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Advent and Christmas Events in the Archdiocese of Washington
Advent and Christmas Events in the Archdiocese of Washington

 

The following notice was sent to us by Brie Hall:

 

Advent is a season for preparing our hearts for Christmas.  This is the season to prepare your heart to receive Jesus again, as if for the first time, and to share what you have received with others. Below is a list of some of the events taking place throughout the archdiocese during the Advent season.

 

November 26-December 11, 2011

Annual Christmas Toy Drive

Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 619 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
St. Patrick's collects toys, gifts, and donations to help make Christmas a little brighter for disadvantaged children in our city. More details are www.saintpatrickdc.org.

 

December 2-4, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale

 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Concert for Charity: Co-sponsored by Catholic University of America and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Campus of CUA, Brookland Metro).

 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Following the 7:45 a.m. Mass

First Saturday Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, St. Michael the Archangel, 824 Pershing Drive, Silver Spring

 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

5:00 p.m. St. Nicholas Mass

Principal Celebrant: Rev. Msgr. Jean-Francois Lantheaume

Homilist: Rev. Kevin Regan

6:00 p.m. Toy Collection

 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

5:00 p.m. High School Group Mass

Monthly Food Collection and Meal for the Homeless to follow

 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saint Dominic, 630 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

3:00pm The Divine Life Conferences: Faith and the Birth of Truth by Br. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P.

In a culture of skepticism and rationalism, the truth of Christ’s existence is not only being challenged with regard to its historicity, but also its significance is being challenged spiritually. However, the Church continues to proclaim the Truth who became incarnate. This presentation seeks to bring out the relevance of faith in God who was born among us.

 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

7:15 p.m. The Divine Life Conferences: Life is Worth Living: Our Hope In Jesus by Br. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P.

St. Peter tells us, “Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). God, our hope, has come to save us; he was born as a little child in Bethlehem in order to become the Savior of the World on Calvary. With the help of the Holy Scriptures, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Servant of God Fulton Sheen, we will examine the relationship between the Birth of Christ and our hope in him as our Savior, so that we might be ready to give an account of that hope to the world as instruments of his saving message.

 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Washington Theological Union, 6896 Laurel Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

5:00 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols: A celebration of Christmas in Scripture and song

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

7:00 p.m. Advent Lecture “Nicholas: The Christmas Saint”

Rev. Andrew Lickteig

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

6:30-8:00 p.m. Advent Confessions

 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Masses will be offered at parishes throughout the archdiocese in observance of this Holy Day of Obligation. Please see site.adw.org/directory for information about how to contact your local parish for Mass times.

 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

Noon Solemn Mass

Cardinal Donald Wuerl will celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the United States of America. Other Masses for the Holy Day of Obligation will be offered at 7:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

7:00 p.m. Little Flower School Christmas Concert

 

December 10-17, 2011

Various hours

SHARE Warehouse, 5170 Lawrence Place, Hyattsville

Volunteers are needed to box, bag and distribute Holiday Food packages at the SHARE Warehouse. This is the largest distribution of the year. Learn more atwww.catholiccharitiesdc.org.

 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

Come Home for Christmas

9:00 a.m.-Noon, 12:30-5:00 p.m. Confessions

Noon Penance Service

 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Procession and Mass. The procession begins at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart (3211 Pine St., NW, Washington, D.C.) at Noon and the Mass will be celebrated at 2:30pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC).

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Catholic University of America

St. Vincent Chapel

2:00 p.m. Christmas Concert by the Town and Gown Community Chorus
 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

St. Luke Ordinariate Catholic Community, 4002 53rd Street, Bladensburg

6:30 p.m. Advent and Christmas music from the renaissance and other periods. A free will offering will be taken to benefit needy children.

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

Gaudete Sunday

Final Day of the Parish Toy Collection

4:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols

The choirs of Church of the Little Flower, St. Dunstan Episcopal and American University’s Catholic Choir will sing choral anthems and sing along carols

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

7:15 p.m. The Divine Life Conferences: Love of the Flesh by Br. John Baptist Hoang, O.P.

The “spirit of Christmas” is about giving and good cheer. Why do we have to have a special celebration once a year? Why do people stress about Christmas shopping? What is the spirit of Christmas? This presentation will offer answers for the modern person from a “bodily” perspective.

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saint Dominic Church, 630 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

3:00 p.m. The Divine Life Conferences: Life is Worth Living: Our Hope In Jesus by Br. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P.

St. Peter tells us, “Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). God, our hope, has come to save us; he was born as a little child in Bethlehem in order to become the Savior of the World on Calvary. With the help of the Holy Scriptures, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Servant of God Fulton Sheen, we will examine the relationship between the Birth of Christ and our hope in him as our Savior, so that we might be ready to give an account of that hope to the world as instruments of his saving message.

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

7:30 p.m. Festival of Lessons and Carols: An evening service of music and reflections on the coming of our Lord. The Schola Cantorum and Festival Singers followed by Christmas Caroling, with Christmas Sweets, Eggnog and Wassail in the Great Hall of the Rectory

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

St. Mary Church, 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville

4:00 p.m. Festival of Lessons and Carols

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

St. Aloysius Church, 900 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, D.C.

