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Year of St. Joseph​​​

The Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church and proclaimed December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 the Year of St. Joseph.  The Holy Father invites us to make the following prayer to St. Joseph:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.

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Let's journey prayerfully this Easter Season!

"He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said."  Matt. 28:6

Easter Prayer

God our Father, by raising Christ Your Son

You conquered the power of death and opened for us the way to eternal life.

Let our celebration today raise us up and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives

and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.  Amen.

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Sodality Prayer "To Jesus through Mary"
O Mother Mary, may you continue to bless our lives as we journey in faith, 
hope, and love.  Be our model and guide as we live in the grace won 
by your Son Jesus, in His suffering and resurrection. 
May your motherly intercession for us bring healing, strength and renewal. 
O Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.  Help us to bring all people to your Son, 
especially those in most need of His mercy. 
May our Sodality help us grow in your image as disciples of Jesus.  
We pray this in His name.  Amen.

(Thank you and God bless Fr. Michael Briese and Fr. Frank DeSiano for our Sodality prayer.)

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Our Lady Queen of Peace invites all to join in the recitation of the rosary every evening 
​at 8 PM on teleconference 712-832-8330, with access code 5245910#  

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O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God 
and Mediatrix of every grace:   I firmly believe that Your dearly beloved Son, 
Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really, 
and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament. 
I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart. 
Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally, 
be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul. 
O my Jesus, I embrace You as One who has already come, 
and I unite myself entirely to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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As we prepare for

Divine Mercy Sunday, we pray:

Eternal Father, I offer you

the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity

of your dearly beloved Son,

Our Lord Jesus Christ,

in atonement for our sins and those of the

whole world.

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Our Family Prayer for Justice and Human Dignity

Loving and faithful God, we come to you, Father, to ask that through your Son, Jesus and in communion with the Holy Spirit, you help us in the battle against America’s “original sin” of racism that divides us from being the Body of Christ that we are called to be as your children.

We implore you to give us your wisdom, so that we may build a community founded on the Gospel message of the life and dignity of all people from conception to natural death, and to live in communion like the divine communion of the Holy Trinity.  

Bless parents that they may form their children in faith, to love one another regardless of skin color, ethnicity and national origin, just as Jesus loves us. Bless and protect all of us as we live out our faith in being “instruments of your peace” as St. Francis said. Fill us with a thirst for justice and righteousness.

Hear our prayer and give us the courage, compassion, and perseverance to root out any form of injustice within our communities and to bring the healing love of Christ to all in need.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Church, hasten to help us and intercede on our behalf, so that our Archdiocese can continue to witness to the Gospel message of life and dignity of all people. 


(Prayer written by Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington, and by the three auxiliary bishops of Washington, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, Bishop Roy Campbell Jr. and Bishop Michael Fisher.)

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World Day of Peace 2021--Message of His Holiness Pope

​A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace

 ... God the Creator, the source of our human vocation to care

... God the Creator, a model of care

... Care in the ministry of Jesus

... A culture of care in the life of Jesus’ followers

... The principles of the Church’s social doctrine as the basis for a culture of care

Care as promotion of the dignity and rights of each person

“The very concept of the person, which originated and developed in Christianity, fosters the pursuit of a fully human development. Person always signifies relationship, not individualism; it affirms inclusion, not exclusion, unique and inviolable dignity, not exploitation”.[8] Each human person is an end in himself or herself, and never simply a means to be valued only for his or her usefulness. Persons are created to live together in families, communities and societies, where all are equal in dignity. Human rights derive from this dignity, as do human duties, like the responsibility to welcome and assist the poor, the sick, the excluded, every one of our “neighbours, near or far in space and time”.

Care for the common good

Every aspect of social, political and economic life achieves its fullest end when placed at the service of the common good, in other words, “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfilment more fully and more easily”.[10] Consequently, our plans and projects should always take into account their effects on the entire human family, and consider their consequences for the present and for coming generations. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the truth and timeliness of this fact.  In the face of the pandemic, “we have realized that we are in the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together”,[11] since “no one reaches salvation by themselves”[12] and no state can ensure the common good of its population if it remains isolated.

Care through solidarity

Solidarity concretely expresses our love for others, not as a vague sentiment but as a “firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all”.[14] Solidarity helps us to regard others – whether as individuals or, more broadly, as peoples or nations – as more than mere statistics, or as a means to be used and then discarded once no longer useful, but as our neighbours, companions on our journey, called like ourselves to partake of the banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God.

Care and protection of creation

The Encyclical Laudato Si’ is fully aware that all creation is interconnected. It also highlights our need to listen to the cry of the poor and, at the same time, to the cry of creation. Constant and attentive listening leads in turn to effective care for the earth, our common home, and for our brothers and sisters in need. Here I would once again point out that “a sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be authentic if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings”.[15] “Peace, justice and care for creation are three inherently connected questions, which cannot be separated in such a way as to be treated individually, lest we fall back into reductionism”.

