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Autumn Blessings !

​​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."


​​​​September    This special month celebrating our Blessed Mother and the beginning of the school

                     year, may we contemplate on the "Address of the Holy Father Francis, Prayer for

                     the Marian Day on the Occasion of the Year of Faith" (Oct. 12, 2013):

                    Young people, my dear young friends, you have a particular sensitivity towards injustice

                    but you are often on the part of people who put their own interests before the common

                    good.  To you and to all, I repeat: never yield to discouragement, do not lose trust, do not

                    allow your hope to be distinguished.  Situations can change, people can change, do not   

                    grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it with good.   The Church is with you, bringing you

                    the precious good of faith, bring Jesus Christ, who "came that they may have life and have

                    it abundantly."  (Jn 10:10).

Sept. 2     All invited to begin the personal retreat, 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.

Oct. 1-4        Graymoor Pilgrimage and Day of Reflection.  Our Lady of the Atonement Retreat House in 

                     Garrison, NY.  See flyer for details.

October 7- 9    30th Annual East of the River Revival Theme:  "Be Still and Know that I am God."

                     7 PM nightly at Mount Calvary Catholic Church, 6700 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD.

                     Revivalist Richard Lane, Catholic Lay Evangelist.  Presented by Southeast Deanery and

                     Partnering Churches , DC. 

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.

November 23  Washington Retreat House Fall Bazaar with baked goods and spaghetti dinner.

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


                           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 

General Meeting.

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

                                        Mary, Our Mother, intercede with Jesus to help us do whatever He tells us.