Archdiocesan Calendar 2008
January 19 – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Mass
January 22 – Rally for Life and Youth Mass
January 26 – Briefing for Lobby Night
February 1-3 – Men’s Vocations Retreat
February 2 – Briefing for Lobby Night
February 11 – 150th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes
February 18 – Lobby Night in Annapolis
April 17 – Mass with Pope Benedict XVI
Rally for Life and Youth Mass – The Archdiocese of Washington will host the Rally for Life and Youth Mass on Tuesday, January 22, 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Verizon Center. Detailed information, including flyer and concelebrant RSVP form, has been sent to all priests and deacons and is available online at http://www.adw.org. For more information, call the Archdiocese of Washington Life Issues Department at 301-853-4555.
March for Life: Important Information on Buses - If your parish or school plans to take a bus to the Rally & Mass, or March for Life, please note that the District of Columbia now requires that any charter bus (even a school bus not owned by your school) must obtain a Trip Permit to enter the city. The permit costs $50. The bus operator can obtain the permit online at http://dmv.dc.gov/info/trippermit.shtm (click on “Trip Permit”). Failure to do so may result in a $500 fine or 180-day jail sentence for the bus owner. We look forward to seeing you on January 22.
The Light is On for You – Once More! – The Light is On for You, the popular Lenten initiative to promote participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, is back this year. This is a wonderful way for the faithful to prepare spiritually for the visit of the Holy Father in April. The confession times will be Wednesdays during Lent, starting February 13, from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (please note the new time). We once again will promote the initiative with radio, billboard and transit advertisements, including ads on Metro cars, the sides of Metro buses and the St. Mary’s County transit system. Materials once again will be available online at www.the-light-is-on.org.
Lobby Night in Annapolis – The Maryland Catholic Conference’s (MCC) annual “Lobby Night in Annapolis” will be held on President’s Day, February 18. Catholics from across Maryland can meet with their state legislators to advocate for justice and life issues in light of Catholic Social Teaching. The Archdiocese will arrange bus transportation for Lobby Night for persons in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and car-pooling for those in Southern Maryland.
Briefing sessions will be held at St. Camillus, Silver Spring, on Saturday, January 26 and St. Mary, Bryantown on February 2. MCC staff will discuss issues that will be considered by legislators in Annapolis during the coming session.
Please encourage parishioners to attend one of the pre-Lobby Night briefings and participate in Lobby Night. Questions? Contact Larry Couch, Legislative Policy Coordinator for the Archdiocesan Office of Social Concerns, at email@example.com or 301-853-5343.
FOCCUS trainings – The Archdiocese of Washington will host FOCCUS trainings from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on February 23 at St. Peter, Waldorf, and on March 1 at St. Michael the Archangel, Silver Spring, for clergy, religious and laity interested in learning to administer this pre-marital assessment tool. Cost is $75 per individual (or couple if being trained together). For more information or to register, contact Peter Murphy, director for the Office of Family Life, at 301-853-4546 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register before Feb. 11, 2008. For more information about FOCCUS, visit www.foccusinc.com.
Coming to a Bus Near You – New Catholic Schools Marketing Campaign – As part of the new Catholic schools marketing campaign, “Shaping their Future through Faith,” ads will run on the exteriors of more than 120 buses in the District of Columbia and Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties throughout January to gear up for Catholic Schools Week, January 27-February 2.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Mass – The annual Archdiocesan Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Mass will be held Saturday, January, 19, 2008, 5:00 p.m. at St. Augustine, 15th and V Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The prelude begins at 4:00 p.m.; a reception follows Mass. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Archdiocesan Office of Black Catholics at 301-853-4579 or email@example.com.
Rally for Life and Youth Mass – The Archdiocese of Washington will host the annual Rally for Life and Youth Mass on Tuesday, January 22, 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Verizon Center. Doors open at 7:00 a.m.; opportunities for Confession begin at 8:00 a.m. and a rally featuring popular Catholic recording artists is at 8:45 a.m. Mass begins at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow extra time for security (only small backpacks are allowed inside). The program will end in time for the March for Life. For more information, call the Archdiocese of Washington Life Issues Department at 301-853-4555.
Men’s Vocation Retreat: February 1-3, 2008 – Archbishop Wuerl is sponsoring a retreat for men in their 20′s-40′s who are considering a call to the priesthood at Theological College, Friday evening, February 1 to noon on Sunday, February 3. The retreat will allow men time away from the daily grind and provide an opportunity for prayer and reflection to examine God’s call. If you feel Jesus may be calling you, why not give Him a weekend? It will cost you nothing more than your time. To register or for more information, contact Msgr. Rob Panke, Director of Priest Vocations, at 301-853-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Day of Recollection: St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church-Her Life and the Art of Prayer – The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Vocation Society invites you to a Day of Recollection, Saturday, January 26, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Reflections offered by Monsignor Robert J. Panke, Archdiocesan Director of Priest Vocations and Formation. Free lunch. To register, contact Maris Moriarty at email@example.com or 301-853-4580.
Mount 2008: Seek the Face of Christ – Retreat Opportunity for High School Boys – The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Washington is offering an opportunity for high school boys to attend the Mount 2008 retreat at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD, February 8-10. Cost is $55 and registrations must be received by January 10. Mount 2008 is an annual Eucharistic-centered retreat designed for high school- and college-age Catholics. With the theme, “Seek the Face of Christ,” Mount 2008 will encourage participants to come to know Jesus as a friend, and to encounter His love and mercy in prayer, the Word of God, and the Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church. The speakers for this year’s retreat include Fr. Peter Mitchell and Todd Lemieux. The Mount 2008 website is http://mount2008.com/. For more information and to register, contact Father Mark Smith, Associate Director of Vocations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Retreat Day – Start your Lent in prayer and reflection. Msgr. Michael Fisher, Archdiocesan Vicar for Clergy, will serve as retreat master for a one-day Lenten retreat on Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Enjoy prayer, talks, Adoration, rosary, an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass. The $35 registration ($40 at the door) includes morning coffee and lunch. To register, send check payable to CAPP-USA, c/o David Brown, 5000 Millwood Lane, NW, Washington, DC 20016 or send an e-mail to CAPPDC_3@msn.com. Sponsored by Centesimus Annus Pro-Pontifice of the Archdiocese of Washington. CAPP is a lay-led pontifical organization founded by Pope John Paul II. For more information on the organization, visit www.CAPP-USA.org.
What Have You Done For Your Marriage Today? – Married or considering it? Visit http://www.foryourmarriage.org, a website by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The site offers daily marriage tips, recommended books, the facts about Church teaching on marriage and more to help couples build strong marriages. Also watch the TV spots, “What Have You Done for Your Marriage Today?” online.
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