- Oct. 19-22 / Chastity Day Events for Teens and Parents
- Oct. 26 / Surveys on Catholic Education
- Oct. 26 / Marine Corps Marathon Run for Vocations
- Oct. 28 / Theology on Tap
- Nov. 4 / Election Day
- Nov. 11 / Theology on Tap
- Nov. 12 / Social Ministry Volunteer Gathering (Charles Co.)
- Nov. 13 / Christ in the City
- Nov. 13 / Social Ministry Volunteer Gathering (Montgomery Co.)
- Nov. 15 / Social Ministry Volunteer Gathering (DC)
- Nov. 18 / Social Ministry Volunteer Gathering (Prince George’s Co.)
- Nov. 18 / Theology on Tap
- Nov. 23 / Men’s Discernment Dinner with Archbishop Wuerl
- Nov. 30 / Mass with/for Persons with Disabilities
- Dec. 11 / Christ in the City
- Jan 8 / Christ in the City
Update on Canonical Services/Tribunal Staff
The new Office of Canonical Services, along with the Tribunal, has moved to new offices in the Pastoral Center – on the same floor, but just down the hall from its previous location adjacent to the 1st floor elevator. Msgr. Charles Antonicelli, Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Services, directs the office and is assisted by Brenda Spence. The Tribunal continues to be supervised by Msgr. Joseph Sadusky, Judicial Vicar, assisted by Fr. Brian Sanderfoot, Adjutant Judicial Vicar, and Patricia Perkinson.
Please note the contact information:
- Canonical Services: 301-853-5325 (phone); 301-853-7674 (fax); firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tribunal: 301-853-4544 (phone); 301-853-7674 (fax); email@example.com
Chastity Events for Teens and Parents
All teenagers from 7th-12th grade and their parents are invited to attend Chastity Day: Real Freedom, True Love. Jason Angelette, a dynamic chastity speaker, is the featured speaker for teens. New this year will be a session with parents. Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Department of Life Issues.
- 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., St. 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
100,000 Letters for Life: November Initiative
During the 2009 session of the Maryland General Assembly it is expected a bill that attempts to discredit and ultimately shut down pregnancy resource centers, will be introduced. The legislation is part of a national campaign waged by the abortion industry.
In November, the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) and the Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus will collaborate once again in an effort to generate “100,000 Letters for Life.”
This year’s effort will focus on sending electronic letters to elected officials by encouraging people to sign up after Mass to become a member of the MCC’s legislative action center. This online system makes it simple to send letters to legislators because the software automatically determines the legislative district, and name of the senator and delegate(s).
Please consider participating. Knights of Columbus members, assisted by other volunteers, are prepared to conduct the sign-up in your parish on the November weekend of your choice. Additional details will be provided by the MCC. If you have questions, please call Dr. Nancy Paltell, MCC associate director for respect-for-life activities, 301-261-1979.
Theology on Tap is Back!
Theology on Tap, a ministry of the Archdiocesan Office of Young Adult Ministry, offers the opportunity for young adults age 21+ to reflect on how the Catholic faith relates to your life in contemporary society. The evening begins with a “happy half-hour” at 7:00 p.m. where you have the chance to meet other young adults from across the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The talk begins at 7:30 and is followed by a Q&A session with the featured speaker. Come join us at Ireland’s Four Fields, 3412 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (1 block south of the Cleveland Park Metro). For more information, contact Laura Ferstl at 301-853-4559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Talks: Being Catholic 24/7
- Oct. 28: Saturday Night to Sunday Morning: Smooth Transition?: Fr. Bill Byrne
- Nov. 11: Repeat Offender: Is Confession Getting Me Anywhere?: Msgr. Charles Pope
- Nov. 18: Your Faith: Claim It and Proclaim It: Msgr. Raymond East
All Souls Day Visits to Catholic Cemeteries
All Souls Day, November 2, is the day the Church has set aside to commemorate deceased family members and loved ones who await their purification in Purgatory. The Church teaches that some sins can be forgiven even after death (CCC 1031). While these departed souls can pray for us, they can no longer pray for themselves. That spiritual work of mercy is up to us. Parishioners are encouraged to make a special visit to the sacred ground of the Archdiocese’s Catholic Cemeteries on Sunday, November 2 to pray for their departed loved ones and all souls who await the resurrection of their bodies in Christ. Please note that the annual All Souls Day Mass at Catholic cemeteries will not be held this year, so parishioners can gather with their parish communities. For further information about Catholic cemeteries, please contact 301-871-1300, or visit the website at ccaw.org.
