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PTO Chatter 2/14/19

Dear OLGC Families,

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope today finds you all enjoying this day with the ones you love. Thank you to everyone who attended the PTO General Meeting on Tuesday night. I'm glad so many people were able to see our 7th graders hard work and hear from faculty members Dennis McFaden of O'Connell and Eileen Liberti and Michael Potter of Paul VI, and O'Connell students, Gabi Fronjosa, Luke Snyder, Madeline Clerici, and Rachel Ivany about preparing students for the transition to high school. Special thanks to Mrs. Luketic for all her hard work with the 7th grade Science Fair.

"Wildcats Got Talent" is coming. Our annual talent show is Friday, March 1st at 7 PM in DeSales Hall. Do your Wildcats and their Wildcat friends sing, dance, play an instrument, juggle, tell jokes, do magic? Then sign their act up now at wildcatsgottalent@gmail.com. There will be a practice on February 20th from 4-6 PM and a dress rehearsal on February 27th also from 4-6 PM. New this year, there will be drinks and snacks available for purchase at the show, including beer and wine for adults. In addition to general admission seats (free!), we'll even have VIP reserved seating. For $15 you can have the best seats in the house, a beverage ticket, and snacks. Please contact Sarah Kodrowski at wildcatsgottalent@gmail.com if you would like to reserve VIP seating or with any questions. Thanks to Sarah and her team for continuing this great OLGC tradition.

Peace,
Beth

MAGNETS! The large Paw Prints are back. You can buy them in the School office or at Friday carpool. They are $5 each.

Girl Scout Cookies: Troop 4363 will sell cookies at carpool this Friday. Get your samosas before they're gone!

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

New OLGC's Talent Show: March 1st 7-9 pm - Wildcats Got Talent - Come show off your skills! Looking for singers, Dancers, jugglers, groups, comedy acts, special talents, etc. All ages welcome! First Practice Date is Feb 20th 4-6 pm in DeSales Hall and Dress Rehearsal Feb 27th 4-6 pm. Event is March 1st, 7-9 pm in DeSales Hall. Signup today wildcatsgottalent@gmail.com

New DINING FOR DOLLARS – Wednesday 2/20 Put away the pots and pans and enjoy dinner at Panera on February 20th to support OLGC! Dine in or carry out from Panera in Vienna (136 Maple Avenue) and OLGC will benefit! Panera will generously donate a portion of the proceeds from in-store and online purchases made from 4-8pm to our school. You must bring the flyer or show an electronic version to the cashier when you place your order to benefit OLGC. If you are ordering online or Rapid-Pickup or Delivery be sure to enter "PRFUND" as your Promo Code to ensure OLGC receives a portion of your sale.

The next Dining for Dollars will be for MOD Pizza on March 19th. Thanks for your support!

Celebrate Fat Tuesday a week early with a pancake lunch sponsored by 7th grade! Celebrate Mardi Gras (a week early) on Tuesday, February 26 with a delicious pancake lunch from IHOP! To order go to the Pancake Lunch Order Form: https://www.olgcschool.org/news-post/~post/pancake-lunch. Friday, February 22nd is the final day to order!! No late orders will be accepted. If you have any questions, contact Moira Hayward at moira718@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed - Used Uniform Sale Team We're looking for a couple of volunteers to join the Used Uniform Sale Team. Volunteers are needed to set up, help during and clean up the sales (7am to 8:45am a few times a year). If interested, contact Jen Hoffine jhoffine@gmail.com

February Frenzy Tournament Concession Stand February Frenzy Tournament Concession Stand - Refuel at the 5th Grade Concession Stand during OLGC's House League basketball tournament. Mark your calendars...it's time to cheer on all those amazing 4th and 5th grade OLGC and CCF basketball players as they battle it out in the annual "February Frenzy" tournament at OLGC from February 22nd - 25th. Check out their mad court skills as they run, jump, score, and shine through this in-house, double-elimination tournament like no other. While you're enjoying the tournament, keep your family and ballers fueled both day and night with great meals, beverages, and snacks from our concession stand in the Counsel Room. OLGC 5th Grade students and parents will be hard at work selling food to raise money for OLGC and to help make this an unbelievable weekend experience for all. We hope to see you at the tournament! GO WILDCATS!

PARISH FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New OLGC Lenten Fish Fry - Volunteers Needed!!! Want to be a part of an awesome OLGC tradition? Please consider helping out during the 2019 OLGC Lenten Fish Fry! We currently have the first three weeks (3/7-3/22) positions posted and we will be adding more opportunities over the coming weeks. There are several people that would like to volunteer, so please only sign up for those dates/times that you know you will be able to help. New volunteers are always welcome and no experience is required. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4eacac2aa4f85-2019

New OLGC Open MIC, Saturday, March 2 Come and perform or enjoy the music at the OLGC Open MIC night on Saturday, March 2, in DeSales Hall from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. The "wearin" of the green not necessary. Refreshments will be served.

New OLGC Family Breakfast - Best Breakfast in Town – 2/17 This is the BEST event in town for $15 per family. Please join us on Sunday after the 930 Mass on February 17th for our annual OLGC Family Breakfast. (This event has combined the Father/Son and Father/Daughter breakfasts). Jennifer Joy Madden, one of our parishioners, is our guest speaker. She is an inspirational speaker and will talk to us about the importance of families and the digital age. Tickets will be on sale at the Welcome Desk or the Admin office, and online at https:// membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/2712. They will be available on a first come first serve basis.

