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Blessings as we prepare for
this year's Lenten Season!
The Holy Father's message for 2010 World Day of Peace: PEACE AS A JOURNEY OF HOPE:
DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION AND ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION
Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family. As a human attitude, our hope for peace is marked by an existential tension that makes it possible for the present, with all its difficulties, to be “lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey”. Hope is thus the virtue that inspires us and keeps us moving forward, even when obstacles seem insurmountable. * * *
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.
February 15 The National Council of Catholic Women has partnered with Cross Catholic Outreach to
offer you a 5 day Vision Trip experience to Guatemala. This trip will give you the
opportunity to see the communities that benefit from the Box of Joy program.
There are two trips available: May 1-5, 2020 and June 28-July 2, 2020.
There is a minimum of 10 participants per trip. Price will depend on the number
of participants. Registration deadline is February 15, 2020. Please contact
Tessie O'Dea at 800-914-2420 extension 158 or email, TODea@CrossCatholic.org
for further details or to register.
February 21 Washington Retreat House League - The Grace of Enough, by Holly Stewart
As Lent approaches join us for a lively book discussion focused on living simply
and letting go of the things that separate us from Jesus. Contact 202.529.1111.
March 11 Mother Teresa Vocation Society Evening of Recollection
Jesus Divine Word, 885 Cox Road, Huntington, MD
Father Kenneth Gill, Presenter.
March 19 Washington Retreat House League - Lenten Days of Reflection and Pilgrimage from
9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We're off on another pilgrimage and day of reflection to the Shrine
of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD. Suggested donation: $45. Contact 202.529.1111.
March 28 Mother Teresa Vocation Society Morning Day of Recollection.
Saint Patrick, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD
Father David Wells, Presenter.
April 16 Washington Retreat House League - Spring Celebration
Cherry Blossom / Monument Lunch Cruise. Meet at the dock!
Approximate cost: $70. Contact 202.529.1111.
April 25 Join the National Blue Army on its annual bus pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady
of Fatima in Washington, NJ. Register by April 5. Contact 301.949.5710.
April 29 St. John the Baptist Sodality invites you to join them in seeing the play “Queen Esther” at
the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. and to dine at Miller’s Smorgasbord.
Board the bus behind the church at 7 a.m., leave at 7:15 a.m. and get back 7:15 p.m. The
cost, $145, is all inclusive; $50 reserves a space but the balance ($95) must be paid my
March 26, 2020. If you have any questions, call Ellen Cygnarowicz on 301-879-0232
or Mary Ellen Monk on 301-622-2892.
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.
Upcoming 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
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.