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This message shared on National Prayer Day is from "the priests, and staff of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, who invite everyone to turn to our Blessed Mother.  Mary, who tenderly loves and protects her children, in praying the Most Holy Rosary to end the spread of the coronavirus and intercede for those directly affected."

"We ask you to pray the Rosary beginning today and continuing each day during this period of great anxiety, each day following the recitation of the Angelus at noon or 6:00 p.m., or whenever your schedule allows.  In so doing, you will be joining all of us here at Mary’s Shrine and many others in uniting our prayers as we invoke the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

"We also encourage you to offer the Prayer of Pope Francis to 'Our Lady, Health of the Sick' which he composed especially for the coronavirus pandemic."

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas we who are put to the test
and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.  Amen.

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Holy Father's Prayer Requests

The HOLY FATHER’S Prayer Intentions Entrusted 
to His Worldwide Prayer Network


JANUARY Intention for evangelization - Human fraternity
May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

FEBRUARY Universal intention - Violence against women
We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

MARCH Intention for evangelization - Sacrament of reconciliation Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

APRIL Universal intention - Fundamental rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

MAY Universal intention - The world of finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

JUNE Intention for evangelization - The beauty of marriage
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.

JULY Universal intention - Social friendship
We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.

AUGUST Intention for evangelization - The Church
Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

SEPTEMBER Universal intention - An environmentally sustainable lifestyle
We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.

OCTOBER Intention for evangelization - Missionary disciples
We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.

NOVEMBER Universal intention - People who suffer from depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.

DECEMBER Intention for evangelization - Catechists
​Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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In addition to online Masses on EWTN, the following URLs can be copied to your browser to partake in daily Mass:


And Sunday TV Mass is available to watch anytime on the National Shrine’s YouTube channel OR:

The Mass airs every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WDCW-50:
No cable; Dish or Direct TV subscribers: Ch. 50
Comcast: Ch. 23 in Washington, DC and Montgomery County; Ch. 3 in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland
RCN: Ch. 15
Verizon: Ch. 3


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears
and concerns -- You know what's in our hearts. We love You, trust You, we need You. 
We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.
We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so we ask that you bring your loving
and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them.
Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away. 
Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven. 
Please stand at the side of all medical professionals
who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others.
Lord, we are scared and we are sorrowful. Please heal us.
Send us your peace and overwhelming presence. 
(Mention your intentions here)
We ask the Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague,
to pray for us and all who are at-risk!
Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby.
Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You
with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal. Amen. 
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan
and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

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A Prayer for Those Who Live Alone

I live alone, dear Lord, stay by my side,
In all my daily needs be my guide.
Grant me good health, for that I pray,
To carry on my work from day to day.
Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed,
Let me be kind and unselfish in my neighbor's need.
Spare me from fire, from flood and
Malicious tongues,
From thieves, from fear, and evil ones.
If sickness or an accident befall,
Then humbly, Lord, I pray, hear my call.
And when I'm feeling low, or in despair,
Lift up my heart, and help me in my prayer.
I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear,
Because I feel Your presence ever near. Amen.


Prayer for Holy Souls

Merciful Father, hear our prayer and console us.  As we renew
our faith in Your Son, whom You raised from the dead, strengthen our hope
that all our departed sisters and brothers will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. 
Eternal rest grant unto them, ​O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May the rest in peace.  Amen.


Prayer to Our Lady of Loreto
O Mary, Immaculate Virgin, for the sake of your blessed house,
which we the angels moved to the pleasant hills of Loreto,
turn your benevolent eyes toward us.
For the holy walls within which you were born and lived as a child,
with prayers and the most sublime love;
for the fortunate walls that listened to the greetings of the angel
who called you; “Blessed among all women,”
and which remind us of the incarnation of the word
in your purest bosom;
for your blessed house, where you lived with Jesus and Joseph,
and which became during the centuries
the fervently longed-for destination of the saints,
who considered themselves lucky to kiss fervently your sacred walls,
bestow upon us the graces which we humbly ask,
and the fortune of coming to Heaven after the exile,
to repeat to you the greetings of the angel:  Hail Mary.

The Litany of Loreto

Lord, have mercy.     R: Christ, have mercy.
Lord have mercy, Christ hear us.    R: Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,                  R: Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,       R: Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,     R: Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,            R: Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,        R: Pray for us.  (repeat after each invocation)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of Virgins
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of Our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion
Mystical Rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of Ivory,
House of Gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace,
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world;   R: spare us O Lord!
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:     R: graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world:      R: have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.       R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Sodality Prayer Intentions

I ask you Lord, help us always keep before our eyes,

the example of Mary, who accepted the death of her son as a great mystery of salvation.

Help us to act with our gaze fixed on the good of others,

And die in the hope of the resurrection, conscious that we are never alone or abandoned

by God or Mary, the loving mother ever concerned for her children.

Christ above in torment hangs,

She beneath beholds the pangs of her dying glorious Son.

  • Pray in a special way every day for all priests, especially for all Sodality Moderators of the Archdiocese.

  • Pray for the special intentions of all Sodalists and their families, living and deceased.

