BAPTISM – Baptism preparation class for the parents will be held in the Chapel Annex as required.  Parents need to be registered parishioners. Parents should request the sacrament at least one month prior to the desired date.  Contact:  Meredith Rinko


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION – The sacrament is celebrated from 4:20 to 4:50 PM on Saturday and from 8:30 to 8:50 AM on Sunday.  The sacrament may be requested of the priest on Friday after the noon Mass.


CONFIRMATION – Contact Bob Vanatta, CCD Coordinator, for details (644-0620).


SACRAMENT OF THE HEALING – If you are in need of the Sacrament of the Healing because of an illness or a stay in hospital or need to request it for a family member, contact the chapel office at 653-8297.  The sacrament will be administered by the weekend priest so please call as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.


MARRIAGE – If you are planning to marry and at least one of the couple is active military, you should contact Rosemarie Blades

(663-3115) to arrange for the necessary pre-Cana sessions.  This should be done at least six months before the planned wedding date.  If neither of the couple is active military, the marriage preparation has to be initiated with the pastor of either party.  In most cases for those living in the vicinity of Dahlgren, that would be the pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish, Colonial Beach.



Base Chaplain – LT Randy Gibson

Religious Program Specialist –RP2 (FMF) Greyson Harrelson

Priest – Msgr. Cassin

Advisory Board Chairperson –Tom Setser

Pianist/Organist – Mrs. Diane Gray












17261 JONES ROAD, STE 207





Fridays – 12:00 Noon

Saturdays – 5:00 PM

Sundays – 9:00 AM


Chapel Office: 540-653-8297/98  

Fax: 540-653-7278



The 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

August 10, 2014

Meditation:  Does the Lord seem distant when trials or adversity come your way? It was at Jesus' initiative that the disciples sailed across the lake, only to find themselves in a life-threatening storm (see Mark 6:53-56). Although they were experienced fishermen, they feared for their lives. While Jesus was not with them in the boat, He nonetheless watched for them in prayer. When he perceived their trouble He came to them on the sea and startled them with his sudden appearance. Do you look for the Lord's presence when you encounter difficulty or challenges?

This dramatic incident on the sea of Galilee revealed Peter's character more fully than others. Here we see Peter's impulsivity - his tendency to act without thinking of what he was doing. He often failed and came to grief as a result of his impulsiveness. In contrast, Jesus always bade his disciples to see how difficult it was to follow him before they set out on the way he taught them. A great deal of failure in the Christian life is due to acting on impulse and emotional fervor without counting the cost. Peter, fortunately in the moment of his failure clutched at Jesus and held him firmly. Every time Peter fell, he rose again. His failures only made him love the Lord more deeply and trust him more intently.

The Lord keeps watch over us at all times, and especially in our moments of temptation and difficulty. Do you rely on the Lord for his strength and help? Jesus assures us that we have no need of fear if we trust in Him and in his great love for us. When calamities or trials threaten to overwhelm you, how do you respond? With faith and hope in God's love, care and presence with you?

"Lord Jesus, help me to trust you always and to never doubt your presence and your power to help me. In my moments of doubt and weakness, may I cling to you as Peter did? Strengthen my faith that I may walk straight in the path you set before me, neither veering to the left nor to the right".

Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The wind was against them, by Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)

"Meanwhile the boat carrying the disciples - that is, the church - is rocking and shaking amid the storms of temptation, while the adverse wind rages on. That is to say, its enemy the devil strives to keep the wind from calming down. But greater is he who is persistent on our behalf, for amid the vicissitudes of our life he gives us confidence. He comes to us and strengthens us, so we are not jostled in the boat and tossed overboard. For although the boat is thrown into disorder, it is still a boat. It alone carries the disciples and receives Christ. It is in danger indeed on the water, but there would be certain death without it. Therefore stay inside the boat and call upon God. When all good advice fails and the rudder is useless and the spread of the sails presents more of a danger than an advantage, when all human help and strength have been abandoned, the only recourse left for the sailors is to cry out to God. Therefore will he who helps those who are sailing to reach port safely, abandon his church and prevent it from arriving in peace and tranquility?" (excerpt from SERMON 75.4)

A Look Ahead:  Prv 9: 1-6:15-20, Eph 5-20, Jn 6:51-58 






O Prince of Peace, we humbly ask Your protection for all our men and women in military service.  Give them unflinching courage to defend the rights of all who are imperiled by injustice and evil.  Guard our churches, our homes, our schools, our hospitals, our factories, our buildings and all those within from harm and peril.  Protect our land and its people from enemies within and without.  Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice.  Instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all.  Amen.


