Padre's Page - October 15

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

ST CHARLES CHALLENGE.  We invite every parishioner to undertake the challenge:  to deepen your relationship with Jesus by committing to Pray, to Celebrate, to Learn and to Share in particular ways.

  • This week we are focusing on the need to Serve by giving of your time and talents to help our parish and the needy.  You can find practical pointers:
  • on our website at;
  • at our Serve Workshop this Monday, Oct 16, at 8:00 P.M. in Benedict Hall.

We believe that those who accept the St. Charles Challenge will grow in faith, in hope and in love, and experience a deep peace and joy.  Please join us!

REDEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCEMENT.   Following a request from me, Bishop Burbidge has approved the beginning of a consultative process regarding the possible redevelopment of the St. Charles Borromeo parish site.  The consultation seeks to address several challenges:  an aging parish infrastructure;  the projected growth in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor; the need for facilities which better support the parish mission now and in the future.  Bishop Burbidge and I agreed on the need for thorough consultation with all appropriate stakeholders.  All parishioners will be given an opportunity to provide ideas and feedback on the potential project.  Details regarding the nature and timing of the consultation will be communicated in the next few weeks.  Bishop Burbidge and I are excited about this critical phase of discussion and dialogue around the needs of the parish and how to best meet those needs. With the support of all stakeholders, it is our hope to move this potential and promising project forward in a timely manner.  More to come soon!...

FALL APPEAL.   I am keeping true to my promise to speak to you about money only twice a year.  In the Spring I promoted the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal which funds the good works of our Diocese, and you responded enthusiastically by helping us meet 122% of our diocesan goal–thanks again!  Now that Fall is here, I appeal to you please to support our parish’s mission by serving as a volunteer and by giving to our parish offertory.  (I also offer you an Annual Financial Report.)  To prepare for next weekend’s Commitment Sunday, I ask you please prayerfully to consider the following questions:

  • Do I understand that all Catholics are called to support their parish with volunteer time and with financial contributions?
  • Do I regularly volunteer, or do I expect others to take care of things?  How does my volunteer time at the parish compare to my other free time activities? 
  • Do I commit to give a regular, fixed, sacrificial financial gift?  How do my financial donations to the parish compare to the other ways I spend my money?
  • Do I save the parish time and money by giving my financial gift electronically?
  • How will I commit to serve my parish as a volunteer in the coming year? 
  • How much money will I commit to give to the parish each week during the coming year?

Our ability to proclaim, to celebrate and to live the Gospel through all the good works of our parish is directly affected by what you do and give.  Our parish thus counts on your generous, sacrificial time commitments and financial gifts to fulfill our mission.  Working together, as generous volunteers and donors, we will keep witnessing to the Good News of the Gospel here in the heart of Arlington.  Thank you for your continued support of our parish and of its mission.  May God bless you for your generosity.  . 

Your servant in Christ Jesus,
Father Don