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Help Stop Dangerous FCPS Curriculum Changes

Tell the School Board to stop plans to teach ideology over reality

  • The Fairfax County School Board needs to hear from you before June 8.

The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee has recommended deeply disturbing changes to what public school students in the county are taught. The changes obfuscate the truth about human biology, sexuality and family life. Send your comments opposing these changes here: FLEcomments@fcps.edu.

The School Board is considering:

  • Using the phrase "sex assigned at birth" instead of "biological sex" to teach children that biology has no impact on being male or female
  • Teaching students about pre-exposure prophylaxis. Also called PrEP, this drug is designed for use by those who are engaged in sexual behaviors which put them at high risk of contracting HIV.
  • Removing "clergy" from a list of trusted adults with whom children should talk about their concerns regarding sex and sexuality
  • No longer teaching that abstinence is the only 100% effective method of preventing sexually transmitted infections or diseases

These recommendations are all available to review online. A PowerPoint presentation is also available.

Please take the crucial time to submit your comments on these recommendations to FLEcomments@fcps.edu. Find a suggested sample message below or use your own words.

Thank you for taking the time to address this important issue.

Please email your comments to FLEcomments@fcps.edu today!

Sample Message:

Dear School Board,

I'm writing to oppose the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee's recommended changes to the FLE curriculum.

Many of the proposed changes in the Family Life Education are disturbing, ideologically driven and do not reflect the truth about biology, sexuality or family life. I urge you to reject these recommendations for the following reasons:

  • The term "sex assigned at birth" is ideological and does not reflect biological reality. Children should be taught what "sex" and "gender" are in Family Life Classes consistent with what they are taught in biology classes. Sex and gender are not "assigned at birth," but are determined biologically.
  • Teaching about pre-exposure prophylactics is not something that should be included in high school. Teaching about these drugs may not reduce the prevalence of HIV, but could have the opposite impact: it could expose students to a false sense of safety. Please don't include this instruction in the FLE curriculum.
  • Children should continue to be taught that they can go to clergy with questions they have about sex and sexuality. Clergy provide guidance and support to children facing all manner of concerns, and should be included in the FLE curriculum as a resource.
  • If students are taught about possible hormonal or medical interventions as part of a "gender transition," they must be taught about the risks and side effects involved in these procedures.
  • In any grade where the use of contraceptives is taught students should also learn the risks and side effects that come with using contraceptives.
  • I object to the removal of language about abstinence being the only 100% effective method of preventing transmission of sexually transmitted infections. The only sexual behavior which is 100% effective in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections is abstinence.

Thank you for your time serving on the Board of Education. I appreciate you considering these comments. I urge you to vote to protect children and teach them biological reality over ideology.

Sincerely, [Insert Name of Constituent]

Thank you to the Virginia Catholic Conference, the public policy agency representing Virginia's Catholic bishops and their two dioceses, for this information. If you are not a member of the Conference's advocacy network, click here to receive regular Conference email alerts and updates.


New Summer Camp Options at St. Philip ECC

Programs offered for children 3 - 12

 
Signup is ongoing for the St. Philip Summer Camp Program. Just as our community has expanded and evolved over the past decade, our summer camp has also grown and developed. 
 
Once again, we are excited to offer a flexible and affordable summer program designed to be full of adventure, fun and learning for ages 3 - 12. Camps start June 11.
 
We will continue cooking once a week. We have also invited back Rufas Da Dufus from Magic Moments Unlimited, and the Incrediflix film making camp. We are also welcoming a new small business, Little Scholars. 
 
Continuing our tradition, campers will be attending Woodley Pool every Tuesday and Thursday once the pool opens. Contact Mrs. Shari Jeshow in the main office at sjeshow@stphilipecc.org for registration, 

Join Fr. Steven in Ireland This Summer 

Only a few seats left on this trip of a lifetime

Join Father Steven Walker of the Diocese of Arlington on an extraordinary motor-coach adventure through Ireland this August! Only a few of the 30 spaces are still available.

On this trip we will climb mountains and explore castles. We will experience the unique beauty of Ireland, visiting many beautiful towns, coastlines and historic sites. We will also visit the holiest shrines and monasteries throughout the Emerald Isle, such as Knock, Glendalough and Skellig Michael. Most importantly, Father will celebrate Mass for us throughout the course of the trip.

Complement all of this with luxury four-star hotels, private motor-coach transportation and private guides from start to finish and you have the trip of a lifetime. All for $3,595, including airfare!

View the full itinerary here.

For more information, talk to Fr. Steven or contact tour director Joe Long at jlong@prorome.com or (570) 309-1346.


We CAN Help With Your Job Search

Christians Are Networking Meets 1st, 3rd Wednesdays


Need some encouragement looking for work? How about spiffing up your resume? Wondering how to market yourself on LinkedIn or the many other job websites?

On the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Saint Philip's Church, we hold a low-key ministry - Christians Are Networking (CAN) - to help you on these and other issues when it comes to work. It is low-key because we offer no shouting or crowds fighting to get your attention. We offer an opportunity to discuss what's on your mind regarding your job hunt or an opportunity to share experiences with people who are there to listen to you.

