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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Landmark of faith: St. Matthew’s has special role as cathedral in nation’s capital
In a city of monuments, the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle is a landmark of faith in the nation’s capital. Its copper-plated dome, rising about 200 feet high, is a familiar part of Washington’s skyline.
At cathedral’s breakfast program, volunteers and their homeless friends are fed
Early on a Monday morning as the streets and sidewalks of Washington were filled with commuters, a team of 27 volunteers gathered in a room in the lower level of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, to to serve breakfast to 60 homeless guests from the community.
Holy Week and Easter liturgies planned for St. Matthew’s Cathedral and National Shrine
Holy Week begins April 9 on Palm Sunday. Cardinal Donald Wuerl will celebrate several liturgies during Holy Week through Easter to commemorate the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
St. Patrick celebrated on feast day, at downtown church that bears his name
As people walked down 10
street in Washington to St. Patrick’s Church on March 17, they were greeted by Irish dancing, bagpipe music, and men in kilts handing out programs for the Mass celebrating the Solemnity of St. Patrick. Onlookers stopped to clap along, take videos, and in some cases even join in with the dancing.
Four-year-old boy receives a hero’s send-off after his battle with cancer
Nolan Scully dreamed of being a policeman, or a firefighter like his dad, but those who knew him say he was already a public servant.
Parish priest known for multicultural outreach ordained as Baltimore auxiliary bishop
As new Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan processed through the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to offer his first blessing to the people gathered there for his Jan. 19 episcopal ordination, Mary Carmen Soler said she almost had tears in her eyes, because she knew the blessing that he had offered her and other members of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Gaithersburg over the years when he was pastor there.
Syrian refugee family welcomes St. Rose of Lima parishioners to their home for lunch to thank them for their support
In March 2011, pro-democracy protests broke out in Daraa, Syria after the arrest and torture of teenagers who had painted revolutionary graffiti on a school wall. The violence that followed spiraled into the nearly six-year long civil war in the country, forcing millions of people to chose between leaving their home and facing unrelenting violence.
Faith, and food, helped bring people together at Bishop-designate Brennan’s multicultural parish
Marta Monzón said that from the first moment she met then-Father Mark Brennan in 2003, she knew he was a caring priest. A couple of months earlier, her husband – who was well known in the Gaithersburg business community and for his support of the Spanish Catholic Center there – had died suddenly.
St. Matthew’s Adopt-A-Family program provides Christmas gifts to those who need them most
Every Christmas, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle provides gifts for families who otherwise could not afford them through their Adopt-a-Family program. This year, the program collected gifts for 62 families, 90 guests of the parish’s homeless ministry, 25 children from the DC General Family Shelter, and shared gifts for four L’Arche homes, where people with and without developmental disabilities live in community.
Thousands gather to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the annual Walk with Mary
People on the sidewalks of Washington momentarily stopped their holiday shopping and paused in the cold on Dec. 10 to take in the sight of hundreds of pilgrims processing through the streets alongside images of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Witness to Life stretches from church to abortion clinic, and from generation to generation
The Witness to Life procession began at Mother Seton Church in Germantown, Maryland, as about 80 people gathered after Mass on Dec. 4, and the line of people, including families with children, husbands and wives, young adults and senior citizens, wound about a block.
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.
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