Happy 4th of July. On behalf of the Priests of the Cathedral, we wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Even though school is over for this school year, the youth of the parish had a had busy week! Eleven STM teens joined ranks with 1,300 teens and adults from parishes around the Diocese during WorkCamp this week. Arlington Diocesan WorkCamp provides teens with the opportunity to experience direct service to the community within the diocese's boundaries. Campers working with licensed contractors help those in need by painting homes, fixing decks, and making repairs to homes. The life and spiritual skills learned over this week will last forever.
Additionally, twenty-six students attended Vacation Bible School this week assisted by thirteen parish youth and six adult volunteers. The students enjoyed learning bible stories, making crafts, touring and learning about the Cathedral, and many more exciting experiences. The week culminated with the students completing a service project by packing over 200 lunch meal packs for students in need. Thank you to all who donated items and helped make this service project a success.
Rev. Robert J. Rippy
Vacation Bible School (VBS) A Great Success!
Thank you to all those who helped made our service project a success! Campers were able to pack over 200 meal packs for Kids in Need. Watch the video and see them in action!
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and it is one of seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, whereby bread and wine are completely transubstantiated into the real presence of Christ. During Eucharistic Adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a monstrance (a vessel used in Roman Catholicism to display the consecrated Eucharist) flanked by candles in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by the faithful.
Why is Adoration so important?
Adoration is YOUR personal time with Jesus Christ. It integrates the entire faith community of St. Thomas More into prayer, uniting us in our intentions and concerns, increasing our prayer time and devotion. Many miracles and blessings have been associated with adoration.
Eucharistic Adoration is every Thursday from 12:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and adorers can either choose to commit for the same hour each Thursday, or they can simply stop by for a visit, no commitment required.
If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact the rectory at (703)525-1300, or email@example.com.
How Do I Arrange a Mass Intention at the Cathedral?
To arrange a Mass intention, stop by the rectory and speak to our receptionist Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The suggested stipend is $10.00 for each intention. You will receive a Mass card for each intention in which you can write the date and time of the Mass.
At the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, it is not our policy to announce at Mass the name of the person who is being remembered with a particular Mass intention. The Mass intentions are listed in the bulletin and on the website.
Want to learn more about the faith or RCIA?
Are you someone or know someone who:
1) has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
2) Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
3) Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist? Or
4) just curious?
Then join Deacon Christopher Tipton on either:
Wednesday, July 19th – 7:30-8:30 PM in Burke Hall
Monday, August 7th – 8:30-9:30 PM in the Rectory Conference Room
for any inquiry into the Rite of Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
No commitment required – an opportunity to ask questions.
Bring family, friends, or invite anyone who may be interested!
Register 2017 - 2018 CCD Program
Late Fees Begin 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 fee of $20 per family begins after July 1, 2017.
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.
Altar Server Schedule*
Listed below are some events sponsored by Youth Ministry. Click the
red link to register your child.
All rising 8th-12th graders invited. Meet in Burke Hall for a pizza dinner, talk, and game, followed by adoration in the Church.
Rising 8th-12th graders invited, for dinner, a movie, and discussion. Bring a comfy chair or beanbag!
Come relive the fun of WorkCamp with teens from several other parishes! Even if you didn't attend WorkCamp, come and see what it's all about. The night includes, Mass, dinner, a live band, and adoration. All WorkCampers, their families, and rising 8th-12th graders are welcome!
Come see Upper Room Theater Ministry's production of "Beauty and the Beast" on opening night! Founded in 2002, Upper Room Theater Ministry is a non-profit program that uses high caliber performing arts to inspire & uplift our audience, ensemble & production team with solid Christian values.
All youth and families are welcome! Cost: $25/person if signed up before
July 9, $35 afterwards.
If you have any questions, contact Michael Jacobeen to sign up for all youth activities, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cathedral will be collecting
new school shoes for children for back to school. House of Mercy located in Manassas is spearheading this effort. If you would like to donate a pair of new school shoes, please drop them off at the rectory by July 21, 2017. They are looking specifically for these sizes:
Sizes 5 - 11 in "Young Adult men"
Sizes 5 - 9 "Young Adult women"
Sizes 8 - 13 Men's (Hi-top sneakers, leather look Oxford type, low top boot)
Sizes 7 - 11 Women's (Hi-top sneakers, lace-up sneakers with "adidas" type stripe, boots with 1 or 1 1/2" heel, black leather-like flats, unembellished)
Cathedral Connection Submissions
Items for the Cathedral Connection
must be submitted to email@example.com by noon each Friday
in order to be included in the following week's edition.
All submissions must be in print-ready form.
Items received after this deadline will be held until the following issue.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Legion of Mary
Rectory Office is closed.
Arts and Crafts
12:30 - 8:30 pm
No Confession Available
Youth Ministry Pizza and Adoration
No events scheduled
Jr. Legion of Mary Rectory Conference Room
Coffee and Doughnuts after morning Masses
Credit Union Open
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Spanish Legion of Mary
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