September 15, 2019

Dear Friends,

NEW WEEKLY PARISH SUNDAY DINNER!

Starting tonight (September 15), join your fellow parishioners for dinner on any Sunday upstairs at Rockland’s BBQ (on Washington Blvd.), beginning at 7:15pm. All parishioners are welcome, and newcomers are especially encouraged to join. If convenient, feel free to park at St. Charles and walk to Rocklands (but keep in mind towing begins at 11:00pm). We hope you will enjoy this informal, fun and delicious way of getting to know your fellow parishioners and celebrating the Lord’s Day!

LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH

Our parish now has it’s own podcast and a new “Resources” webpage! Find the links on our website under the “LEARN” menu, and check out our recommended podcasts, apps, YouTube channels, movies, books, websites and more. They’re great and entertaining ways to grow in understanding our faith.

HISPANIC COMMUNITY FORMATION

This Saturday, I will be leading a formation retreat for our Hispanic liturgical ministers: Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Musicians, Ushers, and Sacristans will have an opportunity to learn more about the sacred liturgy and to grow in faith.

VACAY

Having been around all Summer, I’m away on vacation through this Sunday in Spain, where my family used to live, visiting old friends. ¡Hasta pronto!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

September 8, 2019

Dear Friends,

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMS BEGIN THIS WEEK!
Parents, please be sure to register and to bring your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith. Find information on our website under the LEARN menu.

CLASSES FOR CONVERTS AND ADULTS WHO NEED SACRAMENTS BEGIN THIS WEEK!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the “RCIA”), for any adult Catholics who have not received all their sacraments, and for any non-Catholics who are interested in becoming Catholic, begins this Monday. For more information, check out our website under the “LEARN” menu.

NEW WEEKLY PARISH SUNDAY DINNER!
Starting next Sunday (September 15), join your fellow parishioners for dinner on any Sunday upstairs at Rockland’s BBQ (on Washington Blvd.), beginning at 7:15pm. All parishioners are welcome, and newcomers are especially encouraged to join. If convenient, feel free to park at St. Charles and walk to Rocklands (but keep in mind towing begins at 11:00pm). We hope you will enjoy this informal, fun and delicious way of getting to know your fellow parishioners and celebrating the Lord’s Day!

BACK TO “SCHOOL” FOR EVERYONE: LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH
HAITI. Two weeks ago we had our annual appeal to support our sister parish’s schools in Haiti, providing quality education and nutrition for hundreds of needy children.

MISSION COOPERATIVE. Last weekend, we hosted Fr. Vijaya of the Pallotine order, who preached at all the Masses last weekend about their missionary work.

THANKS to those who have already given in support of those great works!

PLEASE GIVE if you haven’t yet!

HOW TO GIVE. You can easily give electronically through Faith Direct, using the link on our website under the “GIVE” menu.

VACAY
Having been around all Summer, I’m away on vacation this week in Spain, where my family used to live, visiting old friends. ¡Hasta pronto!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

September 1, 2019

Dear Friends,

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY REGISTRATION…

…is now taking place. Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith. You can do so easily online: visit our website under the LEARN menu.

ADULT SACRAMENTS AND CONVERTS

We have opened registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the “RCIA”): this is for any adult Catholics who have not received all their sacraments, and for any non-Catholics who are interested in becoming Catholic. Register easily on our website under the “LEARN” menu.

RENEWING ANNUAL APPEALS FOR GENEROSITY

HAITI. Two weeks ago we had our annual appeal to support our sister parish’s schools in Haiti, providing quality education and nutrition for hundreds of needy children.

MISSION COOPERATIVE. Last weekend, we hosted Fr. Vijaya of the Pallotine order, who preached at all the Masses last weekend about their missionary work.

THANKS to those who have already given in support of those great works!

PLEASE GIVE if you haven’t yet!

HOW TO GIVE. You can easily give electronically through Faith Direct, using the link on our website under the “GIVE” menu.

LABOR DAY

I wish everyone a restful Labor Day weekend. Let’s remember to pray for all who labor, especially under difficult conditions, as well as that those who are unemployed or underemployed may find gainful employment. I hope everyone’s transition back to work and back to school may go smoothly.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER

Speaking of “back to school,” our preschool begins a new year this Tuesday with our excellent program of play-based learning. We’re looking forward to a great year for families and for kids!

I remain your servant in Jesus Christ,

Fr. Don

August 25, 2019

Dear Friends,

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY REGISTRATION…

…is now taking place.  Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith.  You can do so easily online: visit our website under the LEARN menu.

