our website or contact the parish office for more information.

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

Summer often means a slower pace of life, more recreation and vacation–but be sure not to take a vacation from your vocation to be saint!  Encountering the Lord through daily prayer, Sunday Mass and frequent Confession should always remain the bases of our spiritual lives.  When traveling, find local Mass and Confession times using this convenient website:  masstimes.org
Enjoy the Summer, and remember to put Jesus first!

CONGRATULATIONS…

  • to our weekend receptionist, Jackie Parada, who married active parishioner Ismael Lopez this weekend:  may God grant them a long and happy life together!

  • to Fr. J.D. Jaffe, who has resided and helped out at St. Charles while serving as diocesan Director of Vocations, but who in September will be the new Pastor at Christ the Redeemer Parish in Sterling!

  • to all our fathers on this Father’s Day:  may God the Father, who provides for us and who protects us in his mercy, serve as an example and inspiration for our fathers, and may he bless them abundantly!

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - May 27

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

PRESCHOOL NEWS

Last week we wrapped up another preschool year, serving 170 children from 150 families.  After a couple of weeks of break (and deep cleaning!) we will resume with preschool Summer camp.  Thanks to our Preschool Director Amy Fry, to the staff, and to the families and children for a great year!

MEMORIAL DAY

I wish everyone an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, while I encourage you to pray for the repose of the souls of the members of our armed services who paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms, and for the consolation of their loved ones who mourn.

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

Summer often means a slower pace of life, more recreation and vacation–but be sure not to take a vacation from your vocation to be saint!  Encountering the Lord through daily prayer, Sunday Mass and frequent Confession should always remain the bases of our spiritual lives.  When traveling, find local Mass and Confession times using this convenient website:  masstimes.org

Enjoy the Summer, and remember to put Jesus first!

ORDINATIONS

The first two Saturdays in June mean ordinations for our diocese:  next Saturday, June 2, five men will be ordained transitional deacons (for a year before priesthood), and on Saturday, June 9, three men will be ordained priests.  Please keep all our seminarians and, especially, those to be ordained, in your prayers.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - May 20

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

25TH ANNIVERSARY

Last Tuesday, May 15 marked my 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, thanks be to God!  I would be very grateful, please, for:

  •  your prayers for my growth and perseverance and growth in holiness and in zeal;

  • a donation of $25 (in honor of my 25th!) from every parishioner to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington through Faith Direct–you can do so through the link on our website under Support/Give.While unworthy of the honor, it has been a great blessing and joy to serve as a priest for a quarter century, including for six years (1993-1995, 2014-2018) at St. Charles.  Thanks for your wonderful collaboration and support, and thanks especially to all who have congratulated me on this momentous occasion:  may God bless you abundantly!

FORMATION IN THE FAITH

Last week we wrapped up our religious education classes for children and our adult faith formation talks for this academic year.  Thanks to our Director of Evangelization & Adult Faith Formation, Jim Schuster, to Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry, Francesca Gross, and to all the catechists, volunteers, families and children for a great year of learning more about our faith!

JOBS AVAILABLE:  PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER, RECTORY COOK

We’re looking to hire a new Business Manager, who helps the Pastor with the administrative and financial management of the parish, and to hire a new Rectory Cook to help nourish our priests!  For more information, please see our ads at:  Catholicjobs.com

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - May 13

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE

I am happy to report that the consultation phase regarding a potential parish site redevelopment has concluded and that I have submitted a  report to Bishop Burbidge. The consultation process revealed a consensus that a timely redevelopment of the St. Charles Parish campus would better serve the Church’s mission in general and the parish’s mission in particular.  A strong majority of parish stakeholders, and all diocesan stakeholders, are enthusiastic about the possibilities that a future redevelopment of the St. Charles campus could bring.  Having spent ten months soliciting broad feedback from representative parishioners and diocesan officials, according to the plan approved by Bishop Burbidge, I am confident that there is a great desire to redevelop the St. Charles Parish site, and therefore have requested that Bishop Burbidge formally approve further redevelopment efforts.  For more information, see our website under “News and Events–Parish Redevelopment.”

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

This Monday, May 14, Jim Schuster will conclude our series with a talk on “The Supernatural Destiny of Man” at 8:00 P.M. in Benedict Hall.  Join us for this inspiring talk about how we are sanctified by God and empowerd to share in his mission.

