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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Black Catholic History Month celebration honors three leaders for their witness
Three Catholics long involved in sharing the experience of black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington were honored Nov. 12 at a Black Catholic History Month celebration at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Washington.
Parish leaders from across archdiocese gather for evangelization conference
Catholics should not regard evangelization as something scary or to be avoided, said Jonathan Lewis, the director of evangelization, youth and young adult initiatives for the Archdiocese of Washington. Rather, they should think of the call to evangelization as “sharing the story of God working in our lives,” he said.
Parishes experience Year of Mercy in special way through debt forgiveness program
This summer, on the days when the temperature topped 100 degrees, it was even hotter for the congregation gathered for Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Takoma Park, because the building’s air conditioning system “was dying,” said Father Francisco Tovar, the new pastor there.
Parishes mobilize to help hurricane-devastated Haiti
Diana Snouffer, a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Barnesville, anxiously watched the weather channel that day. The eye of Hurricane Matthew passed directly over the people she had grown to love in Carcasse, Haiti on Oct. 4.
Most Holy Rosary parishioners offer special gift for their 50th anniversary
With a special gift at the end of the 50
anniversary Mass for Most Holy Rosary Parish in Upper Marlboro, that faith community expressed gratitude for the past and hope for the future.
St. Ignatius Parish in Chapel Point celebrates 375th anniversary
When Jesuit Father Andrew White and Maryland’s first colonists disembarked from their boats the
and landed on St. Clement’s Island in 1634, the first thing that they did was set up an altar and celebrate Mass. On Oct. 9, St. Ignatius Parish in Chapel Point commemorated its 375
anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl.
Mount Calvary Catholic Church hosts 27th annual East of the River Revival
About 600 people filled Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville with tunes of praise and worship during the 27
Annual East of the River Revival from Oct. 3-6. The theme of this year’s revival was, “A New Dawn is Coming, Lord Have Mercy!” and the revivalist was Josephite Father Anthony Bozeman.
Centenarians honored at Our Lady of Grace
Seventy-three-year-old Dorothy Hughes joked that she and her friends at Silver Sneakers, a fitness program for seniors, “will die before we stop (exercising), because this one never stops,” she said, pointing to her friend, 100-year-old Olga Yarr.
Our Lady of Mercy parishioner sees Mother Teresa live on through Missionaries of Charity in India
After graduating from Brown University, Alexander Blum, a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Maryland, decided to spend a year serving the poorest of the poor in
Titagarh, India. He is living and working at Gandhiji Prem Nivas, which is a center for patients with Hansen’s disease (another name for leprosy),
run by brothers of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Holy Name parishioners and former students gather to celebrate birthday of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz
As a child, Venerable Aloysius Schwartz always had a simple birthday celebration, with a cake and one present, said his sister, Dolores Vita. This year, on what would have been his 86
birthday, the man who could become the first saint from Washington had a more extravagant celebration, when Holy Name of Jesus Parish was filled with people who had gathered to celebrate a Mass in thanksgiving for his ministry.
Former youth minister at St. Elizabeth Parish arrested and charged with abuse
Brian Patrick Werth, a former youth minister for St. Elizabeth Parish in Rockville, was arrested by Montgomery County Police on Sept. 7 and charged with one count of fourth-degree sexual offense, one count of sexual abuse of a minor, and second degree assault. The 32-year-old Montgomery Village resident was arrested after detectives had investigated allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage St. Elizabeth parishioner.
Holy Name Church to host Mass honoring Venerable Schwartz on birthday
Holy Name Catholic Church in Washington will host a Mass at 11 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 18 honoring the birthday of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, a missionary priest who grew up in the parish and who could become the first Washington native to be declared a saint.
Our Lady of Mercy World Youth Day pilgrims return home to a cheering crowd
When the group of 23 World Youth Day pilgrims traveling with Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac returned to the United States on Aug. 3, the first thing that they did was board a bus to take them back to their parish, where the families and friends of the pilgrims greeted them with cheers and applause.
At Our Lady of Mercy, the entire parish will participate in World Youth Day pilgrimage
On July 10 after the Youth Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Tony Falcone and Rebecca Kazor stood in the hallway outside of the church, handing out booklets filled with the biographies and prayer requests of their fellow pilgrims traveling to Kraków, Poland for World Youth Day.
Fencer Katharine Holmes has relied on prayer on her road to the Olympics
Katharine Holmes, who goes by “Kat,” grew up attending the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament parish in Washington and is now going to be one of the four women on the US Epee Fencing Team competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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