FEBRUARY 2016 - - ADW Women's Conference: Divine Mercy in Prayer and Action--God bless and thank you to all who attended the fulfilling day of prayer, fellowship, learning and sharing at the Annual Conference and special thank you to all who visited our display!
FEBRUARY 11, 2016 - - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED US ON OUR MARIAN TOUR at the FRANCISCAN MONASTERY. We encourage parish Sodalities to plan a Marian tour with your parish!
Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington
was delighted in 2015 to welcome Pope Francis to Washington
with prayers on behalf of
Fr. Michael Briese, Moderator, and affiliated parish Sodalities.
Assumption (DC), Church of the Incarnation (DC), Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian (DC), Holy Family (Hillcrest, MD), Holy Redeemer (MD), Jesus the Divine Word (MD), Mount Calvary (MD), Nativity (DC), Our Lady of Fatima (MD), Our Lady of Mercy (MD), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (DC), Our Lady Queen of Peace (MD), Our Lady of the Wayside (MD), Shrine of Sacred Heart (DC), Sacred Heart (La Plata, MD), St. Anthony of Padua (DC), St. Augustine (DC), St. Benedict the Moor (DC), St. Bernadette (MD), St. Bernadine of Siena (MD), St. Bernard of Clairvaux (MD), St. Columba (MD), St. Dominic (MD), St. Elizabeth (MD), St. Francis de Sales (MD), St. Francis Xavier (DC), St. Gabriel (DC), St. Hugh of Grenoble (MD), St. Jane Frances de Chantal (MD), St. John the Baptist (MD), St. John Baptist de la Salle (MD), St. Joseph (Largo, MD), St. Luke (DC), St. Margaret of Scotland (MD), St. Martin of Tours (DC), St. Mary (Bryantown, MD), St. Mary (Landover Hills, MD), St. Mary of Piscataway (MD), St. Michael the Archangel (Silver Spring, MD), St. Philip the Apostle (MD), St. Raphael (MD), St. Thomas Apostle (DC),
St. Thomas More (DC), St. Teresa of Avila (DC)
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Thank you to His Holiness for his apostolic blessing to Sodalists in response to our 2016 SPIRITUAL BOUQUET!
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 of God ....
(from St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises)
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
PRAY THE ROSARY!
Sodality Union Events
Sodalists to right of Chapel of Loreto,
replica in Prague
Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington
Mary, Our Mother, intercede with Jesus to help us do whatever He tells us.
Sodality Union “serve[s] as a voice of the Sodalities [throughout the Archdiocese] so that they may speak and act as a unit in Christian values.” Members from all parish Sodalities are invited to join us on our monthly “pilgrimage” to host parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Come learn about and share in the spiritual and apostolic works of Sodality Union.
Join us our monthly pilgrimages-click below for this term's Calendar!
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MAY GENERAL MEETING
We congratulate and pray for our incoming officers:
Lisa Williams - President
Martha "Marti" Galvin - Vice President
Joyce Thomas - Recording Secretary
Janet Johnson - Treasurer
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May 3, 2020
Dear Prefects and Executive Council Members,
During this time of travel/movement restrictions, the Executive Council has agreed to have the write-ups for the [Sodalist and Biennial] booklets delivered electronically to me. The booklets will be a feature on the website initially; when the restrictions are lifted we will plan to make hard copies available to you. If you do not have electronic submission capability, mail the report to me.
Thank you for your cooperation and I hope this makes submission of your report easier.
Continued blessings from Jesus Through Mary,
Have a blessed Easter Season. See Pray With Us page for information about online Masses.
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APRIL GENERAL MEETING
Winners of the 2020 Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Raffle are:
3rd Prizes, $100.00 prize:
Sharon O'Brien, St. Bernadette Church, Silver Spring
Sherlene Duckett, St. Benedict the Moor, Northeast Washington
Margaret Johnson, Holy Family Church-Mitchellville, Mitchellville, MD
2nd Prize, $300.00 prize: Elaine Wilson, St. Joseph Church-Largo, MD
1st Prize, $500.00 prize: Alberta Ford, St. Joseph Church-Largo, MD
The video recording of the 2020 Drawing is unavailable, but we congratulate the winners. Thank you all who participated in the SU Archdiocese Scholarship Fund Raffle.
