Please continue to pray for Father Bob Fagan for a continued, speedy recovery. Also remember Ben Allen in your prayers. And remember Father Bob Nugent, the co-Founder of New Ways Ministry. Please use our Book of Prayer Intentions located at the back of church to enter your special prayer requests.
On Saturday, 12/7, we will be having our usual First Saturday collection of items for the OLQP Food Pantry. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable items are collected during Mass and delivered to the OLQP Food Pantry which provides close to 500 bags of food each month to our neighbors in need. Our donations are also shared with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Contents of the food bags include canned vegetables, soup, canned fruit, cereal, meat or fish, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans (bulk bags of both stretch our resources), and, occasionally, dessert. In addition, clients can choose to receive instant corn flour (i.e. Maseca) and/or vegetable oil.
Also, on Sat, 12/7, there will be an anointing service during mass @ICOH @ 6:30 pm.
On Sat, 12/14, there will be a gift wrapping party @Eileen's after mass @ICOH @6:30 pm. Please join your Dignity NoVA family for a Christmas party to share some holiday cheer and spread some good will to a few of our less fortunate neighbors. The festivities will be at Eileen's house, which is about 20 minutes from church. There will be plenty of food, holiday drinks and mirth for all and, as we think of others who are facing difficult times right now, we ask that you bring an unwrapped gift for a member of one of two families in need that we are adopting this season from Our Lady Queen of Peace. We may do a little wrapping at the party to get in the Christmas spirit. There will be more information on the family members to come. We hope you can come - it will be a great opportunity for friendship and holiday generosity. Directions will be provided.
On Sat, 12/21, there will be a communal penance service as part of the mass @ ICOH @ 6:30 pm. An opportunity for individual confessions after mass will also be provided.
On Tues, 12/24, Christmas Eve mass @ ICOH @7:00 pm with a brief potluck dessert social in the ICOH hall ending by 8:45 pm.
On Sat, 12/28 and 1/4/14 we will have our regular mass at ICOH @ 6:30 pm.
D/NoVA will not be having a mass on 12/25 or 1/1/14. Note that DW will be having a mass on 12/9 at the Dignity Center at 7:30 pm for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Also, DW will have a mass on 12/25 at St. Margaret's at 6:00 pm; and a mass on 1/1/14 at the Dignity Center at 7:30 pm.
At the D/NoVA Annual Meeting held on 11/23 a new Board of Directors for 2014 was elected. Congratulations to the new board members who assume their new duties effective 1/1/14; and many thanks from the community to Patrick McN for his service as a board member for the past three terms.
Thanks also for the $305 donated by members of D/NoVA for Philippines Relief efforts. The Board authorized an additional $300 from the Belle Fund for this purpose. Accordingly, D/NoVA contributed $605 to the Catholic Relief Services' special fund to help victims of the Typhoon in the Philippines.
In advance of the Bishops Synod on the Family scheduled for October 2014, the Vatican put out a world-wide call for parish-level input on a range of issues including contraceptive use, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, and the needs of families with children from unrecognized marriages. In some countries, including England and Wales, the national bishops’ conferences have created on-line surveys or other tools for Catholics to provide feedback. In the U.S., the Conference of Catholic Bishops decided not to circulate the questionnaire widely. This has frustrated many Catholics. So, a group of 15 Catholic organizations, including DignityUSA, has adapted the survey being used by U.K. Catholics for our country. The questions follow the basic structure of the Vatican document, but the language has been changed to reflect common parlance. The survey can be accessed at