  • Pray for all priests, religious, deacons and seminarians that they may continue to grow and share in their faith. 
  • Pray for our nation and the leaders of our nation.
  • Pray for an end to Covid-19 and for all who are suffering and who have suffered from the virus, including all the spiritually-inspired medical personnel, first responders and all essential personnel.
  • Pray in gratitude for all medical personnel and first responders, that our Heavenly Father be their strength.
  • Pray for peace and reconciliation in our world--have mercy on us and on the whole world.

"In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited.... In the spiritual works of mercy -- counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer -- we touch more directly our own sinfulness."  Pope Francis

Spiritual Works of Mercy

To counsel the doubtful.

To instruct the ignorant.

To admonish the sinner.

To comfort the sorrowful.

To forgive injuries.

To bear wrongs patiently.

To pray for the living and the dead.

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Begin each day by thanking God for another opportunity to praise Him for His kindness, mercy and compassion and to live out His Gospel message.  Pray the prayers of Faith, Hope, and Love and three (3) Hail Mary

Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and
Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine son became man, and died for our sins, and that He
will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy
Catholic Church teaches because Thou Hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

Act of Hope
O my god, relying on thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain
pardon of my sins, with the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Act of Love
O my god, I love thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Sodality Union "foster[s] spiritual formation on the specific source of our spirituality: The Exercises of St. Ignatius." 


Thoughts on starting a Spiritual Journal

How can a journal lead me closer to God?
The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life
to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts from God . . .
(from St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises)

How to begin a spiritual journal—
Sit quietly … Listen to the whisper of the Holy Spirit … Breathe deeply and pray that God be with you … Begin with a personal prayer:  “Come Holy Spirit! Help me to give myself entirely to Jesus through Mary.”

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Write down your prayer intentions . . . List all who have asked for prayers.
Write down any distractions (grocery list, etc.) in a corner at the bottom of the page.

Jot down a few words from the daily readings, from Father’s homily . . . What Is God telling me? 

Am I living the Sodality Way of Life? . . . Become aware of God’s presence.

Who brought me joy?  Who made me laugh? Made me smile?  What pleasure did I see in my family while we shared time at breakfast, in prayer, while taking a walk around the garden? 

Do I have restored health?  Did I bring the “joy of the Gospel” to at least one person today?

. . . Review your day with gratitude.

What is in my heart?  In my mind? In my memory?  What am I feeling?  Do not be afraid to write down your fears, your doubts?  Was I an example of Marian spirituality to all who crossed my path?
. . .  Pay attention to your emotions.

What did I accomplish during my busy day at the office, in my visit to my sick neighbor, as I listened to my daughter’s dreams and goals for school, for her family.
 . . .  Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.

Was I aware of God’s presence in the smallest blessings, in the frustrations of the day, in every aspect of my spiritual and physical surroundings?  How can I continue to surrender to His will?  “The New Evangelization offers hope” . . . Was I a living witness of God’s truth today?  Look toward tomorrow.

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and call my own.
Whatever I have or hold, you have given me.
I restore it all to you and surrender it wholly
to be governed by your will.
Give me only your love and grace
and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.

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Ask about Sodality Union's


May our Blessed Mother keep us in her most 
pure heart, and accompany in a special way the parish 
Sodality that took her to their home this month.

(Thank you and God bless Doris Patterson

and John Nicklow for their generous gifts.)

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Prayer For The Deceased Sodalist  

Most merciful Heart of Jesus, by the memory of your bitter passion and death, and of the sorrows of your Holy Mother, we ask you to have mercy on Souls of all departed Sodalists, especially on the souls of  _________________ who once were members of this Sodality.  May you too have pity on them Merciful Mother, deliver them speedily from Purgatory, offer up to God the great treasure of your merits, and those of your Divine Son, and of all His Saints, so that those who faithfully honored and served you in the Sodality during the time of their mortal life, may speedily hasten to enjoy with you forever the life without end in Heaven.     AMEN.

Lord Jesus, Lovingly welcome into your presence our Brother/Sister  __________ who have completed their journey on this earth, and have gone their rest in the hope of rejoicing with You forever in heaven.  Source of all life and love, in Your infinite mercy, look favorably upon their goodness, and forgive any sins they may have committed, so they may enjoy for all eternity the great rewards You have promised to those who believed in you.  AMEN.

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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain, so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession, to come unto You. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.  Amen.

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Litany of Humility
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…
Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X


Dear Lord,
In the process of gathering our thoughts as we begin this meeting:
May we treat each other’s ideas with reverence and respect.
May we hear each one’s Truth and Wisdom, that in the variety of viewpoints,
   out of the rich differences among us will come the balance of the Kingdom.
May we discover how to reject ideas without rejecting people.
May we discover how to share visions though we do not share the same means
    for reaching our desired goals.

May this meeting, then be for each of us a prayer, a lesson and

   a​n opportunity to be servants to those whom we represent.

We ask these things in you, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Pray for Vocations

(We invite each parish Sodality to submit its favorite prayer

or sacred image from its parish to include on this page.)

         Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington

                                                                                           To Jesus through Mary.