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Thursday, November 27, 2014
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  • St. Elizabeth Parish celebrates 50th anniversary
    Hosting a carnival, holding a talk on the “Francis Effect” and inviting Cardinal Wuerl to celebrate Mass are just a few of the ways members of St. Elizabeth in Rockville are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a parish.

     
  • Maryland parish and school remember doctor who died of Ebola as hero and man of faith

    Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family and parish priest as a man who loved God and who loved to serve others.



     
  • White Mass celebrates the gifts of people with special needs
    Most of the people attending the annual White Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Oct. 26 wore white, as a means of recalling the vows made at baptism, that all are called to live as adopted sons and daughters of the Father. Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Mass honoring people with special needs and those who serve them.

     
  • Immaculate Conception marks 150 years  as landmark of faith in Shaw neighborhood
    Immaculate Conception Church, located in almost the exact center of the District of Columbia and in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood from the time of the Civil War to the digital age, celebrated its 150th anniversary with a joyful Mass on Oct. 19 attended by a standing-room crowd.

     
  • Cardinal Wuerl rededicates Shrine of  St. John Vianney at Charles County parish
    More than 200 people gathered Aug. 3 at St. Mary Church, Newport, to participate in the rededication of the first ever shrine in the United States to honor St. John Vianney. Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass and blessed the shrine on the day before the saint's feast day. In rededicating the shrine, the cardinal urged the faithful to emulate the example of the saint and to "follow in the footsteps of Our Lord." 
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced the following clergy appointments. They are effective as indicated. 
  • Maryland parish hosts candlelight vigil to pray for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
    Surrounded by rural countryside in an outlying suburban community north of Washington, D.C., St. Paul Church in Damascus might seem to be halfway around the world from Nigeria. But on June 10, that parish united with the African nation in a special way, as it hosted a candlelight vigil to pray for the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped almost two months earlier by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram. 
  • The Archdiocese of Washington is bringing back an interactive summer program called Faith Quest that encourages people to connect to their faith by making pilgrimages to local Catholic historical and spiritual sites. 
  • Cardinal Wuerl and Sacred Heart parishioners mark anniversary of election of nation's first Catholic bishop
    On May 18, 1789, approximately two dozen priests then serving in the new United States of America met at the chapel in White Marsh, Md., and had an election at which they nominated Father John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States. That fall, Pope Pius VI appointed Bishop Carroll as the nation's first Catholic bishop to lead the new Diocese of Baltimore, which at that time encompassed the Catholic community living in all 13 original states. 
  • Cardinal Wuerl and Sacred Heart parishioners mark anniversary of election of nation's first Catholic bishop
    On May 18, 1789, approximately two dozen priests then serving in the new United States of America met at the chapel in White Marsh, Md., and had an election at which they nominated Father John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States. That fall, Pope Pius VI appointed Bishop Carroll as the nation's first Catholic bishop to lead the new Diocese of Baltimore, which at that time encompassed the Catholic community living in all 13 original states. 
  • At St. Paul's in Damascus, Cardinal blesses new parish center
    Six years ago this summer, Father Joseph Pierce arrived as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Damascus, taking note of a unique sense of fellowship among members. "From the day I walked in, I witnessed the parishioners' incredible spirit of welcome and joy as people of God shown not only to me but also to one another," Father Pierce said. 
  • St. Pius X Church in Bowie launches parish renewal program based on best-selling book
    When I was named pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Bowie, in the summer of 2008, I was excited to return to the parish in which I served as associate pastor in the late 1980s. I inherited a parish with a foundation of strong lay ministries and lay involvement thanks to my predecessor of 21 years, Father Paul Hill. 
  • 'Light is On' Lenten campaign encourages Catholics to go to Confession
    Lent - the 40-day penitential period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving - continues until Good Friday, April 18. Easter this year will be celebrated on Sunday, April 20. As it has done for the past seven Lenten seasons, this year the Archdiocese of Washington is again sponsoring "The Light Is On For You" campaign to encourage the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Confession. 
  • Anna Robinson, longtime educator, honored as 'great lady, one of God's troops'
    Anna Robinson, a longtime educator and administrator at St. Margaret of Scotland School in Seat Pleasant, was honored Feb. 23 when the parish dedicated is community room as the "Anna T. Robinson Community Room." 
  • Father An Vu, pastor of Our Lady of Vietnam Parish, dies at age 55
    Father An Ngoc Vu, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington for nearly 20 years who served as pastor of Our Lady of Vietnam Parish in Silver Spring since 2008, died of cancer Feb. 5. He was 55 years old. Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a Feb. 11 Funeral Mass for Father Vu at Our Lady of Vietnam Parish. 
 
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