News and Announcements

Haiti Bercy School Sponsorship Weekend Sept. 23/24

Our Haiti Mission Committee continues to support the impoverished school children in Bercy, Haiti.

In the years since the devastating earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti in January of 2010, our fund-raising program has benefitted this small agricultural community with essential financial assistance. Your charitable contributions help to provide for the educational needs and to promote the health and wellbeing of the children of Bercy.

Over the years, we have helped to finance:

  • Student tuition, teacher salaries and training classes for the teachers and instructional assistants
  • Agricultural initiatives and school gardens to supplement the nutritional needs and provide hot lunches at school.
  • Construction of new buildings, classrooms and latrine facilities.
  • A new well to supply water on the school grounds.
  • The institution of clean water and hygiene programs at school and in the home.

This year following the disastrous effects of hurricane Matthew, our continued support is all the more critical as the region tries to recover. Please prayerfully consider contributing to this worthwhile program for the 2017-2018 school year. Our suggested donation amount of $150 will go a very long way in making this a great year for the school children in Haiti.

Our sponsorship program will be held on Sept. 23th and 24th. Please stop by our tables in the Gathering Space before or after Mass where our Mission Committee members and volunteers can assist you. We look forward to sharing our experience and telling you all about the progress being made at the school to educate and nourish the children


Hey High School Students……

Exact Instructions Challenge

I Scream, You Scream,

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Join us at Catholic Underground to see if you can win a prize for writing exact instructions for making an Ice Cream Sundae.  This will follow dinner and an introduction to the program. Please join us and bring a friend or two!

6:30-8:00pm —Youth Room— Sunday, September 24


The book club is reading a new book!

Join the Book Club on September 27

The parish book club will hold their first fall meeting on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in room five.  Members will discuss Fr. James Martin’s new book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity. The book is available at Amazon in print, electronic, and audio formats. New members are welcome. Contact Sue Bidwell if you have questions (


Lectors and Ushers Needed!

Would You Like to Serve the Church as a Lector or an Usher?

We are in need of additional volunteers

If you are interested in becoming a lector or an usher, please contact Dana at or Elaine at


RCIA for Teens

Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens

Classes begin in October

and will continue meeting on Sundays from 6:30-7:30pm

This is a class for Middle School and High School:

  • Teens who have never been baptized but would like to receive the Sacraments of Baptism,

Holy Communion and Confirmation; or

  • Teens baptized in another faith who would like to become Catholic or
  • Teens who were baptized Catholic who need to complete the sacraments of initiation

(First Holy Communion and Confirmation)

For more information and to register for class, please contact Betsy at


Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Study

Need a Little More Wisdom?

Adult Bible Study begins Wednesday, October 4th at 1pm in Room 3. This year we will look at Old Testament Wisdom literature that comments on both the mind of the Divine and also practical every day living. Come find out how to apply Scriptural wisdom in your life. We will study the books of Ecclesiastes and Wisdom, and the Canticles of Canticles.

For more information please contact Sue at


Help wanted – only once or twice a month

Help Wanted ~ Only once or twice a month~

St. Thomas à Becket is in need of volunteers to count our Sunday collections. Counting is done on Sundays from 9:30am to approximately 1:30pm. and on occasional Mondays beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Volunteers are scheduled through Sign Up Genius at your convenience and preference of dates.

There are several counting teams that volunteer on a rotating basis. Please consider joining this effort.

Contact Dana at 703.437.7113 or


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