11 a.m., Saturday February 2, 2008
Holy Trinity Church 8214 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville, VA 20155
“The dedication of the newly-completed Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville is not only a blessing for this parish family, but also for our entire diocesan Church. I pray that present and future members of this Parish of the Holy Trinity will experience within these sacred walls the living presence of Jesus Christ, who will unite them in giving praise to God our Father in the power of the Holy Spirit and strengthen them for their witness to truth and to charity in the world,” said Bishop Loverde. (Catholic Herald)
Construction began in February 2006 and was funded by the parish’s Founding Families capital campaign and the Rooted in Faith-Forward in Hope diocesan capital campaign. Photos of the church are available at http://www.holytrinityparish.net/
“We are very excited to finally have a home in Prince William County and we are looking forward to being in our spiritual home; to worship God as a parish and be able to provide the sacraments. Holy Trinity Church is a beautiful setting to glorify God and the Blessed Trinity,” said Father Francis J. Peffley, Pastor of Holy Trinity.
The church’s Irish gothic-style pillars and arches, paired in threes, symbolize the Holy Trinity. A focal point for the 80,000 square foot Church is the main stained glass window, which has three rings made out of pre-cast concrete, weighing over 12 tons. The cost for the church, with furnishings, will total approximately $18 million.
Father Peffley celebrated the parish’s first Mass on July 21, 2001 at the Benedictine Monastery in Bristow, Virginia. Since the parish was established in 2001, Holy Trinity Church has grown from 200 parishioners in 2001 to 5,390 parishioners in 2007. To date, Mass for Holy Trinity parishioners has been celebrated at the Benedictine Monastery, Brentsville District High School, and at other area parishes.
Over 400,000 registered Catholics belong to the 68 parishes of the Arlington Diocese, which has opened six new parishes, three new schools, and established three new missions since 1999. Further information can be found at http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/.