PTO Chatter 2/7/19

Dear OLGC Families,

Please join us for our next PTO General Meeting, Tuesday, February 12th, in DeSales Hall. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the middle school science fair, so please come see the results of our 7th graders inquisitiveness and hard work. We will gather at 6:30 for a social half hour. We will have a brief business meeting beginning at 7:00 and then turn our meeting over to our speakers, who will address "Preparing Students for High School Science and Beyond." Mr. Dennis McFaden of O'Connell High School and four DJO sophomores and Ms. Eileen Liberti and Dr. Michael Potter of Paul VI will make brief presentations and then address our questions. Please come support the PTO and our 7th graders!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to work at or planned to come to our Family Bingo Night last Friday. Sadly, we will not be able to reschedule, but Bingo will be back in the fall. Please stay tuned for information about our next PTO event, the Variety Show, on March 1st!

Best wishes on surviving a full week of school! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


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


PTO Meeting: Please join us in DeSales Hall on Tuesday February 12th for our next PTO meeting in conjunction with the Middle School Science Fair. We have a social beginning at 6:30, a brief meeting at 7 PM, and then hear from science faculty at O'Connell and Paul VI high schools about preparing students for high school science and beyond.

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! Support the 7th grade auction project and order your pancakes today! 2 pancake for $5, 3 pancakes for $6 or 4 pancakes for $7. To order go to the Pancake Lunch Order Form: Friday, February 22nd is the final day to order!! No late orders will be accepted. Thanks for your support! If you have any questions please contact Moira Hayward at Disclaimer: Parents of students with allergies should visit: for a full list of allergens associated with IHOP pancakes.

New 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) and help sort and process donated uniforms throughout the year. If interested, contact Jen Hoffine

New 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'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!

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. Click on this link to register.


New Prayer & Action for Hope and Healing – 2/26 at 7pm in DeSales Join 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.

New "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

New Help our area homeless by donating their most needed items, 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!

New 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, or 703-896-7424.

New 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.

Vacation Bible School - Save the Date and Help Needed! Good News! The Holy Spirit has provided a Coordinator for VBS for us this summer! Terry Gaffney, one of our parishioners and CCF catechists, will be leading the efforts for VBS. He is currently drawing together a team of volunteers to run VBS this summer. If you are interested in assisting with planning or volunteering at VBS, please email him at VBS will be hosted July 15-19. More details to come!

Auction Updates Auction baskets will be collected on Sunday, February 10th between 8:00-12:30. Please bring your unwrapped basket and donation form to St. Joseph Center during this time frame. If you cannot return your basket on February 10th, please email for alternatives.

Seeking RCIA Sponsors - Inquire Today! Our Rite of Christian Initiations for Adults (RCIA) is currently seeking sponsors to journey with those who are preparing for baptism and full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA meets on Wednesday nights from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm and partakes in prayer, faith sharing, and exploration of the Catholic Faith. It is a beautiful experience to journey with someone as they prepare to receive the sacraments! Please prayerfully consider whether or not the Holy Spirit may be calling you join in this RCIA journey. For more information, please call or email Amy Winkler at 703.896.7414/ Thank you!

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.

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.
Purchase tickets 1) at the February 3rd Donut Social; 2) on-line at or 3) in the Admin. Building Office or call 703-896-7402. To volunteer click here.


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. The study will run through May. The series is entitled Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer. This eight-part study (30-minute sessions) provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the "big picture" of the Bible and understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father's unfailing love for you - a love that you are now called to share with others. 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 For more information see our website or contact Amy Winkler at 703.896.7414/

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 or 703.896.7414 for any questions.

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.

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.


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.