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For Church leaders, ordained and lay, for a spirit of reconciliation, let us pray to the Lord:


For this nation and every nation, for progress toward peace through justice, let us pray to the Lord:


For the working poor, the elderly, and the homeless, for a living wage, good medical care, and a safe environment, let us pray to the Lord:


For those who have lost a loved one, for children who have lost parents, for husbands and wives who have lost their spouses, let us pray to the Lord:


For all here present at the Lord’s table and for all who cannot be here because of age or illness, let us pray to the Lord:

For the safety of all those who serve in the armed forces, especially those from the families in our community, let us pray to the Lord:


For all religious leaders; our Holy Father, Bishops and Chaplains and for an increase in vocations, let us pray to the Lord





Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary-   Holy Day of Obligation observed on Friday the 15th of August at 12 noon and at 5 pm.

 A volunteer is needed to lead  the Holy Rosary at 8:40 am all the Sundays in May and October.  Parishioners volunteer to pray a decade each Sunday morning.  Rosaries and leaflets are available.  Please consider this ministry as the Holy Rosary has been prayed at the Chapel since 1990 in honor of the Blessed Mother.                                           

Point of Contact:  Meredith Rinko

Sacred Heart Advisory Council will be meeting in the  Annex at 10:30 Sunday morning, August 10, 2014.

CCD  will begin on September  7, 2014. 

CONSIDER NOMINATING  yourself  or a fellow parishioner to serve on the Sacred Heart Advisory Council.  There will be 3 vacancies. September will be the election for the positions which will then begin in October 2014.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS include disbursements made throughout the year. If you know of a worthy Catholic agency or organization that you would like to recommend for consideration for receipt  of a contribution, send the information to the Chairperson, Tom Setser for the Advisory Council.

DECEMBER  9th  and  10th   visit from Bishop Coyle

Marriage Encounter Weekend If we believe, Jesus will give us all the food we need for our marriage. Enrich your Sacrament of Marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekends are Sep 12-14 & Nov 14-16 in Herndon. For more information or to apply, visit our website at or contact us at or 703-378-4150.

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS – If you would like to post a message or update the sick or deceased list for the congregation to pray for, please contact Meredith Rinko for submission via

Please submit your request by 1200 noon on Monday of each week.  Please resubmit the names that you would like to be placed on the sick list each month.  The lector will be reading the entire sick list aloud the first weekend each month.  The name will remain on the list in the bulletin for one month, unless you notify Meredith.


PLEASE REMEMBER, before placing any flyers or leaflets in the vestibule to be shared with all of our parishioners, approval should first be obtained at the Chaplain's office.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES– Please consider getting involved in the many ministries within the chapel community.  No matter your age, you may find a place within the Catholic community to volunteer some time.  Consider any one of the following ministries: Sunday Mass Fellowships, Chapel Clean Up after Mass, Grounds Clean Up, Advisory Board Member, Choir, Bereavement, CCD, Fellowship Set Up, Ushers, Lectors, Social Committee, Ministers of the Eucharist, Individual Child or Adult Education, Chapel Clean Up, Altar Servers, Sacristans, and the Circle of Prayer.  Contact any Advisory Council Member to find out how to get involved.  Council Member information can be found on the bulletin board in the vestibule. 


AWANA will meet on Sunday evenings 5:30 – 7:45 for all children ages 3 years – 6th grade.  Plan to bring your children to this opportunity to learn more about God in a fun and exciting way.

THE WEEKLY BULLETIN for the Sacred Heart Catholic Community of the Dahlgren Chapel can be read on line. The website is  Any updates such as mass cancellations for inclement weather can be found posted on the latest bulletin.



FL@SH (Full of Life at Sacred Heart) -  All Middle School  and High School youth are welcome to join for continued sharing of faith through exploration of the Catholic Faith, community service, and FUN!  Fun filled activities throughout the year--retreats, concerts, holiday gatherings and other group activities.  For more information, please contact Steve and Kathy Young at 540-735-4504.


FOOD DRIVE – Continue to support the NSASP Dahlgren Food Bank by bringing in food donations.  Please leave your donations in the vestibule of the Chapel.



Prayer Chain – Ann Albertson 663-2290


CCD Coordinator – Bob Vanatta 644-0620


Youth Group Coordinator – Steve and Kathy Young 540-735-4504


ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE : Father Cassin 301-843-8916 X15 and Father Dill 301-439-3171 are a phone call away if you need to talk to a priest.


Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are available to take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound


Arlington Catholic Herald is available free of charge in the vestibule

Living Faith:  Daily Catholic Devotional is available free of charge inthebookracks


USA Mass schedules can be found at or by calling 410-676-6000



Sacred Heart Website is located at