May 21, 2017

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

FORUM.  Join us for some great live music this Friday, May 26, featuring Nashville’s Humming House and Kenny Kohnhass, who weave together folk, soul and bluegrass.  Happy hour begins at 7:30 P.M. and the concert starts at 8:30 P.M. 

COLLECTION ENVELOPES.   With the welcome rise in parishioners using FAITH DIRECT to contribute electronically to our collections, fewer people are using paper envelopes, so we need to “weed out” those who no longer use envelopes:  we are currently spending over $7,000 a year to print and mail envelopes to 2,200 families–but only about 150 families regularly use them!  We are using an “opt in” method:  so, if you are receiving and using envelopes and would like to continue to receive them, please notify the parish office by the end of May. 

PARKING PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS.   I know you are all familiar with the challenges of finding parking at St. Charles, both for Sunday Masses and for other activities!  In addition, spaces are taken by “freeloaders” who park here but who go elsewhere.  Unfortunately, people resort to parking outside of designated spaces, which results in Fire Code violations and in “parking people in”:  that is, not parking in proper spaces entails a security risk (because of a lack of access for emergency responders) and a lack of respect (because of people not being able to get out of their parking spots) for fellow parishioners.  Nobody should put the safety of their fellow parishioners at risk.  Numerous parishioners have asked me to address the issue and I have, in consultation with our staff, with the following conclusions:

·         Beginning in June, we will have a “zero tolerance policy” for parking:  anyone not parked in a clearly designated parking space will immediately be towed.  Additional signs will make the policy clear.

·         Parking attendants will be hired for Sundays to ensure that nobody parks in our lot then leaves to go elsewhere (restaurants, etc.).

·         Other convenient parking options will be offered:  agreements are being finalized with neighboring buildings for the use of their lots on Sundays.

·         If you park here for Mass on Sunday but then wish to go elsewhere after Mass (brunch, Metro to a ballgame, etc.), we ask that you please move your car out of our lot after Mass in order to make more parking available for your fellow parishioners to attend Mass.

Again, this is all to ensure the safety and respect of our fellow parishioners.  We will be grateful for your cooperation with this firm but fair policy.

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