Posts Tagged ‘Synod’

Prepared Homily: Mass for Young Adults

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Last Sunday in Rome we concluded, together with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, at a Solemn Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica the first of two gatherings of bishops from around the world called a Synod, each to be dedicated to the family. The purpose of these two Synods on the Family is to provide us […] [Read more]

Homily: 75th Anniversary Mass of the Archdiocese of Washington

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Welcome to Saint Matthew’s Cathedral for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington. Three-quarters of a century ago, Pope Pius XII issued his papal bull decreeing that Washington should be “adorned with the splendor of an archiepiscopal throne” and thereby erecting the new Archdiocese of Washington.  A few […] [Read more]

The Celebration of the Sacramental Liturgy and Prayer

Monday, September 8th, 2014

“We go to Mass on Sunday!” the father asserted, to which the exasperated youngster replied, “Dad, I can’t.  I have soccer practice.”  Sound familiar?  It is increasingly difficult to recognize any difference between Sunday and the other days of the week. Our Archdiocesan Synod, however, gave witness that the heart of the Church is the […] [Read more]

The Holy Spirit’s Gift of Grace

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Our very identity as Christians, as members in communion with the one Body of Christ that is the Church, comes only through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit fills us with God’s presence so that we can truly become adopted children of our heavenly Father.  Restoring through baptism the divine likeness that was […] [Read more]

Facing Challenges with Mary, Our Mother and Queen

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

“You know, Father, I should be Catholic.  I just sort of drifted away.  I miss belonging.”  The man who offered this self-assessment to me at a charity reception was clearly troubled about his admission, adding, “Even though I was never the best of Catholics, I miss being a part of it all.” Many of us […] [Read more]

To Be The Best Church We Can Be

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

This year, we have been celebrating a milestone – specifically, the 75 years that our family of faith has been manifesting the kingdom of God since the Archdiocese of Washington was established in 1939.  Looking back at this heritage, and to the roots of our Catholic ancestors who arrived here in 1634, we also look […] [Read more]

Homily: Mass for Archdiocesan Synod

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle as we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost.  While it is true that the Pentecost we commemorate today happened almost 2,000 years ago, what we are celebrating is the continuing outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church – […] [Read more]

Celebrating 75 Years of Manifesting the Kingdom

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

In this New Year of 2014, our Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a family of faith in the nation’s capital and the five surrounding Maryland counties.  This diamond anniversary will offer us a chance to reflect prayerfully on our historic legacy, our current challenges and our future opportunities. A special highlight […] [Read more]

Blessed Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Since his early youth as the son of a poor laborer, all Blessed Pope John XXIII  wanted was to be a parish priest, but God had other plans for him.  Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, he served several diplomatic missions – during which he helped many Jews escape the Nazis – and he was also Patriarch […] [Read more]

Homily: Opening Mass of the First Archdiocesan Synod

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Today we celebrate Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, sometimes referred to as the birthday of the Church. If you were to envision in your minds’ eye an image of the Holy Spirit what would it be?  One very common symbol of the Holy Spirit is the dove described in the […] [Read more]