Archive for September, 2017

Throwback Thursday: The Law at the Service of the Human Person

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The tradition of the Red Mass began in England around 1310, following those held previously in Paris.  We continue that tradition this coming Sunday, October 1, gathering at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew to celebrate the 65th Annual Red Mass in our community with the sponsorship of the John Carroll Society.     The Red Mass […] [Read more]

Caritas: Our Vocation to Charitable Love of Others

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

It has been said that no man is an island.  While each of us can claim a unique identity and a personal relationship with God, we are nonetheless called to live out our lives in relationship with others. All human community is rooted in God’s plan that brings us into ever-widening circles of relationship – […] [Read more]

The Gratuitousness of God the Father

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

“I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.” When we pray the Creed, we recognize that there is a reality far greater than ourselves, professing that from before all else, God simply is, that is, “the fullness of Being and of every perfection, without […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: A Look Back at the Visit of Pope Francis

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The September 2015 visit of Pope Francis was an electrifying and jubilant time.  The excitement for our Holy Father was evident here in our city, as it is wherever this humble pastor goes.  Truly this was a moment of grace for our archdiocesan Church and the entire community, and as the host archbishop, it was […] [Read more]

Sistine Chapel Choir Concert: Touching the Spirit of the Divine

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Making a pilgrimage to experience the wonders of Rome is always memorable.  Now, some of that beauty will travel to our community for what will prove to be an equally memorable evening.  Two years after Washington received the extraordinary gift of a pastoral visit by Pope Francis, the nation’s capital will welcome “the Pope’s Choir,” […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Our First “Venerable” Washingtonian

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

On this coming Saturday, September 16, the Church of Washington will celebrate a special Mass in commemoration of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz at Saint Andrew the Apostle Church in Silver Spring.  Please join us spiritually with your prayers thanking God for this holy pastor and also for the intention of our sisters and brothers in need […] [Read more]

The Blessing of Unity in Multicultural Diversity

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

As the Second Vatican Council affirms, “All men are called to belong to the new people of God. Wherefore this people, while remaining one and only one, is to be spread throughout the whole world and must exist in all ages, so that the decree of God’s will may be fulfilled” (Lumen Gentium, 13). During […] [Read more]

A Mission of Mercy

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Teamwork lies at the heart of the victories won at the University of Maryland’s XFINITY Center in College Park. Today and Sunday, the arena will be the site of a different kind of teamwork and inspiring victories as it is transformed into a mobile dental clinic with 100 treatment stations and also a health screening […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Our Gift to Mary on the Feast of Her Nativity

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Tomorrow is an unusual observance in the life of the Church. We celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why is this unusual?  After all, it seems absolutely natural to celebrate a birthday, in fact, some might say it would be unusual not to celebrate the birthday of a beloved family member or friend.  […] [Read more]

Labor Day and the Vocation to Work

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Human work plays an important role in God’s plan.  As Pope Francis notes, “According to the biblical account of creation, God placed man and woman in the garden he had created not only to preserve it (‘keep’) but also to make it fruitful (‘till’)” (Laudato Si’, 124).  Early Church fathers also saw in the Book […] [Read more]