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