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March for Life 2018

February 19th, 2018

Join us at the Cathedral for a pre-Mass rally at 8:30am & Mass at 9:15am on January 19. Bishop Mario Dorsonville will be the celebrant at Mass. Interested in joining either the Mass or the March? Email Justin Silvers for more information! Join thousands of people from around the world, as we march & pray for ALL life, especially the most vulnerable!  There will be a Rally and Mass at the Capital One Arena for the youth from more than 100 arch(diocese) and other countries. The March for Life Rally will start at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall, in between Madison Dr and Jefferson Dr. The March will begin at 1pm, on Constitution Ave between 12th and 14th St..

 · About 20 university students from Randall Campus of McNeese State, Louisiana, will be at Saint Stephen Martyr Jan 18-21. Contact: Julie Cilano Julie@gwcatholic

· Also a group of 15 is coming from Scotland. They will arrive on  January 16th and will remain with us until January 22nd. Their coordinator is  Emmet Dooley. All are college students from Glasgow University and  Strathclyde University, both of which have banned these students from forming a official pro life club or society.  They work for SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year making it the oldest pro life organization in the World. One is studying to be a doctor and after he asked his tutor for permission to travel to Washington, a long lecture tried to block him   going and did a write up opposing his attendance! They also have a staff from London and Katie Ascough who is a wee pro life celebrity.  She was student president at the University City Dublin, and was impeached as she would not break the law of the land and advertise graphic abortion information in the student magazine under advice from the university lawyer.

· If you would like to bring some refreshments for this groups, please,  contact Msgr. at 202-785-0982.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Georgetown Ministry Center’s Rotating Winter Shelter

Each year, Saint Stephen has the privilege to participate  in  the Georgetown Ministry Center’s rotating winter shelter.  The  shelter  provides overnight accommodations, family-style meals, and other support for ten people in the community who currently lack housing. This year, as part of the shelter, Saint Stephen will provide dinner at Epiphany Catholic Church in Georgetown on Wednesday, February 20th, Thursday, February 21st & Friday, February 22nd. We need volunteers to bring food, help during dinner and clean up. Arrival time is 6:30 p.m. Clean-up is usually done by around 8:45 p.m. If you are able to help, or if you have any question, please contact Laura Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is a wonderful opportunity to be of service, to get to know one another, and to share a tasty meal. 

 

Small Group - The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew Small Group

St Matthew's Gospel Small Group

 

Sundays, after the 11am Mass.

Rosi Meza-Steel and Deacon Jon Liu will lead the study using 50 minute videos done by Jeff Cavins, followed by discussion and prayer.  A great opportunity to learn Scripture and deepen your faith live.

 

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Friends of the Music Ministry Campaign 2017-2018

I invite you to continue to support our yearly drive, using your  envelope in your monthly offertory or through Faith Direct, to preserve our music ministry.  

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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

 

Fr. Bill Ryan TV Interview

https://youtu.be/28n4UxZMyCw

Father Ryan, founding pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in the Archdiocese of Lome in Togo, shares hisstories of his mission work. 

 

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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