At the Board meeting held on Sept 19, the Dignity NoVA Board set the schedule for the fall.  

We continue to solicit candidates for the Board.  If you wish to run for the Board, please respond to this email, or let the Secretary, John W, or one of the other Board members know by September 30 when the nomination period closes.  The current Board will run again for election, but new members are needed to bring some fresh ideas to the Board.  Of course, all Board meetings are open and members are encouraged to attend and participate.


There will be a Blessing of Animals during mass next Saturday, Oct. 3.  As in the past, please bring pictures only.  There will also be a special collection that day to collect money to be split evenly between the Arlington and Alexandria Animal Shelters.  The Board authorized up to $250 to match any special donations received that day.  

Oct 3 will also be our First Saturday collection for the Food Bank at OLQP.   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.  Thank you for your continued support of this most important D/NoVA initiative.​  


On Thursday, October 8 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, the 2nd Annual NOVA Pride Multifaith Worship Service will be sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Held during the week following the 2015 Northern Virginia Pride Festival, the theme of the service is The Faithful Road; A Shared Journey of Gratitude and Commitment. The service will be held at Host Congregation: Unity of Fairfax;  2854 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA.  Join with people of faith to gather in gratitude for gains in LGBT civil rights, the opening of doors of a growing number of faith communities, and to celebrate the 2nd Annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Founded in 2006, POFEV is an interfaith network of clergy and lay people working together for greater welcome and affirmation in faith communities and civil equality for LGBT Virginians. 


On October 10, we will join with other Dignity Chapters to celebrate Solidarity Sunday.

On October 17, we will have a  bring your friends to church event.  Please reach out to old and new members as well, and invite then to join you at mass and at the pizza party we will be sponsoring after mass. 

On Sunday, Oct. 18, we will have a movie and meal afterwards.  Details to follow.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Walk to End HIV.  (See below for registration information.)

During November, we will have our Book of Remembrance.

​On Saturday, 11/7​, ​we will have a special mass ​In honor of Veterans Day ​with​ patriotic music​.​

​On ​11/14​, we will have our Annual Meeting ​following mass at ICOH ​with a ​dinner to follow​.​

​On 11/21​, we will honor  Transgender Day of Remembrance​.​

​On11/29​, we will celebrate World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and First Sunday of Advent​.​

​On 12/20, ​ we will have a  Penance Service​.​

​On ​12/24 (Thur)​, we will have our Christmas Eve mass and social starting ​probably at 7:30 pm​.​

D/NoVA has joined with DW again this year to sponsor a team in memory of Jimmy DePersis in the Whitman-Walker Clinic's Walk to End HIV on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Our joint Copper sponsorship includes 20 free registrations on a first come, first served basis. To register for the Walk and/or to just donate money to our team, follow these instructions:
Then, click on Register,  Walker,  Join a Team,  Search under "Find a Team to join",  Scroll thru the list and click on Dignity Washington and Dignity NoVA,  click "continue to next step",  enter an amount such as $25.00,  click on appropriate "shirt size",  review and agree to terms and conditions,  click continue to next step,  log in or enter ID info,  click continue to next step,  registration is free for the first 20 people who sign up.    You can enter an amount you want to contribute (or not) and  then enter promo code DIG15 and click "apply"   The $25 registration fee should be removed.  Then you can enter your credit card number if you want to add a donation if you got the free registration.  Click continue to next step,  read the letter; then review the info you entered and click "complete registration".  Please respond to this email if you encounter any problems registering and we will try to help.
At the Board meeting held on Sept 19, the Dignity NoVA Board also voted unanimously to adopt the statement on Sacramental Equality which was passed at the recent DignityUSA convention in Seattle.  The statement reads as follows:  

“DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our Roman Catholic Church to ensure that all of the sacraments of our Church be administered regardless of the gender identity, sexual orientation, or relational status of the person(s) seeking the sacrament.”


Dignity/Houston has shared with us  Family 2.0: We Are All Called to Be Family, an essay (see attached) by Kathleen Fallon, a Dignity/Houston member in honor of the World Meeting of Families. Kathleen is a professional Social Worker in the Houston area, as well as a member of Fortunate Families and PFLAG in addition to being the mother of a proud gay man. As this work is licensed under a Creative Commons license, you are free to duplicate it as long as you give attribution and do not alter it.




