Seton Lake Ridge Christmas Tag Tree Program

To participate: 

1) Take a tag from one of the trees and purchase the item that is indicated on the tag.

2) Wrap the item and securely attach the tag, with the information sheet still on it, to the package. We need the tags to ensure that the right person gets the gift.

3) Return the gift to Church and place it under one of the Christmas trees in the Narthex no later than Sunday, December 6th.

If you have taken a tag and are unable to purchase the gift, please return the tag, in an envelope addressed to Human Concerns, to the parish office y no later than Monday, November 30th.

Questions? Please contact Betty Maher, Director of Human Concerns Outreach at, 703.494.4008, ext. 145.

Thank you for your generosity!


A Journey Through Advent &
Christmas Gift – November 21/22

Our Advent Gift to All Parishioners (one per family, please)

We will be giving out a set of advent candles along with a daily Advent devotional called “Miracles Abound” for  parishioners to use throughout the Advent Season. Pick up one set of candles per family from the tables in the Narthex after all Masses beginning November  21st/22nd.

This year, we are also including in the Advent Gift Bags, a gift by The Vigil Project—the “Ignite Your Parish” bundle.

In this bundle, you will discover music by The Vigil Project (a musical group dedicated to “helping to restore devotional prayer in the Catholic Church that deepens participation in the Sacraments and liturgical seasons”); reflections by Father Dave Pivonka TOR; and a devotional companion booklet (you will need to print it out) for you and your family to engage together. Our goal is to “ignite” a deeper spiritual journey through Advent & Christmas.


We encourage you to make this “journey through Advent and Christmas” one like never before!  

Questions: Contact Kris Fischer, Director of Evangelization at


Returning Home BackPack R.E. November Service Project

Returning Home Backpack Program

How to Participate:

  • Purchase a backpack and/or items on the list (see flyer on the R.E. table outside the Parish Office) or click here to print
  • Gather as a group to fill the backpacks
  • Pray for the incarcerated, the victims, the volunteers, the chaplains, and correctional officers.
  • Drop off your donations in the grey bins outside the Parish Office.

Questions: Contact Sheri Suess, Director of Religious Education


Nat’l Black Catholic History Month November

Statement From Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington,
on National Black Catholic History Month 

The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States has designated November as Black Catholic History Month. It is a special time for the Church in the U.S. to celebrate the contributions of Black Catholics to our faith and to society overall. 

Black Catholics have been a guiding light in the Church. We recount the contributions of individuals such as Fr. Augustus Tolton, who grew up as a slave in the 1800s but then became the first Black American priest in the U.S., and Sr. Thea Bowman, who fought prejudice in the mid-twentieth century. Let us also take time to seek out and learn from the experiences of Black leaders with us today. 

This year, we celebrate and honor Black Catholic history at a unique time in our nation’s history. The wounds of racism continue to affect our brothers and sisters in communities across the nation. Despite the progress that has been made, the evil of racism is with us today. 

In 2018, my brother bishops and I issued a pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” which urges ‘a genuine conversion that will compel change and the reform of our institutions and society.’ I recently announced the creation of a new Advisory Council on Racism to build upon the Diocese of Arlington’s work over the last few years. This council comprises Black clergy and lay men and women who bring with them extensive expertise to help us build upon the hard-fought achievements of the past. They will assist me, along with other leaders of diverse communities, to develop a strategy to implement the vision of this letter in our diocese. 

May we follow the lead of brave Black Catholic leaders and those who have stood by their side in calling for peace, justice and unity. We must remember that God has created us in his image and likeness. We are members of his Family, the Church. Together, by the grace of God, we can achieve greater understanding and unity that moves us forward in confident hope in the transforming power of Christ.

In the tradition of Fr. Tolton, “Follow not the well-worn path. Go instead where there is no path, and blaze a trail.”

To learn more about the contributions and inspiriting work of African-Americans, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops African American Affairs Recommended Readings About Inspiring African Americans here.


The Catholic Moms Summit
November 13-15

Find Lasting Balance, Peace, & Joy

FREE!  Register Here!

5 Reasons to Attend…

[FREE!] Inspirational, practical wisdom. 65+ women presenters will be going deep with honest conversations and practical use-it-today guidance on the issues we face as moms.

Connections. Invitation to connect with other moms from around the world in a private group that will remain open and active after the summit.

Convenience. While live events and conferences can be an amazing experience and will always play a role, the truth is they are expensive to attend, can be limited in scope and difficult for many to attend. The Catholic Moms Summit eliminates these barriers.

The All Access Pass. This pass includes lifetime access to all the presentations, the LIVE Main Events, interactive Workshops, an invitation to “The 21-day Mom Retreat” (Begins November 27th just in time for Advent).all for only $49.

Support the Presenters & Orgs. 100% of the summit proceeds go directly to supporting the presenters, ministries, and Catholic organizations during this difficult time.

Join the biggest ever gathering of Catholic moms that’s sure to inspire and equip you in ways you’ve never experienced!

Race for Seminarians

Please support the SETON LAKERIDGE TEAM! 

We are 16 members strong—including Father Bashista!  You can make a donation on behalf of our team through this link: and click on “Support a Participant”, then using the drop down menu look for “Seton Lake Ridge”.

Or look for one of the “paint buckets” in the Narthex with the Race for Seminarian logo and drop your donation there!  

Also, please pray for these men. This year’s Vocations Poster is available on the Vocations Kiosk in the Narthex or you can view the poster here! Vocations Poster

Here is a link to find out more about our seminarians.


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