Nativity Parish in the News

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Office of Youth Ministry awards the men and women that serve youths

The Arlington Catholic Herald, December 2016 – More than 530 people packed into the dining hall of St. Joseph School in Herndon Tuesday night to honor the many volunteers, teachers, coaches, youth ministers and campus ministers who tirelessly labor to bring Christ to the youths of the Arlington Diocese…

Heaven-sent handymen: Knights of Columbus help with home repairs

November 2016 – Knights at both Nativity and St. Timothy Church in Chantilly independently started ministries aiding the needy and elderly with minor home repairs. “No kitchen remodeling,” joked Colella. “Just little things done around the house.”…

Youth minister brings young people to ‘the well’

The Arlington Catholic Herald, September 2016 – If you walk down the halls at Church of the Nativity in Burke and meander in the direction of the youth ministry offices, chances are you will hear Ingrid Sánchez-Seymour before you see her. The self-described extrovert loves people and sharing her Catholic faith…

Burke Knights build homes for the needy in Appalachia

The Arlington Catholic Herald, August 2016 – The Knights of Columbus Fr. Vincent S. Sikora Council, in partnership with Church of the Nativity in Burke, recently built two homes for poor families in rural Kentucky in less than three weeks. These were the 17th and 18th homes built by the council alongside the Appalachian Construction Crew since 2001. With the help of their largest-ever group of volunteers, it was the first time the team completed two homes back-to-back without any outside assistance…

Burke: Technology Welcomes Back Students: Nativity Catholic School focuses on advanced technology and innovation.

August 2015 – Located just off Old Keene Mill Road, Nativity Catholic School has been recognized as the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence since 2008. This is the award given by the U.S. Department of Education to only 50 private schools in the country each year. Maria Kelly, principal at the school, said they have STEM education in their academics – academic disciplines focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics…

Operation Starfish helps build village in Haiti

The Arlington Catholic Herald, June 2015 – Father Robert C. Cilinski, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Burke, officially concluded the parish’s 2015 Operation Starfish campaign by presenting a check to Food For The Poor CEO/President Robin Mahfood May 28…

An International Flavor

The Arlington Catholic Herald, January 2015 – Principal Maria Kelly of Nativity School in Burke has been welcoming foreign exchange students into her international student program for the past eight years. Students come from a variety of Asian, European and South and Central American countries….

A new beginning in Burke

The Arlington Catholic Herald, September 2014 – A light rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of students and parishioners at Church of the Nativity in Burke as they broke ground Sept. 13 for their new parish activities center….

Nativity’s Music Teacher, Mrs. Doyle and Healing Strings

The Washington Post, October 2010 – “The surgical unit at Sentara Potomac Hospital is no different from those of other hospitals: It’s fast paced. Patients need attention. Doctors have orders to be expedited. Nurses rush from room to room.
But when Debbie Doyle arrives at the Woodbridge hospital with her Paraguayan harp, the pace seems to slow down.”
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Nativity’s ‘Operation Starfish’ provides funds for a new farming effort in the Dominican Republic.

The Arlington Catholic Herald, September 2013 – The 3,000 square-foot greenhouse is the eighth such facility built in the Dominican Republic by Food for the Poor and Caritas Dominican Republic. The facility includes a drip-irrigation system fed by a water reservoir and underground supply lines…
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“Moving People’s Hearts”: How One Burke Church has Helped Change the Lives of People in Haiti

Januaru 2011 – Since 1998, the Church of the Nativity has collected over $3 million to build villages and a better life for many Haitians…click title for more details and pictures!

‘Charity for people, all people’: Nativity parishioners’ impulse to serve extends across pew, street, globe

The Arlington Catholic Herald, December 2010 – Nativity scenes are a regular feature at parishes during Christmastime, but the Holy Family outside Church of the Nativity in Burke remains year-round, a sculptural triad of Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus that depicts a family infused with love that shines out into the world. It’s a fitting image for the parish…Click here for original article!

Congratulations Nativity School!

September 2008 – The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of academic achievement. Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag waving overhead has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. In its 30 year history, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools. Click here to read the official letter.

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