ADULT SACRAMENTS AND CONVERTS

We have opened registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the “RCIA”):  this is for any adult Catholics who have not received all their sacraments, and for any non-Catholics who are interested in becoming Catholic.  Register easily on our website under the “LEARN” menu.

HAITI APPEAL

Thanks to all those who answered our appeal to support our sister parish’s schools in Haiti, providing quality education and nutrition for hundreds of needy children.  If you have not yet taken the time to do so, you can easily give electronically through Faith Direct, using the link on our website under the “GIVE” menu.

MISSION COOPERATIVE APPEAL

Each year the Society for the Propagation of the Faith assigns every parish in the diocece a missionary charity to support.  This year we host Father Vijaya Raju of the Pallotine order, who is preaching at all the Masses this weekend about their missionary work.  Please be generous in supporting their good works! You may give easily, electronically, through Faith Direct, using the link on our website under the “GIVE” menu.

I realize that’s a lot of asking for money–but there are so many needy people everywhere, and we are so blessed:  let us welcome the challenge to be generous in living the corporal works of mercy–and remember, too, that we will be judged accordingly!  (Matthew 25:31-46)

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

August 18, 2019

Dear Friends,

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY REGISTRATION…

…is now taking place.  Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith.  You can do so easily online: visit our website under the LEARN menu.

ADULT SACRAMENTS AND CONVERTS

We have opened registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the “RCIA”):  this is for any adult Catholics who have not received all their sacraments, and for any non-Catholics who are interested in becoming Catholic.  Register easily on our website under the “LEARN” menu.

WEBSITE & OTHER MEDIA

Be sure regularly to check out our user-friendly website, and stay connected with all the good things that are happening in our parish in these ways:

  • Subscribe to our Flocknote messaging lists:

    • The St. Charles Weekly Bulletin list, where you’ll receive an electronic version of our weekly bulletin

    • The St. Charles Alerts list, where we will send out timely updates, such as parish closings or Holy Day reminders

    • The St. Charles Challenge list, with tips and reminders on embracing the St. Charles Challenge

    • Once you join any of these lists, you’ll also receive a link inviting you to peruse other parish messaging groups that you can join.

  • Follow us on social media:  Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

  • It’s easy to stay current–simply go to our website and click the links to sign up:  www.stcharleschurch.org/connect

  • You can also follow/friend me and Fr. Dyer on Instagram and on Facebook!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don


August 11, 2019

Dear Friends,

SHARE:  VOLUNTEER!

I encourage–and challenge–every parishioner to place their gifts at the service of our mission.  To explore the many ways you may serve, check out the link to our “SHARE” Brochure on the homepage of our website, and contact the relevant parish staff member to sign up.  We–Jesus, his Church–need your help! We are grateful to all those who already, with their time and talents, help us fulfill our mission of bringing the Good News to the heart of Arlington.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY REGISTRATION…

…is now taking place.  Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith.  You can do so easily online: visit our website under the LEARN menu.

ADULT SACRAMENTS AND CONVERTS

We have opened registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the “RCIA”):  this is for any adult Catholics who have not received all their sacraments, and for any non-Catholics who are interested in becoming Catholic.  Register easily on our website under the “LEARN” menu.

WEBSITE & OTHER MEDIA

Be sure regularly to check out our user-friendly website, and stay connected with all the good things that are happening in our parish in these ways:

  • Subscribe to our Flocknote messaging lists:

    • The St. Charles Weekly Bulletin list, where you’ll receive an electronic version of our weekly bulletin

    • The St. Charles Alerts list, where we will send out timely updates, such as parish closings or Holy Day reminders

    • The St. Charles Challenge list, with tips and reminders on embracing the St. Charles Challenge

    • Once you join any of these lists, you’ll also receive a link inviting you to peruse other parish messaging groups that you can join.

  • Follow us on social media:  Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

  • It’s easy to stay current–simply go to our website and click the links to sign up:  www.stcharleschurch.org/connect

  • You can also follow/friend me and Fr. Dyer on Instagram and on Facebook!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

August 4, 2019

Dear Friends,

SHARE: VOLUNTEER!

Last Friday hundreds of parish volunteers and their families joined us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. We are grateful to all those who, with their time and talents, help us fulfill our mission of bringing the Good News to the heart of Arlington.

I encourage–and challenge–every parishioner to place their gifts at the service of our mission. To explore the many ways you may serve, check out the link to our “SHARE” Brochure on the homepage of our website, and contact the relevant parish staff member to sign up. We—Jesus, his Church—need your help!

REGISTRATION FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY…

…is now open. Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith. You can do so easily online: visit our website under the LEARN menu.

