During the Month of August there will be two special collections, the first on August 20, 2017 for Porto-Charities, Special Kids – Special Needs, and the second on August 27, 2017 for the Arlington Diocese Missions. The Cathedral will be giving our support this year to the Poor Sisters of St. Joseph Mission. Mother Maria Gonzalez will be at the Cathedral to present their mission here in the Diocese.
Porto Charities is a charitable organization dedicated to actively assisting us people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. It is their goal to raise and provide funds, resources, assistance, education, residences and overall improved quality of life for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Additionally, their objective is to promote education, awareness, friendship and social forums among members, their families and the community.
The Community of Poor Sisters of St. Joseph was founded in Alexandria (Virginia) in 1968. The good sisters established a child care center and opened their doors in September of 1970. St. Gabriel’s Day Care Center is named in gratitude after Archbishop Gabriel Maiorielo who was a providential protector to the sisters in the United States. He was father, mentor and guide to the Sisters, and provided everything they needed, whether it was material or spiritual. The Day Care Center located on Sano Street in Alexandria is fully accredited through the Commonwealth of Virginia and can operate within the County of Fairfax.
The charism of the Poor Sisters of Saint Joseph is Holy Evangelical Poverty: Conforming to the perfect example of Christ Filially obedient to the Father that is expressed in the practice of indiscriminant charity to all, with a particular devotion to caring for the poor, abandoned Children young people, the helpless aged and indigent sick. Their mission in the Church of God is to be proclaimers of the Good News of salvation.
Thank you for considering to support these worthwhile charities.
Rev. Robert J. Rippy
Ushers are part of the hospitality at the Cathedral. Our ushers faithfully perform their duties for our parishioners and guests during the weekend Masses, on Holy Days of Obligation, as well as at special and Diocesan Liturgies.
In addition to the more familiar tasks of taking up the collection baskets during Mass and distributing church bulletins after Mass. Our ushers carry out a number of important tasks to serve the parishioners of our parish. These include:
- Greeting the parishioners and visitors as they enter the church for Mass;
- Finding seating for congregants when the church is crowded;
- Helping the disabled and if requested, arranging to have Holy Communion brought to their pews;
- Ensuring that congregants are available for the Offertory Presentation of the Gifts; and
- Answering any questions that our parishioners or guests may have or directing them to the appropriate person if the usher does not know the answer.
If you are a caring, reliable, conscientious and dedicated person, the Usher Ministry will be very pleased to welcome you. Email Peter Bouffard firstname.lastname@example.org, he is always looking for new members.
Thank you to all the parishioners who donated shoes to House of Mercy Back to School Shoe Drive!
Allow yourself to be found, in particular by going to confession. In confession, we allow our Lord to find us, to remove the dirt, and to find that treasure, that "pearl of great price", and to have us to Himself more deeply.
“See to it That No one Misses the Grace of God” (Hebrews 12:15)
Do you have a desire to share Christ’s love? Do you feel called to connect with other women in our parish? Would you like to be a part of an authentic community of women who share Christ's love?
The Cathedral of St. Thomas More is discerning whether to bring Walking with Purpose, a women’s Catholic Bible study program to our parish, and we are seeking a group of women volunteers to lead the program.
Walking with Purpose features at-home study, weekly small group discussions and a monthly Connect Coffee event for a talk on a relevant topic. The program offers leaders an online training and mentoring program to help you shepherd other women and draw them closer to Christ.
If you are worried you do not have the skills to be a leader in this program, not a problem. Few things stretch and grow our faith like stepping out and asking God to work through us.
Say YES, and get ready to watch what He can do through imperfect women who depend on Him. Contact Iris at 571-334-9340 or email email@example.com for more information.
Don't forget to turn in your Mass sheets over the summer.Please drop them off at the Rectory. Also, don't forget to sign up for Youth Events to get your participation hours for Confirmation.
