Calendar of Events
- 10/05 Red Mass
- 10/06 Voter Registration Deadline (DC)
- 10/09 Christ in the City
- 10/12 Archdiocesan Marian Pilgrimage to the National Shrine
- 10/14 Voter Registration Deadline (MD)
- 10/26 Marine Corps Marathon Run for Vocations
- 11/04 Election Day
- 11/13 Christ in the City
- 12/11 Christ in the City
- 01/08 Christ in the City
News and Announcements
Annual Archdiocesan Marian Pilgrimage/Peregrinación Annual – We call your attention to an important announcement concerning the annual archdiocesan Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, October 12. All are invited to attend and show our love for Mary. The theme is In the Year of St. Paul, a journey of faith with Mary, Mother of Hope. Confessions will begin at 1:30 p.m.; Scriptural reflections at 2:00 p.m., the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. and Mass at 3:00 p.m. The Mass satisfies the Sunday obligation.
The United States bishops’ document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, reminds us that “participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all that we do.”
To assist parishes this fall, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a website with extensive resources and ideas for parishes, individuals, youth and schools, www.faithfulcitizenship.org. In addition, the Maryland Catholic Conference has produced a booklet on parish guidelines for elections.
Please note that all of the USCCB materials are available in both English and Spanish.
Resource for Parish Websites – Help your parishioners stay connected with Scripture. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has the complete Bible (New American) online, along with daily readings, video reflections on the readings and podcasts: www.usccb.org/nab/. This is a great link for parish websites.
World Priest Day (October 26, 2008) – The ninth annual World Priest Day, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter in conjunction with the Serra Club’s Priesthood Sunday will be held on October 26. This is a day for families to celebrate and honor their Catholic priests and an opportunity for parishioners to thank, affirm and share their love and support for all of our priests. For more information about how you can participate, please visit www.priestsunday.org. Please forward the attached letter to your parish council president.
Voter Registration Deadline Coming Soon – You must be registered in order to vote in November’s general election for president and U.S. Congress. The deadline to register to vote in Maryland is Tuesday, October 14. Basic requirements include American citizenship, Maryland residency, and being at least 18 years old by the election. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.elections.state.md.us or call 1-800-222-8683. The deadline in the District of Columbia is October 6. Voter registration is online at the website of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, www.dcboee.org or call 202-727-2525.
Fall is the Time to Apply to a Catholic High School! – Families of 8th graders: Fall is the time to apply to a Catholic high school. Catholic high schools emphasize strong academics, faith, values and service and offer a wealth of enriching activities such as athletics, art, music and cultural events. See your principal or parish catechetical leader in September to obtain a directory profiling the various schools. Visit www.CatholicSchoolsWork.org for a schedule of open houses, links to high schools’ websites and other information.
Christ in the City (for Young Adults) – Christ in the City is a ministry of the Office of Young Adult Ministry that specifically focuses on spiritual growth and provides an opportunity to establish a relationship with Christ truly present in the Eucharist. On the second Thursday of each month, young adults from across the city congregate at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 10th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC to pray and worship. Stop in for a few minutes or join us for the entire service. Either way, your prayer life will be enriched by the experience.
The evening starts with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary. From 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., there will be Eucharistic Adoration, Praise and Worship, Confession available and Reflection. St. Patrick’s is Metro accessible via Metro Center’s 11th Street exit or Chinatown’s 9th Street exit. Free parking is available at the parking garage on Tenth Street between G and H. Bring your ticket to the sacristy for validation. Dates for Fall/Winter 2008: October 9, November 13, December 11 and January 8.
Conference to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Mulieris Dignitatem – Twenty years after Pope John Paul II issued the path-breaking apostolic letter on the dignity of women, Mulieris Dignitatem, leading scholars from the United States, Europe and Canada will gather during a conference in Washington, DC, October 3-4, to reflect on both the progress and the future of women and men. Civil and canon lawyers, philosophers, theologians and others will address each of the themes offered by the document: the importance of the feminine vocation for humanity; women and international rights; Christian anthropology and equality; original sin and its effects upon the male/female relationship; motherhood, virginity and the family; and the mystery of the Church as the bride of Christ. In a final roundtable discussion, scholars and participants will reflect upon the tasks ahead in order to realize the promise of the dignity of women.
