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Monday, October 24, 2016
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  • Parishes mobilize to help hurricane-devastated Haiti
    Diana Snouffer, a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Barnesville, anxiously watched the weather channel that day. The eye of Hurricane Matthew passed directly over the people she had grown to love in Carcasse, Haiti on Oct. 4.
  • Most Holy Rosary parishioners offer special gift for their 50th anniversary
    With a special gift at the end of the 50th anniversary Mass for Most Holy Rosary Parish in Upper Marlboro, that faith community expressed gratitude for the past and hope for the future.
  • St. Ignatius Parish in Chapel Point celebrates 375th anniversary
    When Jesuit Father Andrew White and Maryland’s first colonists disembarked from their boats the Ark and the Dove and landed on St. Clement’s Island in 1634, the first thing that they did was set up an altar and celebrate Mass. On Oct. 9, St. Ignatius Parish in Chapel Point commemorated its 375th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl.
  • Mount Calvary Catholic Church hosts 27th annual East of the River Revival
    About 600 people filled Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville with tunes of praise and worship during the 27th Annual East of the River Revival from Oct. 3-6. The theme of this year’s revival was, “A New Dawn is Coming, Lord Have Mercy!” and the revivalist was Josephite Father Anthony Bozeman.
  • Centenarians honored at Our Lady of Grace
    Seventy-three-year-old Dorothy Hughes joked that she and her friends at Silver Sneakers, a fitness program for seniors, “will die before we stop (exercising), because this one never stops,” she said, pointing to her friend, 100-year-old Olga Yarr.
  • Our Lady of Mercy parishioner sees Mother Teresa live on through Missionaries of Charity in India
    After graduating from Brown University, Alexander Blum, a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Maryland, decided to spend a year serving the poorest of the poor in Titagarh, India. He is living and working at Gandhiji Prem Nivas, which is a center for patients with Hansen’s disease (another name for leprosy), run by brothers of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by St. Teresa of Calcutta.
  • Holy Name parishioners and former students gather to celebrate birthday of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz
    As a child, Venerable Aloysius Schwartz always had a simple birthday celebration, with a cake and one present, said his sister, Dolores Vita. This year, on what would have been his 86th birthday, the man who could become the first saint from Washington had a more extravagant celebration, when Holy Name of Jesus Parish was filled with people who had gathered to celebrate a Mass in thanksgiving for his ministry.
  • Former youth minister at St. Elizabeth Parish arrested and charged with abuse
    Brian Patrick Werth, a former youth minister for St. Elizabeth Parish in Rockville, was arrested by Montgomery County Police on Sept. 7 and charged with one count of fourth-degree sexual offense, one count of sexual abuse of a minor, and second degree assault. The 32-year-old Montgomery Village resident was arrested after detectives had investigated allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage St. Elizabeth parishioner.
  • Holy Name Church to host Mass honoring Venerable Schwartz on birthday
    Holy Name Catholic Church in Washington will host a Mass at 11 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 18 honoring the birthday of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, a missionary priest who grew up in the parish and who could become the first Washington native to be declared a saint.
  • Our Lady of Mercy World Youth Day pilgrims return home to a cheering crowd
    When the group of 23 World Youth Day pilgrims traveling with Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac returned to the United States on Aug. 3, the first thing that they did was board a bus to take them back to their parish, where the families and friends of the pilgrims greeted them with cheers and applause.
  • At Our Lady of Mercy, the entire parish  will participate in World Youth Day pilgrimage
    On July 10 after the Youth Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Tony Falcone and Rebecca Kazor stood in the hallway outside of the church, handing out booklets filled with the biographies and prayer requests of their fellow pilgrims traveling to Kraków, Poland for World Youth Day.
  • Fencer Katharine Holmes has relied on prayer on her road to the Olympics
    Katharine Holmes, who goes by “Kat,” grew up attending the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament parish in Washington and is now going to be one of the four women on the US Epee Fencing Team competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Before jumping into the Rio Olympics, Thea LaFond stops to thank God
    When Thea LaFond, a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring, found out that she would be headed to Rio de Janeiro to represent her home country, the Commonwealth of Dominica, in the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first thing she did was thank God and ask Him, “How did you do this, God? How did this happen?”
  • Daily boot camp at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish offers physical and spiritual exercises for participants
    Early in the pre-dawn hours of every weekday – long before the church at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Hyattsville is open for daily Mass-goers – a group of hardy souls gathers outside the church to get “Fit for Christ.”
  • St. Patrick’s in Rockville celebrates golden jubilee
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated the 50th anniversary Mass at St. Patrick Parish in Rockville on May 28, joined by a dozen former and current parish priests as concelebrants. Cardinal Wuerl celebrated the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ and reminded those present about the “connectedness of God’s family around the world” through parishes similar to St. Patrick’s.
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