NBCC issues call to prayer

The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) invites Black Catholics and all people of good will to join in a time of prayer and action. We believe in the power of prayer. We also believe that we must cooperate with how God will answer our prayers. Hence, the NBCC asks you to join us in offering this prayer from now through Monday, August 15th:

O God, who gave one origin to all peoples

and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,

fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love

and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor,

that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,

each human person may be brought to perfection,

every division may be removed,

and equity and justice may be established in human society.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Sisters in the Spirit Invite You

Sisters in the Spirit of the Archdiocese of Washington cordially invites you to attend our annual commemoration of the Triumph of the Cross and our 15th anniversary celebration on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St Joseph Catholic Church (2020 St. Joseph Dr., Largo, MD 20774). The event is from 9 am to 1 pm (registration begins at 8 am).

Come share in the experience of “Sisters Moving in the Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”  that also features a yummy southern-styled full breakfast and inspirational music from a live jazz band.

The cost is $35 per person. The deadline to register is September 2.

For tickets/information, please call: Melody Atkinson (301-641-3893) or Thelma Adams (301-630-0018).


Enjoy Baseball While Supporting Our Priests!

On Sunday, August 28, the DC Padres, a baseball team consisting entirely of Catholic priests and seminarians, will play their final game of the 2016 season at Prince George’s Stadium (home of the Bowie Baysox).

This will be a game to remember! Bishop Holley will be there, and the Padres are ready to win. And let’s remember that our own Fr. Greg is on the Padres team. The Padres face off against the Bishop McNamara Mustangs at about 5-5:30pm (shortly after the 2pm Baysox game ends).

Keep your eye on the DC Padres website (www.dcpadres.com) and Facebook page for updates and info about how to purchase tickets, or call Mary at 240-565-1680 if you have questions.

Mark your calendars now and tell your friends. Let’s fill the stadium in support of our priests and seminarians!

Young Adults Group

Young adults ages 18-35 are invited to join the Assumption DC YA group. We meet regularly for bible study, fellowship and prayer. Street evangelization and outreach are an integral part of our faith sharing, but we also encourage small group networking and friendship.  For more information, check out the ADC Young Adult Facebook page.

Jesus, Show Us the Way

The 25th annual East of the River Revival starts Monday, offering four days of faith-based events for the young and old hoping to reconnect with their religion.

This year’s revival theme is “Jesus, Show Us the Way,” a message thatMsgr. Ray East said ties in well with the local synod called by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, earlier this year in honor of the archdiocese’s 75th anniversary.

“It’s about relationship and getting members to be in a relationship with God and a relationship with each other in terms of building up the kingdom of God,” said Msgr. East, who has been a part of the revival since its start in 1989. “The kingdom of God we’re talking about is right here on earth. We want to make an impact, a positive impact on Southeast Washington.”

A positive effect was the reason the revival got its start 25 years ago.

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TEST Volunteers and staff of the Pope Francis Outreach Center in Southeast Washington say they hope the upcoming visit to Washington of its namesake will help the faithful better know and love the poor.

“Pope Francis said that the poor are not to be pitied because Jesus is present among them. In their suffering, they know Christ in a special way,” said Ryan Hehman, director of Assumption Parish’s Pope Francis Outreach Center. “We hope our efforts reach out to those who hurt the most and are in need the most, especially those in need not just of material help, but of love and friendship.”

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Centennial Celebration Begins


August 2015 begins the year-long Centennial Celebration for Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Southeast DC.  Parishioners gathered for a special Mass with Cardinal Wuerl on August 2 to join their prayers in thanksgiving to God and His Blessed Mother for the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Assumption Parish.  The parish will host other milestone events throughout the upcoming year.  For 100 years, Assumption parishioners have been a beacon of faith and hope in Southeast DC, ministering to an inner city congregation full of life and love.  Come join us throughout this year and beyond as we continue the joyful celebration of our history and faith.

One of the oldest Catholic Churches in Washington, The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in 1916 in South East, Washington, DC in the Village of Congress Heights. The parish soon became a center for social and recreational activity and to this day remains a vibrant part of the life of Congress Heights/Anacostia.