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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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  • God's mercy, forgiveness are at heart of synod’s work, Cardinal Wuerl says

    The heart of the Synod of Bishops on the family is the challenge of discerning ways to reach out with God's mercy to people, who might not be perfect, and to help them move closer to perfection, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

  • At annual ‘East of the River Revival,’ participants urged to live their faith and pass it on
    More than 600 people packed Holy Family Church in Hillcrest Height Oct. 5-8 for the 26th annual “East of the River” revival. Organizers said that the annual event – which has been traditionally sponsored by the parishes of the Southeast Deanery – has grown so popular that it had to move to a larger suburban parish.
  • A ‘banner day’ for Our Lady of Lourdes School
    At a surprise assembly in the school’s gym, blue balloons hung from the walls, and students and teachers wore blue leis. After leading them in an opening prayer to the school’s patron saint, Our Lady of Lourdes, the school’s principal, Patricia McGann, announced the honor, and the students and teachers erupted in loud cheers. 
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  • Walking the Walk with Francis
    During Masses on the weekend of Sept. 5-6, members of parishes across the Archdiocese of Washington took the Walk with Francis Pledge to honor Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the nation’s capital. Students at Catholic schools have also begun taking the pledge. Here are some examples of the many thousands of people who have taken the Walk with Francis Pledge. 
  • Dual milestones
    Our Lady’s Church in Medley’s Neck marked a double milestone Aug. 16 with a Mass observing the 250th anniversary of the parish and officially installing Father John Nguyen as its pastor. 
  • St. John Vianney Parish marks 50 years of prayer, service and family fun
    Welcoming people to the 50th anniversary Mass of St. John Vianney Parish in Prince Frederick on Aug. 2, Father Peter Daly noted, “This is a great occasion. Fifty years of prayer, faith and grace in this place.” 
  • ‘A Photographic Portrait of the People’s Pope’
    Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait of the People’s Pope is an up-close and personal look into the life of our Holy Father. This special collection of photos takes the reader on a journey to Rome and beyond, imparting a rare and intimate glimpse into papal life. Accompanied by engaging stories and insights by religious scholar and church historian Father Michael Collins, Pope Francis comes to life through the beautiful photography of fifth generation Vatican photographer Rodolfo Felici. 
  • ‘The Vocation and Mission of the Family  in the Church and the Contemporary World’
    Pope Francis earlier this week convened the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. This ecclesiastical institution was originally established by Blessed Pope Paul VI 50 years ago last month with the publication of his apostolic letter Apostolica Sollicitudo to periodically offer advice to the Holy Father on issues he would select. The topic of this latest Synod, which concludes on October 25, is “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World.” 
  • Five ways to be a great explorer
    Moving out of our comfort zones is never easy, but imagine the amazing things we could discover if we let ourselves be explorers. In the spirit of Christopher Columbus, I offer you five ways to be a great explorer. 
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