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Blessings for a Fruitful

2017-2018 term

Ongoing                Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace in Maryland and Washington, DC.  Celebrate

this year                 Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrimage at Our Lady Queen of Peace and  

                              the beautiful and holy Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Barnesville

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 additional Meeting of

the Women's Retreat League of the Archdiocese of Washington

October 6             Autumn Splendor Bingo at Mother Seton Parish.  The Sodality of Mother Seton Parish,

                             19951 Fr. Hurley Blvd., Germantown, is sponsoring this autumnal event.  Prizes

                             include bags by Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley and Dooney & Burke.

                             Doors open at 5 pm, bingo starts at 7 pm, with dinner featured by Lancaster County

                             Dutch Market Chicken.  Admission is $35, which includes regular game cards, two

                             special games, dinner and door prize drawings.  Don't wait to reserve your seat. 

                             Groups are welcomed.  To pay and reserve seat in advance, contact Laurie Saenz at
                   , or 240.848.3663. 

                                                  Don't miss out on this evening of fun!!!

October 7            Vigil Mass to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with Monsignor

                             John Enzler, as presider and homilist will be held at 5 pm at the Upper Church of the

                             Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.   

November 11       St. Hugh of Grenoble Sodality Day of Reflection starting with Mass at 9:00 am.

                             Speaker:  Father Dan Leary.  Topic:  Healing.  Address: 135 Crescent Road, Greenbelt,

                             MD  20770.

November 18       Little Sisters of the Poor Fall Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4200

                             Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017.  The day also includes a bake sale,

                             basket raffles, food and refreshments, plus a "$10 Bag Sale" at 3 p.m.   The 

                            Association Jeanne Jugan and volunteers are busy sorting donations, setting up the

                            auditorium, and displaying and arranging all the beautiful donations that have been

                            received, but they need and will greatly appreciate the donation of new or gently used

                            items.  Donations of saleable items accepted now until Wednesday, November 15

                            include: kitchen and house wares, glassware, silverware and home décor items, vases,

                            collectible figurines, baskets, curtains, table runners, and jewelry (costume or real)

                            accessories for men and women - wallets, ties, belts, scarves and gloves, spa items

                            (new or unopened).  Donations of baked goods accepted Saturday, November 18 at 9

                            a.m.  For information contact Carol Monaco at

                                  All funds raised will support The Little Sisters of the Poor assisting

                                               this city's poorest elderly and help to make

                                           the Residents happy and comfortable in their final years.

November 18    Washington Retreat House Fund Raiser and Spaghetti Dinner from 12 pm to 4 pm.  All

                          are invited to the fundraiser benefiting the ministry at the Washington Retreat House

                          operated by the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.  Purchase items include small

                          appliances, lots of Christmas items, beautiful gift baskets and lots more.  Reserve your

                          tickets by calling 202.529.1111.  Address:  4000 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC.

December 4      Join us for the filming of Christmas TV Mass at the National Shrine.  Gather starting at

                         6:45 pm in your festive Christmas outfits.

December 8      Dedication of the Trinity Dome Mosaic with noon Mass in the Great Upper Church at the

                          Basilica of the National Shrine.

Quarterly          Flame of Love Quarterly Gathering  

                    On Saturday, June 17, the quarterly gathering begins with Mass at 12:10 pm at the

                          Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue,

                          NE, Washington, DC. 

                          Thank you to St. Mary's Sodality in Barnesville for inviting Sodalist to the

                         100th anniversary year of the Fatima special celebration.

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.