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Saturday, November 28, 2015
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  • Restored organ connects parish to its roots of faith
    In 1879, a Steer & Turner tracker organ traveled by train from Westfield, Massachusetts, down the East Coast. At Union Station, it was loaded onto a horse and buggy, and installed at Immaculate Conception Parish in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington. For nearly 140 years, the instrument provided soul-lifting music during thousands of Sunday liturgies, weddings, and funerals. 
  • Cathedral of St. Matthew, ‘landmark of faith in nation’s capital,’ celebrates 175th year
    Almost six weeks after Pope Francis prayed at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the cathedral’s 175th anniversary. At the Nov. 1 Mass, he encouraged the cathedral’s parishioners and guests to emulate the lives of the saints. 
  • New cemetery blessed at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish in Owings
    On the sunny fall morning of Oct. 31, members of Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish in Owings gathered as Cardinal Wuerl blessed their new cemetery.  
  • Walking the Walk with Francis
    During Masses on the weekend of Sept. 5-6, members of parishes across the Archdiocese of Washington took the Walk with Francis Pledge to honor Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the nation’s capital. Students at Catholic schools have also begun taking the pledge. Here are some examples of the many thousands of people who have taken the Walk with Francis Pledge. 
  • Dual milestones
    Our Lady’s Church in Medley’s Neck marked a double milestone Aug. 16 with a Mass observing the 250th anniversary of the parish and officially installing Father John Nguyen as its pastor. 
  • St. John Vianney Parish marks 50 years of prayer, service and family fun
    Welcoming people to the 50th anniversary Mass of St. John Vianney Parish in Prince Frederick on Aug. 2, Father Peter Daly noted, “This is a great occasion. Fifty years of prayer, faith and grace in this place.” 
  • As Franciscan parish, St. Camillus embraces care for creation
    Each year at the March for Life, the youth of St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring carry a banner that reads “Choose Life,” with words like abortion, death penalty, injustice and environmental degradation all crossed out. “We are very proud of our consistently pro-life banner,” said Father Jacek Orzechowski, a Franciscan priest at St. Camillus Parish. “...Care for creation, justice, respect for life [all] really fit together. They are part the seamless garment, a consistent ethic of life.” 
  • Cardinal Wuerl dedicates new altar at St. John the Evangelist
    “It is a day of rejoicing,” said Donald Cardinal Wuerl at the consecration of a new parish altar in Clinton, Maryland on Sunday, May 17. “May all who have come today and all to come who will celebrate at this altar be unified in [God’s] peace.” 
  • 10 ways one parish is going green and saving money
    Father Peter Daly, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Prince Frederick, has found that caring for creation is not only an important part of a living faith, but going green often saves the church money in the long run. “A lot of people think environmentalism is about feeling warm and fuzzy about the environment; it’s about actually looking at the hard facts of our energy consumption and realizing there’s a better way to do this,” he explained. 
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced the following priest appointments this week. They are effective as indicated. 
  • The human impact of gun violence was displayed outside St. Rose of Lima Church in Gaithersburg in recent weeks, and on May 31, a panel of experts spoke at the parish on the moral duty to protect human life. 
  • Encyclical offers practical tips for parishes, individuals to help the environment
    Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Sí, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion.  
  • Eucharistic Adoration offered in support of priests to be ordained this year
    Throughout the Archdiocese of Washington, Eucharistic Adoration is being offered at parishes as an opportunity for the faithful to offer their prayers and spiritual support for men being ordained this year on June 21.  
  • Jubilarian priests include four marking their 60th anniversaries
    Sixteen priests of the Archdiocese of Washington celebrating milestone anniversaries this year will be honored at a May 12 Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl at the St. Ursula Chapel of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Hyattsville. The Mass, followed by a dinner, will honor four priests celebrating their 60th anniversaries, two priests celebrating their 50th jubilees, five priests marking their 40th  jubilees, and five priests who were ordained 25 years ago. 
  • Two priests of Archdiocese of Washington marking their 50th anniversaries
    Two priests of the Archdiocese of Washington are marking their 50th anniversaries this year. The archdiocese’s 16 jubilee priests were honored at a May 12 Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl. 
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