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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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  • 5 ways to put the thanks back in Thanksgiving
    I love Thanksgiving. It has the family, the food and the laughter without all the expectations and commercialism. Christmas can be hard because it has to compete in people’s minds against all the movie and Christmas versions. But, how many Thanksgiving movies are there? 

  • ‘The Perfect Gift’ campaign begins with start of Advent
    In conjunction with the Sunday, Nov. 30, beginning of Advent, the Archdiocese of Washington will again launch its annual “Find the Perfect Gift/Regalo Perfecto” initiative, which encourages individuals to share the joy of knowing Jesus and the difference He makes in their lives.  
  • Priest’s new book helps faithful have grace-filled Advent
    At the start of Advent last year, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that Jesus is found “in prayer, when we go to Mass, when we do good works, when we think of others.” 
  • Pope Francis called for preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman, which he said is not a political cause but a matter of “human ecology.”  
  • #VisibleSign celebrates Catholic marriage and family life
    In his homily at the annual Jubilarian Mass which honors married couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 51 and more years of marriage, Cardinal Donald Wuerl taught, “The love of a husband and wife is called to be a visible sign of God’s love for us.” 
  • 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.

  • Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open
    After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

  • Cardinal Wuerl says family synod came to ‘real consensus’
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family came to a “real consensus” after two weeks of animated debate, and that its final report will serve as a solid basis for the world synod on the family in 2015.  
  • Cardinal Wuerl’s reflections from Synod on the Family

    Since so much is being written and said about the progress of the Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the New Evangelization, I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts from the perspective of someone inside the Synod.

  • 5 ways Jesus loves families
    Our archbishop Cardinal Wuerl and many other bishops and Catholic theologians are meeting in Rome this month for the Synod on the Family. 
  • Catholics encouraged to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family

    Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington and nationwide are encouraged to join Pope Francis in a universal Day of Prayer on Sunday, Sept. 28 for next month’s Synod of Bishops addressing “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

    “The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a statement. “I welcome whole-heartedly this day of prayer for the Synod fathers and for all who will participate. As the Church turns with special attention to the family, may God’s plan for marriage and the family be a source of hope and healing for all.”

  • Some of the best advice a bride can get before her wedding is advice that goes mostly unnoticed in the chaotic attempt to achieve her 'perfect' wedding. I remember people telling me, "Marriage is not a day, it's a lifetime," or "Don't sweat the small stuff," in an attempt to save me from drowning in flower arrangements, color schemes, bridesmaid dresses, venues, and guest lists. 
  • St. Ann's opens Hope House, to offer hope to homeless mothers and children
    Continuing its 153-year legacy of serving children and families in need, St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families in Hyattsville celebrated the Christmas season in a special way earlier this month, with the Dec. 7 blessing of its new Hope House program, which provides transitional housing and other services to young homeless mothers. 
  • The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will sponsor dinner for those who are alone or in need on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Baby meets pope - twice!
    Many Catholics dream of meeting the pope once in their lifetime. Newborn baby Mary Agnes Chandler from the Washington area got to meet Pope Francis twice by happenstance during her family's recent visit to Rome, as the pontiff kissed the month-old baby on two separate days in St. Peter's Square. 
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