Archive for May, 2012

Pentecost: Beyond the Upper Room

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

At some time in your life, you could probably relate to the feelings that the Apostles were experiencing in the upper room on the day of the first Pentecost: feelings of being alone and afraid, feelings of doubt and worry. And then came the Holy Spirit. [Read more]

In Defense of Our Rights

Monday, May 21st, 2012

As the Easter season draws to a close and we approach Pentecost Sunday, we turn our attention to the joys and obligations that come from being disciples of Christ and witnesses to his Gospel.  In an increasingly secular society, we find a growing intolerance for expressions of faith, particularly in the public square.  Some may […] [Read more]

You will be my witnesses!

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

When we recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, we state our belief in the Ascension of the Lord: “…He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end….” [Read more]

Celebrating Communion – For the First Time, and on Every Sunday

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Over the next month in parishes across the Archdiocese of Washington, children will be making their First Holy Communion. They will come forward to receive Our Lord – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – in the consecrated host and Precious Blood. Often the homily is written and preached for the ears of our young Catholics, […] [Read more]

May is Mary’s Month

Friday, May 4th, 2012

During the month of May, we celebrate many Catholic traditions and customs. May processions, the recitation of the rosary, Marian sodality celebrations and seeking the intercession of Mary on Mother’s Day are all part of parish life. Also during May, we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin (May 31). In your […] [Read more]