JOBS AVAILABLE:  PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER, RECTORY COOK

We’re looking to hire a new Business Manager, who helps the Pastor with the administrative and financial management of the parish, and to hire a new Rectory Cook to help nourish our priests!  For more information, please see our ads at:  Catholicjobs.com

25TH ANNIVERSARY

This Tuesday, May 15 marks my 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, thanks be to God!  I would be very grateful, please, for:

  •  your prayers for my growth and perseverance and growth in holiness and in zeal;

  • a donation of $25 (in honor of my 25th!) from every parishioner to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington through Faith Direct–you can do so through the link on our website under Support/Give.While unworthy of the honor, it has been a great blessing and joy to serve as a priest for a quarter century, including for six years (1993-1995, 2014-2018) at St. Charles!  Thanks for your wonderful collaboration and support!

COMMUNIONS & CONFIRMATIONS

This Saturday, May 12, our second grade children received their First Holy Communion, and this coming Friday, May 18, our seventh graders will receive the sacrament of Confirmation.  Congratulations to all of them!  Please pray that they continue to grow in grace.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

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A letter from Bishop Burbidge:

“Dear Father Planty,

I was delighted to learn that the Parish of Saint Charles Borromeo has recently paid off their loan with DIAL Corporation. Congratulations to you and the parish community for having the discipline and fortitude to bring your debt to conclusion. I understand that this is the first time the parish has been debt free since September of 2003, and that the outstanding principal balance amounted to $2.2 million at one point.

Please know of my sincere gratitude for your pastoral leadership, as well as my appreciation for the stewardship of the resources entrusted to the parish by the faithful.”       

Padre's Page - May 6

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

GREAT NEWS:  NO MORE DEBT!

I am very happy to report that, as of last week–for the first time in 15 years–our parish is debt free!  We paid off the balance of our loans to the diocese which were due to Parish Center construction, HVAC and roof repairs, and school subsidies.  In the past four years alone we paid off about half a million Dollars in debt.  I am especially grateful to our fine parish staff and to all of you who have contributed so generously:  it is thanks to you that we are on a sound financial footing; it is because of you that we continue to “invest in” and grow our mission to bring the Good News to the heart of Arlington!  May God repay you abundantly for your generosity.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

This Monday, May 7, Jim Schuster will speak on “The Supernatural Destiny of Man” at 8:00 P.M. in Benedict Hall.  Join us for this inspiring talk about how we are sanctified by God and empowerd to share in his mission.

JOB AVAILABLE:  PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER

We’re looking to hire a new Business Manager, who helps the Pastor with the administrative and financial management of the parish.  For more information, please see our ad at:  Catholicjobs.com

25TH ANNIVERSARY

This May 15 marks my 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, thanks be to God!  I am glad you are able to join me for receptions after this weekend’s Masses.  The only gifts I hope for are these two, please:

  • your prayers for my growth and perseverance and growth in holiness and in zeal;

  • a donation of $25 (in honor of my 25th!) from every parishioner to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington through Faith Direct–you can do so through the link on our website under Support/Give.

While unworthy of the honor, it has been a great blessing and joy to serve as a priest for a quarter century, including for six years (1993-1995, 2014-2018) at St. Charles!  Thanks for your wonderful collaboration and support!  I remain,

FR. DYER ON RETREAT

Father Dyer will be away on his annual retreat this week, so please keep him especially in your prayers during the coming days.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - April 29

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–BOOK DISCUSSION:  THE POWER & THE GLORY

Join us this Monday, April 30, for a discussion of the first part of Graham Greene’s powerful novel “The Power and the Glory” at 8:00 P.M. in Benedict Hall:  it is a gritty but compelling account of a priest’s imperfect but dogged faithfulness in the face of persecution.

JOB AVAILABLE:  PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER

We’re looking to hire a new Business Manager, who helps the Pastor with the administrative and financial management of the parish.  For more information, please see our ad at:  Catholicjobs.com

SILVER JUBILEE

This May 15 marks my 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, thanks be to God!  Please join me for a solemn anniversary Mass this Saturday, May 5, at 5:00 P.M.  The only gifts I hope for are these two, please:

  • your prayers for my growth and perseverance and growth in holiness and in zeal;

  • a donation of $25 (in honor of my 25th!) from every parishioner to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington through Faith Direct–you can do so through the link on our website under Support/Give.

While unworthy of the honor, it has been a great blessing and joy to serve as a priest for a quarter century, including for six years (1993-1995, 2014-2018) at St. Charles!  Thanks for your wonderful collaboration and support!  I remain,

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - April 22

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

This Monday, April 23, Prof. Mary Stanford’s will speak on “Technology and Bodily Presence” at 8:00 P.M. in Benedict Hall.  Join us for this inspiring and practical talk about how technology affects our relationships.

