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

Padre's Page - August 19

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

Padre's Page - August 12

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

Padre's Page - August 5

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

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION   

Last weekend several hundred of our volunteers joined us for our festive annual Volunteer Appreciation Cookout, which is just a small token of our thanks for all those who serve our parish’s mission in different ways.  What are you doing for your parish?  What are you doing to serve our mission of bringing the joy of the Gospel to the heart of Arlington?  Get involved by checking our SHARE brochures at our church entrances, or check out our website under the SERVE menu.

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 for some R&R in old colonial Quebec City, Canada, which has been on my bucket list for a while.  (Incidentally, Planty is a French Canadian name, and the Duplanty’s–the original name–emigrated to “New France” way back in the 1600’s–but I’m not sure I’ll run into any as I don’t think any remain there with that name…).

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

Padre's Page - July 29

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

TRANSITIONS       

  • I’m happy to announce that we have hired George Reyes to be our new Maintenance Director.  George is not only a skilled maintenance professional, but has been a faithful parishioner and volunteer for over 30 years!  He is married to Teresa Reyes, our Director of Hispanic Ministry, and leads the choir at our Spanish Mass.  Welcome aboard as an employee, George!

  • At the same time, I’m sad to announce the departure of Jim Schuster, our Director of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities out West.  Jim has done an excellent job helping us to coordinate all our apostolates with a view to evangelization, and we will miss him!  We wish him and his wife, Jonna, well in their new life:  Godspeed!  Of course, that means that we are seeking someone to fill Jim’s position, which is advertised on Catholicjobs.com.

  • We also bid a fond farewell to maintenance assistant Sean Nypaver, who has happily gone to pursue studies for the priesthood as a seminarian for our diocese!  Please keep him and all our seminarians in your prayers.

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, at Sunday Mass and in 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!

Father Don

Padre's Page - July 22

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 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!

TIME FLIES…       

I’m away this weekend celebrating a wedding in Texas:  the wedding of the oldest son of dear friends I met when I was first assigned to St. Charles as a newly-ordained priest twenty-five years ago!

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

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!
​​​​​​​
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