September 20, 2020

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21 September 2020
107th Anniversary of St. John Mission
also the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle

Carlin HallThe building that now houses the Parish Offices and the Thrift Shop is the original church of St. John. We now call it “Carlin Hall” in honor of the Catholic family that donated the land for St. John to be established as a mission church from St. James Parish in Falls Church. Bishop Denis J. O’Connell of Richmond, laid its cornerstone on 21 September 1913 and entrusted it to Father Amadeus J. Van Ingelgem, the pastor at St. James. For many years, Mr. Carlin kept vigil each evening at the mission so that the Blessed Sacrament could be reserved in the tabernacle.Anno Domini

Fr. Van IngelgemFr. Van Ingelgem was born on 18 June 1852 in Antwerp, Belgium. He came to America in 1900 and served as pastor of St. James from 1910-1931. After retirement, he served as a chaplain for the Monastery of the Visitation of Rockville in Hanover County, Virginia. “Father Van” died in Richmond on 14 January 1935. His body was laid to rest in the Visitation Sisters’ cemetery. Read more about his remarkable ministry at bit.ly/FatherVan or on the website of our big brother Saint James.

May all their work and sacrifice bear fruit unto eternal life!

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;
even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35