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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2017-2018 UPCOMING AND ONGOING EVENTS

Saturday, December 2, 2017 General Meeting

TBA  Rosary followed by Mass at Mount Calvery

6700 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20774. 

 

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Saturday, November 4 to Sodality Union Mass for Deceased Sodalists

St. Michael the Archangel, downtown Silver Spring, MD, we thank you for a beautiful day of Remembrance, and thank you to Jackie Wilson, Apostolic Life Committee Chair, for the prayers trifold.

Congratulations and thank you to incoming parish Sodality Prefects who attended the first gathering hosted by the Advisory Council.  May Our Blessed Mother be your gentle guide throughout your term.

Thank you to all who Joined us at Orientation to hear words of Wisdom by former and current officers
and Committee Chairs--always a special day of worship, learning and networking.

Continue to stay tuned for exciting plans for Sodality Union's 2018 100th Anniversary !

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Pilgrimage to Poland -- Sign up and contact Bernadette White, Special Services Chair, by October.


Jackie Lisa Williams, Spiritual Life Committee Chair, request parish Sodality information for the Books of Remembrance and Life, presented at the November and December Masses, respectively.


The annual Christmas Spiritual Bouquet for the Holy Father presented in December--Please send your parish spiritual offerings to Lisa Williams, Spiritual Life Chair


December 9, 2017 Annual Christmas Celebration Luncheon

Contact Doris Patterson, Hospitality Chair to registers


December 16, 2017 Walking Tour of the Museum of the Bible

The Special Services Committee invites all the The Bible - A Family Pilgrimage

Registration ends November 4, 2017.




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2018

March 9-11, 2018 Annual Lenten Retreat at the Washington Retreat House

Details coming soon.


April 7 Annual Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Fund

Details coming soon.



PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND AND EASTERN EUROPE

12 Days:  July 9 - 20, 2018











Warsaw * Krakow * Budapest * Vienna * Prague

Mass Celebrated Daily

Sponsored by Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington

WITH SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR REVERAND PAWEL SASS

Departure from Washington, DC

$3579 (air/land $2899 plus $680 gov't taxes/airline surcharges)

Includes roundtrip airfare from Washington, DC, first class/select hotels, most meals, professional tour director, comprehensive sightseeing and much more!!

For more information contact Bernadette White (202. 269.0710 or bcw3056@yahoo.com)
or Doris Patterson (301.248.1265)


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Sign up NOW for Sodality Union's December 16, 2017  
visit to the
Museum of the Bible!

Contact Bernadette White, Special Services Committee Chair

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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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2016-2017 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:

  • OUR BLESSED MOTHER’S LOVE FOR US 
  • HOW SHE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM AS WELL 
  • HOW PROTECTIVE SHE IS OF US
  • HOW THEY CAN SHARE IN HER LOVE OF GOD, JESUS, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

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








Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.


PRAY THE ROSARY!

Sodality Union Events

         Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington

M                                  Mary, Mother of Mercy, lead us with grateful hearts to serve your Son, Jesus.

                          


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)