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Advent at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine

This Advent, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine (3900 Harewood Rd., NE) invites you to prepare the way for the Lord by joining them on for the “O Come Emmanuel” Art of Prayer Series on Sundays from 6-7pm. This program includes a presentation on interior prayer, time for silent meditation, and a sung Sunday Vespers service. Advent retreat opportunities include: Tea and Rosary for Mothers: Saturday, December 1 from 9:45am-12pm and an Advent Day of Recollection on Sunday, December 9 from 11:30am-4pm, led by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. On Saturday, December 8, the Shrine will hold the Visit of Saint Nicholas from 10am-12pm and a Marian Festival of Lights from 5-7pm. For details, please visit www.jp2shrine.org, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 202-635-5400.

 

Celebration of Las Posadas in Washington, DC

The Archdiocese of Washington, in partnership with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC),  invite you to remember the Holy Family’s journey by celebrating Las Posadas in the nation's capital. This Latin American tradition recreates Mary and Joseph’s quest for shelter as participants get a chance to dress up, sing, and feast in celebration of the upcoming birth of Jesus. It also reminds us of the similar journey immigrants experience in searching for refuge all over the world. On Monday, December 17, Mass will begin at 5pm at St. Joseph’s Church on Capitol Hill (313 2nd St., NE), celebrated by Bishop Mario Dorsonville. It will be followed by a  procession to St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill (313 2nd St., SE), where there will be a closing reception and the breaking of a piñata. For more information, contact Claudia Bartolini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Advent Day of Recollection

The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy invite you to join them for a day of recollection on Sunday, December 9 from 11:30am-4pm. Taking place at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, the day includes a spiritual talk, Mass, Confession, time for personal prayer and fellowship. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Annual Christmas Concert at the National Shrine

On Friday, December 7, the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in conjunction with the Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of The Catholic University of America, will present their Annual Christmas Concert for Charity. This festive concert of beautiful Christmas music is free and open to the public. The concert begins at 7:30pm and seats fill up quickly. No tickets or reservations are required; arrive early for seating. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave., NE, offers ample free parking, and is walking distance from the Brookland- CUA Station on Metro’s Red Line. For more information please visit www.nationalshrine.org or call 202-526-8300.

Community of Sant’Egidio

Seeking meaning in your life? Interested in what it means to live the Gospel and make a concrete difference in our community? Want to volunteer with friends and share moments of thoughtful reflection, prayer and service?

You are invited to two special moments of prayer offered by the Community of Sant’Egidio

Nov. 27 Cities for Life: Prayer for Prisoners on Death Row and for an End to the Death Penalty: In the spirit of the worldwide Cities for Life movement, the prayer will remember the victims of violent crimes and those condemned to death. Discussion and light refreshments to follow in the downstairs gallery.

Dec. 4 Vigil and Prayer for All Victims of Gun Violence: A candlelight vigil and prayer for all victims of gun violence, with special intentions for those who have died in Washington, DC.  The prayer will take place in the main sanctuary. In response to the proclamation of the Year of Mercy, the Community of Sant'Egidio has held a vigil for the End of Gun Violence in our city at St. Stephen's every other month since 2016.  

For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.santegidiousa.org 

 

Save the Date! Walk with Mary

The Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Walk with Mary procession and Mass to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, will take place on Saturday, December 1 with theme “Under Her Mantle.” This year the procession will leave promptly at 11:30 AM from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart (6th St. & Park Rd., NW) and will conclude at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego significantly marked the history of our continent. For centuries the miraculous image of Our Mother has called Catholics back to the faith and moved others to embrace their faith.

 

RESIGNATION OF CARDINAL WUERL

The resignation of our Archbishop, Donald Cardinal Wuerl has been accepted by Pope Francis. He originally submitted his resignation when he turned 75 nearly three years ago.  An Apostolic Administrator will be appointed to oversee the Archdiocese. The Cardinal issued this statement: "The Holy Father’s decision to provide new leadership to the Archdiocese can allow all of the faithful, clergy, religious and lay, to focus on healing and the future. It   permits this local Church to move forward. Once again, for any past errors in judgment I apologize and ask for pardon.  My resignation is one way to express my great and abiding love for you, the people of the Church of Washington.”. Cardinal Wuerl's Letter-to-the-Faithful-101218.pdf

 

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

 

Run or Ride for Vocations!

Registration is open for these two fun opportunities to help support our seminarians and vocations to the priesthood. The “Run for Vocations”/Marine Corp 10K will be held on Sunday, October 28. The “Ride for Vocations”/Southern Maryland Century bicycle ride will be held on Monday, September 3. Visit www.DCpriest.org/promote for more information and to register for either of these events.

 

21st Annual Filipino Pilgrimage at the National Shrine

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites the faithful to participate in the 21st Annual National Filipino Pilgrimage on Saturday, June 23. This pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage will begin at 10am with a Novena in the Crypt Church. The day’s events include Confessions and a reflection on “Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace” by Father Alejandro Pestano. Mass will begin at 2pm in the Great Upper Church, celebrated by the Bishop of Antipolo, Most Reverend Francisco M. de Leon. Immediately following the Mass, pilgrims are invited to join the procession to the Our Lady of Antipolo oratory for a blessing. For a detailed schedule, please visit www.antipolo.us.

 

Global Rosary Relay at the National Shrine

On Friday, June 8, join the 2018 Global Rosary Relay for Priests at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In addition to this date being the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it has also been     designated as World Priest Day. The National Shrine will be one of 170 shrines from 68 countries participating in the Global Rosary Relay, praying in thanksgiving to God for his priests and imploring the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of All Priests, for her priestly sons. The National Shrine’s “leg” of the relay begins at 5:45pm, immediately following the 5:15pm Mass in the Crypt Church.

 

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.

 

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