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Parish Online Giving – Coming Soon

Parish Online Giving – Coming Soon

We are pleased to announce that Online Giving will soon be available for you to make contributions to the parish - the weekly offertory, debt reduction, special collections, and more. This option makes use of current technology and security standards, and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions - no more search for envelopes, checks, or cash! It also enables our parish to benefit from consistent giving, ease of accounting and plan for our shared future. Please prayerfully consider...

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National Migration Week 2022

National Migration Week 2022

Throughout Scripture, our Lord tells us to welcome the stranger in our midst. Pope Francis reminds us that the inclusion of newcomers as we build the Kingdom of God is not an option, but a necessity: "The inclusion of those most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in God’s Kingdom.” The Catholic Church celebrates "National Migration Week" from September 19th thru the 25th.  The Diocese of Arlington has +1,200 reasons to celebrate. Since October 2021, Catholic Charities...

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Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday”—a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year’s the theme is “This is my body given for you.”  On this day, we especially thank and pray for our Parish Catechists for ministry to the community and our children.  As you prepare to celebrate, pray for, and commission those engaged in formal parish catechetical ministry...

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2022 International Day of Prayer for Peace

2022 International Day of Prayer for Peace

Did you know Prince William County is the most diverse county in VA and the 10th most diverse county in the U.S.? How diverse is PWC?  It's made up of 55,000 people of different races, ethnicities, genders, background, religions, and beliefs.  In the mix is racism. There has never been a time in our lives when racism wasn’t part of the complex that makes up modern living. It is not new. Its implications are overt and highly covert. It may not be the top concern for your “today,” but it is ever...

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Jubilarian’s Mass

Jubilarian’s Mass

Jubilarian Mass and Celebration of Marriage Are you celebrating your Silver or Golden Marriage Jubilee this year?  Were you married in 1972 or 1997?  Then please contact the Parish Office to make sure that you are registered for the “2022 Mass for Jubilarians.”  This Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16th at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA.  The Parish Office must submit all registrations to the Office for Family Life as...

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PWC Critical Receiving Center – You can help!

PWC Critical Receiving Center – You can help!

August 2022 Advocating for the Community – Faith in Action Any family that has experienced mental health challenges knows that mental health services are needed across a spectrum of capabilities, especially during a crisis. A call to “911” results in a response by police officers. If the family is lucky, they will encounter officers specifically trained for mental health crises. Do you know what happens next? Do you know what options are available to the person, the family or the officer here...

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The Liturgy of the Mass

The Liturgy of the Mass

…that are easy to miss, to tune out, or just not realize how important they are. Like the Readings, these three prayers are different for each Mass. The three prayers are the Collect, the Prayer over the Offerings, and the Prayer after Communion. They’re short prayers that the priest says before or after the more prominent parts of the Mass. They’re brief and often follow the same pattern, so the words can still feel familiar and maybe easier to inadvertently tune out. But they are always...

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Safe Environment Training for Adults: Protecting Our Children

Are you considering volunteering for a ministry here at St. Francis? We hope you are! If the ministry has substantial contact with children then you  must attend safe environment training. And no worries, we are offering the Virtus  training program here at the parish. The VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children is the adult program being offered by the Diocese of Arlington to establish a safe-environment for children. The Diocese requires all adult employees and also volunteers who have substantial...

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The Sign of Peace – part 2

The Sign of Peace – part 2

Sarah Garone, November 2018, originally appearing on the Busted Halo website A few weeks ago, I showed up to Mass with a heavy heart.  Though I try not to follow the news too closely (for the sake of my mental health), I couldn’t help but notice the acrimonious Supreme Court nomination proceedings in the headlines and the outrage on social media.  So many people around me seemed entrenched in an ugly us-versus-them political battle, and I felt pulled into the drama, too.  Is our country...

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Sharing a Sign of Peace

Sharing a Sign of Peace

It is the year 1935 and Waxahachie, Texas is a small, segregated town amid a depression.  One evening the local sheriff, Royce Spalding, leaves the family dinner table to investigate trouble at the rail yards.  He dies after being accidentally shot by a young black boy, Wylie.  Local white vigilantes tie Wylie to a truck and drag his body through town, for all the community to see, before hanging him from a tree. The sheriff's widow, Edna Spalding, is left to raise her children alone and...

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