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Parish priest known for multicultural outreach ordained as Baltimore auxiliary bishop
As new Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan processed through the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to offer his first blessing to the people gathered there for his Jan. 19 episcopal ordination, Mary Carmen Soler said she almost had tears in her eyes, because she knew the blessing that he had offered her and other members of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Gaithersburg over the years when he was pastor there.
Syrian refugee family welcomes St. Rose of Lima parishioners to their home for lunch to thank them for their support
In March 2011, pro-democracy protests broke out in Daraa, Syria after the arrest and torture of teenagers who had painted revolutionary graffiti on a school wall. The violence that followed spiraled into the nearly six-year long civil war in the country, forcing millions of people to chose between leaving their home and facing unrelenting violence.
Faith, and food, helped bring people together at Bishop-designate Brennan’s multicultural parish
Marta Monzón said that from the first moment she met then-Father Mark Brennan in 2003, she knew he was a caring priest. A couple of months earlier, her husband – who was well known in the Gaithersburg business community and for his support of the Spanish Catholic Center there – had died suddenly.
St. Matthew’s Adopt-A-Family program provides Christmas gifts to those who need them most
Every Christmas, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle provides gifts for families who otherwise could not afford them through their Adopt-a-Family program. This year, the program collected gifts for 62 families, 90 guests of the parish’s homeless ministry, 25 children from the DC General Family Shelter, and shared gifts for four L’Arche homes, where people with and without developmental disabilities live in community.
Thousands gather to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the annual Walk with Mary
People on the sidewalks of Washington momentarily stopped their holiday shopping and paused in the cold on Dec. 10 to take in the sight of hundreds of pilgrims processing through the streets alongside images of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Witness to Life stretches from church to abortion clinic, and from generation to generation
The Witness to Life procession began at Mother Seton Church in Germantown, Maryland, as about 80 people gathered after Mass on Dec. 4, and the line of people, including families with children, husbands and wives, young adults and senior citizens, wound about a block.
Black Catholic History Month celebration honors three leaders for their witness
Three Catholics long involved in sharing the experience of black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington were honored Nov. 12 at a Black Catholic History Month celebration at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Washington.
Parish leaders from across archdiocese gather for evangelization conference
Catholics should not regard evangelization as something scary or to be avoided, said Jonathan Lewis, the director of evangelization, youth and young adult initiatives for the Archdiocese of Washington. Rather, they should think of the call to evangelization as “sharing the story of God working in our lives,” he said.
Parishes experience Year of Mercy in special way through debt forgiveness program
This summer, on the days when the temperature topped 100 degrees, it was even hotter for the congregation gathered for Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Takoma Park, because the building’s air conditioning system “was dying,” said Father Francisco Tovar, the new pastor there.
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 50
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
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 375
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 27
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.
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