This Saturday, 9/5, we will have our monthly our collection of food and other items for the OLQP Food Bank.   The OLQP Food Drive does not provide for the current demand -- an average of 170 bags of food are distributed to area residents each week to help supplement their grocery needs; nearly 9,000 bags a year -- making food donations necessary throughout the month. Contents of our food bags include cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, meat or tuna, pasta, pasta sauce or tomato products, macaroni and cheese, rice, and beans. Participants are also offered a choice of finely ground corn flour for making tortillas or vegetable oil. Many weeks there are also produce items and bread. 
It is election season once again at D/NoVA.  All officers and board member positions are up for election for a term of one year starting January 1, 2016.  According to our bylaws, nominations for the board are due to the Secretary by September 30, 2015.  All individuals who have been a members of D/NoVA since March 31, 2015 are eligible to hold a position on our board.  
No third party nominations may be made without the consent of the potential candidate. All candidates for office must submit a written statement to any incumbent member of the BoD or to the Secretary.  The written statement must include the candidate's name and address, an indication of the office sought, and a brief statement of qualifications and reasons for seeking office. 
Such statements can also be submitted by mail to the Dignity NoVA at P. O. Box 100566, Arlington, Virginia 22210-3566. These mailed statements must be received by September 30. In the event that there is not at least one candidate for each Officer and/or Director position, the Secretary may extend the deadline for nominations up to and through the date of the election.
After all nominations are received, the Secretary will determine and announce the form of election which will be dependent on whether there are any contested board positions.  If there is a contested election, the Secretary will announce the details.  If there is no contested election, the date of the election which will coincide with our Annual Meeting in October or November.
We have received some positive response to our proposed  group to attend the Signature Theater production of "La Cage Aux Follies".  At present, it appears that there is some agreement to attend the performance on June 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm, but we have less than 10 people interested so far.  Tickets will probably be about $100 each.
Since the survey was anonymous, please let the Treasurer know if you are interested in joining the group.  Once we know who is interested in buying tickets this far in advance, the group can decide if it is worthwhile or not.  There is a discount for groups of 10 or more people.  Ticket exchanges may be possible if it turns out that you are not able to attend the June 3, 2016 performance. However if the exchange drops the group number below 10, then everyone would have to pay an upcharge and loose the discount.
Believe it or not, the theater says that some evenings are already sold out for this show and that tickets are "a little tight" for June 3.  So we must act on this soon or just forget about trying to do the group event. 
There will not be a D/NoVA mass this Saturday, July 4, 2015, at ICOH.
It's a busy time of year, but the U.S. Supreme Court schedule calls us together!  As we approach the U.S. Supreme Court hearing of the four marriage equality cases on April 28th, you, your friends, and your faith community are invited to be part of the Interfaith Prayer Service sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. The service is:


Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00pm
Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington
(Parking on South Garfield Street)


There are a number of ways you can support this important effort:
  1. Commit to attend the service. Invite friends and neighbors to join you. Clergy need to know that Virginians want them to speak out for LGBT lives.
  2. Invite your clergy to participate.  Attending clergy will be asked to sit together and join voices together for a reading. Ask clergy to contact for more information.
  3. Invite your faith community to be included on the list of congregations who support the service. This list will be included on the event Facebook page, on flyers to be posted to the general public, and on the program distributed at the event. To be listed, email with the exact listing, including website address and Facebook page address.
  4. Promote the service.
    a.  Share on your Facebook page. Service event can be found Invite friends and contacts to like the page and come to the service.
    b. Post full-page flyer (attached) in your faith community, in coffee shops, community centers, libraries....any place with a bulleting board!
    c. Organize a group to car pool together to the service.
  5. Volunteer to help at the service.  Greeters and ushers are needed! Contact
As part of the service, we will create a banner of names to be carried to the steps of the Supreme Court. Join in to lift up LGBT loved ones and their families, our children, our grandchildren, and all who seek to live in a world where all individuals and families are honored.  On Tuesday morning, April 28, we will meet at the corner of Maryland Avenue NE and First Street NE with the banner.
Hope to see you on April 26 and April 28!
Elizabeth and Kim
Elizabeth Fogarty and Kim Moeller
Organizing Team Members
Northern Virginia Network
People of Faith for Equality in Virginia
703-975-3904 mobile
650-283-4148 mobile 