The conference is co-sponsored by The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and Ave Maria School of Law. For more information, go to
or call 734-827-8073.
Marian Conference at Mt. St. Mary’s – Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD is hosting a conference in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, October 11. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Mass and conclude at 5:00 p.m. Participants will be able to choose four Marian presentations from a total of 11 talks. Topics include The Blessed Virgin in the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation, Pope Benedict XVI’s Teaching on the Blessed Virgin as Model of Faith, Mary and the Social Doctrine of the Church, The Perpetual Virginity and Divine Motherhood of Mary, and Consecration to the Blessed Virgin according to St. Louis de Montfort. For more information and to register, visit www.mount2008.com/symposium/ or call 301-447-5017. Please join us!
Chastity Events for Teens – and Parents – All teenagers from 7th-12th grade and parents are invited to attend Chastity Day: Real Freedom, True Love. Jason Angelette, a national chastity speaker will speak to the teens. At the same time, parents are invited to a session specially designed for parents to learn new ways to support your child in living a chaste life. For more information, go to www.adw.org (under events) or contact the Department of Life Issues at 301-853-4555.
- Sunday, October 19, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Panorama Room, Wash, DC
- Sunday, October 19, 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, Owings, MD
- Monday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Mark the Evangelist Church, Hyattsville, MD
- Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., St. John Church, Hollywood, MD
- Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., St. Patrick Church, Rockville, MD
All teenagers from 7th -12th grade and parents are invited to attend Chastity Day: Real Freedom, True Love. Jason Angelette, a dynamic chastity speaker will be talking to teens and new this year will be a session with a speaker for parents.
John Carroll Society Lecture for Year of St. Paul – Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, will deliver the annual John Carroll Society Lecture on Tuesday, September 23, 6:45 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The title of the lecture is “The Journey Continues Today: Year of St. Paul.” Free admission. A concert prior to the lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m.
“Moral Life: Living with Hope Within Us” – Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi continues his series of lectures on “Moral Life: Living the Hope Within Us” on Thursday, October 2, 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts, Bethesda. The second of a nine-part series, this lecture is entitled “The First and Second Commandments: Liberating Words of Faith.” The morning lecture (with coffee and bagels) will be in the Rectory Meeting Room and the evening lecture in the Music Room of Little Flower School. Admission is free. For information, call 301-320-4538.
Lyra Russian Folk Ensemble Concert – Lyra, the Russian Vocal Ensemble of St. Petersburg returns to Little Flower Church, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD, on October 10, 7:30 p.m. These young, talented musicians have a repertoire of sacred, classical and folk songs. Admission is free (free-will offering). For information, call 301-320-4538.
Weekend Retreat for Women: Explore Religious Life – The Sisters of Bon Secours invite single Catholic women, ages 20-45, to learn more about religious life during a weekend retreat, October 25-26 at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104. You will have the opportunity to be with sisters as you learn about their life, and will meet and share with other women who are exploring religious life as a life option. This weekend offers time for reflection, discussion, liturgy, relaxation and one-on-one conferences with a sister. There is no charge. To register or for more information, call 410-442-3172, toll free 1-877-742-0277 or visit
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Conference – The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) was established in 1998 by an ecumenical group of Christians who sought to raise awareness about the plight of the indigenous Christians of the Holy Land. The HCEF 10th annual international conference will be held October 24-25, National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. The conference title is A Decade of Seeking Peace: Pursuing Hope, Security and Human Dignity. For more information, contact Zachary Wales at HCEF, 301-951-9400 x 211.
Have Fall Travel Plans? – It’s easy to find a Mass at your destination. Just visit www.masstimes.org.
Awaiting the Resurrection of the Body at Catholic Cemeteries – Many of us recite the “resurrection of the body” line of the Creed without focusing on the fact that the body being referred to is our own! Yes, our faith in the Risen Christ points to an eternal future not just for our souls, but for our bodies as well. This consoling belief of the Church is the reason why Christians have always buried their dead together, awaiting the resurrection of every body on the last day. The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese exist for this purpose: to await the resurrection of the body with family members, friends and fellow parishioners. To secure a “waiting place” for your family at the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington, kindly contact the manager of a Catholic Cemetery nearest you or visit www.ccaw.org.
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