July 2, 2017

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

WORK CAMP.   Congratulations to our 38 high school students and all our adult volunteers who spent last week at the annual diocesan Work Camp, joining 1,000 people in renovating the homes of the needy in the Fredericksburg area.  Fr. Dyer and I both visited them and assisted with Confessions.  You can support their good works through financial donations–and consider joining our Work Camp crew next year!...

WELCOME.   Our new resident priest, Fr. Brendan Bartlett, has arrived and is settling in.  Although his assignment is to study Canon (Church) Law at Catholic University, he will be helping us out with Masses, Confessions, and some other things, so you will see him around and get to know him…

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.

Your servant in Christ Jesus,
Father Don

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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
o   2 lbs very red tomatoes
o   1 sm bell pepper (green is traditional, but red, yellow or orange peppers may be substituted)
o   1 clove garlic
o   2 tbs vinegar (sherry vinegar, if possible–or red wine vinegar)
o   1 tbs salt
o   3/4 cup olive oil
o   3 slices bread (briefly soak in water, then squeeze out water)
o   1 med cucumber
·       Blend and chill!
·       Serve with the following garnishes (cubed):
o   Tomatoes
o   Cucumbers
o   Peppers
o   croutons (plain)
·       Serves 4-6

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

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If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the presbyteral council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor presides and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity.  A pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesan bishop.  Code of Canon Law, Can. 536 §1-§2.

By mandate of the Bishop of Arlington, every pastor in the diocese is to have a functioning Pastoral Council which is to be governed by the principles enunciated in the pastoral letter “A Pastoral Letter on Consultation in the Parish,” dated September 17, 1984.


Members are appointed by the pastor to serve for terms lasting two years; terms are renewable.
Terms are staggered, with half the members’ terms expiring each year.
Terms follow the academic year, lasting from September through June; meetings are monthly.

The Following is the current membership & their terms:

  • Jim Moran               9/14-6/16
  • Dean Reineking       9/14-6/16
  • Jennifer Bible          9/14-6/16
  • Mike Sampson         9/14-6/16
  • Ryan Bieshaar         9/14-6/16
  • Andrea Bender        9/14-6/16
  • Anne Rader             9/15-6/17
  • David Scheele         9/15-6/17
  • Alina Walker           9/15-6/17
  • Amy Stoffel            9/15-6/17
  • Jackie Parada         9/15-6/17

Ex-Officio Observers

  • Rev. Rich Dyer, Parochial Vicar
  • James Scampavia, Finance Council Chairman




In each parish there is to be a finance council which is governed, in addition to universal law, by norms issued by the diocesan bishop and in which the Christian faithful, selected according to these same norms, are to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish.  Code of Canon Law, Can. 537



The council consists of an indeterminate number of appointed members.  
Members are appointed by the pastor to serve for terms lasting one year; terms are renewable.
Terms follow the academic year, lasting from September through June; meetings are monthly.
The council is assisted by certain parish staff persons who also participate in its meetings and support its work.

The Following is the current membership & their terms:

  • Jim Scampavia (Chair)                9/15-6/17
  • Andrew Velde                            9/15-6/17
  • Jack Meara                          9/15-6/17
  • Cathie Miller Fagerstrom            9/14-6/16
  • Laura Navar                               9/14-6/16
  • George Parkerson                      9/14-6/16

Finance Council Staff Support

  • Rev. Rich Dyer, Parochial Vicar
  • Amy Fry, Director, St. Charles Early Childhood Education Center
  • Christopher Rowe, Business Manager