Keeping Faith: Interfaith Prayer Service to Embrace the LGBT Communities before the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Cases

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00pm
Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington
(Parking on South Garfield Street)
On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments whether same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry and if state anti-marriage laws should be struck down as unconstitutional.
Join with Northern Virginia faith communities to embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities at this hopeful and vulnerable time.
Supporting faith communities include:
·         Congregation Etz Hayim, Arlington        
·         Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale
·         Clarendon Presbyterian Church, Arlington
·         Commonwealth Baptist Church, Alexandria
·         John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Annandale
·         MCC of Northern Virginia, Fairfax
·         Bethel United Church of Christ, Arlington
·         Emmaus United Church of Christ, Vienna
·         Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria
·         Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington
·         St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston
·         St. George's Episcopal Church, Arlington
·         Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church
·         Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
·         Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton
·         Unity of Fairfax, Oakton
Additional faith communities are expected to add their support.
Please note: Those who identify as male are asked to cover their heads with kipot. Congregation Etz Hayim will provide an ample supply for all to use. Those who identify as female are invited (though not required) to do the same.
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Founded in 2006, POFEV is an interfaith network of clergy and lay people working together for greater welcome and affirmation in faith communities and civil equality for LGBT Virginians.
Thanks to all those who were able to attend our Easter Vigil mass and who brought wonderful goodies to share after mass.  A special thanks to Harry and Kevin for all their efforts to make it work.  Another special thanks to Father Joe for arranging for the venue and presiding at mass.  And thanks to all those who pitched in to do what was necessary to make our Easter Vigil a great success.
From Father Joe's homily:
Robert Browning (1812-1889)

        from Pippa Passes

    The year's at the spring
    And day's at the morn;
    Morning's at seven;
    The hillside's dew-pearled;
    The lark's on the wing;
    The snail's on the thorn:
    God's in His heaven—
    All's right with the world!

This Saturday, 4/11/15, at ICOH, will be our First Saturday collection for items for the Food Pantry at OLQP.    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.

We need to start mass as near as possible to 6:30 pm on Saturday so please make every effort to be a few minutes early.

After mass, Father Joe will present the first of our 6 sessions on the seven sacraments.  Each session will last about 15 or 20 minutes.  You can brush up on the seven sacraments of the Church here:

The Dignity USA 2015 Convention in Seattle, WA.
Early Registration Period for Convention Extended!   

Good news for procrastinators! There is more time to get the best available rate for the DignityUSA Convention July 2-5, 2015 in Seattle! The Early Registration deadline is now April 15, 2015. Visit the Convention website for the schedule, information about our incredible speakers, and great ways to experience all that Seattle has to offer. And, of course, you can register there and book your hotel room, as well. You can also contribute to the scholarship fund, sponsor an event, or send a message of support to your favorite conventioneer(s).

The hotel is filling up for the busy July 4th weekend, so book now for the guaranteed convention rate. See you in Seattle!

D/NoVA will have a penance service this Saturday, March 21, during our mass at ICOH starting at 6:30 pm.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Eileen H is organizing a movie viewing followed by dinner and discussion of the movie. Details to follow shortly.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire (Ret'd), will lead “A Conversation about Sexuality and Spirituality” at 7:15 PM on Sunday, March 22 at St. Margaret’s Church. Bishop Robinson was the first openly Gay bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church. Dignity/Washington is pleased to welcome him as part of the community’s Lecture Series.

This event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends to Dignity/Washington’s 6:00 PM Eucharist at St. Margaret’s church and stay for refreshments at the social hour and to hear Bishop Gene Robinson.

Dignity/USA Memberships
The number of D/NoVA members who are also D/USA members has fallen to an all time low!  It is crucial that we support D/USA with our memberships which cost $50 per year or pay what you can.  You can sign up to become a member of D/USA at the following web site.  Please be sure to indicate that you are a member of D/NoVA.
D/NoVA will sponsor a service on Holy Thursday evening, April 2, at 7:30 pm at Father Joe Hennessy's condo party room.  A light supper will be provided following the service.
The Easter Vigil mass will also be at Joe's at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 pm.  A potluck dessert social will follow the Vigil mass.
Directions are attached.
D/NoVA will not have a Good Friday service, but our members are encouraged to attend the DW service listed below.
The DW Holy Week schedule is listed below.  All are welcome.


