Advent Challenge Update
Adoration will be offered during Advent every Friday, from 7:30pm to 12:00am (Midnight). Just a reminder that St. Philip has received the Advent "Challenge" to visit the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration, even for just 5 minutes, every Friday.
If you are able to visit for more than 5 or 10 minutes, please consider signing up for thirty minutes of adoration during one of the Fridays of Advent. We are currently in need of at least 16 people (more will be welcomed) to sign up for the 16th and/or the 23rd.
Here are Your Advent Challenges
The first Advent Challenge is Advent Adoration. During this Season of Advent we will have Adoration every Friday from 7:30 to midnight. The "Challenge" is to visit the Blessed Sacrament during this time, even for just 5 minutes, every Friday.
The second Advent Challenge is Daily Mass. The "Challenge" is to attend Daily Mass at least once a week. To help meet this challenge, we are adding an extra Mass to the schedule: Every Friday at 6:15am we will have a Rorate Caeli Mass, which is a special Mass in honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, one that may only be celebrated during the Advent Season. Daily Masses are also offered at 9am and 7pm.
The third Advent Challenge is FORMED.
You may recall that I wrote about Formed in the Bulletin last weekend, and I mentioned the presentation on FORMED
, which was held November 22nd. If you missed it, please take a few minutes to learn about FORMED by reviewing the information on the FORMED page on our website, and then sign up for your free access.
- Learn more about FORMED at this weekend's Donut Sunday.
Sign up for FORMED at Donut Sunday and you could win a great prize. Already signed up? You can also enter the prize drawing at Donut Sunday. Just drop by the FORMED table and fill out an entry form.
God Bless you all, and Happy Advent!
St. Philip Offering Rorate Caeli Masses
This Advent we will have Rorate Caeli Masses here at the Parish. Theses Masses, offered only during Advent, are celebrated in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Traditionally they are offered at sunrise and lit only by candles.
These Masses will be celebrated Ad Orientum, and will be bilingual (English and Latin). They will be celebrated on Friday mornings during Advent at 6:15AM.
Welcome Bishop Michael Burbidge
Peace to you from the rectory. Bishop Michael Burbidge was installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Arlington on Tuesday, December 6 at St. Thomas More Cathedral. This was quite a momentous event – the last time we had a new bishop was in 1999, and the times before that were in 1983 and 1974.
While it wasn’t be possible for most to witness the installation of Bishop Burbidge in person, our new Bishop has arranged to meet the members of his diocese in other ways. In early January, he will be holding seven “Deanery Masses” throughout the Diocese of Arlington, to be concelebrated by the local priests and attended by the parishioners of each area. The Mass for our region will be at St. Thomas More Cathedral, on Tuesday, January 10 at 7 pm. Following the Mass, there will be a reception with the opportunity to meet the Bishop. If you cannot make it to that particular Mass, you might be able to attend another Deanery Mass somewhere else in the diocese. There are flyers on the vestibule pamphlet rack with a listing of the dates and locations for all these Masses.
It is a sign of genuine interest in us that Bishop Burbidge has scheduled these Masses so as to meet his people. What an inspiration that our new Bishop wants to get to know his flock right away! On our part, we need to pray for him, asking of God that he be endowed with strength, wisdom and love, so to lead us faithfully in the ways of the Good Shepherd for years to come. St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!
Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue
St. Philip Has a New e-Giving Provider
In an effort to be the best stewards of your financial gifts, we have we have decided to change our online giving provider from Faith Direct to Parish Giving. Please sign up for our new provider by Nov. 30
Parish Giving is a leading provider of secure, user-friendly online giving systems specializing in religious and charitable organizations. We hope you will find that using the Parish Giving program will be more convenient. You maintain full control over your account so that you can change your offering as needed. You will be able to generate a giving report, contribute to Christmas and other special collections, and change the method and/or timing of the billing.
Please enroll as soon as possible. After you enroll, please make sure to discontinue your account with Faith Direct by logging in to your account or calling them at (703) 519-5710.
Food Pantry Needs Your Support
The greatest need is spaghetti sauce, cereal, oil, jelly, condensed soups. Also needed canned meat, canned fruit, peanut butter. We do not need ramen.
Please do not bring in expired food items. They will only be thrown away.
Volunteers are also need on Sundays to take food to pantry; during the week to stock or bag; and Saturdays to distribute.
Food is distributed pm the 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 10-11:30am. For more information, see our webpage.