Whether you are in a job hunt or looking for an opportunity to volunteer, please come to our meetings. We meet regularly (unless the school or parish is closed) from 7:00 to 9:00& in Room 5.

For more information, please drop us a line at CanStPhilip@gmail.com.


 
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Memorial Day Closings:

  • 9am Mass Only
  • Rectory Office Closed Sunday and Monday
  • All events cancelled on Monday

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30pm
Sunday: 8am, 10am & noon (English)
2pm & 4pm (Spanish)
Weekdays: 9am & 7pm
Saturday: 9am

Adoration

Wednesday: 7:30-8:15pm
First Friday: 9:30am Fridayy -- 8:30am Saturday
(Overnight Schedule)

Confession

Wednesday: 7:30-8:45pm
Friday: 9:30-10am
Saturday: 4-5pm &
7-8pm
Sunday: 1:30-2pm
First Friday: 7:30-8pm
Also available by appointment.

First Fridays

Confession: 9:30-10:30am & 7:30-8pm
Adoration: 9:30am Friday -8:30am Saturday (overnight)


Office Hours

Sunday: 10am-1:30pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am-9pm
Tuesday: 9:30am-5pm
Saturday: Closed

Parish Events

May 28

Memorial Day - Rectory Office Closed

All Day

Memorial Day - Rectory Office Closed
Time: All Day
  No Description Available
May 29

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis
Time: Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Location: Hayden Hall - Cafeteria
  C. S. Lewis was one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century. This four-week course will examine his work and thought.
Jun 1

First Friday Adoration

Friday, 9:30 AM

First Friday Adoration
Time: Friday, 9:30 AM
  9:30am with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and ending with Benediction at 8:30am the next morning.
Jun 2

Food Pantry Open

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Food Pantry Open
Time: Saturday, 10:00 AM
Location: Church Parking Lot
  The St. Philip Food Pantry is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10-11:30am. Donations and volunteers are always needed.
Jun 2

Baptism Class

Saturday, 10:30 AM

Baptism Class
Time: Saturday, 10:30 AM
Location: Room 5
  Baptismal Class are held the first Saturday of each month at 10:30am at Room 5.
Jun 4

Rosary Makers

Monday, 10:00 AM

Rosary Makers
Time: Monday, 10:00 AM
Location: Room 5
  No Description Available
Jun 4

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass
Jun 5

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis
Time: Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Location: Hayden Hall - Cafeteria
  C. S. Lewis was one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century. This four-week course will examine his work and thought.
Jun 6

CAN: Christians Are Networking

Wednesday, 7:00 PM

CAN: Christians Are Networking
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 PM
  An all-volunteer ministry, free and open to everyone, CAN provides a supportive environment where those seeking employment.
Jun 11

Rosary Makers

Monday, 10:00 AM

Rosary Makers
Time: Monday, 10:00 AM
Location: Room 5
  No Description Available
Jun 11

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass
Jun 12

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis
Time: Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Location: Hayden Hall - Cafeteria
  C. S. Lewis was one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century. This four-week course will examine his work and thought.
Jun 16

Food Pantry Open

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Food Pantry Open
Time: Saturday, 10:00 AM
  The need is year-round so please keep donating!
Jun 18

Rosary Makers

Monday, 10:00 AM

Rosary Makers
Time: Monday, 10:00 AM
Location: Room 5
  No Description Available
Jun 18

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass
Jun 19

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis
Time: Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Location: Hayden Hall - Cafeteria
  C. S. Lewis was one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century. This four-week course will examine his work and thought.
Jun 20

CAN: Christians Are Networking

Wednesday, 7:00 PM

CAN: Christians Are Networking
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 PM
  An all-volunteer ministry, free and open to everyone, CAN provides a supportive environment where those seeking employment.
Jun 25

Rosary Makers

Monday, 10:00 AM

Rosary Makers
Time: Monday, 10:00 AM
Location: Room 5
  No Description Available
Jun 25

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass
Jul 2

Rosary Makers

Monday, 10:00 AM

Rosary Makers
Time: Monday, 10:00 AM
Location: Room 5
  No Description Available
Jul 2

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

Family Rosary
Time: Monday, 7:30 PM
Location: Church
  Mondays after the 7pm Mass
Jul 4

Independence Day - Office Closed

All Day

Independence Day - Office Closed
Time: All Day
  No Description Available
Jul 4

CAN: Christians Are Networking

Wednesday, 7:00 PM

CAN: Christians Are Networking
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 PM
  An all-volunteer ministry, free and open to everyone, CAN provides a supportive environment where those seeking employment.
Jul 6

First Friday Adoration

Friday, 9:30 AM

First Friday Adoration
Time: Friday, 9:30 AM
  9:30am with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and ending with Benediction at 8:30am the next morning.
Jul 7

Food Pantry Open

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Food Pantry Open
Time: Saturday, 10:00 AM
Location: Church Parking Lot
  The St. Philip Food Pantry is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10-11:30am. Donations and volunteers are always needed.

 

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