Leading up to the Assembly of Bishops in Synod in October 2023, the Holy Father invites Catholic communities to join in this journey in Communion, Participation, and Mission.
"The entire People of God shares a common dignity and vocation through Baptism. All of us are called in virtue of our Baptism to be active participants in the life of the Church. In parishes, small Christian communities, lay movements, religious communities, and other forms of communion, women and men, young people and the elderly, we are all invited to listen to one another in order to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who comes to guide our human efforts, breathing life and vitality into the Church and leading us into deeper communion for our mission in the world. As the Church embarks on this synodal journey, we must strive to ground ourselves in experiences of authentic listening and discernment on the path of becoming the Church that God calls us to be."
May we all respond as our parish communities invite us to participate in this journey.
YEAR OF PARISH REVIVAL TIMELINE
June 11, 2023 – July 17, 2024
The Revival is now reaching the pews! This year is about fostering Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening our liturgical life through the faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic adoration, missions, resources, preaching, and organic movements of the Holy Spirit. Find out about how parishes are answering the call.
NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE
May 17, 2024 – July 16, 2024
This will be one of the largest Eucharistic pilgrimages in history. Just as crowds followed Christ throughout his earthly ministry, our nation will process with our Eucharistic Lord over 6,500 miles—through cities, along highways, and past rural towns—on his way to the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.
NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
July 17 – 21, 2024
At this historic gathering, Catholics from every corner and every parish in our nation will come together in Indianapolis to reconsecrate their hearts to the source and summit of our faith. Every movement needs a moment . . . this is ours!
Having enkindled a missionary fire in the hearts of the American faithful, the Holy Spirit will send us out on mission to share the gift of our Eucharistic Lord as we enter the universal Church’s jubilee year in 2025.
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After the blessing, the deacon dismisses the people. The dismissal gives the liturgy its name. The word "Mass" comes from the Latin word, " Missa." At one time, the people were dismissed with the words " Ite, missa est," meaning "Go, you are sent. The word " Missa" comes from the word " missio," the root of the English word "mission." The liturgy does not simply come to an end.
Those assembled are sent forth to bring the fruits of the Eucharist to the world. (USCCB)
Events around the Archdiocese
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Everyday millions of women and men suffer psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, and sexual violence. Pope Francis asks us to pray for the victims, "so that they are protected by society and so that their suffering is considered and heard by all." If you or a family member or friend needs help now, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800‐799‐7233 (24 hours); 800‐787‐3224 (TTY); www.ndvh.org.
Sodality Union is affiliate of CCW-RCADW, which is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women. NCCW acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.
Ongoing Parishes encouraged to plan prayer: 33 Days to Morning Glory. (Join St. Michael the Archangel Sodality which started the 33-day journey on February 20th, celebrating The Total Consecration on the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 at Mass to make the prayer of Total Consecration.)
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Words shared by Lynn Hill, St. Raphael's Prefect: [As we into delve into 33 Days of Morning Glory] I’m sure that you too are inspired by St. Louis de Montfort’s life His countless parish missions and the vicious persecution he underwent, as well as his “True Devotion to Mary” show his love for the Blessed Mother. I hope that we can go to Jesus through Mary, as have so many others who know St. Louis’ teaching.
Also inspiring is the passionate life of St. Maximillan Kolbe. This 20th Century saint was for years a successful missionary in Poland and Japan. Then shortly before his arrest by the Gestapo and his subsequent martyrdom, he wrote an enlightening paper about the Immaculate Conception.
Perhaps tales of the Militia Immaculata, which he started with fellow seminarians, will encourage us to follow the Immaculate Conception to her Son.
Let’s pray for each other as we continue on our journey.
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Blessings & Prayers
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As the Church prepares to gather in Rome on 22-26 June for the 10th World Meeting of Families, remember the Holy Father's prayer intention for June: "for families."
“Let us pray for Christian families around the world. May each and every family embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.”
Washington Retreat House, 4000 Harewood Road, Washington, DC
(ZOOM Option Available after RSVP) 7:00-8:30 pm at the Washington Retreat House Facilitated by Rebecca C. Ruiz
The Society of Jesus has designated 2021-2022 as the “Ignatian Year” marking the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion brought about by a life-changing cannonball injury. St. Ignatius believed that our God is an active God who is always inviting each of us to deeper relationship.
During the Ignatian Year, we ask for the grace to “see all things new in Christ.” This series will assist participants in noticing and celebrating the Sacred newness in our daily lives. Each session will include periods of personal reflection, contemplation, and fellowship. Cinematic and musical excerpts will be utilized to illustrate session themes.
All are welcome to attend one or all sessions. While sessions may center on a theme, each session is self-contained.
Pray the Rosary, which is "meant in a particular way to draw us into God's Mercy: at the Annunciation, at the Last Supper, at the Crucifixion, at Pentecost. Each mystery of the rosary is a particular gift of God's Mercy."
Fr. James M. Sullivan, O.P.