A parishioner recently told me, “after your installed (as pastor), I hope you get your act
together” when it comes to notifying the parish of important, new matters and events.
This was half-joking, half-serious. We both laughed, but I will take this opportunity
to heed that great advice.
We have a new and improved parish website! Please go to http://assumptiondc.org to
see the clean, fresh look of our parish online. The site contains a current parish
history, bulletins, homilies, and other cool info about the parish and outreach center.
Ryan Hehman’s last day as Director of the Outreach Center was October 30. We are
so grateful for his generous and dedicated service to our guests, staff, and volunteers
the past year and a half. Pray that God sends us a new Director who will continue the
amazing parish tradition of outreach.
Parishioners are happy to hear that healing Masses will be celebrated each month, but
then immediately ask for the schedule of dates. Here they are:
December 12, 2015/ January 9, 2016 / February 6, 2016/ March 5, 2016/
April 2, 2016 May 7, 2016/ June 4, 2016/ July 9, 2016 / August 6, 2016/
September 10, 2016 October 1, 2016/ November 5, 2016 / December 3, 2016
We are also happy to announce that we will offer “Revival Nights” in our parish
monthly (except July and August) in 2016: Here is that schedule:
Jan TBD/ February 15, 2016/ March 3, 2016/ April 18, 2016/ May 23, 2016
June 20, 2016/ September 19, 2016/ October 17, 2016/ November 14, 2016
December 12, 2016
Starting in Advent 2015, we will offer daily Mass (Mon-Fri, Sat) in the church at
12:10 pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 11 am with Benediction
at 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Our year-long 100th anniversary celebration is kicking into a higher gear.
Community Sundays have been well attended. The pictorial directory will be
available soon. Planning for the celebration on August 14, 2016 with Cardinal Wuerl
is well under way. After that special Mass in the church, we will have a formal,
elegant reception under a tent (with air conditioning!) on the parish grounds.
Many of you have received a card from me which indicates that I offered a Holy Hour
for you (and your family) and your intentions. Since I arrived here in August, I have
been going through the 2011 parish directory and offering my daily Holy Hour for
Assumption parishioners. People have been grateful. But, they have also been
confused about the dates. It just takes me a little while to mail out the cards! I am
happy and honored to pray for you! Please pray for me.
This is nothing new, but I have been visiting the sick and homebound of our parish
every month. What a joy and a privilege to spend time with such holy and faithful
people! Please contact me if you know someone I can visit.
Finally, I have been doing “street evangelization” in the neighborhood the past few
months. I have met many good and friendly people, and invited them to our beautiful
church. My latest gig has been playing basketball with the youngsters on the courts
next to Malcom X School. They have been quite surprised to see that this pastor can
ball! Hopefully, it will help to spread the word about our unique and lively parish.
I rejoice in the goodness of God for each one of you, and for all the good He is
–Sincerely in Christ,