Fair Trade Sale 2020

The Annual Fair Trade Sale, supporting SJN’s Care for Our Common Home ministry, runs Nov. 21–30. This year, the sale is virtual. While we will miss the colorful, festive opportunity to see each other while shopping after Mass this year, we have the added convenience of selecting thoughtful gifts from home. Read the flier.

St. John Neumann is a faith partner with Fair Trade Winds. The annual Fair Trade Sale is Care for Our Common Home’s only fundraiser for the year. When you shop online and use the code “SaintJN2020” before Nov. 30, SJN receives 10% of sales from all purchases.

For free local delivery, use code “SJNLocal” at checkout. A member of the SJN Care for our Common Home Ministry will deliver your package to you. Expect a call on Dec. 12 to verify the date and time of your delivery.

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Purchasing hand-made, high-quality, Fair Trade products empower those living in poverty to change their lives and their communities. This is a chance for us to act in solidarity with artisans all over the world who are also affected by COVID-19.

Why should I purchase Fair Trade items?

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Advent and Christmas 2020 at SJN

Originally published in BKSA18C, Liturgy Training Publications. Advent decorative banner; Mountains/ white road from the Yucatan

This page will be updated regularly throughout Advent and Christmas. All in-person events are subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actualizaremos esta página web periódicamente durante el Adviento y la Navidad. Todas las actividades en persona están sujeto a cambios durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Parish activities


Young Adult Ministry virtual Advent series, 7:30 p.m. beginning Dec. 1; email Eric Muñoz at emunoz@saintjn.org for details


Weekly bulletin reflections: Read a reflection each week of Advent and Christmas (Nov. 29-Jan. 10) in the online SJN bulletin

Livestreamed Taizé (Dec 1, 7:30 p.m.): more information to come

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass (Dec. 12, 7-8 p.m.): Sign up to attend in person

Livestreamed Lessons and Carols (Dec 13, 7:30 p.m.): more information to come

Parishioner-written booklet of Christmas reflections, sponsored by the Liturgy Committee: Sign up to write a reflection for a particular day; reflections due Dec. 4

Monthly Prayer Vigil, looking ahead to the 8th anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, and pray for an end to gun violence (Dec. 5, 4-4:45 p.m., in the chapel); email Ken Fredgren at fredgren.k@gmail.com or Bob More at rmore.paxchristi@gmail.com

Christmas Mass

Please call the parish office at 703-860-8510 to sign up for Christmas Mass (9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday) before the office closes on Dec. 23. Be prepared with how many people will attend, your Mass time preference, and if you need an accessible seat. The only way to sign up for Christmas Mass is to call the parish office.

December 24 December 25
3 p.m. 9 a.m.
5 p.m. 11:30 a.m.
7 p.m. 2 p.m. (español)
9 p.m.


Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Family of Man Council (Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in the auditorium): Sign up online using the sponsor code STJOHNNEUMANNVA

Angel Gifts Drive: Support the children at the Laurel Learning Center; deadline Dec. 6. Learn how to sponsor a child.

Fair Trade Sale, online Nov. 21–30 and in person at the farmers market on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, supporting the Care for Our Common Home Ministry

Diocesan activities

#JustOneYes Diocesan Advent Campaign (Nov. 29 through Jan. 6): Commit to a daily prayer, act of service, or something else. Sign up online.

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe with Bishop Burbidge for Couples Struggling with Infertility, Miscarriage and Infant Loss (Dec. 4-12): Text “novena2020” to 84576 or sign up online to receive the novena each day; email personal intentions to the bishop at familylife@arlingtondiocese.org.

Lessons and Carols in the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.): Sign up online to attend in person (attendees must follow COVID-19 protocols) or watch the livestream on YouTube.

At-home resources

Virtual Advent retreat, “In Her Heart,” led by Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ (Nov. 29-Dec. 2 with videos available online and on social media)

Advent activities for families from Strong Catholic Family Faith

Advent resources from the USCCB, including printable Advent calendars in English and Spanish, prayers, Living the Faith reflections, December saints, and Facts of Faith

Activities, books, prayers, inspiration, and more from Loyola Press

“A Thrill of Hope” newsletter: Sign up for “a collection of Advent and Christmas devotionals focused on bringing peace and hope to the holiday season”

Christmas Angel Gifts Drive 2020

“I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper.” Genesis 4:9

Photo by Eugene Zhyvchik on Unsplash

The Angel Gifts Drive is for the children at the Laurel Learning Center. Run by Cornerstones, the Laurel Learning Center provides affordable childcare for children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with working parents.

This is a great way to act out Catholic Social Teaching supporting our community and putting the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

Because of COVID-19, this year, children will receive gift cards instead of physical gifts. The deadline to fulfill gift commitments is Dec 6.

How can I participate?

To support the Angel Gifts Drive, sign up to support a particular child.

How do I fulfill my commitment to a particular child?

You have two ways to fulfill your commitment:

  • Bring the designated gift card to the parish office during business hours. Please include the child’s name and gift number from SignUpGenius.
  • Drop off your designated gift card or the financial equivalent in the collection basket at Mass. Please write “Angel Gifts Drive” and the child’s name and gift number on an envelope or in the memo line for a check.

Questions about the Angel Gifts Drive? Contact Maura Burke at 703-860-0128 or maura_burke@hotmail.com.