Archive for September, 2015

Walking with Saint Junípero Serra to Proclaim the Good News

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has concluded his apostolic journey to the United States and returned to Rome, but the experience continues to live on in the hearts of many. The enthusiasm we saw from so many people from so many walks and sectors of life shows that there is a hunger for the Good […] [Read more]

Prayer for the World Meeting of Families

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, concludes the Eighth World Meeting of Families with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, in communion with him and all our sisters and brothers at this gathering and throughout the world, we pray: + God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have […] [Read more]

A Look Back at the Visit of Pope Francis

Friday, September 25th, 2015

These last few days have been electrifying and jubilant with the visit of Pope Francis. The excitement for our Holy Father was evident here in our city, as it is wherever this humble pastor goes.  Truly this has been a moment of grace for our archdiocesan Church and the entire community, and as the host […] [Read more]

Words of Welcome to Our Holy Father Pope Francis

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Holy Father, thank you for coming to Washington. On behalf of everyone present and in the name of the Church of Washington, it is a great privilege for me to say welcome and thank you. Bienvenidos y muchas gracias. Together with the lay faithful and the bishops, priests, deacons, women and men in consecrated life […] [Read more]

Our Holy Father Pope Francis Has Landed!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

In communion with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he arrives here in the archdiocesan Church of Washington, we offer up our thanks to God and in a special way we pray: + Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where […] [Read more]

The Papal Visit Schedule of Events

Monday, September 21st, 2015

As the moment of our Holy Father’s arrival draws near, I would like just briefly to share with you again the itinerary for this historic pastoral visit, which includes some new and exciting events. This time of grace offers a special opportunity for us to “Share the Joy, Walk with Francis,” with the Chief Shepherd […] [Read more]

Catechetical Sunday: Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Today, all across the country, parishes are celebrating Catechetical Sunday. In many parishes, it marks the beginning of a new season of religious education and sacramental preparation. This year, in the Archdiocese of Washington, we will mark this significant day in a very special way by commissioning our gifted and dedicated catechists and also all […] [Read more]

Walking with Francis on Our Pilgrim Journey

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Soon Pope Francis will begin his apostolic visit to the United States in Washington. As we prepare to welcome our Holy Father, it seems fitting to reflect on his journey and ours. In his first homily after being elected, Pope Francis spoke of life as a journey and he reminded us cardinal-electors of the importance […] [Read more]

Share the Joy!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

All summer long, as our local Church and entire community have prepared for the upcoming arrival of Pope Francis, I have been struck how this visit is not simply for Catholics, but a moment to share the joy that we have found in our Catholic faith with the whole city and region. We know how […] [Read more]

Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

Monday, September 14th, 2015

As Pope Francis begins his apostolic journey to the United States next week in our nation’s capital, the Eighth World Meeting of Families will open in Philadelphia. After proclaiming God’s love and mercy here and in New York, our Holy Father will join this week-long event on that Saturday for a Festival of Families and […] [Read more]