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If you build it, they will come

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There will be a bobblehead giveaway, fireworks, hot dogs, and the chance to bond as a Catholic community while watching America’s favorite pastime. But the more than 1,300 parishioners of St. Katharine Drexel Mission in Haymarket hope an evening spent watching the Potomac Nationals play the Wilmington Blue Rocks also will infuse some much-needed cash into the church building fund. 

St. Katharine, a mission of St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Middleburg, already has land along Route 15 and designs for a church to seat around 400. “We’re looking forward to begin clearing land, and all the technical things with the county seem to be moving forward,” said Margaret Bocchichio, a member of the church building committee. They aim to raise $1.5 million for phase one of their capital campaign.

The St. Katharine community currently worships in Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville, and it takes about 30 volunteers to set up for Mass every Sunday. “The reason we’re trying to raise this money is that we have kids who were born and raised (having gone to) church in Bull Run, but we’d like a small country church of our own,” Bocchichio said.


The proposed design for the St. Katharine Drexel Mission church building will seat around 400. COURTESY

So they’re inviting Catholics around the diocese to support their efforts. It’s the 30th anniversary of the movie “Bull Durham,” and actor Robert Wuhl, who played Coach Hockett, will be at the June 23 game to sign autographs, according to the Nationals. The 50/50 raffle will support the church building fund.

The men from the Father Jon O’Brien Knights of Columbus Council will sing the national anthem, while children from the mission hold the American flag. Father Christopher D. Murphy, pastor of St. Katharine and St. Stephen, will throw out the first pitch.

 “It's going to be a nice family event,” said Bocchichio. 

If you go

The game is at Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Dr., Woodbridge, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Buy tickets at katharinedrexelcc.org or contact Greg Murray, 330/701-4582 or grandknight16793@outlook.com.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018