April 2020 Letter from the President
Dear Prefects and Moderators:
In this distressing time, my solace is prayer. I have found the prayer of Pope Francis addresslng the coronavirus pandemic especially responsive to my concerns. You might find it comforting too. I have attached a copy of the prayer. You will find many prayers at the Sodality Union's website,www.sodalitvunionadw.org .
As you know, the restriction on gathering in large groups is still enforced, therefore, our May 2 and June 6, 2020, General Meetings will be via conference calls. The May meeting will start at 9:15 AM. The dial-in number for both meetings is the same as last month, (425) 436-6308, access code 859041. Please remember to mute your telephone when you are not speaking and to attend the meeting in an area that is free of background noise. Thank you.
The election results will be announced at the May meeting as usual. The elected Sodalists will be installed in June so that they can proceed with planning the Sodality Union's program for the 2020-2022 program years. We cannot not have the lnstallation Mass and biennial luncheon because of the restriction on gatherings.
Catholic Charities is presenting a zoom webinar on establishing a Parish Health Ministry. The goal of the meeting is to demonstrate how a health ministry provides a foundational platform to respond to the ongoing and changing needs of parishioners. Such a Ministry would certainly be useful at this time. The webinar will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM. The contact and sign-up information are included on the attached flyer.
Also, Catholic Charities has a continuing need for food items and is now asking individuals to sew masks for its staff and the people that it serves. Our Apostolic Life Chairperson, Janet Johnson, MD, will be providing further information on this request. During this time of high unemployment and furloughs, the requests for Catholic Charities services have greatly increased and the need for masks has increased accordingly. If you can help with this project it will be greatly appreciated; the masks will lessen the spread of the virus. We are also working to help fulfill the request for masks from the veterans' home in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Thank you for helping with these projects.
The Sodality at St. Benedict the Moor Church requests that we join them in praying the Rosary for Mrs. Evelyn Quander Rattley on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 9:00 AM. Mrs. Rattley's funeral will be held on the same day at 10:00 AM. Attendance is limited to family members.
Remembering that we are in the protective arms of Mary, I look forward to speaking with you during the conference call on May 2, 2020.
REMINDER: 2-YEAR REPORTS FOR THE SODALIST AND THE BIENNIAL REPORT ARE DUE BY MAY 23, 2020.
BLESSING TO ALL SODALISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
this Easter Season
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Words shared by Sodalist Lynn Hill: It’s exciting that so many of you have accepted the opportunity to be consecrated to Mary. As Sodalists we recognize that the surest way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is through His Immaculate Mother. Father Michael Gaitley’s “33 Days to Morning Glory” is a wonderful book . . . .
Father Gaitley calls his updated and simple book “a Marian consecration for the Third Millennium. Each week the book focuses on a different saint who lived and wrote about his/her devotion to Mary. On your journey to Jesus through Mary, you’ll read and ponder messages from St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillan Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and St. Pope John Paul II. The last five days contain a review of the writings.
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Scholarship winners and thank you to all who participated.
Christ by Daniel A. Lord, S.J. is stirring rich, intimate conversations between God
and Sodalists. (Sodalists: share your thoughts for posting on the website by emailing
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Thank you to all Sodalists and guests who celebrated with us the memorable 100th Anniversary of Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington!
St. John Paul II National Shrine, Washington, DC
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Thank you to all who came to learn and share as we journey in faith this new term, and thank you to our host parish Holy Family!! See Orientation flyer at the link below.
2016-2018 TERM IN REVIEW!
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May our Blessed Mother continue to bless
all host parishes who have welcomed Sodalists to their beautiful parishes this term.
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Parish Sodality Prefects continue to be invited to gatherings hosted by the Advisory Council. We invite all to general meetings to continue sharing words of Wisdom with fellow officers
and Committee Chairs--always special days of worship, learning and networking.
Continue to stay tuned for exciting plans for Sodality Union's 2018 100th Anniversary!
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Thank you to all who contributed to the lovely Remembrance of Deceased Sodalists in November and for all Sodalists in December.
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December 16, 2017 Walking Tour of the Museum of the Bible
The Bible - A Family Pilgrimage was a special time of Spiritual Learning
For All who joined us on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
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Thank you to all who joined Father and the pilgrimages who lovely shared their photographs and blessings experienced July 2018
PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND AND EASTERN EUROPE!
Warsaw * Krakow * Budapest * Vienna * Prague
Mass Celebrated Daily
Sponsored by Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington
WITH SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR REVERAND PAWEL SASS
Prayer intentions were also sent Fr. Sass
at ExecCouncil@SodalityUnionADW.org Your prayer intentions
traveled with the pilgrims to the many altars in Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague.
