Around the Archdiocese—

      News/Events from our Sodalities and more

This Holy Season of Lent, may we

embrace all crosses on our journey and grow in discipline as we live intently this extraordinary time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Ongoing                Days of Prayer at the Washington Retreat House.  From 9 am to 3 pm,

                              4000 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC.  See attached to register.                   

See attached for Women's Retreat League of the Archdiocese of Washington schedule.

January 1             Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother God and WorldDay of Peace!  

                             The Holy Father's message for this year's World Day of Peace:

                                    Migrants and Refugees:  Men and Women in Search of Peace.

                   "In a spirit of Compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger,

                       or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty [or] environmental

                                                 degradation to leave their homelands."


4th of each month   Mary, Our Blessed Mother, asks us to pray very much, especially the Rosary.  Please

                            join the Washington Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) to pray the

                            Rosary on the 4th day of each month at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time). All are invited to

                            phone into the ACCW Rosary 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!

February 16       2018 Centenarian Celebration.  Do you know any Prince George's County residents who

                           are 90 years old or older?  The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning

                           Commission's Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County is

                           collecting information about county residents who are ages 90 and older invite them

                           to a special Centenarian Celebration being held in May.  Special recognitian will be

                           given to residents who are 90 years or older.  Please forward this information no later

                           than February 16, 2018 by contacting the program coordinator at 301.206.3375; TTY


August 17         The archdiocesan Office for Family Life will participate in the World Meeting of

                          Families 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The 11-day pilgrimage will be from August 17 to

                          August 27, 2018 and includes: official registration to the World Meeting of Families,

                         visits to Knock Sanctuary, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Folk

                         Park, and a cruise on Lough Corrib, with non-stop roundtrip flights from Washington

                         Dulles to Dublin and 9 nights in 3* and 4* hotels. This pilgrimage will be an important

                         and joyful way to prepare for participation in the World Meeting of Families. Please

                         join the pilgrimage and share the news about this exciting opportunity to gather with

                         families from around the world in Ireland. For more information call the archdiocesan

                         family life office at 301-853-4499.  For Registrations go to the following link:


                                     To obtain more information go to the following link:



Quarterly          Flame of Love Quarterly Gathering  

                    Quarterly gatherings begins with Mass at 12:10 pm at the Basilica of the National

                          Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC. 

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.

Monthly              Our Lady Rosa Mystica Holy Hour for priests devotion every 13th day of the month,

                            St. Andrew the Apostle, Silver Spring, MD



                               EWTN visited Holy Angels parish in Avenue, Maryland and filmed a 8-part

 documentary with Rev. Charles P. Connor entitled


                           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!

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

Remembering the

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 
    faithful departed
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)


         Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington

M                                  Mary, Mother of Mercy, lead us with grateful hearts to serve your Son, Jesus.