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.
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Until we can continue our monthly pilgrimages,
look here for information about upcoming virtual meetings!
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Committee Chairs are kindly invited to submit the information requested on the following form to keep our community of Sodalists informed on the details of all upcoming events. Next Executive Council meeting: January 16.
February 2021 General Meeting TBA
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December 3, 2020
Dear Prefects and Moderators,
Blessed Advent greetings to each of you as we watch and wait for our Lord! I would like to share a few excerpts from Pope Francis’ homily this past First Sunday of Advent with the new 13 Cardinals, including our Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington in attendance: “The first message of Advent and the liturgical year: we need to recognize God’s closeness and say to him, “Come close to us once more!...Come Lord Jesus is the prayer that ends the Book of Revelation. We should say it often. If we ask Jesus to come close to us, we will train ourselves to be watchful ... Be watchful!”
Our regular general meeting, this First Saturday, December 5, 2020 starting at 9:00 am a prayer from Fr. Sass and then proceed with the Rosary.
From the Spiritual Life Committee Chair, Helen Awatefe: As a reminder, please send your Book of the Living, aka, your Sodality Roster, and Spiritual Bouquets to our Spiritual Life Chair, Helen Awatefe.
From the Ways and Means Chair, Bernadette White: [see letter that was sent on November 13th copied below].
During the last meeting, Fr. Sass requested that any Sodality that is hosting praying the Rosary, Novenas or Morning/Evening Prayers, to please email them to me. I have already received a few. We will put together a list for him. Fr. Sass may surprise you and your Sodality by participating with your during prayer time.
This Tuesday, December 8th, is the Feast day of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mary. Please see the attached prayer. I am looking forward to seeing you Saturday morning.
Yours in Jesus and Mary,
Lisa Williams, President
Sodality Union of ADW
From Ways and Means Committee Chair:
November 13, 2020
In response to your query on all issues surrounding our Annual James Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Raffle, this was established to further assist students obtaining a catholic education. Our donation is only a contribution added to the ADW Education Office. The Sodality Union has maintained a consistent annual event for this raffle. While April is normally the month of the raffle drawing, it is not specified in our Manual. Due to the continuous Covid 19 situation, we are looking at the possibility of having the raffle drawing June 2021.
Again, I ask for the # of Raffle tickets your parish will be responsible to. Tickets will be one dollar. One half of each ticket sold is retained for your treasury. NO REFUNDS. Stubs and Payment in full due 30 days before the drawing.
To facilitate the lottery process, it is my request that your response is sent via email to [Committee Chair Bernadette White].
Please use subject line for your Church name and # of tickets (or donation pledge). Your contact information placed in the body. This method will allow speedy recognition and attention to your response.
e.g. St Gabriel dc 300 tickets or ($300.00 donation pledge)
Bernadette White, 202.269.0710
A response would be appreciated by December 21, 2020.
The tentative proposal is to order 10,000 tickets with approval of funding to allow the Raffle to proceed. (application-fees-legal documents, etc.). Following the Sodality Union Executive Board approval and DC Lottery approval of tickets that can be ordered, will be made available.
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New Year's Blessings from our 2020-2022 officers!
Lisa Williams - President
Martha "Marti" Galvin - Vice President
Joyce Thomas - Recording Secretary
Janet Johnson - Treasurer
Sodality Commitment Mass--2020
Thank you and God Bless Father Kennedy, pastor of St. Gabriel, for welcoming Sodality Union.
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I pray that all of you and your families are doing well during this continued Covid pandemic. I have continued to keep all of you in my daily prayers and Rosaries...and of course, during my weekly Adoration.
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Spiritual Bouquet for the Holy Father: Please send your bouquet to Helen Awatefe, Spiritual Life Chair
Sodality Union Dues: The mailing address for our Treasurer, Janet Johnson
Please note that we will have the Biennial Reports available for the Sodalities who are in attendance. Distribution of these reports will be a continuous process whenever we are able to meet in person.
Yours in Jesus through Mary,
Lisa Williams, President
Sodality Union of ADW
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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
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
Sodalists to right of Chapel of Loreto,
replica in Prague
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
PRAY THE ROSARY!
Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington
To Jesus through Mary.
Sodality Union Events
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)