September 3, 2017

Wow, wow, and wow! Thank you so much to everyone who made our campus cleanup day an overwhelming success! I was blown away by the turnout, the work that was done, the people who brought food, and the community feeling that abounded. Plus, I had several people stop me asking
that we do another because they wished they could have participated. A special thank you goes to Mary Beth Rushé for organizing so much of the day. Make sure you look at the video screen by the Welcome Desk to see pictures or visit our Facebook page.
Ministry/Discernment items and dates to keep in mind:

High School Students: Faith Afloat, a cruise on the Gateway Clipper Empress, October 15, register online as an individual by October 2 or sign up at the Welcome Desk.

High School Men: Come and See Event at Saint Paul Seminary: September 16. Register online but please also let Fr. Ken ( know you are attending.

Any Adult: Stephen Ministries, September 23. Stephen ministers are well-trained lay caregivers who provide high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing various difficulties in life. They may be best described as the after-people−those who come alongside a person after a crisis occurs and walk with them for as long after as necessary. Pick up an informational packet at the Welcome Desk and register with the Parish Center Office, or the Welcome Desk, by September 13.

All Women: BRAVE: Fighting our daily battles with grace: This is the first-ever Catholic Women’s Fellowship Conference being held in the diocese on November 18, 2017, at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School. Amidst a world with conflicting ideals about womanhood and in the face of our own sins, we find that it’s easy to give in to our struggles, fears, and temptations. But now, perhaps more than ever, our world needs us — strong, intelligent, holy women — and it needs us to be BRAVE! Come together with women from all over the diocese and all walks of life to connect, pray, celebrate the sacraments, enjoy practical, inspiring talks, and (best of all!) spend time with the Lord.

Intentional Disciples: Missionary Discipleship Collaborative: Have you already taken the journey to becoming an Intentional Disciple? If so, you may have discovered that as a disciple of Jesus Christ it can be lonely territory. The opportunities for continued growth can be hard to come by; however, in response to this reality, the School of Missionary Discipleship in the Secretariat of Leadership Development and Evangelization is offering On Fire! A Missionary Discipleship Collaborative for disciple leaders for a Church Alive! Over the course of six months, participants receive the tools to discover who they are, how to persevere in their faith, and how they are being called to follow Jesus more closely. If you are interested in this collaborative, please stop by the Welcome Desk for an informational flyer and contact Fr. Ken ( to discuss your possible participation.

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