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Saturday, January 24, 2015
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  • Washington native Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis

    As a boy growing up in his native Washington, D.C., Aloysius Schwartz dreamed of becoming a missionary priest and serving the poor.

  • Thousands of youth gather at the Verizon Center to rally and pray for life

    Just as the sun rose on Jan. 22, thousands of Catholic teenagers and young adults from across the country poured into the Verizon Center to meet other pro-lifers, pray for the unborn and celebrate the joy of being alive at the 20th annual Youth Rally & Mass for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington. Many, like Kansas City high schooler Megan Holzmeister, found that the combination of prayer, song and celebration kept them wide-awake in the early morning hours. “The atmosphere is amazing,” she said. “With all the young kids, it keeps it fun and upbeat, and it’s a great a opportunity to meet people.”

  • Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

    Pope Francis told a crowd of at least 6 million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family “against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.”

    
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  • As a boy growing up in his native Washington, D.C., Aloysius Schwartz dreamed of becoming a missionary priest and serving the poor.

     
  • Just as the sun rose on Jan. 22, thousands of Catholic teenagers and young adults from across the country poured into the Verizon Center to meet other pro-lifers, pray for the unborn and celebrate the joy of being alive at the 20th annual Youth Rally & Mass for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington. Many, like Kansas City high schooler Megan Holzmeister, found that the combination of prayer, song and celebration kept them wide-awake in the early morning hours. “The atmosphere is amazing,” she said. “With all the young kids, it keeps it fun and upbeat, and it’s a great a opportunity to meet people.”

     
  • They had come from across the country, a crowd of about 10,000 strong, mostly teens and young adults, filling the DC Armory for a Youth Rally & Mass for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington for out-of-town participants in the Jan. 22 March for Life, while the archdiocese again sponsored another rally and Mass at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington mostly for local youth.

     
  • On Jan. 20, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout and Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka will speak on “Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate and Chasing Peace.”  
  • Early Saturday morning, January 10, Msgr. John Macfarlane of St. Elizabeth Parish in Rockville was working in his office when he smelled smoke coming from the outside. He quickly called the fire department to quell the flames that damaged about one fourth of the parish office building. Due to the extreme cold, one firefighter was injured slipping on ice at the scene, but the fire harmed no one else. 

     
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish evangelizes through a love of D.C. sports and social media at the #CapsMass

    For Washington Capitals hockey fans, Jan. 1, 2015 will always be remembered as the day Troy Brouwer scored a goal within seconds of the final horn, winning the Winter Classic 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in a rink set up on the field of Nationals Park. For Catholics, Jan. 1 is remembered as the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, which inspired St. Vincent de Paul Parish, which has a stone church just a block away from the stadium, to host a Mass before the match for Catholic game-goers.

     
  • Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

    Pope Francis told a crowd of at least 6 million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family “against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.”

     
  • Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service
    National Catholic Schools Week is set aside each year at the end of January so that we can celebrate our Catholic schools and express our gratitude for their legacy of excellence.  We also ask during this time God’s blessings on our efforts constantly to improve and work together so that Catholic education will flourish for generations to come, bringing the Good News of Jesus to our young people and helping them lead a life in the Spirit.

     
  • Mother Catherine Spalding School, a small Catholic school in Helen, Md., will close at the end of this academic year. The request to close the school was submitted to the archdiocese by the school’s canonical administrator in collaboration with the priests at the parishes that have supported the school, which include Holy Angels (Avenue), Sacred Heart (Bushwood), Our Lady of the Wayside (Chaptico), Immaculate Conception (Mechanicsville) and St. Joseph’s (Morganza). The request was accepted and the school will close its doors at the end of this school year in June.

     
  • At baptisms, pope urges prayers for moms who can't feed their kids

    As Pope Francis once again urged new moms not to be afraid to breast-feed in public, he reminded people to pray for the world's mothers whose poverty means they are unable to provide enough food for their children.

     
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