Know Someone Worried about Losing a Home?
A Home Retention Workshop is being offered for any Maryland resident having trouble paying the mortgage on Sunday, November 9, 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., at Ascension Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham-Severn Road, Bowie, MD 20720. Presentations will be held at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call 301-883-HOME or 301-567-3330 for more information or to RSVP. Presented by Housing Options & Planning Enterprises, Inc. (H.O.P.E.) and Civil Justice, Prince George’s DHCD Home Ownership Center and the Pro Bono Resources Center of Maryland.
Discernment Weekend: Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
The Daughters of Charity are offering a “Come and See” retreat weekend November 7-9 in Emmitsburg, MD. Single women ages 18-35 interested in a vocation as a Sister are invited to attend. If interested please contact Sr. Denise LaRock, DC at 410-646-2074 or email@example.com. Learn more about our community at www.thedaughtersofcharity.org.
Men’s Discernment Dinner with Archbishop Wuerl
Have you ever felt called to the priesthood? If so, you should consider attending the annual Mass and dinner with Archbishop Wuerl for adult men who are open to the priesthood on Sunday, November 23, 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Washington, DC. The evening will include Mass, a presentation, dinner and an opportunity to meet other Catholic men who are considering the call. If you are looking for a sign, this is it. Come and see why the priesthood is such a gift.
To register and for more information contact Msgr. Rob Panke, Director of Priest Vocations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-853-4580. Participants should be single men in their 20’s – 40’s who are practicing Catholics.
Gathering for Volunteers in Parish Social Ministry
Leaders and volunteers in parish social ministry to the poor and needy, in justice ministries and in programs that promote the life and dignity of the human person are invited to our quarterly gathering. This is a time to get to know each other, learn from each other and support one another as we seek to reflect Christ our Hope to the poor and vulnerable. Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Department for Social Concerns. For further information, contact Tony Bosnick at 301-853-5340 or DSC@adw.org.
- Charles County parishes: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., St. Joseph’s Catechetical Center, 4590 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, MD 20675
- Montgomery County parishes: Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., St. Jane de Chantal Church, Caulfield Hall (lower level of church), 9701 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
- District of Columbia parishes: Saturday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Church (rectory basement meeting room), 1357 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
- Prince George’s County parishes: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 pm.-9:00 p.m., St. Francis Center for Deaf Ministries, 7202 Buchanan St. Landover Hills, MD 20784
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 at the garage on Tenth Street between G and H. Bring your ticket to the sacristy for validation. Upcoming dates: Nov. 13, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8.
Archdiocesan Mass for/with Persons with Disabilities
Archbishop Donald Wuerl will celebrate a Mass with and for persons who have disabilities on Sunday, November 30, 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mills Church, 114 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, MD 20707. The liturgy will honor the 30th anniversary of the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, which created a blueprint for a welcoming and inclusive Church. A reception and awards ceremony will follow. For more information, contact the Archdiocesan Office of Ministry for Persons with Disabilities at 301-853-4560. Sign language interpreted. St. Mary of the Mills is a fully accessible parish.
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. Visit www.CatholicSchoolsWork.org for a schedule of open houses, links to high schools’ websites and other information.
“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, November 6, 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts, Bethesda. The third of a nine-part series, this lecture is entitled “The Third Commandment: A Day Set Aside for Love of God.” The morning lecture (with breakfast) 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.
“St. Paul: His Theology and Ministry in Art”
Dr. Jem Sullivan, adjunct professor at the Dominican House of Studies, is giving a three-part lecture series, “St. Paul: His Theology and Ministry in Art,” on Wednesday evenings in November, Church of the Little Flower School Music Room, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD. Admission is free. Questions: 301-320-4538.
- St. Paul: Apostle of Faith – Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
- St. Paul: Minister of Hope – Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
- St. Paul: Witness to Love – Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
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TV Christmas Special with St. Matthew’s Cathedral
Midnight Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle is part of a special program on Washington at Christmas, which will premiere on WETA public television this Thanksgiving, November 27, 8:00 p.m. Check your local listings for details. To learn more about our archdiocesan cathedral, visit www.stmatthewscathedral.org.