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Inspired by the papacy of Pope John Paul II, the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary work together as a religious family to care for the families of Queen of Apostles parish and bear witness to the gift of consecrated life.
Read more about the Disciples at the links below.
Priests for the family.
Religious orders to staff two parishes.
Janis Clarke, a singing evangelist from the Archdiocese of Washington, talks about the new music ministry she is bringing to the Virginia and DC areas for the Year of Mercy.
More than 150 children in kindergarten and first-grade at St. Mary School in Alexandria sing christmas music during the school''s annual Christmas play. This year's event focused on the three wise men who presented the child Jesus with gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh.
As 2015 draws to a close, it's worth taking a look back over the past year.
Here are the most-read stories published in 2015 on catholicherald.com:
1. Sacred Heart parishioners killed in French Alps plane crash
Yvonne Selke and her daughter, Emily, parishioners of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas, were two of the three Americans killed in the Airbus jet that crashed March 24 in the French Alps.
2. Clergy assignments
Bishop Paul S. Loverde issued a number of new assignments for clergy in June.
3. Paul VI Catholic High School to relocate to South Riding
The projected opening of Paul VI’s new Loudoun County campus in 2020 will ensure the high school has a facility that fits its needs and strengthens the school’s legacy of excellence.
4. A father's voice
Elizabeth Foss: "Criticism stings, especially for those of us who are tenderhearted and who pour out ourselves for families and friends."
5. Finding light in the darkness
Offer hospitality without a side of sin. Offer gracious hospitality. Offer grace-filled hospitality.
Check the Dec. 24 print edition of the Catholic Herald to see a photo timeline of special moments in the Arlington Diocese this year.
In 1970, Vatican II reintroduced the Rite of Consecrated Virgins Living in the World into Canon Law. It is the most ancient Rite for women in the Catholic Church. Women who pursue this way of life devote themselves to the service of the church while also working to support themselves and their ministries. They are obedient to the Bishop who meets with them at least once a year. The diocese of Arlington recently adopted a formation process for Consecrated Virgins in February of 2014.
Read more about the consecrated virgins here
This week's Year of Consecrated life video features The Daughters of Saint Paul in Alexandria, Virginia. The sisters were founded in 1915 by Blessed James Alberione, an Italian priest. He gave them the mission to be Saint Paul in the world of today. They do that by using all kinds of media to spread the Gospel. The Daughters of Saint Paul are now in over 52 countries globally. Today six sisters live in Alexandria, Virginia where they operate a Pauline Books and Media center on King Street. Visitors to their store are welcome to take a few prayerful moments with Jesus in their chapel located above the store. When they are not helping customers in their store, the sisters travel around the diocese and surrounding dioceses giving talks, attending conferences and putting on book fairs at local schools.
For more information on the Daughters of St. Paul visit
The Daughters of Saint Paul web site here
Read more about the sisters in the Catholic Herald at the following links:
St. Paul's mission with new media
Daughters of St. Paul celebrate 100 years
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time for the Arlington Catholic Herald’s annual ‘Nominate a Charity’ contest.
Each year, the Catholic Herald staff picks one charity to “adopt,” supporting them not only with physical or monetary needs, but also with a feature article in our newspaper and a video posted on the website in December. This year we’re giving readers the opportunity to participate and share their blessings as well (we’ll let you know how after the charity is chosen).
Do you know of a deserving charity? Tell us what they do and why our staff should sponsor them during the Christmas season. Nominate the charity by midnight Dec. 1 by emailing email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and contact information in case we have questions.
Afterward, don’t forget to encourage your friends to participate, too. Raise awareness by tagging your friends and your nominee on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #HeraldAngels.
Thanks for your support of the Catholic Herald and generosity during the holiday season.
The liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church is filled with feasts of the saints and commemorations of events in the life of Christ. But there are also occasional feasts that could do with a word or two of explanation. This weekend we celebrate one of those feasts: the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
In every diocese in the world, the anniversary of the dedication of their cathedral is observed as a local feast-day, usually with a Mass at the cathedral offered for the people of the diocese. Because the cathedral is the spiritual headquarters of the local church, its dedication is a special occasion.
The Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, holds a special place in the memory of the Church. St. John Lateran was first dedicated by Pope Sylvester I, in the year 324. When centuries of persecution ended with Constantine’s 313 edict granting Christians the right to publically practice their faith, St. John Lateran became the first basilica where Christians were able to worship freely in public. It is the oldest church in the West. It is the episcopal seat of the pope as the bishop of Rome.
Most people presume that St. Peter’s Basilica is the cathedral church of Rome, but that honor actually belongs to St.John Lateran.
Throughout its long history, St. John Lateran has hosted five ecumenical councils. The Baldachino over the main altar is said to contain relics of the Apostles Peter and Paul. And the nave of the church is lined with exquisite marble statues of the apostles,by the Italian master Bernini.
We have a feast day honoring the dedication of this Roman church because of the historical and spiritual importance the basilica holds for the entire Church.
Fr. Larry Rice | Posted 11/6/15 04:06 PM | Comments (0)
See the slideshow below for a sampling of photos available from our SmugMug store and available for purchase as prints, or keepsakes such as a coffee mug or tote bag.
Follow each individual link below to see photos from coverage during a specific event of the Pope's visit (White House visit, papal parade, Basilica, etc.)
Pope Francis arrives at Joint Base Andrews
Pope Francis at the White House
Pope Francis' papal parade in Washington
Pope Francis at St. Matthew's Cathedral
Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception
Address to Congress
Catholic Charities and St. Patrick's Church
Departure from Washington to New York
Philadelphia & World Meeting of Families
Posted 10/7/15 03:07 PM | Comments (0)