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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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  • DeMatha edges Good Counsel for WCAC football championship
    In another titanic Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title matchup, DeMatha outlasted Good Counsel, 24-20, to claim the 2014 Championship. The game was played Nov. 22 at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium. 
  • Maryland parish recalls doctor who died of Ebola as hero, man of faith

    Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving patients in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family, colleagues, government officials and friends as a man who loved God, lived to serve others and died as a hero.

  • Archbishop Carroll Food Drive gives students  a chance for ‘God to work through you’
    For most people, Thanksgiving means enjoying a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie along with friends and family. For students and faculty at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, Thanksgiving also means weeks of collecting and sorting more than 36,000 pounds of food to create the perfect Thanksgiving meal for families in need. 
  • Mourners encouraged to emulate faith  and kindness of Gonzaga’s Dominik Pettey
    Thousands of people packed the Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Nov. 8 to mourn the loss of Dominik Pettey, the Gonzaga College High School senior who was killed in a car crash on Nov. 1. He and four other students were in a disabled car on the side of the road when another car hit their vehicle, killing Pettey and injuring the other passengers. 
  • Brotherhood at center ice: Gonzaga hockey players square off to honor fallen teammate

    One by one, they skated to center ice at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena on Nov. 7, Gonzaga hockey players clad in purple uniforms on one blue line, and in white on the opposite blue line. As each player’s name was announced, the members of the school’s two varsity teams clanked their hockey sticks on ice, to welcome each teammate joining them, as the crowd cheered. Behind the net, a purple and white banner with Gonzaga’s logo read, “One Team, One Family.”

  • On a sunny, windy afternoon, Catholic Youth Organization soccer players ages 13 to 14 gathered at the Maryland Soccerplex to compete for the city title championships. The girls of St. Bernadette Parish in Silver Spring defeated the St. Joseph, Beltsville, team by 8-0, and the boys from Holy Redeemer Parish in Kensington bested St. Francis International School, Silver Spring, by a 3-1 score. 
  • Students visit St. John Paul II exhibit on opening day

    About 1,000 people, including students from the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, gathered at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington Oct. 22 for the newly canonized saint’s first universal feast day.

  • CBN-DC inaugural gala raises more than $30,000 to support Catholic education
    Leon Harris, the anchor for ABC 7/WJLA-TV, served as the master of ceremonies for the inaugural gala of the Catholic Business Network of the District of Columbia on Sept. 25, an event that made news by raising more than $30,000, which will provide grants supporting students in need at 14 Catholic schools in Washington.

  • New chapel and renovated wing blessed at Mary of  Nazareth School
    This past January’s polar vortex that partially froze Niagara Falls and caused a deep freeze in the Washington area, with temperatures near zero degrees, had a disastrous impact on Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown, causing a pipe to burst, with water flooding a wing of the school. 
  • ‘Art to Heart’
    An innovative outreach program between students at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown and persons with developmental disabilities in their community was honored this summer by the St. Mary’s County government.

  • Cardinal Wuerl presides at dedication  of Pittsburgh-area high school named in his honor
    The new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School represents so much of what is dear to his heart, said  Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. It passes on the faith and provides students with hope, a future, an  education and a moral foundation.

  • ‘Wimpy Kid’ author returns to Bishop McNamara
    In high school, Jeff Kinney was good at writing and drawing, but swimming – not so much.  He was on Bishop McNamara High School’s first swim team, but “I was so bad they asked me not to be in the photo in the yearbook.” 

  • Washington Jesuit Academy is ultimate winner in Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep rivalry

    Gonzaga College High School in Washington and Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda are two of the oldest Jesuit catholic secondary schools in the country. Located 10 miles apart, they first played a football game in 1891. Since then, the teams have matched up 75 more times with Gonzaga holding a slight 35-28 edge in wins. Due to scheduling conflicts and league obligations, the series went dormant after the 1988 game.

  • Just after sprinkling holy water on one of the three new state-of-the-art science labs at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Cardinal Donald Wuerl smiled and said, "It shows you what faith and people's willingness to work together can accomplish."

    Moments earlier, while presiding at the Sept. 4 blessing ceremony for Cristo Rey's new Academic and Science Wing, the cardinal had remembered standing in mud years earlier at the spot where the new science labs are now. 
  • Warm as ice

    Three years ago when Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown was named a National Blue Ribbon School, about 500 students, faculty and staff stood together on the school field wearing blue, forming the shape of a giant ribbon.

    On Aug. 29, about 500 Mary of Nazareth students again assembled on the field, this time for a more personal cause. Wearing their gym uniforms of red shirts and black shorts - their school colors - the students participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to stand in solidarity with Tom Schaefer, the father of three of their classmates. 

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