JOB AVAILABLE:  PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER

Therefore, we’re looking to hire a new Business Manager, who helps the Pastor with the administrative and financial management of the parish.  For more information, see our ad at:  Catholicjobs.com

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

Thanks to all of you who gave to this year’s BLA, supporting the good works of our bishop and diocese:  thanks to your generosity, we surpassed our goal!  I am proud to be the Pastor of such a generous parish!

                                        Goal given by Diocese ---------------$265,000

                                        Amount Parish Pledged -------------$283,000

                                        Percent of Goal -----------------------107%

                                        Number of Pledges ------------------594

SILVER JUBLILEE

This May 15, God-willing, I will celebrate 25 years of priesthood!  While unworthy of the honor, it has been a great blessing and joy to serve as a priest for a quarter century.  Please join me for a solemn anniversary Mass at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 5.  Please also keep me in your prayers, as I do you daily, for I remain,

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - April 15

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

NEW BROTHERS & SISTERS IN THE FAITH

Congratulations and welcome to those who entered the Church at the Easter Vigil:  Anick Chaipraditkul, Nathali Cisneros-Mejia, Thair Cisneros, Arthur Garner, Floricela Gonzalez, Catalina Nuñez-Breceda, D. Edward Rafter, Charlotte Rohr, Johannes Rohr, Kelly Rohr, Sean Schmergel, Liam Watkins, Rebecca Albright, Courtney Bradley, Christine Frantz, Ashley Harvey, Lucas Koach, Jennifer Nearhood, Michael Scheeler, Kimberly Sisk and Kathryn Miles.  May we all persevere together in faith and in Easter joy!

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Let us live the ABC’s of mercy:  A, Ask for mercy (ask for God’s merciful, forgiving, healing, love); B, Be merciful (show mercy and forgiving love to others); and, C, Complete trust (have confidence in God’s merciful providence, praying often, “Jesus, I trust in you!”).  May we experience and help to bring God’s merciful love to the world.

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

 Congratulations:  we reached our goal!  Still, many parishioners did not have a chance to give, which you can still do even though Lent is over:  our parish goal is 100% of our parishioners participating.  You may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org  Here’s an update on our progress toward our goal:

                                        Goal given by Diocese ---------------$265,000

                                        Amount Parish Pledged -------------$268,000

                                        Percent of Goal -----------------------101%

                                        Number of Pledges ------------------558

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

 This Monday, April 9, Professor Mary Stanford speaks on “Hope for Humanity,” how Christ's plan for marriage, though perceived as foolish to the world, responds to man's deepest identity.  Join us in Benedict Hall at 8:00 P.M.  For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

FAREWELL AND WELCOME

While I am happy for her new opportunity working at a parish in South Carolina, I am sad to say that Madelaine Beckford, our excellent Director of Sacred Liturgy and Music for the past three years, is moving on.  Join us to bid her farewell at receptions after the 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Masses next Sunday, April 15.  At the same time, we welcome Patrick Jekanowski, who has just obtained his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Catholic U., as our new director; I’m sure he will do a fine job!

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - April 8

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

NEW BROTHERS & SISTERS IN THE FAITH

Congratulations and welcome to those who entered the Church at the Easter Vigil:  Anick Chaipraditkul, Nathali Cisneros-Mejia, Thair Cisneros, Arthur Garner, Floricela Gonzalez, Catalina Nuñez-Breceda, D. Edward Rafter, Charlotte Rohr, Johannes Rohr, Kelly Rohr, Sean Schmergel, Liam Watkins, Rebecca Albright, Courtney Bradley, Christine Frantz, Ashley Harvey, Lucas Koach, Jennifer Nearhood, Michael Scheeler, Kimberly Sisk and Kathryn Miles.  May we all persevere together in faith and in Easter joy!

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Let us live the ABC’s of mercy:  A, Ask for mercy (ask for God’s merciful, forgiving, healing, love); B, Be merciful (show mercy and forgiving love to others); and, C, Complete trust (have confidence in God’s merciful providence, praying often, “Jesus, I trust in you!”).  May we experience and help to bring God’s merciful love to the world.

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

 Congratulations:  we reached our goal!  Still, many parishioners did not have a chance to give, which you can still do even though Lent is over:  our parish goal is 100% of our parishioners participating.  You may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org  Here’s an update on our progress toward our goal:

                                        Goal given by Diocese ---------------$265,000

                                        Amount Parish Pledged -------------$268,000

                                        Percent of Goal -----------------------101%

                                        Number of Pledges ------------------558

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

 This Monday, April 9, Professor Mary Stanford speaks on “Hope for Humanity,” how Christ's plan for marriage, though perceived as foolish to the world, responds to man's deepest identity.  Join us in Benedict Hall at 8:00 P.M.  For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

FAREWELL AND WELCOME

While I am happy for her new opportunity working at a parish in South Carolina, I am sad to say that Madelaine Beckford, our excellent Director of Sacred Liturgy and Music for the past three years, is moving on.  Join us to bid her farewell at receptions after the 10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Masses next Sunday, April 15.  At the same time, we welcome Patrick Jekanowski, who has just obtained his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Catholic U., as our new director; I’m sure he will do a fine job!

