Prayer Vigil November 12, 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join us this Monday, November 12—as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops begins its fall assembly—for a special parish prayer vigil for the Church. We will pray for the blessings of the Holy Spirit, for the healing of victims, and to guide the bishops as they reflect and respond to the sexual abuse of so many children and others. The vigil, sponsored by the SJN Action Committee, is from 6:30–7:15 p.m. in de Sales Chapel. We will pray the rosary, listen to God’s Word, and offer our intentions to our loving Creator. For more information, contact

Welcome Reception for New Parishioners

For new parishioners and those who would like to learn more about the parish, we invite you to join us for a Welcome Reception to meet members of our staff and parish councils and also learn about the many liturgical, faith formation and volunteer activities we have available. Please join us on Sunday, November 18, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the auditorium for coffee and pastries. RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Les digo a ustedes que esta viuda ha contribuido mucho más que todos ustedes. Pues todos contribuyen parte de su abundancia; pero ella lo hace desde su pobreza y ha puesto todo lo que tiene, para vivir. 
(Marcos 12:43-44)

Jesús fue directo al punto–todos somos llamados a contribuir monetariamente a la misión de la Iglesia sin importar nuestras circunstancias. No hay donación pequeña o insignificante, colaborar para apoyar a la misión de la Iglesia local es parte de nuestra responsabilidad como fieles, como lo es orar y participar de los ministerios.

Grupo de Boy Scouts en SJN

Grupo de Boy Scouts en SJN ahora empiezan a aceptar niñas en su grupo:

La misión de los Boy Scouts es preparar a los jóvenes a tomar decisiones éticas y morales en su vida, por medio de instalar en ellos los valores de las promesas que se hacen cuando se hacen parte del grupo. Al principio sólo se aceptaban barones, pero ahora están aceptando niñas también tratando de expandir las oportunidades.  La tropa 124 es activa, cada lunes se reúnen para hacer actividades tales como: campamentos para niños de 4 a 6 años, campamentos de verano, oportunidades de promoción, cena anual del grupo, fin de semana para esquiar, escalar montañas etc…

Si usted quiere más información puede mandar un email a

Survivors of Suicide

Since 1999, families and friends of those who suffered death by suicide, gather around the globe for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, to remember their loved ones, share stories of healing and hope, and to offer one another support. An event will be held at the Fairfax Country Government Center on Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 703-853-9209. On November 17, may we all especially remember in prayer those who have died by suicide, and their beloved family and friends.

Volunteer Opportunities

Newcomers’ Welcome Committee Members Needed:
Are you interested in helping us welcome new members to our Parish? We are looking for people for our Newcomers’ Committee to perform one of the following tasks:

  • Make phone calls welcoming the new member(s) and possibly inviting them to meet you at mass.
  • Help wrap new member gifts and prepare welcome packets
  • Assist with set-up and clean-up for the welcome receptions
  • Attend reception and welcome attendees

Assists at The Closet Needed:

St. John Neumann is assigned two days a month when we are responsible to help sort and manage donations dropped off at The Closet in Herndon. Contact Jo-Ann Duggan, Director of
Outreach at

Christmas Outreach

Christmas is just around the corner and we are donning our elf hats to make the holidays special for children in need in our community. Here are two annual opportunities to help make this happen.

Gifts for Kids—Please check the rolling boards in front of the BrownMcCarthy Auditorium this weekend, for Christmas gift requests for children whose families receive help from the Cornerstones’ food bank Please take a tag and return your unwrapped gifts by November 25. Contact Linda Preston at or Mary Kay Crain at for further information, or if you would like to volunteer to help with this wonderful outreach.

Angel Gifts—Tags containing gift requests for the children at the Laurel Learning Center will be posted on the rolling boards in front of the auditorium next weekend, November 17–18.  Your wrapped gifts are due back by December 2. Please contact Maura Burke at if you have questions.

Many Thanks to Our Kairos Bakers!

The SJN “Blessed Bakers” baked over 600 dozen cookies for use in the recent Kairos weekends. That’s incredible! Please know how much your support means to us and the incarcerated men and women you help us serve. The Men’s Team was scheduled to go into Sussex1 State Prison, Thursday, October 25. However, that evening there was an emergency lockdown for the institution and the men’s Kairos weekend was canceled.

Your cookies went to five other institutions including the Virginia Correctional Center for Women (VCCW), Deep Meadow and Lawrenceville, having its first-ever Kairos Weekend. The Women’s Kairos Weekend was held as scheduled at VCCW, November 1–4.

Religious Christmas Cards

The Knights of Columbus Family of Man Council #7566 strives to Keep Christ in Christmas. In today’s society, this seems to be more and more difficult. Please join the Knights in their effort by supporting their annual sale of Religious Christmas Cards.

Did you miss the card sale last weekend? The Knights will be available after every Mass again this weekend, November 11–12, to help you make your selections. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase this year’s Christmas cards that share your faith with a spiritual message. Also, you can mail your cards with beautiful religious stamps now available at the post office!

Spring Theology Courses

Spring Theology Courses at Christendom Graduate School

Register now for the early-bird discount for spring theology courses at the Christendom Graduate School!

Courses are offered on campus in Alexandria and are also online in both live and prerecorded formats. Students will explore topics in sacred Scripture, Christology, philosophy, Church history, sexual and biomedical ethics, the Crusades, Latin and more! For details, visit or Courses may be taken for a Master’s degree or certificate. There is a special discount audit rate for catechists, seniors and religious. The spring semester runs from January 14–May 4.