New The Restless Album Release Concert on 2/18 at Jammin Java- Come celebrate the release of OLGC parishioners' new album at Jammin Java! The Restless includes two OLGC parishioners, Stephen and Jessica Ng, and have played at OLGC's Fall Festival as well as for other events. The album includes original songs that continue to draw from diverse influences as well as an innovative take on the hit song Oceans by Hillsong United. The Restless invites you to come celebrate the release of The Revolution is Love, to sing and dance along, and to join the discussion that these songs are sure to spark! Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at https://www.jamminjava.com/event/1814317-restless-revolution-is-vienna/

Prayer & Action for Hope and Healing Join us on Tuesday, February 26th at 7 pm in DeSales Hall for our continued discussion on OLGC's response for healing of the Church. Fr. Tom Ferguson, Vicar General of the Diocese of Arlington will be present to share what is happening on the Diocesan level and to answer questions. Please review the Q&As that have already been posted from OLGC and the Diocese on our website. https://www.olgcva.org/news-post/~post/prayer-action-hope-healing Please send any additional questions ahead of time to Director of Communications Irene Zaso at communications@olgcva.org

"Power Pack" Donations Needed - A "Power Pack" drive for needy Fairfax County Elementary school students will take place on Tuesday, March 19. All donations should be received at the Church or School by Sat. March 16th. More details can be found on the website https://www.olgcva.org/news-post/~post/power-packs

Help our area homeless by donating new socks and underwear!
Confirmation group 6 is conducting a sock and underwear drive for our areas homeless. HotHands hand and toe warmers are also welcome. New items only. A collection box will be in the school lobby as well as the administration building throughout February. Collection will end at the March donut social. All items will be given to the Lamb Center for distribution. Thank you for your generous support!

Calling all home cooks! - Marinated Mamas and Papas Do you love to cook? Marinated Mamas (and Papas) needs you! Be a part of a fantastic OLGC Tradition. Each year, the auction offers a chance to win dinner delivery for up to 6 people once a week throughout the school year! Dinner is home-cooked by wonderful people like you! Each cook will make dinner twice in the year and deliver it to the winning family. Since its beginning, Marinated Mamas (and Papas) has raised over $50,000 for OLGC! For more information, contact Amy at development@olgcva.org, or 703-896-7424.

Monthly Social and Service - Join us as we prepare a Lenten mailing. Please join us after Daily Mass on Friday, February 15, in DeSales Hall for our monthly Social and Service. We will be preparing a Lenten mailing to send to all parishioners. No experience is required, just a willingness to pitch in- even for just a few minutes. Many hands make light work! Snacks and beverages will be provided.

3rd/4th grade girls and boys – OLGC Volleyball registration OPEN Click here to register your 3rd/4th grade daughter/son for the OLGC House League co-ed Volleyball by March 1, 2019.

PARISH WORSHIP ACTIVITIES:

New Bringing old Palms - Palms to Ashes As is our custom, please bring last year's palms to be collected and burned. Baskets will be in the Narthex until March 5th.

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Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible - Tuesday Scripture Study The Tuesday Morning Scripture Study will begin a new series on Tuesday, March 5th. Participants will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 am to 11:15 am in the Brisson Room at St. Joseph Center. This eight-part study (30-minute sessions) provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. You will: 1)Make sense of the Bible and see how it relates to your everyday life; 2) Discover the remarkable connections between the Old and New Testaments; 3)See how the sacraments, the Church and our entire Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture... and much more! To sign up for this study and get materials, visit https://ascensionpress.com/studies/34824/registrations/new. For more information see our website or contact Amy Winkler at 703.896.7414/ dre@olgcva.org

Celebrating Married Life - Calling all Married Couples! Join us at the 5 pm Mass on Saturday, February 16th as the Church celebrates World Marriage Day in February! All married couples will receive a special blessing at Mass followed by a reception in DeSales Hall to celebrate the gift of marriage. "God unites husband and wife so closely in Himself, that it should be easier to sunder soul from body than husband from wife." ~St. Francis de Sales

Salesian Presentations - Continue February 20th!
Please join us at either 10 am or 7 pm in the chapel on Wednesday, February 20th 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.

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. Prior to the program, please join us for a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 AM.

COMMUNITY

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. 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.

Join us for a facilitated discussion focused on suicide prevention: 2/21 at 7pm in Desales for "A Conversation about Suicide: Warning Signs and Common Misconceptions" facilitated by Ms. Jessica Zappia, Bilingual Clinical Mental Health Counselor with Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington. More information click here.

New Looking for a summer camp for your 3rd-12th grader who loves acting, or wants to try it? Traveling Players Ensemble Summer Camp Check out Traveling Players, where kids get to rehearse and perform plays in the great outdoors. Sessions range from one to seven weeks. Buses to and from camp, Thursday night campouts, camping trips for high schoolers, professional theater staff, good counselor-camper ratios. Shakespeare, Moliere, Greek myths, commedia dell'Arte, more. High retention rate. Only a minority of their students major in theater in college, but those that do are getting into great schools, often with scholarships. This camp is also unplugged (no screens!) and older kids who travel with the troupes can earn service hours for their free performances. Scholarships available, www.travelingplayers.org