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - March 18

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

Have you made a generous commitment yet?  The BLA funds programs such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  Our parish goal is 100% of our parishioners participating, so please give:  every pledge counts!  If you haven’t yet made a pledge, you may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org  Here’s an update on our progress toward our goal:

                                        Goal given by Diocese ---------------$265,000

                                        Amount Parish Pledged -------------$238,500

                                        Percent of Goal -----------------------90%

                                        Number of Pledges ------------------476

ST. JOSEPH’S DAY POTLUCK SOUP SUPPER

Join us–and bring some soup to share–as we honor St. Joseph this Monday, March 19, from 5:00-7:00 PM in Benedict Hall.  It is being organized by young parishioner who is working toward his religious Arrow of Light Badge in Scouting.  There is no charge and all are welcome!

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

  • March 19:  Fr. Paul Scalia talks on “Clarity and Charity:  The Church’s Teaching on Same-Sex Attraction”
  • For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

HOLY WEEK…

…begins next Sunday, March 25:  Palm Sunday!  We will have processions from Clarendon Square before the 12:00 Noon Spanish Mass and before the 6:00 P.M. Mass.  Check our website for the complete Holy Week schedule and join us for all the great liturgies of that holiest of weeks.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - March 11

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

Have you made a generous commitment yet?  The BLA funds programs such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  Our parish goal is 100% of our parishioners participating, so please give:  every pledge counts!  If you haven’t yet made a pledge, you may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org  Here’s an update on our progress toward our goal:

                                        Goal given by Diocese ---------------$265,000

                                        Amount Parish Pledged -------------$222,700

                                        Percent of Goal -----------------------84%

                                        Number of Pledges ------------------40

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

  • Our regular faith formation series for adults of all ages takes place on  Monday nights at 8:00 P.M. in Benedict Hall:
  • March 12, part III of Prof. Mary Stanford’s talks on the theology of the body:  “Man and Woman after the Fall.”
  • March 19:  Fr. Paul Scalia talks on “Clarity and Charity:  The Church’s Teaching on Same-Sex Attraction”
  • For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

FIRST PENANCE

Congratulations to more than 70 of our children who this weekend made their First Confessions, receiving the merciful forgiveness of Jesus in that great sacrament of healing!  Let us continue to pray for them as they prepare for their First Holy Communion in May.

LENT

I encourage everyone to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance during this season of penance.  Remember too that we pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00 P.M. in the church.  For our full Lenten and Holy Week schedule, please see the link on our parish website home page.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - March 4

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

Have you made a generous commitment yet?  The BLA funds programs such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  Our parish goal is 100% of our parishioners participating, so please give:  every pledge counts!  If you haven’t yet made a pledge, you may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

Our regular faith formation series for adults of all ages continues this Monday, March 5, at 8:00 P.M. with the third of a series of talks by Prof. Mary Stanford on the theology of the body.  For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

PRIESTS’ LENTEN DAY OF PRAYER

Fr. Dyer and I will join our bishop and all the priests of our diocese for a day of meditation and priestly fellowship this Wednesday.  This is one of several occasions throughout the year in which our priests gather to share prayer, formation and brotherhood.

LENT

I encourage you to avail yourself of the merciful forgiveness of Jeus in the Sacrament of Penance during this season of penance.  Remember too that we pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00 P.M. in the church.  For our full Lenten and Holy Week schedule, please see the link on our parish website home page.

Father Don

Padre's Page - February 25

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL 

Have you made a generous commitment yet?  The BLA funds programs such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  Our parish goal is 100% of our parishioners participating, so please give:  every pledge counts!  If you haven’t yet made a pledge, you may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–MONTHLY BOOK DISCUSSION:  THE BENEDICT OPTION

Join us this Monday, February 26, with an exploration of Chapters 3-5 of Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option,” a compelling account of our pressing need for intentional Christian community.  For more information  see our parish website under “News & Events.”

PARISH REDEVELOPMENT “TOWN HALL” MEETING

We are continuing our discussions about a potential redevelopment of our parish site, which could better support our parish mission now and in the future.  This week we will host a second Parish Redevelopment “Town Hall” Meeting, on Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 P.M. in the gym, to solicit even more feedback from parishioners–especially from those who have not attended any previous consultation meetings.  For more information, please see our website under “News & Events.”

