June Pastoral Council Meeting

Tuesday, June 12 at 7:15 PM in the Rectory Gallery

This includes (1) planning how best to enhance  Sunday Hospitality; (2) create a reliable set of social events; e.g. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Saint Patrick’s Day , Cherry Blossom Pot Lucks, Phil-Am Night, an Epiphany Party, etc.  (3)  arrange with Maria Cristina Peano-Tenaglia, our Office Manager and Rental Coordinator, complete plan for the rental, promotion and management  of our new facility, especially for weddings.

 

Friends of the Music Ministry Reception

 

A thank you sit down dinner in the rectory will be offer to those who had donated $2,500 or more, on Friday, June 22nd at 7:00pm.  Featuring Msgr.’special Shrimp Caesar Salad, Beef Wellington, and a dessert of Baked Alaska served Flambéed with a Cherries Jubilee Sauce. Wine and Cordials.  An invitation letter was send out by mail, to those donors. Please, don’t forget to RSVP before June 20th, by calling at  202-785-0982

 

 

pdf Friends of the Music Premiums 2017-2018 (156 KB)

 

Summer Food Drive

In cooperation with Catholic Charities, on June 9, 10, 16 & 17, we will be taking up a food drive in behalf of the Food Pantries of St. Thomas More, St. Francis Xavier, Holy Name and St. Luke Parishes. Their suggestion as to what  people need include canned tuna and chicken, Cheerios, Bran Flakes, canned, vegetables, Hearty soups, canned fruit, baked beans, rice, pasta, and, if possible in plastic containers, peanut butter, preserves, and pasta sauce. Thank you for considering the needs of the poor. Whatever you donate will go to a poor family.

 

Young Adults Cooking Class

Sunday, June 24th at 6:30pm

Back by Popular Request

Making Baklava. You can do it!

Heavy hors d’oeuvers, salad, wine, good company, and of course the featured dessert. Each person will have the experience of working with Philo dough, and you will take home what you make! $5 per person to cover the costs

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Fr. Sirianni!!!

Warmest Congratulations to  Father Klaus Sirianni as we celebrate with him 40 years of priestly service in the Archdiocese and as an Air Force Chaplain. You are invited to a reception in his honor, this coming Sunday, May 6th at 12:15 pm in the rectory.

Congratulation to Annmarie Emmet!

 
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke presented the “History, Heroes, and Hope Award” to two distinguished, longtime National Mall volunteers. Secretary Zinke has demonstrated a lifelong appreciation for conserving America’s natural beauty and is a champion of conservation and smart management of federal lands.
History, Heroes and Hope Award
 
The Trust for the National Mall developed the “History, Heroes, and Hope Award” in 2014 to honor an individual, corporation or organization that embodies the visionary spirit and courage exemplified on the National Mall. This year the Trust selected two individuals who have made a significant contribution to the National Mall as longtime Volunteers-In-Parks participants.
 
Annmarie Emmet has been a volunteer since 1987. Annmarie has amassed well over 18,000 hours and has no plans of stopping any time soon. She has tirelessly climbed ladders and made thousands of rubbings of names for visitors who wish to have a keepsake of their visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

A Magnificent Gift!

Through the generosity of Mr. Edward Kratovil, who is downsizing, we have received an 8 feet in diameter table and 12 leather chairs for our downstairs Gallery.  The table is of golden mahogany, zebrawood and ebonized oak, with a central base. We were told that the original cost was $35,000. The Gallery walls, with the falling wallpaper, will also be restored along with the flooring.

 

 

 

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From Fr. Bill Ryan of the Togo Mission

Dear Parishioners,

As I prepare to return to Togo, I want to offer a heartfelt thanks to St. Stephen’s Parish for your kind welcome and for your generous collection a few weeks ago.  The funds will soon be transferred to the mission parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe where I serve.  You have my pledge that they will be put to good use in the projects that I described in my homily.   It is truly inspiring to for me to realize how openhearted people here at home have been in their desire to help our brothers and sisters in Africa who have so little.  For more information about the mission in Togo, you can visit our website, which is togomissionparish.org.  And here are the links to a TV and radio interview that I had recently with EWTN: TV interview (4 ½ minutes):  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28n4UxZMyCw

Radio interview (10 minutes – go to the 46-minute mark to start): https://soundcloud.com/ewtn- radio/morning-glory-for- monday-august-28th-2017-with- father-bill-ryan

Please pray for the mission, as we will pray to all those here in the States who have been so generous.

