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World Day of Peace 2021--Message of His Holiness Pope
A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace
... The principles of the Church’s social doctrine as the basis for a culture of care
Care as promotion of the dignity and rights of each person
“The very concept of the person, which originated and developed in Christianity, fosters the pursuit of a fully human development. Person always signifies relationship, not individualism; it affirms inclusion, not exclusion, unique and inviolable dignity, not exploitation”. Each human person is an end in himself or herself, and never simply a means to be valued only for his or her usefulness. Persons are created to live together in families, communities and societies, where all are equal in dignity. Human rights derive from this dignity, as do human duties, like the responsibility to welcome and assist the poor, the sick, the excluded, every one of our “neighbours, near or far in space and time”.
Care for the common good
Every aspect of social, political and economic life achieves its fullest end when placed at the service of the common good, in other words, “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfilment more fully and more easily”. Consequently, our plans and projects should always take into account their effects on the entire human family, and consider their consequences for the present and for coming generations. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the truth and timeliness of this fact. In the face of the pandemic, “we have realized that we are in the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together”, since “no one reaches salvation by themselves” and no state can ensure the common good of its population if it remains isolated.
Care through solidarity
Solidarity concretely expresses our love for others, not as a vague sentiment but as a “firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all”. Solidarity helps us to regard others – whether as individuals or, more broadly, as peoples or nations – as more than mere statistics, or as a means to be used and then discarded once no longer useful, but as our neighbours, companions on our journey, called like ourselves to partake of the banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God.
Care and protection of creation
The Encyclical Laudato Si’ is fully aware that all creation is interconnected. It also highlights our need to listen to the cry of the poor and, at the same time, to the cry of creation. Constant and attentive listening leads in turn to effective care for the earth, our common home, and for our brothers and sisters in need. Here I would once again point out that “a sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be authentic if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings”. “Peace, justice and care for creation are three inherently connected questions, which cannot be separated in such a way as to be treated individually, lest we fall back into reductionism”.
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MONTH OF MAY
"Guided by Shrines around the world during this month of May,
we recite the Rosary to invoke an end to the pandemic
and the resumption of social and work-related activities."
(Pope Francis, General Audience, 5 May 2021)
May 8, 15, 22 “On Fire for Jesus Through Mary!” A Virtual Three-Part Marian Series for Young
Adults hosted by St. Michael The Archangel Church Sodality, Silver Spring, MD
20910 to be held Saturdays, May 8, 15, and 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker on May 8th - Father Pawel Sass, Moderator of Sodality Union of the
Archdiocese of Washington, DC and Pastor, Nativity Parish.
Please RSVP by May 1, 2021 to email@example.com or
May 9 Month of May Rosary at the Basilica of the Holy House (Our Lady of Loreto), Italy.
Prayer intention: For all seniors
May 13 Month of May Rosary at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugual
Prayer intention: For all prisoners
May 15 Month of May Rosary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Medjugorje, Bosnia
Prayer intention: For all migrants
May 15 St. Michael Sodality invites you to participate in the annual Parish Day of Recollection
from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM. This one-day mini-retreat provides the opportunity for
quiet prayer and spiritual reflection through participation in the Mass, Rosary,
sacred music, and a presentation by Msgr. Eddie Tolentino.
Theme: on St. Joseph, Holy Spouse of the Virgin Mary.
Attend in person at the church or via live stream. See flyer for information on
in-person registration for the event.
May 17 Month of May Rosary at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
Prayer intention: For all world leaders and for all heads of international organizations
May 31 Month of May Rosary at the Vatican Gardens, Vatican City State
Prayer intention: For the end of the pandemic and the resumption
of our social and economic life
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Ongoing Join the Women's Retreat League's monthly programs and share in the prayers
and good works of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement at the Washington
Retreat House, 4000 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC. The aim of the League
is to increase the personal sanctity of the women of the Archdiocese.
Ongoing Parishes encouraged to plan prayer: 33 Days to Morning Glory.
Words shared by Lynn Hill, St. Raphael's Prefect: [As we into delve into 33 Days of Morning Glory]
I’m sure that you too are inspired by St. Louis de Montfort’s life. His countless parish missions
and the vicious persecution he underwent, as well as his “True Devotion to Mary” show his love
for the Blessed Mother. I hope that we can go to Jesus through Mary, as have so many others
who know St. Louis’ teaching.