11:30a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Gifts that Give Back: A Fair Trade Fair for Christmas

 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, 85 Alexander Lane, Solomons

4:00 p.m. Tuba Christmas

This is one of many nationwide events in this annual tradition where tuba players gather and play Christmas carols. The first Tuba Christmas was conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974.

 

Monday, December 12, 2011

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville

7:00 p.m. Mass and procession to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

December 16- 18, 2011

St. Camillus Church (and surrounding neighborhood)

1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. each night

Nearly 100 parishioners from St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring will take to the streets in a visual and colorful Latin American Christmas tradition, Las Posadas. Las Posadas (Spanish for “The Inns”) is an annual tradition for many Latin American Catholics, recreating Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter for the birth of Jesus. Parishioners will meet at the church and then set out on their journey, walking about 12 blocks over two hours. Parishioners dressed as Joseph and Mary will lead a procession of nearly 100 people visiting five different homes near the church each night to request shelter. As they walk, they will sing traditional Latin American Christmas carols, holding candles to light their way.  At each home, the group will sing at the doorstep, with the residents acting as innkeepers refusing lodging to Joseph and Mary. They will move inside the homes to continue singing, read from the Gospel, pray and for a blessing of the home by St. Camillus pastor, Father Michael Johnson, O.F.M.

 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Creche and Family Nativity Sets

 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

7:15 p.m. The Divine Life Conferences: Faith and the Birth of Truth by Br. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P.

In a culture of skepticism and rationalism, the truth of Christ’s existence is not only being challenged with regard to its historicity, but also its significance is being challenged spiritually. However, the Church continues to proclaim the Truth who became incarnate. This presentation seeks to bring out the relevance of faith in God who was born among us.

 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saint Dominic Church, 630 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

3:00 p.m. The Divine Life Conferences: Love of the Flesh by Br. John Baptist Hoang, O.P.

The “spirit of Christmas” is about giving and good cheer. Why do we have to have a special celebration once a year? Why do people stress about Christmas shopping? What is the spirit of Christmas? This presentation will offer answers for the modern person from a “bodily” perspective.

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

12:10 p.m. Come Home for Christmas: Advent Communal Penance Service

Many priest confessors available, including confessors in American Sign, Spanish and other languages.

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

St. Aloysius Church, 900 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

3:00-6:00 p.m.: Living Nativity, come listen to the readings of the Christmas story and enjoy Christmas music

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville

School Christmas Program

 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

St. Aloysius Church, 900 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

3:00-6:00 p.m.: Living Nativity, come listen to the readings of the Christmas story and enjoy Christmas music

 

December 21-24, 2011

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Christmas Confessions will be heard each day

 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Masses will be offered at parishes throughout the archdiocese. Please visit site.adw.org/directory for information about how to contact your local parish for Mass times.

 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

At 9:15 p.m., the Schola Cantorum and Festival Singers will lead worshippers in hymns. Then, at 10:00 p.m., Cardinal Donald Wuerl will bless the crèche at the St. Anthony Chapel and celebrate Mass.

 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

5:00 p.m. Choral prelude will be performed by the Choir of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the National Shrine, will be the celebrant and homilist of a children’s Mass with pageant.

9:00 p.m. Musical meditations on the Nativity will be performed by carillonneur Robert Grogan and organist Russell Weismann.

10:00 p.m. Choral meditations on the Nativity will be offered by the National Shrine’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra in the Great Upper Church.  The 10:00 p.m. meditations will be broadcast live on EWTN and the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

10:30 p.m. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will be the principal celebrant and homilist of the Solemn Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve in the Great Upper Church. The Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN and the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 159) and XM Satellite Radio (Ch.117).


December 24-December 31

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy Street, NE, Washington, D.C.

Seven Nights of Lights: Stroll the gardens as 800 luminaria will light the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery.

 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas

Masses will be offered at parishes throughout the archdiocese. Please visit site.adw.org/directory for information about how to contact your local parish for Mass times.

 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

Noon Cardinal Donald Wuerl will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Mass in the Great Upper Church. The Mass will be broadcast live by EWTN and the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 159) and XM Satellite Radio (Ch. 117).
 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

2:30 p.m. Bishop Francisco González, auxiliary bishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant of the Solemn Spanish-language Christmas Day Mass. Other Christmas Day Masses at the National Shrine will be offered at 7:30 a.m. in the Crypt Church and at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the
Great Upper Church.
 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

12:15-2:30 p.m. The National Shrine will sponsor dinner for those who are alone or in need. The 37th annual event is expected to feed approximately 1,400 people.  Meals will be served in the cafeteria and will be delivered to the homes of those in need in the District of Columbia, and in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. In addition to dinner, guests will be treated to the fellowship of clergy, staff and volunteers, as well as Christmas carols and gifts.

 

Sunday, January 1, 2011

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

11:30 a.m. Cardinal Donald Wuerl will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass.

 

Sunday, January 1, 2011

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Masses will be offered at parishes throughout the archdiocese. Please visit site.adw.org/directory for information about how to contact your local parish for a list of Mass times.

 

Sunday, January 1, 2011

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

Monthly Food Collection and Meal for the Homeless

 

Sunday, January 8, 2011

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

11:30 a.m. Cardinal Donald Wuerl will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass.

 

Sunday, January 8, 2011

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Masses will be offered at parishes throughout the archdiocese. Please visit site.adw.org/directory for information about how to contact your local parish for a list of Mass times.

 

 

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