The pilgrims who journeyed together you July were blessed in countless ways and look forward to sharing our special adventures with you. Coming soon.
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The Apostolic Committee invites Sodalists to become aRosary Group Leader for the Children's Rosary Prayer Group in your parish. Who will teach children about Our Lady and her requests to pray the Rosary? Our Lady of Fatima appeared to children ages 6, 7 and 9! Sodality facilitator's will receive teaching materials that include Children's Rosary: Mysteries of the Rosary CD, Rosary of Children booklet, and other helpful materials. Ask us Jackie Wilson how you can become a Rosary Group Leader.
God Bless the many Sodalists who have already committed to bringing this very
special devotion to the future of our Church!
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2014-2016 in Review
Thank you to all who participated in Sodality Union's
Annual Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Event!
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God bless St. Luke's Sodality for hosting Sodality Union's closing meeting this June. We are also grateful to Sister Sara Dwyer for sharing stirring words of inspiration about our devotion to the Blessed Mother and the guidance in engaging youth in our lives in conversation about the beautiful devotion that leads Sodalists to Jesus through Mary.
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The Month of MARY
We thank our May host parishes St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Holy Angels Catholic Church for the beautiful Crowning of Mary and the warm southern Maryland welcome!
This year's Lenten journey we were inspired by the words we received from Father Sass at the Retreat to go forth with courage--beyond the retreat--and ask ourselves, "what is the cross in my life?" We are to make time the remainder of this Lenten season to contemplate this so that when we kiss the cross on Good Friday, we may have clarity of that cross. "Yes, I am afraid of this cross," but with complete trust we will turn to our merciful and gracious Lord who will take us out of this fear of the cross on Easter Sunday! Yes, I believe in the Resurrection! Father's resounding closing words at the retreat: GOD LOVES YOU!
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We thank all who join us for Junior Sodality's day of prayer and learning. Youth (and parents/sponsors) will visit the American Indian Museum on MAY 13, 2017. The day's schedule:
8 AM Youth and ALL Sodalists are invited on this Feast of Our Lady of Fatima to attend Mass at
St. Peter's Catholic Church, Second and C St., SE, Washington, DC
9 AM Walk to Museum
10 AM Enter Museum
1 PM Lunch at Museum's cafeteria. After lunch continue museum visit.
Who is St. Kateri Takakwitha? Who is St. Katherine Drexel? Come learn!
This event continues the Junior Sodality Committee's invitation at the General Meeting at OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP to share with our area's youth WHAT JUNIOR SODALITY IS ALL ABOUT, which includes to know of:
The Junior Sodality Committee thanks you for your support in sharing our love and devotion of the Blessed Mother and her example with our young people
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We thank our April host parish St. Thomas More Catholic Church. May our Blessed Mother intercede for our host parish Sodalists and Father's special intentions.
And, of course, thank you to all who participated in this year's Cardinal Hickey's Scholarship Fund and congratulations to all winners! Thank you Elsie Thomas & Sherlene Duckett, Ways and Means Co-chairs for planning and organizing this year's special annual event. Sodality Union is blessed to continue its support of this worthy contribution to our Archdiocese's Catholic school children--the future of the Church, of Catholic families.
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At the March General Meeting at Nativity Catholic Church we were blessed with a warm, vibrant and spiritually rich talk by our guest speaker Carol Monaco of Our Lady of Bethesda and Editor/Writer of Journey to Our Lady in publication for over ten years. We thank Carol with our prayerful gratitude for sharing a written copy of her presentation available below. As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Fatima's first apparition, Carol opened our hearts, inviting us with her words, to like Mary. embrace "all that Our Lady holds dear--God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," and reminding us that "our mission" is to pray and do good works for the rest of our lives." Enjoy!
Also in March, it was a weekend of blessings for all who attended this year's Lenten Retreat at the Washington Retreat House, with Fr. Pawel Sass, Retreat Master. It was a special time of friendship, prayer, Reconciliation, and Eucharistic celebration.
Theme: Reconciliation, Renewal ... Embracing the Forgiveness
of the Risen Lord
Do not fear anything. It is to keep you in peace that I place [a] priest between your soul
and Myself. The words he will speak to you are My words. Reveal to him your
soul’s greatest secrets. I will give him light to know your soul (Diary, 232).
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2014-2016 In Review