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GW Catholics Spring Retreat: "Prayer" 

All GW Students are welcome to attend!

February 22-24, 2019 at Concord Retreat Center in West VA  (2 hours outside of DC).  Cost: $50, some scholarships available. Payments can be made on Venmo (@GW_Catholics) or cash. Register by February 15 at gwcatholics.org/retreats. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

Workshop for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

 

It will be offered on three Saturdays, 9am-12pm, during this winter and spring: February 16 at St. Catherine Laboure Church (Wheaton, MD); February 23 at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (Hyattsville, MD); and April 6 at St. Matthias Church (Lanham, MD). This workshop will instruct the faithful on how to serve effectively as an EMHC in the parish setting as well as when taking Holy Communion to the sick and shut-ins. It is intended primarily for those who wish to be certified as an EMHC in the Archdiocese of Washington, but it is open to all. A $5 registration fee can be paid at the door. Please RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Archdiocesan Men's Retreat

On the weekend of February 8-10, the archdiocesan Men's Retreat will be held at Priestfield Pastoral Center in Kearneysville, WV, which is a short drive from the Washington, DC area. The theme of the retreat, directed by Fr. Dave Wells and Fr. Rick Kramer, is “Man’s Vocation: Priest, Prophet and King." This retreat will provide you with time away to reconnect and recharge the most important relationship in your life - your relationship with the Lord. There will be Daily Mass, Confessions, and Adoration. The cost is $235 for the weekend, covering a double occupancy room (two double beds and a private bath) and meals      including dinner Friday night; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. To register, please visit 2019adwmenretreat.eventbrite.com. For additional questions, call the archdiocesan Office for Family Life at 301-853-4546.

 

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

 

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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