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Three authors to sign books at St. Philip Parish Festival

Three authors will discuss and sign their books at St. Philip Church, 7500 St. Philips Court, Falls Church, Sept. 30 as part of the church’s annual parish festival.


Father Thomas Cavanaugh, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge and a passionate evangelist, has co-authored a book with Dr. John Love of Mount St. Mary's Seminary entitled How to Win Friends for Christ One Conversation at a Time. The book recounts the story of Father Cavanaugh's seminary days in Emmitsburg, Md., when he and Love organized mission trips to colleges. Father Cavanaugh will speak and sign from 10 a.m. to noon.

From noon to 2 p.m., Carolyn Bassett will discuss her first book, A Season of Grace: Embracing God's Gifts in the Autumn of Our Lives. In her book, Bassett notes that the aging process can cause believers to lose sight of the gifts that God offers each day. She worked in Catholic hospital chaplaincy programs for 10 years and she continues to serve in various leadership and pastoral capacities as a member of the ecumenical community the People of Praise.

Acclaimed author, Catholic apologist and journalist Tom Nash's newest work is called What Did Jesus Do?: The Biblical Roots of the Catholic Church.He will present and sign from 2 to 4 p.m. Nash addresses the more fundamental question of what Jesus actually did 2,000 years ago in establishing His mission to save the whole world. Nash and Father Denis Donahue, St. Philip pastor, were classmates at St. Thomas/Gabriel Richard Catholic High school in Ann Arbor, Mich.

In addition to the books signings, the parish festival will include games and activities for children, a bake sale, silent auction and raffle, bingo and other activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and an international dinner from 4 to 7 p.m.

If you go

Go to stphilipsparish.com/festival or call 703/573-3808.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017