November 2016

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

Summer is over, and there’s a lot going on in our parish!

·         OTW Middle School youth and WAY High School youth:  Sunday evening formation sessions

·         Converts:  Monday evening sessions for non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or in becoming Catholic, and for Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation

·         Adult Faith Formation:  Monday evening “Spiritual Life Boot Camp”

·         P3 (Prayer, Penance and Pub) for Young Adults:  Wednesday evenings

·         Children’s Religious Education:  Thursday evening classes

·         Adult Scripture Study:  Thursday evenings

·      FORUM Cultural Series:  Friday evening film, dances, live music, and lectures

More information is available online.  I hope you will take advantage of these ample opportunities for faith and for fellowship!


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 123% of our diocesan goal:  a parish record! Now that we approach the Fall, in conjunction with our parish’s Commitment Sunday, I will appeal to you next weekend please to support our parish’s mission by serving as a volunteer and by giving to our parish offertory.  (I will also offer you an Annual Financial Report.) 


To prepare for that appeal and for 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.  


I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,
Father Don







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