May God bless each and every one of you.

Fr. William Ryan

 

TOGO MISSION

Togo Mission

The mission combines development projects with evangelization, bringing Christ to the poor in word, deed and Sacrament.  For more information, visit togomissionparish.org. For the following two weeks, every donation in the poor box will be to help this Mission

 

           

  

 

THE DON BOSCO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE; LAHORE, PAKISTAN

The Don Bosco Technical   Institute for Boys in Lahore, Pakistan, is a trade school,      educating mainly Christian but also some Muslim youths,  ranging in age from 15 to 22.  The center, run and heavily subsidized by the Salesians of Saint Don Bosco, opened in 2000 with 10 Catholic boarding students. The Salesian community is the religious order to which our own Father Ledesma belongs, though he works mainly in Thailand.

Spread over an area the equivalent of three football fields, the center offers technical skills to youths, most of whom dropped out of school because continuing education was beyond the financial means of their families. Salesian Father Miguel Angel Ruiz, the center's principal, took charge in 2002. The center has expanded from one to four technical trades: automotive, electrical, metalwork, and air conditioning and refrigeration. Students in its two-year program learn skills in each of these trades. 

The Institute produces skilled manpower to respond toPakistan's annual need for 1 million skilled workers in local industries. In July 2011 the Chairman of the Technical and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) visited the Institute. Impressed by the cutting edge laboratories of the institute he proposed a plan of cooperation between the Centre and the Government to replicate the advances in other institutes in the country. 

In 2012 the former principal Father Miguel Angel Ruiz, a  Salesian Father , was awarded the Medal of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholicby the King of Spain. The present principal is Father Peter Zeigo, a Salesian Father from Italy. The school was founded by Father Hans, a Salesian from Australia.

 

Your donation of $20 a month to theScholarship Fund will enable a destitutestudent to obtain a technical educationwhich will assure him and his familyof a decent life.

 

Fr. George Daniel visiting us from Lahore, Pakistan

I was born a Catholic Christian. Christians are a tiny minority in an overwhelming Muslim Pakistan, with a population of more than 200 millions. I come from a family with fourchildren; 3 boys and 1 girl.  My father works as a clerk in the flood and irrigation department, and my mother was a house-wife. For my parents, it was not easy at all to take care of us andeducate us.  They always found them self struggling to make both ends meet. I grew up in a devout, and profoundly religious family. It is within this prayerful   environment, that I heard God calling me to Himself, thus, a   vocation conceived, born and grew.  I became a priestbecause the love and mercy received and my family, and I wanted to share with everyone. 

Real challenges of Christians, in particular, the Catholic Church, are innumerable. In all walks of our life as Catholic, we encounter these every moment of every day. Apart from  hostile, oppressive, discriminatory and hateful attitude of state and society, we have to face true challenges of constant fear of our vulnerability. Any suspicion of any mal-action against   Islam can trigger an attack, burning down Christian’s properties and even killing.  This is the most crucial challenge we encounter, because the society is radical to the extreme, it doesn’t leave much room for others to exit.  It is difficult to be a Christian, “We are aware” “For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so the life of Jesus may be manifested in one mortal flesh” 2 Cor 4:11

St Stephen Martyr Parish has helped St. Paul’s Parish inLahore in various ways; by helping us furnish our church, by offering scholarship to two students: Natalie Wylde, studying in Bsc honors, and Ashbeel Shakie, studying doctor of Pharmacy.  And Yohanna bad bombing incident at two churches by   sending donations to the victims.  In this incident there were more than 1,400 injured.  St Stephen helps us constructing churches, because a church building is a source of strength, growing stronger and given Christians identity in a society which does not want to recognize their presence ever, and in giving out scholarships to students.  I am very thankful and grateful for the love, concern and  support we receive from this Parish through Msgr. Paul. Your help reminds me that “We are the Body of Christ” thus one, no matter where we are.

 

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