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Plant a Tree, Save a Child - Teak Tree Fundraising Project

Sometimes the world changes through huge efforts and great accomplishments. But sometimes all it takes to change the world is something small: a kind smile, a helping hand, one tree planted with hope for a better future. By joining in the “Plant a Tree, Save a Child” Project, you have the chance to make a huge impact through one small gesture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HchenfLQOAQ

www.gofundme.com/plant-a-tree-save-a-child

 

Easter Octave Concert

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to attend the annual Easter Octave Organ Recital on Sunday, April 28th at 6:00PM in the Great Upper Church. The organist for this recital will be Clay Christiansen of Salt Lake City, Utah. This event is free and open to the public and no tickets or reservations are required. The Basilica offers free parking and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Brookland-CUA Station of Metro's Red Line. For more information, please call the Basilica at 202-526-8300.

 

Give Life and Donate Blood! 2019

Join members of St. Matthew's Cathedral Social Justice Ministry as we hold a blood drive on Sunday, April 28 in  honor of Baby Margo Strother.  Baby Margo and her parents were parishioners at St. Matthew's Cathedral when she developed a condition that required her to be treated at Children's National Hospital here in Washington, DC. Fr. Jack Hurley of the parish ministered to the family. Although Baby Margo did not survive, her memory lives on as other children are helped by the treatment they receive at Children's National Hospital. We are blessed to have the continued support of Baby Margo's family as we host this blood drive in her memory. We have been asked to meet our registration goal of 20 donors by April 22. Please register and help save a life! Be sure to click here to register to give blood anytime from 9:30am to 2:30pm on Sunday, April 28. The blood donation van will be parked in front of the Cathedral. Remember, one unit of blood saves up to three lives! If you have questions, please email Norma Canedo  at        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Men’s Discernment Dinner

Sunday, May 19, 2019 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All single men, college age and up, who are practicing Catholics are invited to attend a Men’s Discernment Dinner held at Saint John Paul II Seminary. The evening will include Mass, dinner, and a chance to discuss the priesthood with priests, seminarians, and other young men from the Washington D.C. area. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Mark Ivany, Director of Priest Vocations, at 202-636-9020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Register online at www.DCpriest.org

 

2019 Annual Jubilarian Mass

Mass to honor couples married 25, 30, 35, 40 or more

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Please, call the parish office at 202-785-0982, to register, before April 20th.

 

Behold! Adoration and Confession

Behold the face of God every Thursday evening from 7-8pm at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC (3900 Harewood Rd., NE). During this time, there is Adoration with prayerful music, silence, and Confession. Behold! is hosted in collaboration with parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington. For more information, visit jp2shrine.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Online Formation Opportunities to Consider

  • Explore the Catechism in a year:

                  http://flocknote.com/catechism.

  • Catholic Social Teaching:

                http://catholicsocialteaching.eppc.org.

  • Prayer/Study Comprehensive App:

                  http://catholicapps.com/laudate/

  • Relevant Radio App:

                  https://relevantradio.com/listen/get-the-app/

  • Evangelization and Apologetics: Lighthouse Media

                   www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/mp2club

 

GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE

               APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
                  GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE

                OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

                
ON THE CALL TO HOLINESS 
                    IN TODAY’S WORLD

 

You can find it online. 

Type on your web search engine: Rejoice and Be Glad. Then click on Gaudete et exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in ... 

(Msgr. wanted to buy a thousand copies for distribution, but they will charge $10.95 each)

 

               APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
                  GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE

                OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

                
ON THE CALL TO HOLINESS 
                    IN TODAY’S WORLD

 

You can find it online. 

Type on your web search engine: Rejoice and Be Glad. Then click on Gaudete et exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in ... 

(Msgr. wanted to buy a thousand copies for distribution, but they will charge $10.95 each)

 

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE

OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

ON THE CALL TO HOLINESS 
IN TODAY’S WORLD

You can find it online. 

Type on your web search engine: Rejoice and Be Glad. Then click on Gaudete et exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in ... 

(Msgr. wanted to buy a thousand copies for distribution, but they will charge $10.95 each)

 

Retreat Center

OUR LADY OF BETHESDA RETREAT CENTER

 

Mary Magdalene: Insights from Ancient Magdala

Spend an evening discovering the Mary Magdalene you never knew! Our special guest speaker will be Jennifer Ristine, a     Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi. Jennifer has been   serving at the  recently excavated site of ancient Magdala in the Holy Land since 2014. Through archaeological discoveries,     historical texts, scriptural sources, and a survey of traditions, she offers a mosaic-like representation of the figure and importance of Mary     Magdalene. Suggested donation for this event is $25 per person. Advance registration is appreciated. 

 

Marriage Workshop: Healing Your Love

Tools for Overcoming Obstacles in Marriage

May 19-20, 2018

A Christ-Centered Marriage Renewal Workshop for couples looking to reconnect, repair, and re-energize their marriage. Adapted for the Catholic couple, this workshop is based on the international best-selling books Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love and Created for Connection by Dr. Sue Johnson.  The workshop will offer married couples instruction and guidance through healing conversations that can move them toward forgiveness and re-bonding. This is a two-day workshop, but couples will not stay overnight. The registration fee includes the workshop fee, all materials, expert guided assistance during the workshop from therapists and facilitators, plus breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the weekend. Cost to attend: $475 per couple; Early-Bird rate: $400 per couple        registered before April 16th.

 

Book Now! Plan your Vacation with Christ!

You don’t have to travel far to get away! Plan a get-away with Christ--in Bethesda! Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center offers silent weekend retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola throughout the year. Here are some          upcoming weekends:

Spiritual Exercises for Women

Jun 1-3, 2018 / 3-day retreat / $225 per person

Jun 28-Jul 1, 2018 / 4-day retreat / $300 per person

July 19-26, 2018 / 6-day retreat / $600 per person

 

Spiritual Exercises for Men

August 17-19 / 3-day retreat in Lent / $225 per person

 

Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center offers silent retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Located at 7007 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817. Visit our website www.ourladyofbethesda.org or call 301-365-0612.

 

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:

https://youtu.be/GARK0TIaOtE

 

Distinguished Principal of the Year:

https://youtu.be/ddhE_gVik6U

 

Holy Name of Jesus Parish | #ADWparish Encounters:

https://youtu.be/tlQUEINDCog

 

Solar Eclipse 2017 with Astronomer Priest:

https://youtu.be/5FTgHJbyejo

 

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

https://youtu.be/Uh_GwZPM1KA

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 myfranciscan.org/Syria or call 202-526-6800, x895.

 

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