Also inspiring is the passionate life of St. Maximillan Kolbe. This 20th Century saint was for years a successful missionary in Poland and Japan. Then shortly before his arrest by the Gestapo and his subsequent martyrdom, he wrote an enlightening paper about the Immaculate Conception. Perhaps tales of the Militia Immaculata, which he started with fellow seminarians, will encourage us to follow the Immaculate Conception to her Son.
Let’s pray for each other as we continue on our journey.
On 4th of Mary, Our Blessed Mother, asks us to pray very much, especially the Rosary.
each month You are invited to pray the Rosary with the Washington Archdiocesan Council of
Catholic Women (ACCW) the 4th day of each month at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern
time). Please join by calling 605.468.8016 and insert access code: 357090# to
pray the Rosary as a community. ACCW looks forward to your joining this
special time of prayer!
Quarterly Flame of Love Quarterly Gathering
[to be updated when event returns will be provided: Quarterly gatherings with
Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Ongoing Taping of TV Masses at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington,
DC. Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington among taping sponsors. We invite
parish Sodalities to share with us your plans to attend tapings of the TV Masses.
Sunday TV Mass airs every Sunday at 10:30 AM on WDCW-50
Ongoing Join Mother Teresa Vocation Society in praying for vocations.
Quarterly Join Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW).
Sodality Union is affiliate of ACCW, which is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women. NCCW acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
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The Holy Father's message for 2020 World Day of Peace: PEACE AS A JOURNEY OF HOPE:
DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION AND ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION
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The grace of God our Father is bestowed as unconditional love. Having received his forgiveness in Christ, we can set out to offer that peace to the men and women of our time. Day by day, the Holy Spirit prompts in us ways of thinking and speaking that can make us artisans of justice and peace.
May the God of peace bless us and come to our aid.
May Mary, Mother of the Prince of Peace and Mother of all the peoples of the earth, accompany and sustain us at every step of our journey of reconciliation.
And may all men and women who come into this world experience a life of peace and develop fully the promise of life and love dwelling in their heart.
The Holy Father's message for 2019 World Day of Peace: Good Politics at the Service of Peace. "In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you” (Lk 10:5-6). Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us and which we are called to care for and cultivate.
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EWTN visited Holy Angels parish in Avenue, Maryland and filmed a 8-part
documentary with Rev. Charles P. Connor entitled
CATHOLIC BEGINNINGS: MARYLAND.
Historic St. Clement's Island and our Mother of Light Shrine in Colton's Point, MD
and other historical sites were filmed! The documentary aired July 2016
and DVD is available! Ask about the DVD at any of the
EWTN featured a biography this year about Mother Mary Lange called Providence Will Provide. The biography of Mother Mary Lange (ca. 1794-1882), who founded the Oblate Sisters of the Providence, a religious community of black women (the first order of Black Catholic nuns in the world), in Baltimore in 1829, portrays her faith and perseverance
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016
Archdiocese of Washington prayer for the Year of Mercy
Almighty God and Father, You have created all things and know the desire of every heart. In this Year of Mercy, we reflect on your great love for us, and acknowledge our sinfulness and need for your healing mercy. Trusting that you never tire of forgiving us, we open our hearts to receive your forgiveness and love. Having encountered you, Mercy itself, and guided by the Holy Spirit, may we witness to the love we have received by sharing it with those most in need: the hungry, the homeless, the afflicted, and the oppressed. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Calendar for the Jubilee of Mercy
July 26 – July 31: Jubilee for young people (World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland)
September 5: Memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta—Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy
September 25: Jubilee for catechists
October 8 – October 9: Saturday and Sunday of Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary—MARIAN JUBILEE
November 1: Solemnity of All Saints: Holy Mass Celebrated by the Holy Father in memory of the
November 6: In Saint Peter’s Square—Jubilee for prisoners
November 13: Closing of the Holy Doors in the Basilica of Rome and the dioceses of the world
November 20: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus, King of the Universe (Closing of the Holy Door of Saint
Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy) (Except from Magnificat: Year of Mercy Companion)
PRAY THE ROSARY!
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To Jesus through Mary.