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PTO Chatter 1/10/19

On behalf of the PTO Board, we wish you a Blessed, Happy, and Healthy New Year to you and your families!

The PTO Board is looking forward to a busy second half of the school year, and we hope you all will join us in our upcoming events:

We are still looking for someone to coordinate the Talent Show on March 1st. We will sadly need to cancel this year's show if someone cannot take on this role in the next few weeks.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Beth

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

New Adopt-a-Family Christmas 2018 A BIG THANK YOU to each of you for making a difference in the lives of someone less fortunate this Christmas season. Your generosity helped 99 families and 391 people celebrate Christmas 2018 with joy and hope. An additional THANK YOU for the toy donations from the OLGC school children and CCF children! The families in need were identified through Catholic Charities Counselors, Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services, St. Vincent de Paul, OLGC referrals, and 3 local elementary schools. Thank you to each of you for going the extra mile this year by volunteering your time, and your most generous donations. We wish each of you a Happy and Blessed New Year! Fran Davenport and Karen Booz

New Giving Tree KUDOS! As chairman of the Giving Tree program, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the students and parents who contributed to our drive for the under privileged of our community. A special shout out to Tina Wickham for leading the drive. Thanks Again - Mike Egan

New Snow Tubing at Boulder Ridge Returns! Join OLGC friends for a day of snow tubing at Liberty on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm. OLGC has 11:30am dismissal. Be on the look out for the registration link next week.

New Friday, February 1st is OLGC PTO Family Bingo Night, 6:15 - 9 PM in the Counsel Room! OLGC PTO Family Bingo Night, Friday, February 1st from 6:15 - 9 PM in the Counsel Room. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase until 8:30. $10 for a whole pizza, $2 per slice of pizza, and $1 for drinks, snacks and desserts. Games begin at 7 PM. Costs: $5 for regular Bingo, $5 for Special Bingo, $5 for Door prize drawings. Pay in advance through Faith Direct or RSVP here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944ada828a46-play and pay at the door (cash,check or credit card).

The Wildcat Fund for OLGC School - A Foundation for Annual Giving at OLGC School As a community, we are each called to offer our time, talent, and treasure in many ways. We now invite you to reflect on the impact that OLGC has had on your life, whether as a student, parent, alumni, or community partner, and support a new investment in the mission of our school. What steps will you take to answer that call? How will you give back? Contact Amy Schlanger, Director of Development, at 703-896-7424 for more information.

PARISH FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Annual Spaghetti Supper Annual OLGC Spaghetti Dinner - Sun., February 10 - 2 Seating: 4:30pm or 6:30pm
Join us for a homemade spaghetti dinner with meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert, wine & other beverages. Tickets are sold for the 2 separate seatings. The cost is $8.00 for adults; $4.00 children (12 years of age or younger). For the same cost, you can also purchase Take-out meals for pickup the evening of the event. 3-ways to purchase tickets for this traditionally Sold Out event: 1) at the February 3rd Donut Social; 2) on-line at olgcva.org or 3) in the Admin. Building Office or call 703-896-7402. To volunteer contact Anna Somers at 703-577-7414.

VBS Coordinator Needed! Might the Holy Spirit be calling you? Might the Holy Spirit be calling you? We are currently seeking a coordinator to organize and run Vacation Bible School for the summer of 2019. If we are unable to find a coordinator by February 1st, we will not be able to host VBS this summer. VBS had a great response last year and we are hoping to keep this experience going this coming year, but we need a coordinator and volunteers to make this happen! Please consider today whether you might be able to assist us in this ministry. Please contact Amy Winkler 703.896.7414 if you have questions, would like to explore this opportunity more in depth, or would like to sign up! Thank you for your consideration!

A tisket, a tasket, get your Auction Basket! Baskets for the 2019 Auction Gala will be distributed on Sunday, January 13th after Masses (or until we run out!). Fill an auction basket with new items (no used items) with a total minimum value of $75.00 and related to a single, creative theme. Please note: baskets will be limited to ONE PER FAMILY. Questions? Email or call the auction office at auction@olgcva.org or 703-896-7425.

New MARCH FOR LIFE The annual March in Washington D.C. on Friday Jan. 18th, 2019. We will celebrate a special Mass for Life here at OLGC at 11:00am. Our buses are filled. If you have any questions please contact Betsy Argauer at 703-255-3744 or betstim@gmail.com

PARISH WORSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Sign up for the Offertory - Assist with the Mass Volunteer to assist in our liturgy by bringing up the gifts at Mass. Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, special day, or just choose a day! When filling out the form make sure to submit it at least by the Wednesday prior to the date requested. https://goo.gl/HJPkwB

New Salesian Presentations Continue - January 16th Please join us at either 10 am or 7 pm in the chapel on Wednesday, January 16th for our monthly Salesian Presentation. The presentation will continue to explore our Parish Theme of Called to Holiness and the Salesian virtues that go along with us growing in holiness. Contact Amy Winkler at dre@olgcva.org or 703.896.7414 for any questions.

New Jesus, Church, and Me: Finding True North - MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR LIVE JESUS! 2019 Join us on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for the 16th Annual Live Jesus! event, a Lenten morning of spiritual reflection at St. John Neumann. The theme this year is Jesus, Church, and Me: Finding True North. Discover your True North, using the practical approach and guidance of Salesian Spirituality, through the teachings of St Francis DeSales from two different perspectives. First, the Rev. Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, a gifted teacher of Salesian Spirituality and senior member of the Oblates, provides the wisdom of knowledge and experience. Second, Joseph McDaniel, OSFS, a gifted Oblate Seminarian, brings the enthusiasm and optimism of youth to the Salesian perspective. Indeed, this is a unique opportunity for practical solutions to use Salesian Spirituality in our daily lives. Prior to the program, please join us for a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 AM.

COMMUNITY

New Intelligent Lives - Film Screening – 2/20 at 7pm Film Screening of "Intelligent Lives" - Bishop O'Connell High School is happy to host a FREE viewing of Dan Habib's new film, INTELLIGENT LIVES on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. This film is a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. The 70-minute film will be shown in the Bishop O'Connell auditorium, located at 6600 Little Falls Road in Arlington, and will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is open to the public. For questions, please contact Susan Rinaldi, Director of Expanded Services at Bishop O'Connell High School