We have many opportunities to get involved here at our parish! Click on one of the buttons above to learn more about the different groups that meet consistently at the parish. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!
Ancient Order of Hibernians
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is the oldest Catholic lay organization in America. It was officially formed in New York in 1836. Today they stand, not only as the oldest Catholic Lay organization in America, but as the largest Irish society in the world with Divisions in Ireland, and 49 of the 50 United States.
The AOH in America is partitioned into Divisions, County Boards, and State Boards, and is governed by a National Board elected every two years. The Division is the basic unit in the Order, and membership in a Division is membership in the Order. Even County, State, and National Officers, maintain membership in a local Division. Annual dances, concerts, and parades sponsored by all levels of the Order raise millions for charity, while providing a showcase for the positive contributions of the Irish to every walk of American life. Divisions usually support local charities within their geographic areas, while sending a portion of their monies to higher levels for support of state, national, and international charities. Subcommittees are often established to perform specific functions such as the administration of an annual Feis or Festival, the raising of a historic memorial, or providing instructions in such Irish subjects as history, bagpiping, dancing, and language.
The many Divisions and Hibernian Halls across the country have also traditionally provided a welcome for new immigrants. Here, the unique art, dance, music, and other interests of the Irish are fostered and preserved, making the AOH Hall a home away from home for many. Together, they are at the forefront of support for issues concerning the Irish, such as Emigration Reform, MacBride Legislation, and the Right to Life. They never forget their ancestral homeland either, and can always be found actively lobbying for, praying for, and working for the total independence of a united 32-county Ireland, as their constitution avows: “by all means constitutional and lawful.”
The Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women dedicated to our Patronesses, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Theresa the Little Flower and St. Joan of Arc, are comprised of affiliated Auxiliaries of the Knights of Columbus Councils.
Our purpose is to:
- Promote the spiritual, social and charitable welfare of our members
- To instill a steadfast conviction relating to the proper place and function of Catholic women in safeguarding the religious, civil and economic rights of all Catholics
- To rely upon the intercession of Mary, our Mother and Model, for guidance in guarding the common good, and to work through her, on loving and aiding all members of the human family and to give assistance to the Knights of Columbus in all their activities upon request.
For more information, contact Sue Cipparone ([email protected], 703-580-6406).
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal service organization of practicing Catholic gentlemen dedicated to supporting our clergy, church, community and country. The organization is founded on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the church.
We offer self-fulfillment through donation of time and talents wherever needed and wholesome fellowship with congenial companions who share the same beliefs and duty to God. The Knights meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Knight’s Hall in the Parish Center. Some specific volunteer opportunities are: food preparation and service at parish, holiday food baskets for the needy, support of the Women’s shelter, collection of funds to assist persons with intellectual disabilities, sale of fireworks, wheelchair ramps, family activities, youth activities, vocations, and support of many parish events. Join the Knights for the experience of a lifetime.
The last two years of the 2020-2022 Covid-19 pandemic has prevented us from in-person fellowship. Here in the winter of 2022, the ministry is regrouping and renewing our commitment to faith and fellowship. The Ministry is “ramping up” using the capabilities of Flocknote to distribute content and input materials for our Zoom discussions. Our hope is that come Springtime 2022, we will resume inperson meetings – while still using Flocknote for our digital connection.
What can you do now? Use one of the above buttons to sign up and join the Minstry via Flocknote or email us directly via the other button.
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
For more info on the Ladies AOH, please contact Collette White ([email protected]).
Student Irish History Writing Contest
Middle and High School students are invited to submit an essay for entry into a national contest. Cash prizes will be awarded! The deadline for entry is November 15, 2017. Please click on the link below to download the brochure.
The Craft Ministry meets the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the 5th Grade Classroom, from September – May. Please join us if you are interested in sewing, knitting, quilting, or crocheting, etc. to help spread God’s love and comfort to those in need. All adults are welcome.
The Craft Ministry provides adult and childrens’ baptismal stoles in unique, beautiful designs. Members have also created prayer shawls, altar decor and other projects as needs arise.
Women’s Group has evolved over the years from a mom’s group to include women of all ages and different stages of life, which makes for wonderful conversation and camaraderie. Childcare is offered for a small, additional fee to allow mothers with small children to fully participate. The ladies meet once or twice per month on Thursday mornings, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am for socialization, prayer and discussion based upon a selected spiritual book. Registration for Women’s Group is $20 for the year, plus an additional fee of $20 if you need childcare.
New members are always welcome! Please contact Sheila Noble for more information and the meeting schedule.
Women’s Group Resources
The 99 is an invitation to examine your life of faith, beginning with where you are right now. Drawing on more than twenty years of ministry experience, author Mark Hart invites us to face the issues that are necessary for living a fulfilling life within the flock of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. With doses of humor and easy-to-read style, The 99 Handbook makes the case that a life of faith—a personal relationship with Jesus—is necessary, reasonable, and rewarding. It also shows that evangelization is an essential calling of every Christian.
So these sessions are for both the ninety-nine and the one. It is about being lost and being found … and then seeking more. It is about our relationship with Jesus and re-engaging with who Jesus is. It ultimately asks, “Do I believe Jesus makes a difference in my life? If so, how do I live this difference and share it?”