Message from the Pastor
December 16 Issue
This week's column is written by Lisa Dittmeier
Arlington, Bethesda, Slovenia and Guatemala are some of the places where recent Holy Trinity members were raised. Each month, approximately 30 families register here as new parishioners; college students, young families, single adults and 50+ empty nesters are all looking for a Catholic community where they feel comfortable, connected and included. With over 5,000 active families, the Jesuits, staff and volunteers of Holy Trinity welcome all to live our mission: accompany one another in Christ, celebrate God’s love and transform lives.
Whether through helping to feed the homeless, teaching Religious Education, assisting in the Liturgy or more personally through Ignatian prayer, each person finds their own path. All are welcome to participate in one or more of over 96 different ministry groups available. Here are a few reflections from some of HT’s newest parishioners:
“I am a teacher and will marry my fiancée, Susan on December 29. I came back to DC from Boston and found Holy Trinity because of its Jesuit presence.” --Bradley Boyle
“My Dad, an active member of the parish, brought me to Holy Trinity. My plan is to get involved in social justice and work in the community through SOME”. –Jane Luxner
“Father Kevin reached out to us at donuts and being involved in Jesuit education and ministry, Holy Trinity was a natural place for us. We look forward to starting a new group of Parent of Young Children with our newborn.” –Annie Selak and Matthew Hoelle
“We recently moved from Connecticut. My husband Don is participating in the RCIA program and our two daughters are in 5th and 7th grade at the school. I am a member of the auction committee for the Anniversary Benefit.” –Melissa Coffman
“We completed the Marriage Prep Program here. I attended Regis University, a Jesuit school in Colorado and my husband John is from L.A. We found Holy Trinity and chose to make it the place we will raise our infant son.” –Emily Siciliano
“We are an interfaith couple with two children. We joined Holy Trinity because we felt so accepted. Our son, Fritz is in 5th grade at HTS and our 5 year-old Grace wants to be here next year for kindergarten. She met some new friends tonight Christmas caroling with the Parish.” –Katie Barron and Eric Tobias
“I began attending Holy Trinity at first because of the convenient location and availability of mass hours. However, once I began attending mass, I felt a personal and positive connection with the church and its community. I am looking forward to being a parishioner of this warm and welcoming church.” –Kristin Rudman
From all backgrounds and for different reasons, we are all here to celebrate God’s presence.