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Blessings for a summer
filled with family fun and God's peace!
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.
2018 Message: Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace. "In Peace 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."
May 25 St. Michael the Archangel's Annual Day of Recollection from 9 am to 3 pm at the
Washington Retreat House, 4000 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017.
Fr. Paul Dressler, OFM, Spiritual Director on Living Fully the Joy of the Gospel: Many
saints have stated that "Joy is the infallible sign of God's presence." The question we
must ask is simple: Are we truly joyful followers of Jesus? How might we open our hearts
more completely to the Joy of the Gospel?
June 8 Transitional Diaconate Ordination at 10 am at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle,
June 15 Priesthood Ordination at 10 am at the Basilica of the National Shrine, Washington, DC
(Mother Teresa Vocation Society invites all to pray for our priests.)
June 25 National Medjugorje Anniversary Celebration at St Joseph Church, 313 Second St., NE,
Washington, DC. Pray!, Pray! Pray! To be worthy Instruments in God's hands. Begins at
10 am with International Rosary, 12 pm Holy Mass, celebrant Fr. William Gurnee III and
ending at 3:30 pm with Eucharistic Blessing. Confession available.
August 3 St. Francis de Sales Crab Feast from noon to 3 pm! Streamed crab, burgers and more!
2021 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20018. Contact 202.575.4437 for
Oct. 1-4 Graymoor Pilgrimage and Day of Reflection. Our Lady of the Atonement Retreat House in
Garrison, NY. See flyer for details.
November 14 Our Lady of the Annunciation Sodality and Daughters of Isabella Present a bus trip
to Sight and Sound's Miracle of Christmas. Bus leaves St. Luke's Parking Lot at 9 am.
Payment information: $160. 1st $40 payment is due now. 2nd $40 payment is due
June 2019. 3rd $40 payment is due August 2019. Final $40 payment is due
October 2019. For information contact Joyce Thomas at 202.399.0943.
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.
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
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
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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!
Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington
Mary, Our Mother, intercede with Jesus to help us do whatever He tells us.