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Sunday, March 01, 2015
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  • Cathedral of St. Matthew kicks off 175th anniversary with prayer service
    The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, which was founded in 1840, kicked off its 175th anniversary celebration with a Jan. 25 Ecumenical Choral Vespers held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 
  • During his State of the State address on Feb. 4, newly inaugurated Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expressed his support for school choice and the Education Tax Credit, which would allow businesses to donate to education related non-profits, like Catholic schools, in exchange for tax credit. 
  • Early Saturday morning, January 10, Msgr. John Macfarlane of St. Elizabeth Parish in Rockville was working in his office when he smelled smoke coming from the outside. He quickly called the fire department to quell the flames that damaged about one fourth of the parish office building. Due to the extreme cold, one firefighter was injured slipping on ice at the scene, but the fire harmed no one else. 

  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish evangelizes through a love of D.C. sports and social media at the #CapsMass

    For Washington Capitals hockey fans, Jan. 1, 2015 will always be remembered as the day Troy Brouwer scored a goal within seconds of the final horn, winning the Winter Classic 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in a rink set up on the field of Nationals Park. For Catholics, Jan. 1 is remembered as the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, which inspired St. Vincent de Paul Parish, which has a stone church just a block away from the stadium, to host a Mass before the match for Catholic game-goers.

  • Caps fans invited to attend #CapsMass before WinterClassic
    Washington Capitals fans who are going to the Winter Classic and who need to fulfill their holy day obligation for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God can attend Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Jan 1. 
  • Chaptico Parish marks 100 years of witnessing faith in Southern Maryland
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass this past fall at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Chaptico, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Southern Maryland parish.

  • ‘Always a part of my life’
    On the left side of the nave of St. Thomas Apostle Church, N.W., hangs a replica of Rubens’ powerful 17th century artistic rendering of Doubting Thomas examining the wounds of the Risen Christ. For the past 100 years, the parish named for the “skeptical apostle” has never doubted or waivered in its mission of spreading the Gospel in the District’s Woodley Park neighborhood and beyond. 
  • 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. 
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