WEBSITE REDESIGN & OTHER MEDIA

Be sure to check out our newly-redesigned website, which is more user-friendly! It’s the good work of our new Assistant for Evangelization & Communications, Bulay Miñano. She’s really upped our game in terms of all media: “old” (print) media (like the bulletin and posters), and new media (website, social media, Flocknote, etc.). You can stay connected with all the good things that are happening in our parish in these ways:

Subscribe to our Flocknote messaging lists:

The St. Charles Weekly Bulletin list, where you’ll receive an electronic version of our weekly bulletin

The St. Charles Alerts list, where we will send out timely updates, such as parish closings or Holy Day reminders

The St. Charles Challenge list, with tips and reminders on embracing the St. Charles Challenge

Once you join any of these lists, you’ll also receive a link inviting you to peruse other parish messaging groups that you can join.

Follow us on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

It’s easy to stay current—simply go to our website and click the links to sign up: www.stcharleschurch.org/connect

You can also follow/friend me and Fr. Dyer on Instagram and on Facebook!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

July 28, 2019

Dear Friends,

SEMINARIAN TALK–RESPECT LIFE

Join us on Monday (7/29) at 7:00 P.M. in Benedict Hall for some wine and cheese and a talk by parish seminarian Joe Flaherty about how his pro-life work influenced his calling to the priesthood.  This inspiring event is sponsored by our dedicated parish Respect Life Committee.

WEBSITE REDESIGN & OTHER MEDIA

Be sure to check out our newly-redesigned website, which is more user-friendly!  It’s the good work of our new Assistant for Evangelization & Communications, Bulay Miñano.  She’s really upped our game in terms of all media: “old” (print) media (like the bulletin and posters), and new media (website, social media, Flocknote, etc.).  You can stay connected with all the good things that are happening in our parish in these ways:

  • Subscribe to our Flocknote messaging lists:

    • The St. Charles Weekly Bulletin list, where you’ll receive an electronic version of our weekly bulletin

    • The St. Charles Alerts list, where we will send out timely updates, such as parish closings or Holy Day reminders

    • The St. Charles Challenge list, with tips and reminders on embracing the St. Charles Challenge

    • Once you join any of these lists, you’ll also receive a link inviting you to peruse other parish messaging groups that you can join.

  • Follow us on social media:  Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

  • It’s easy to stay current–simply go to our website and click the links to sign up:  www.stcharleschurch.org/connect

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!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

July 21, 2019

Dear Friends,

REGISTRATION FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY…

…is now open.  Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith.  You can do so easily online: visit our website under the LEARN menu.

WEBSITE REDESIGN & OTHER MEDIA

Be sure to check out our newly-redesigned website, which is more user-friendly!  It’s the good work of our new Assistant for Evangelization & Communications, Bulay Miñano.  She’s really upped our game in terms of all media: “old” (print) media (like the bulletin and posters), and new media (website, social media, Flocknote, etc.).  You can stay connected with all the good things that are happening in our parish in these ways:

  • Subscribe to our Flocknote messaging lists:

    • The St. Charles Weekly Bulletin list, where you’ll receive an electronic version of our weekly bulletin

    • The St. Charles Alerts list, where we will send out timely updates, such as parish closings or Holy Day reminders

    • The St. Charles Challenge list, with tips and reminders on embracing the St. Charles Challenge

    • Once you join any of these lists, you’ll also receive a link inviting you to peruse other parish messaging groups that you can join.

  • Follow us on social media:  Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

  • It’s easy to stay current–simply go to our website and click the links to sign up:  www.stcharleschurch.org/connect

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!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

July 14, 2019

Dear Friends,

REGISTRATION FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY…

…is now open.  Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs for formation in our faith.  You can do so easily online: visit our website under the LEARN menu.

WEBSITE REDESIGN & OTHER MEDIA

Be sure to check out our newly-redesigned website, which is more user-friendly!  It’s the good work of our new Assistant for Evangelization & Communications, Bulay Miñano.  She’s really upped our game in terms of all media: “old” (print) media (like the bulletin and posters), and new media (website, social media, Flocknote, etc.).  You can stay connected with all the good things that are happening in our parish in these ways:

  • Subscribe to our Flocknote messaging lists:

    • The St. Charles Weekly Bulletin list, where you’ll receive an electronic version of our weekly bulletin

    • The St. Charles Alerts list, where we will send out timely updates, such as parish closings or Holy Day reminders

    • The St. Charles Challenge list, with tips and reminders on embracing the St. Charles Challenge

    • Once you join any of these lists, you’ll also receive a link inviting you to peruse other parish messaging groups that you can join.

