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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Catholic schools can ‘Walk with Francis’
As students and teachers around the country prepare for the start of a new school year, Catholic schools and parish religious education programs in the Archdiocese of Washington are also gearing up for Pope Francis’s visit to their hometown.
Papal Mass Choir sings together for the first time
An opera singer, a Benedictine monk, a college student and a health policy adviser are just four members of the 90-voice choir that rehearsed for the first time at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Hyattsville on Aug. 24.
Catholic University students witness the furniture they designed being built for Pope Francis’s Mass
This spring, students at the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America undertook an assignment like no other. They were invited to participate in a competition to design the altar, ambo and chair that Pope Francis will use in his Sept. 23 outdoor Mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, overlooking the Catholic University campus.
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Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary dedicated at National Shrine
Acknowledging Mary as the “mother of all nations, but especially of us,” Cardinal Péter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest joined Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in blessing and dedicating the new Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Aug. 29.
Iraqi archbishop urges solidarity with suffering Christians in his country
The ongoing slaughter and persecution of Christians in Iraq by Islamic State militants should be defined and recognized as genocide by the world community, an archbishop from Iraq said during a visit to Washington.
Craftsmen and artists lend their hands to building furniture for Papal Mass
It’s probably safe to say that the team of carpenters and woodworkers constructing the furniture for Pope Francis’s Sept. 23 Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception have more advanced tools than St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, did.
Our Lady’s Church in Medley’s Neck marked a double milestone Aug. 16 with a Mass observing the 250
anniversary of the parish and officially installing Father John Nguyen as its pastor.
St. John Vianney Parish marks 50 years of prayer, service and family fun
Welcoming people to the 50
anniversary Mass of St. John Vianney Parish in Prince Frederick on Aug. 2, Father Peter Daly noted, “This is a great occasion. Fifty years of prayer, faith and grace in this place.”
As Franciscan parish, St. Camillus embraces care for creation
Each year at the March for Life, the youth of
St. Camillus Parish
in Silver Spring carry a banner that reads “Choose Life,” with words like abortion, death penalty, injustice and environmental degradation all crossed out. “We are very proud of our consistently pro-life banner,” said Father
Jacek Orzechowski, a Franciscan priest at St. Camillus Parish. “...
Care for creation, justice, respect for life [all] really fit together. They are part the seamless garment, a consistent ethic of life.”
Faith in Action:
I couldn’t be more excited about how the Walk with Francis Pledge is taking off. The Archdiocese of Washington has begun this effort as a way to help us prepare for Pope Francis’ visit and, even more importantly, draw closer to God as individuals and as a community. The early response has been uplifting – and not just here in Washington but in other places as well. We’ve heard from the Arlington Diocese, Brooklyn, New York, Catholic Charities USA, and many others that have joined us or are thinking about it.
5 ways to ‘Walk with Francis’
Faith in Action: The Francis Effect
“Blessed are You, Lord God of All Creation”
“Praise be to you, my Lord.” With these prayerful words, Pope Francis begins his recent encyclical,
, which he concludes also with prayer. Now our Holy Father has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to be celebrated annually on Sept.1 in conjunction with the custom of the Orthodox Church.
Prayer for Every Moment (Prayer 2, Part II)
Kinds of Prayer (Prayer 2, Part I)
St. John Bosco’s name and mission shapes school named for him, says its new president
Two months into his new job as president of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Salesian Father Michael Conway feels right at home.
The school, which opened in 2007 and is cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Salesians of Don Bosco, embodies the faith and spirit of St. John Bosco, the order’s founder, for whom the school is named.
Catholic schools can ‘Walk with Francis’
At Opening of Schools Mass, Cardinal Wuerl encourages Catholic teachers to ‘make disciples’
Walking the ‘Walk with Francis’
I know we all have busy lives, so the goal here is to do something simple and yet powerful, much like Francis himself. I encourage you to consider a pledge that is: 1) simple – it’s easy to do; 2) measurable – you can do it every day, or between now and the Pope’s arrival, etc.; and 3) flexible – you can do whatever speaks to you.
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Installation of Fr. Jordan at St. Matthias the Apostle
Our Lady of Victory School 60th Anniversary Mass
250th Anniversary Mass at Our Lady's Church at Medley's Neck
Installation of Fr. Nguyen at St. George Valley Lee
Mass in Celebration of the Divine Savior of the World
Installation of Fr. Byrne at Our Lady of Mercy
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