Dear Parish Family, Next week the Church Universal will celebrate the gift of our young people to our family of faith and the whole world as pilgrims begin to gather for World Youth Day in Kraków and here locally at “Kraków in the Capital” on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Saturday July… Continue Reading »
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Dear Parish Family, It seems like only a brief time ago we were ringing in 2015 and now, ready or not, here comes 2016! This has been a good year for our parish and one marked with many special events, activities. and improvements. Highlights include the visit to our neighborhood by Pope Francis, two food… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, On December 8h we celebrate the feast of our national Patroness, Our Lady under the title of her Immaculate Conception. This Holy Day of Obligation is a special day for Americans as we were placed under her protection by the U.S. bishops on May 13th, 1846. Masses for the Holy Day begin… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, Most Catholics have heard of St. Therese, also called, the Little Flower. On October 18th, her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin will be canonized in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica. Our parish will be very blessed that same day that Archbishop Arthur Roache, Secretary for the Congregation of Divine Worship will be… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, How blessed we are that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, will be visiting Washington, D.C.! So many share our excitement and are eager to attend the Papal Mass on September 23, 2015, at 4:15 pm, at the BNSIC and the grounds of CUA. How I would love to be able to offer… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, The Papal visit of Pope Francis to the United States is a little over a month away. The Archdiocese has given St. Thomas Apostle Parish 25 tickets for the Papal Mass on the grounds at Catholic University. We will use an equitable means to distribute the tickets in such a way that… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, Cardinal Wuerl recently wrote a pastoral letter on Catholic Identity. I encourage all of our parishioners to read it and it is readily accessible on the Archdiocesan website, www.adw.org. In the letter encourages Catholics to be coworkers in the New Evangelization, to develop their knowledge and love for their faith and then… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, A few years ago the Catholic Church in the US began what we call, “Fortnight for Freedom.” In the two weeks leading up to Independence Day we pray for religious freedom and tolerance of Catholic beliefs in our nation. In his 2013 Fourth of July homily, Cardinal Wuerl stated, “Today there are… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, Funny how as soon as one thing gets fixed another thing breaks! So we finally were able to repair the 27th Street steps and fortunately the process was not as involved as first thought. Now, one of the air conditioning compressors in the church has broken and needs to be replaced. Blessedly,… Continue Reading »
Dear Parish Family, As if Pentecost by itself wasn’t an excuse to celebrate! This weekend we will host, on Saturday evening, the first Mass of Father Innocent Smith, OP. There will be a reception afterward in the parish hall. We are so grateful for all Father Innocent has done here at St. Thomas Apostle. He… Continue Reading »