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Help Us Say Farewell to Mike and Julie Hayden This Sunday

After the 10am and Noon Masses in Hayden Hall

Peace to you from the rectory. It is with mixed emotions that I report that Mike and Julie Hayden are moving to Greenville, SC, on October 1! This is great news for them, but sad for us! They have been wonderful friends and extraordinary supporters of this parish for nearly forty years. Consider that nearly every major activity or development at St. Philip during this time has had their involvement – the parish advisory committee, St. Philip School, Corpus Christi School, the church renovation, the men’s group, and much, much more. Or consider that it is impossible to talk about the Parish Festival without mentioning Mike Hayden’s name – Mike and the festival are nearly synonymous!

There is no way we can let Mike and Julie go without first giving them a big St. Philip thank you and farewell. Make sure you can stop in at Hayden Hall Sunday, September 19 after the 10 am and 12 noon Masses to greet Mike and Julie, and to personally thank them for all they have done for the parish. And as you consider Mike and Julie’s big move, please note the timing: It lets Mike squeeze in one more parish festival! That means that if you miss Mike and Julie next Sunday, you still have the chance to say good bye to them at the festival on September 25.

Getting to Know Our New Youth Minister, Sister Marie Benedict

As promised in last Sunday’s bulletin, I have a few things to add to Sister Marie Benedict Elliott’s introduction.

  • Join Sister Marie Benedict, Father Will, and Sister Mary Kolbe Saturday for a bonfire and s'mores for our St. Philip youth in middle or high school from 7-8:30pm this Saturday, Sep. 18. Meet at the fire pit on the athletic field.

Recall from our announcements at Masses last weekend that Sister is our new Director of Youth Ministry. She grew up at St. Mark Parish in Vienna, VA, attended University of Virginia, and for the last ten years has lived in the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in Meridan, CT, where she completed her preparation to become a fully professed religious sister. During that time, Sister Marie Benedict also taught classes and conducted campus ministry at a nearby Catholic high school. For the coming years, Sister will be dividing her time between theological studies at Catholic University of America and the youth and their families of St. Philip Parish. Welcome to our parish, Sister Marie Benedict, we are so blessed to have you with us!

Countdown to Parish Festival: Updates

We Need You! Festival Volunteer Sign Up Now Online

To avoid large groups of people huddling around the paper signups, this year the signup forms are 100% online.

There are two menus available - one for the festival activities and one for baking/international dinner. The festival list starts with setup/cleanup, then is alphabetical for all the activities, starting with Bake Sale and ending with Ticket Booths. This list is long, so please take time scroll through.

We will also have people available to assist at all Masses this weekend. or you can email Yvette Purtill at ypurtill@gmail.com or Suzanne Webb.

Silent Auction, Catholic Store, Kids Store & Furniture Store Donations; Shed Now Open

Donations for the various retail activities at the festival can now be brought to parish. Below is a list of "stores" and directions to where to bring your donations. There is a list of accepted items outside the shed behind the convent you can review.

  • Catholic Store Items: Rectory during office hours
  • Silent Auction: Rectory during office hours ($25-$30 minimum).
  • Furniture Store: To the shed behind the convent
  • Kids Store: To the shed behind the convent

As a reminder, we are unable to host the White Elephant this year. Please support your neighborhood by taking yard sale type items to Unique or Goodwill.

Bake for Breakfast. Bake for Dessert.

This year there are two baking opportunities for the festival. As always, we request items to stock the morning Bake Sale. The second opportunity is to provide International Desserts for the International Dinner. Rather than purchase desserts as we have in the past, we are asking parishioners to bake something that reflects their heritage and the diverse nature of the parish. Use the Parish Festival Bake Sale Tab on the volunteer signup page.

Contact Suzanne Webb at Suzannedwebb@hotmail.com or 703-966-7589 to volunteer or with questions.

"40 Days for Life" Begins September 22

Join St. Philip in Weekly Rosary, Fasting and Pray to Stop Abortion

Help save lives by praying and fasting to end the injustice of abortion during the 40 Days for Life fall campaign, September 22 – October 31. On Sundays after the noon Mass, parishioners are invited to gather at the Angel Statue on the ;rectory lawn to pray a Rosary for life. St. Philip parishioners also plan to pray at the Falls Church vigil site at 900 S. Washington St. on Wednesday mornings at 9 am and Fridays at 5:30 pm. Whether you participate onsite, at church or from home, please pray for respect for life during the 40 days. For more information go to 40daysforlife.com or contact Susan Migliore at 703-538-2143.

Take Note

The 10 am Choir is Back and Needs You!

The 10 am Choir has resumed practice on Thursdays 7:45 pm to 9 pm. If interested in joining the choir, please contact Timothy Dusenbury music.stphilip@gmail.com.

Fr. Will's "Investigate the Faith!" Series Concludes

Fr. Will's talk series and discussion for those who would like to learn more about our faith concluded on Tuesday, Sept. 28, with "Is the Bible true? What is truth?" 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm in Hayden Hall.

Food Pantry Needs Update

St. Philip's Food Pantry is in great need of the following items: condensed soups, chunky soups, jelly and oil. Our Food Pantry distributes food on the first and third Saturdays of the month in the St. Philip parking lot, from 8:30-10am. You can help in the following ways: St. Philip Amazon Wish List. Find it here; Make a financial donation; or Drop non-perishable food or personal care items off in the collection bin located inside of the church entryway (to the right, through the double glass doors).

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