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Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Father Joseph Pierce, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Damascus, receive the offertory gifts at an April 6 parish Mass that preceded the blessing of the new parish center there.

Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Palm Sunday Mass, marking the start of Holy Week
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, marked the start of Holy Week by blessing palm branches on Palm Sunday in memory of Christ's triumphant journey into Jerusalem. The cardinal celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle following the blessing of the palms
Monday, April 14, 2014
Maryland Catholic Conference says just-ended legislative session shows 'how bipartisan Church issues are'
Passage of bills increasing the state's minimum wage and protecting the funding for two nonpublic school programs highlighted the successful lobbying efforts of the Maryland Catholic Conference during the 90-day legislative session of Maryland's General Assembly.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Any way you spell it, Mount Calvary seventh-grader Tamya Matthews is a champion
At Mount Calvary School in Forestville, champion is spelled "T-A-M-Y-A." That is because Tamya Matthews, a seventh-grader at the school, recently won the Prince George's County Spelling Bee. After correctly spelling the word "prosciutto," Tamya not only won the local spelling championship, but has moved on to compete in a national spelling bee.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
At 90, priest compared to Pope Francis for his service to the poor
Two days before his 90th birthday on April 7, Msgr. Ralph Kuehner celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, and during the Mass, the priest noted for his service to the area's poor was compared to the current pope named for the parish's patron saint.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
At St. Paul's in Damascus, Cardinal blesses new parish center
Six years ago this summer, Father Joseph Pierce arrived as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Damascus, taking note of a unique sense of fellowship among members. "From the day I walked in, I witnessed the parishioners' incredible spirit of welcome and joy as people of God shown not only to me but also to one another," Father Pierce said.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Editor's notebook: A father's 'Way of the Cross' continues to hit home
About 45 years ago, amid the happy chaos of his large Bethesda home as his 13 children were coming and going in all directions, Deacon Clarence Enzler would settle onto a living room chair and write a manuscript by hand, or pull up a chair and peck at his typewriter on the dining room table.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Olympic gold medalist encourages Mercy students to be reading champions
A recent assembly at Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac resembled a pep rally, with the school's lion mascot, Pride, joined by teachers wearing jerseys or jackets of the Washington Nationals, University of Maryland Terrapins, and Washington Redskins. The school's annual reading initiative for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students had a sports theme - "Put your nose in a book, get your head in the game."
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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