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Annual Day of Recollection

Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Rev. Mark Ivany, Director of Priest Vocations for the  Archdiocese of Washington, will lead a day of recollection at Annunciation Catholic Church (3810 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC).  The day will include Mass,  Adoration, Confessions, a  reflection, and vocation witness talks. Lunch will be served.   Donations are welcomed. It is not required to be an MTVS member to attend this event! For more information, please visit, or contact Maris Moriarty at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-636-9020.



Saint John Paul II National Shrine Events


Join fellow Catholic couples and families for a Holy Family Celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. This half-day celebration will feature an inspiring talk for couples by nationally recognized writer and speaker Msgr. Charles Pope, Mass and Consecration to the Holy Family, and fun catechesis for children and teens. The cost of attendance is $15 per couple and $30 for a family of three or more, which includes a meal after Mass. Register at:  This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, the DC State Council of the Knights of Columbus, and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.


The Shrine invites you to join our new apostolate, “Tea &  Rosary for Mothers.”  These mornings take place once a month from 9:45am to 12:00pm and include a short presentation, lively discussions over breakfast, and meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary. Babysitting and activities for young children (ages 2-12) are offered throughout the    morning so moms can enjoy the conversation and have an opportunity to go to confession. Everyone is welcome to stay for Mass at 12:00pm. For more information and to RSVP, visit: May Mary keep you  under her mantle until we see you at our next gathering!  For information, please contact Patricia Moes at(202) 635-5465 or





Looking for time away from all the busyness in your life? For only $20, join other young adults January 27 & 28 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine for a retreat sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington featuring: conferences by Dominican priests, small group reflections, Eucharistic    Adoration, confession, daily time for personal prayer, and Mass. Registration is required and can be done on our    Facebook page. Please note this is not an overnight retreat. Sessions on Saturday will take place between 10:00am and 9:30pm and on Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Snacks, along with lunch and dinner on Saturday will be provided. Start 2018 with a renewed understanding of your true identity in Christ.

Theology on Tap. In this casual atmosphere, you’ll hear straight talk and honest answers to your deepest questions about faith, love, work and other real life experiences.    Provides an opportunity to not only learn about the Catholic faith but also meet like-minded people and make new friends. Theology on Tap is open to all young adults, regardless of religious affiliation.  All young professionals (21-late 30s) are invited to our monthly DCCatholic Theology on Tap at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle.. Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month to grab a drink and hear straight talk and honest answers to your questions about faith, love, work and other real life experiences. Bring your friends and meet other young professionals for Happy Hour specials from 6-7pm with a talk and Q/A to follow from 7-8pmJanuary 9: Elizabeth Bruenig, Assistant Editor for the   Washington Post.



January 2018 issue of GEMS

Often adults express their feeling that they don’t know enough about their faith.   They are hesitant to talk about their faith; they shy away from participating in adult faith formation because they fear not knowing as much as the others; they are insecure in their ability to share faith and pass on faith to others.


 How might we:

·       respect the experiences – the God experiences – already in their lives?

·       respectfully provide opportunities for them to reflect on how much they already “know,” how much they have already experienced?

·       empower them to share their faith experiences with others?

·       nudge them to continuing growth?


All the past issues of GEMS are archived at


You might want to go back to GEMS #36 for an idea for the new year – for yourself and/or the people to whom you minister.



Some adult faith formation resources you might want to use in the coming year:

·       The Best Is Yet To Be: A Retreat for Older Adults:

·       Radiate Christ: A Lenten Retreat Kit:

·       The Creed:


Sunday Game Plan Videos

Below are links to 5 videos – the first is from our new series, Sunday Game Plan, then the latest from Fr. Bill Byrne’s 5 Things, a new video contest for middle and high school students, a video about one of our priests on the way to Sainthood, and lastly a message from Bishop Dorsonville about the V (5th) Encuentro.


Please take some time to watch and share these videos.  I am finding many people throughout our archdiocese who still do not know about our YouTube channel, WashArchdiocese, so if you would, please share these videos and our channel with your friends and family.  And if you are not subscribed, please click this link to easily subscribe today!


*NEW SERIES!* Sunday Game Plan | 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time:


The 5 Delightful Mysteries of the Rosary:


Love Saves Lives | Pro-Life Video Contest:


Venerable Aloysius Schwartz Mass:


V Encuentro | Obispo Mario Dorsonville:

WashArchdiocese YouTube Channel

Below are links to 5 videos – the latest from Fr. Bill Byrne’s 5 Things, our Principal of the Year, the latest Parish Encounter video (Holy Name with Fr. Bill Carloni), the Solar Eclipse with Fr. Peter Giovanoni and lastly, the first in our new music video series.


Please take some time to watch and share these videos.


Please, check our YouTube channel, WashArchdiocese, for more...


5 Myths about the Priesthood | 5 Things with Fr. Bill Byrne:


Distinguished Principal of the Year:


Holy Name of Jesus Parish | #ADWparish Encounters:


Solar Eclipse 2017 with Astronomer Priest:


Play Before the Lord: Music Video Series (Filmed at Immaculate Conception Church, NW DC):

VERY powerful and not a single word spoken

Make a Difference for Christians in Syria

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC is part of the Franciscan Custody (province) that has served the people and shrines in the Holy Land for 800 years. Please keep the Franciscan friars and parishioners in Syria in your prayers as they struggle to keep our Catholic faith alive in the midst of the war that has engulfed this second cradle of Christianity, the place of St. Paul’s conversion. Learn more at or call 202-526-6800, x895.


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