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Monday, May 02, 2016
Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy serving as Missionary of Mercy
Lent in the Jubilee Year of Mercy began in an unforgettable way for Father William Byrne, who during the Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was among the more than 700 priests from around the world commissioned by Pope Francis to be Missionaries of Mercy, to preach and teach about God’s mercy during the jubilee year.
Catholics invited to venerate relics of St. Sharbel at Our Lady of Lebanon
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Washington will host the relics of St. Sharbel Makhluf – a 19th century monk, hermit and miracle worker – on March 5 and 6.
Year after year, Capitol Hill church reliable way station for pro-lifers
March for Life hospitality at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill Catholic Church starts at 4 a.m. T
hat's when the first volunteers arrive at the basement parish hall to fire up 20 rented urns for coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
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 175
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.
Our Lady’s Church in Medley’s Neck marked a double milestone Aug. 16 with a Mass observing the 250
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 50
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 Wuerl announces priest appointments
Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced the following priest appointments this week. They are effective as indicated.
Display and panel discussion at St. Rose show the human cost of gun violence
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.
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