  • Follow us on social media:  Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

  • It’s easy to stay current–simply go to our website and click the links to sign up:  www.stcharleschurch.org/connect

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!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

July 7, 2019

WEBSITE REDESIGN & OTHER MEDIA

Be sure to check out our newly-redesigned website, which is more user-friendly!  It’s the good work of our new Assistant for Evangelization & Communications, Bulay Miñano.  She’s really upped our game in terms of all media: “old” (print) media (like the bulletin and posters), and new media (website, social media, Flocknote, etc.).  You can stay connected with all the good things that are happening in our parish in these ways:

  • Subscribe to our Flocknote messaging lists:

    • The St. Charles Weekly Bulletin list, where you’ll receive an electronic version of our weekly bulletin

    • The St. Charles Alerts list, where we will send out timely updates, such as parish closings or Holy Day reminders

    • The St. Charles Challenge list, with tips and reminders on embracing the St. Charles Challenge

    • Once you join any of these lists, you’ll also receive a link inviting you to peruse other parish messaging groups that you can join.

  • Follow us on social media:  Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

  • It’s easy to stay current–simply go to our website and click the links to sign up:  www.stcharleschurch.org/connect

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!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

June 30, 2019

Dear Friends,

FOURTH OF JULY

We wish everyone a happy Independence Day holiday!  Consider these important words from first President George Washington’s “Farewell Address”:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion....  Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. ‘Tis substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.  Who that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”

Yes, let us be conscious of, and speak and act in favor of, religion and morality being necessary supports of our system of popular government.  In fact, without a moral consensus–without clarity about what is right and what is wrong–democracy deteriorates into anarchy. May God preserve our republic from such a fate!

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!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

June 23, 2019

Dear Friends,

WORK CAMP

22 of our high school students, several young adult volunteers, and Fr. Dyer are spending this coming week at the annual diocesan Work Camp, renovating the homes of the needy on Virginia’s Northern Neck. In addition, they have daily Mass, a visit from Bishop Burbidge, Confessions, adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as fun and games. Please keep them in your prayers. You can also support their good works through financial donations–and consider joining our Work Camp crew next year!...

FIRST COMMUNIONS

Congratulations to 31 of our Hispanic children who this weekend receive their First Holy Communion!  May all of us always be faithful to the greatest gift we can receive, the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Lord Jesus’ Body and Blood.

NEW RESIDENT PRIEST

A reminder that we welcome Father Edward Horkan, who will be moving in this week.  He will be studying Canon Law at Catholic University while residing (and helping out) at St. Charles.

GAZPACHO

Since it’s Summer, I share with you an authentic gazpacho recipe 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

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

June 16, 2019

Dear Friends,
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY…

…to all our fathers and grandfathers! We pray especially today for all our fathers and grandfathers, living and deceased. May God the Father, who provides for us and who protects us, serve as an example and inspiration for our living fathers and grandfathers, and may he welcome our deceased fathers and grandfathers into his heavenly home!

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!

SUMMER READING

Once again, here are some of my recommendations of classic reading for you to enjoy during the Summer months:

NON-FICTION

Another Sort of Learning by James Schall, S.J., Assorted essays and reading lists on truth, culture, etc.

The Confessions of St. Augustine, Story of a great saint’s conversion in his own words

The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis, The Pope on the New Evangelization

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, A personable exploration of the four types of love

The Habit of Being, Letters of Flannery O’Connor, Wit and wisdom of Southern Catholic novelist

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton, Two short, readable but powerful books about two of the Church’s greatest saints

Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux, Autobiography of the “Little Flower,” a spiritual giant

The Truth of Catholicism by George Weigel, Ten modern controversies explored and explained

FICTION

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Faith and love in an aristocratic British Catholic family of the early 20th C.

Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor Novels and short stories illustrating the action of grace in the lives of Southern misfits and freaks

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, Based on the true, poignant story of one priest’s re-evangelization of the American Southwest

The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos, The struggles and successes of a French country priest

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene, The dogged faithfulness of the persecuted Mexican “whiskey priest”

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Imagined letters between devils portray spiritual warfare

The Betrothed  by Alessandro Manzoni, A couple in love overcomes many obstacles to marriage

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, A woman of character perseveres and finds true love

Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, A strong woman of faith keeps her family together

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

June 9, 2019

Dear Friends,
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!

SUMMER READING

Here are some of my recommendations of classic reading for you to enjoy during the Summer months:

NON-FICTION

Another Sort of Learning by James Schall, S.J., Assorted essays and reading lists on truth, culture, etc.