STM Young Adult Dessert and Discussion Series All young adults are invited to participate in a weekly discussion of St. John Paul II's encyclical Laborem Exercens. This 1984 encyclical explores the dignity and importance of work and is available for free on the Vatican's website. We will discuss one chapter a week. For more information on meeting location and times, please email Lindsey Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 1--Section 4, Rights of Workers
August 8--Section 5, Elements for a Spirituality of Work
Burke Hall will be closed for the month of August, therefore, no events will be held including coffee and donuts after Mass.
Register 2017 - 2018 CCD Program
Late Fees After July 1
Register for CCD Registration for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Re-Registration letters have been sent out to all students enrolled in the 2016-2017 school year. Tuition prices are $60 for one student, $110 for two students (in the same family), and $150 for three or more students (in the same family). $20 down payment due at registration; payment plans are possible.
Late fees have begun of $20 per family.
If you have not received a letter and would like to register, use the links below to print a registration form.
Registration forms in English
Registration forms in Spanish
New to the Parish? New to formation? Need sacramental preparation? Call the office - (703)525-1300 for more information.
Youth Ministry Events
Sign up for the following events:
Sign Up for 8/3 Prayer and Pizza
All rising 8th-12th graders invited. Meet in Burke Hall for a pizza dinner, talk, and game, followed by adoration in the Church.
Sign Up for 8/8 Washington Nationals Game
$10/person - All youth and families invited
Once you sign up for the event, you will receive a permission slip that needs to be completed and returned to Michael Jacoboeen with payment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Jacobeen at (703)528-7104 or email@example.com.
Altar Server Schedule*
Family Enrichment D.C.
Family Enrichment D.C. is launching a new course for parents of 0-3 year olds in Fall 2017. To spread the word about the course and the Family Enrichment methodology, we are hosting free demonstrations of the course throughout Northern Virginia throughout the summer. The course uses a case-study method to help married couples discover the main pedagogical frameworks and basic habits that infants and toddlers should acquire. The method fosters communication between parents and creates opportunities for them to meet and learn from other couples at a similar stage of parenting. For more information about the course visit the
Post-Abortion Healing Retreat for Women
An Entering Canaan Day of Prayer & Healing for women who have experienced abortion will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Come begin your healing journey and experience God's hope and mercy. You are not alone. There is hope. There is healing. For further information and confidential registration, please contact Project Rachel at 888-456-HOPE (4673) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Capodanno Mass
The Memorial Mass for Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. All are invited to attend the Memorial Mass on the 50th anniversary of his death. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the United States Military Services will be the main celebrant. Military members are encouraged to wear uniform of the day, and business attire is appropriate for civilians. If reserved parking is necessary for our disabled attendees, please email email@example.com. For more information, visit CapodannoGuild.org.
Expiration Date: September 4, 2017
Save the Date! Diocesan Pilgrimage 2017
Join Bishop Burbidge for the 2017 Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 14.
Our Diocesan Pilgrimage falls during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions in Fatima, when Our Lady called for worldwide prayers for peace. The theme for this year is “Totus Tuus; We are totally yours, Mary.”
Diocesan Pilgrimage 2017 Flyer English
Diocesan Pilgrimage 2017 Flyer Spanish
Adoration Chapel at St. Agnes Needs Your Assistance
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, located at Saint Agnes Parish needs your help. As you may know, due to inadequate coverage during night exposition, overnight adoration has been suspended since last September, and now your help is needed to restore and sustain it.
If you are interested in continuing overnight adoration please complete the Deanery 1 Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Commitment Form, and return it to Michael Sirotniak at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him at (703)525-1166 x 109.
Race for Seminarians Deadline
Don’t miss a great opportunity to support our future priests and get some exercise at the same time. Join the Race for Seminarians Team today (before August 15 if your preference is the Marine Corps 10K), and come to our Team Rally and Picnic on September 12. Get sponsored in your race, and all proceeds go to support our seminarians. Runners, walkers, donors, and cheerers welcome. Learn more at arlingtondiocese.org/RUN and register today.
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Legion of Mary
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12:30 - 8:30 pm
Youth Ministry Events
Pizza and Prayer
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Jr. Legion of Mary Rectory Conference Room
No Coffee and Doughnuts after morning Masses Burke Hall Closed
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