Grays of God is a group of senior parishioners, aged 50 or over, formed to pursue our relationship with God as we teach, lead and inspire those we mentor. In doing so we expect to enjoy our faith in each other's company at social events geared to our interests.
Membership, Meetings and Events
There is no formal membership . . .
Just people from Saint Veronica and local parishes who ask to be placed on the email list. The group typically meets monthly, usually on the 3rd Saturday following the 5:00 pm Vigil Mass. This Saturday evening get-together centers around a gourmet meal planned and catered by our own Sandy Greeley, renowned author and food critic. There always is a spiritual and/or charitable component to these evenings. We are always open to program suggestions by the members.
On an ongoing basis, we strive to offer intriguing programs, including:
Travel to cultural
Sporting and spiritual locales while enjoying fine foods and wine
Miraculous Medals to VA hospitals and U.S. military academies
Wolf Trap performances and Washington Nationals games
Pilgrimages, support to shut-ins, and encouragement to new Catholics
Please note: We collect several items of use to others, such as:
Medicine vials (SPCA)
Personal items like brushes, travel soaps and shampoos (for the homeless)
Eyeglasses (frames only are OK)
Cards/envelopes that come unsolicited in the mail (these become craft materials for little ones)
Discarded/empty printer cartridges (for St. Veronica School).
Here is a partial list of past events and continuing projects and efforts:
Dinner, video and discussion on the Shroud of Turin;
Dinner and celebration of St. Teresa of Avila and her teachings, culinary delights from Castile-Leon, the region of Spain St. Teresa called home, and a taste of flamenco, St. Teresa's favorite music, classical guitar by Grays of God member Frank Seng;
Dinner graced by attendance of William Cardinal Keeler, at which a scholarship was initiated in his name;
Sponsored a hugely successful Valentine Sweets Sale to benefit the William Cardinal Keeler Scholarship Fund;
Dinner, video and discussion of Our Lady of Guadalupe;
Dinner and guest speaker Dr. Hugh Dempsey, Chairman of the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation, who spoke of his personal relationship with Pope John Paul II and the current plight of Christians in the Holy Land;
Support the Parish Veggie Garden;
Supported Parish Choir fundraiser for a singing trip to Italy and the Vatican;
Supported American Heritage Girls programs;
Dinner and dancing (Swing lessons by parishioners who are professional dancers and instructors) after saying a plenary rosary for victims of the Colorado shooting;
Sponsored two Friday meals during Lent for the Parish;
Meet regularly those WWII veterans who are flown to Washington to see their WWII Memorial (Honor Flights);
Coordinated sold out, special showing of new movie about St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, Restless Heart, at Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston to benefit Parish and its apostolates; and