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - February 18

February 14, 2018
Dear Parishioners,

As previously announced, Bishop Burbidge has approved the beginning of discussions about a potential redevelopment of our parish site.  A redevelopment would respond to several challenges:  the need for facilities which better support our parish mission now and in the future; the projected growth in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor; and, our aging parish infrastructure which limits our parish apostolate, which has high maintenance costs, and which is not energy efficient.  

Bishop Burbidge and I agreed on the need for thorough consultations with all parish and diocesan stakeholders with an interest in the prospective project, and we have had fruitful meetings with:

  • Parish Focus Groups, including groups comprising our parish Pastoral and Finance Councils, and our Parish Staff;
  • Our Parish Redevelopment Committee;
  • Our parish preschool staff and families
  • Leaders of various diocesan offices. 

We will now host two Parish Redevelopment “Town Hall” Meetings to solicit even more feedback from parishioners–especially those who have not attended any previous consultation meetings.  I invite you to join us for one of the two meetings, either on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00PM, or on Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 P.M., both in the gym.

The Town Hall Meetings will be an opportunity for us to hear your thoughts about the possibilities a redevelopment could represent for our parish, especially reflecting on the following questions:

How could a redevelopment better serve our parish’s three-fold mission?

  • The prophetic mission to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel through preaching and teaching, offering comprehensive formation in the faith
  • The priestly mission to celebrate the sacred liturgy and the sacraments, and to guide the faithful in prayer
  • The shepherding mission to live by leading and uniting others in loving service

 -- Consider our present situation:  How does our current parish infrastructure support or limit our apostolates, our activities, which correspond to our mission
 -- Consider what will be, and what could be, in the future:  How will demographic and other societal trends affect our parish’s mission, and what are the needs and possibilities for our future mission and apostolates?  What infrastructure would best respond to those future needs and possibilities?
 -- Essentially, the fundamental question is this:  If our parish had an empty city block–if we could start from scratch–what structures would you envision that would best support our mission?

While Bishop Burbidge and I and many parishioners are excited about the possibilities for the future, please note that there are no redevelopment plans, there is no redevelopment timetable, there are no preconceived ideas of what might happen:  we are simply in the dreaming, imagining, and listening phase, brainstorming and discussing the many possibilities with all those having a stake in the potential project…

Our Town Hall Meetings will be a chance for you to share your ideas:  we look forward to your feedback!  I remain,

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Fr. Don Planty

Pastor

Padre's Page - February 11

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

This weekend, every family in our parish which has not already donated through the mail or online is being asked to complete a Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) pledge form at Mass.  Please support the crucial apostolates funded by the BLA, such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  Our parish goal is 100% of our generous families participating, so please make a commitment:  every pledge counts!  I have every confidence that we will surpass our goal, as we did last year:

                     Year --------------------------------------- 2017 ----------------- 2018
                     Goal given by Diocese ---------------- $245,000 ---------- $265,000
                     Amount Parish Pledged -------------- $302,000
                     Percent of Goal Pledged ------------- 123% 

ASH WEDNESDAY & LENT

This week, on Ash Wednesday, we begin the discipline of Lent, a time for all of us to do greater penance (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) so as to become more detached from sin and more united to Jesus.  I encourage everyone to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday and to receive the ashes which are a sign of our need for repentance.  Our parish will do all it can to help you have a fruitful Lent:  please read carefully the purple Lenten bulletin insert, and make a plan to take advantage of the many Lenten activities–especially of Jesus’ merciful forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance, which we offer four times a week, and the moving prayer of the Stations of the Cross on Fridays.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION–TALK SERIES:  THE HUMAN PERSON

Our regular faith formation series for adults of all ages continues this Monday, February 12, at 8:00 P.M. with the second of a series of talks by Prof. Mary Stanford on the theology of the body.  For the full schedule see our parish website under “News & Events.”

FR. ANDREW GIAMPIETRO, RESIDENT PRIEST

Fr. Giampietro, of the Congregation of St. Basil, will be residing at St. Charles and assisting with Masses and with Confessions while doing scholarly work at Catholic U. this semester:  we are happy to welcome him!

FORUM

Adults of all ages are invited to join us this Friday, February 16, for a talk by Prof. John Cuddeback on “Friendship:  Presence in an Age of Absence.”  Happy hour begins at 7:30 P.M., with the talk and discussion following.  Check out forumarlington.org for information and for less expensive advance tickets.

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don