Date Liturgy Time  Location More Information
Mar 28 Stations of the Cross 11:00 AM Franciscan Monastery 1500 Quincy St, NE Washington DC
Mar 29 Palm Sunday 6:00 PM St. Margaret’s Church Eucharist with blessing of the palms
Apr 1 Tenebrae 7:30 PM St. Matthew’s Cathedral “Shadows” Liturgy on Wednesday of Holy Week
Apr 2 Holy Thursday Agape Meal & Liturgy 6:30 PM St. Margaret’s Church Ecumenical Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the side chapel
Apr 3 Good Friday  7:30 PM St. Margaret’s Church Liturgy of the Lord’s passion with veneration of the cross
Apr 4 Easter Vigil  8:00 PM Universalist Memorial Church 1810 16th St NW Washington DC The Great Vigil of Easter
Apr  5 Easter Sunday  6:00 PM St. Margaret’s Church  Easter Sunday Mass

Join several D/NoVA members at the Dignity USA convention in Seattle from July 1 through July 5, 2015.

Visit the Convention website for information about the program, exciting speakers, the hotel, commemorative logo items, and more.  Read about the activities that will be offered before and after the convention.

Be sure to reserve your spot at the Convention 2015 All in One Registration Form.

Save by taking advantage of the Early Bird registration.  Early Bird Registration's last day is March 31st, 2015.

Dignity USA Webinar April 7th​

Please spread the good word of our April 7, 9PM Eastern QCF webinar. We're dedicating this QCF to an important discussion on how to inspire true diversity in our chapters and communities. We all desire greater diversity, we just don't always know how to go about making it happen. Gender, age, race, orientation diversity enriches us beyond measure. How can we realize it?


Hosting this QCF will be Martin Witchger, co-chair of our Young Adult Caucus. Presenters will be Ellen Euclide of Call To Action and the Young Adult Caucus, and

​ ​

Derrick Dawson, an organizer in the Chicago area. See their photos below. Please spread the news, will you? 



QCF: Unity in Diversity

Tuesday, April 7, 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific

Learn more and register here:


Mass this Sunday (Feb 22nd) is cancelled due to the weather.
The DW Financial Report for 2014 has been completed and will be distributed by email.  You can also see it on the Financial Reports page on this site.
Ash Wednesday services will be held by DW and St. Mrgaret's at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 2/18.
D/NoVA will distribute ashes after mass on Saturday, 2/21.
D/NoVA will have Holy Week service starting at 7:30 pm on May 2 and May 4.  DW will have a Good Friday service at St. Margaret's.  Additional information will be provided later. 
Father Joe H will present classes on the seven sacrements after mass each Saturday after Easter.
We will attempt to have our first Matinee Movie Sunday in March at Shirlington.  Plans are for a movie and dinner at a nearby restaurant to discuss the picture. 
We plan on having our Anniversary Dinner on Satirday, May 16.  Details to follow.




Dignity/Northern Virginia

PURPOSE: Dignity/NoVA's primary purpose is to sponsor a weekly mass in the Roman Catholic tradition for the local Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community of Northern Virginia. In addition to establishing a nurturing community for worship, spiritual development, fellowship and education, we seek to provide a healing outreach to GLBT Catholics by affirming that all people are children of God; and we seek to be a prophetic witness of Jesus' teachings and message to the Church, to the GLBT community, and to society through the spiritually unique and individual experiences of GLBT persons.

We are honored that you are visiting our web site. Being a religious organization, we are always striving to find new ways to get our message out to current and prospective members. This web site allows us to reach people we may never have been able to contact before.

Please use this site to access the information you need about the church and as a resource for broadening your faith. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have. .

PASTORAL CARE: If you need confidential assistance, call the Dignity Center number (202) 546-2235 and select Box #2. You will be put in touch with the appropriate person. All calls are kept confidential. If you have need for pastoral counseling, contact any of our priests.


Dignity Washington sponsors a mass for the GLBT community each Sunday night at 6:00 pm at St. Margaret's Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave., NW (Dupont Circle Metro). Additional information about DW activities can be found by using the link above to their web site or by calling the DW Information Line at 202-546-2235.