The Confessions of St. Augustine, Story of a great saint’s conversion in his own words

The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis, The Pope on the New Evangelization

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, A personable exploration of the four types of love

The Habit of Being, Letters of Flannery O’Connor, Wit and wisdom of Southern Catholic novelist

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton, Two short, readable but powerful books about two of the Church’s greatest saints

Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux, Autobiography of the “Little Flower,” a spiritual giant

The Truth of Catholicism by George Weigel, Ten modern controversies explored and explained

FICTION

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Faith and love in an aristocratic British Catholic family of the early 20th C.

Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor Novels and short stories illustrating the action of grace in the lives of Southern misfits and freaks

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, Based on the true, poignant story of one priest’s re-evangelization of the American Southwest

The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos, The struggles and successes of a French country priest

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene, The dogged faithfulness of the persecuted Mexican “whiskey priest”

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Imagined letters between devils portray spiritual warfare

The Betrothed  by Alessandro Manzoni, A couple in love overcomes many obstacles to marriage

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, A woman of character perseveres and finds true love

Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, A strong woman of faith keeps her family together

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don


June 2, 2019

Dear Friends,

PRESCHOOL NEWS

Last week we wrapped up another preschool year, but we will soon 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

payed 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 1, three men will be ordained transitional deacons (for a year

before priesthood), and on Saturday, June 8, four 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

May 26, 2019

Dear Friends,

PRESCHOOL NEWS

Last week we wrapped up another preschool year, but we will soon 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

payed 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 1, three men will be ordained transitional deacons (for a year

before priesthood), and on Saturday, June 8, four 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

May 19, 2019

Dear Friends,

IT’S EASTER–BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE TO THE BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

The BLA funds programs such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more… We have yet to reach our goal, so please make a commitment if you haven’t yet: every pledge counts! You may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website: arlingtondiocese.org. Thanks to all those who have pledged to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal!

Goal given by the diocese: $280,000
Amount Parish Pledged: $272,258
Percent of Goal: 97%

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY…

…are wrapping up for the academic year. Thanks to all the families and volunteers who have made our programs great! Parents, please be sure to sign up for next year’s programs–which you can already do online.

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,


Father Don

Padre's Page - May 12

Dear Friends,

PARISH SEMINARIANS

Congratulations to parishioner Tim Banach who has been accepted by the Diocese of Arlington to study for the priesthood at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia beginning this Fall semester!  That brings to four the number of young men from our parish who are preparing to serve as our future priests:

  • Mike Lewis–Mike is finishing his two years of pre-theology (philosophy studies) at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia and is on his way to Rome for his four years of theology studies at the Pontifical North American College (the American seminary in Rome).

  • Joe Flaherty–Joe is finishing his two years of pre-theology (philosophy) at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and will continue there for his four years of theology studies.

  • Mike Sampson–Mike was recently accepted by the diocese and will begin his pre-theology (philosophy) studies at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, in August.

  • Tim Banach–Again, Tim will will begin his pre-theology (philosophy) studies at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia in August.

Please remember daily to pray for them and for all our seminarians–and that many more men from our diocese and parish will follow their good example of responding generously to the Lord’s call!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS

Again, congratulations to our Second Graders who received Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament for the first time this weekend:  may it only be the first of lifetimes of many Holy Communions!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE TO THE BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL

The BLA funds programs such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  We have yet to reach our goal, so please make a commitment if you haven’t yet: every pledge counts! You may do so easily online at our parish website or on the diocesan website:  arlingtondiocese.org.  Thanks to all those who have pledged to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal!  

VACA

I’m away this weekend on a brief vacation visiting the maternal, Italian-American, side of my family in the Bronx:  that always means faith, family, food, fun!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

to all parish mothers, and to all our parishioners’ mothers, living and deceased.  We pray for all of you! If she’s living, call your mom!

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don

Padre's Page - August 26

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

REGISTRATION FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & YOUTH MINISTRY…

…is now open.  Parents, please register all your children and teens for our dynamic programs of ongoing formation in our faith.  You can do so easily online:  visit our website under the LEARN menu.

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!

SPEAKING OF VACATION…  

I’m away this weekend in Kentucky to baptize the second child of a couple–former Christendom College students of mine–whose marriage I celebrated a few years ago.  As a priest it’s always a special joy to baptize the children of couples whose weddings we witness:  it’s so beautiful to see the fruits of marriage, to see a family grow!

NEW SIGNS

You probably noticed new signs on our buildings:  these large signs, illuminated at night, will make more clear to people who we are, what we are, where we are–they are an investment in evangelization!  “Many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs,” haha!  (Jn 2:23)

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don