Congratulations on 100 Years!

Beloved parishioners,

Congratulations on your 100th anniversary!  I am so happy for you, and proud of you as your spiritual father.  When we kicked off our jubilee celebration last August, I wrote to you about the spiritual significance of our anniversary:

It is a year of particular celebration and graces that originated in Sacred Scripture and has been carried through Sacred Tradition: “The notion of a  ‘jubilee’ year is rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures that celebrated an outpouring  of God’s mercy and forgiveness in a special way every 50 years, as reflected  in the Book of Leviticus (25:8-13)…

The notion of a special jubilee year celebrating God’s forgiveness and mercy was taken over by Christians, and history records the first Christian jubilee year in 1300, called by Pope Boniface VIII. Approximately every 50 to 25 years since that time, the Church has celebrated these special ‘Holy Years’ to mark the outpouring of God’s grace and mercy.

God wants to bless us abundantly during our Jubilee year! Through the intercession of our patroness, Our Lady of the Assumption, may we be open as individuals and as a parish to all the graces, indulgences, and blessings of the Lord in this centennial Year of Jubilee.

Through the intercession of our Lady, the Lord has indeed bestowed many special blessings and graces upon us throughout this year (the Year of Mercy, too).  We have celebrated monthly Community Sundays, Healing Masses, and Revival Nights, welcomed many inspiring speakers, reinstituted Children’s Masses, offered spiritual nourishment weekly to guests of the Outreach Center in addition to physical nourishment, prepared to evangelize our neighborhood through street evangelization, and provided more consistent and fruitful ministry to the sick, homebound, and bereaved.  Phew, God has been busy through us! All of these (and more) are signs of God’s abundant graces during our jubilee.  Hopefully, we have honored the memory and inspiring tradition of our parish ancestors, and that that will continue for the next 100 years.

Below is a beautiful poem by Judy Crowe for a church celebrating a significant anniversary.  Enjoy this special time in the history of our parish!

May you know the peace of Christ,
Fr Greg

“Happiness grows as each year passes And trials test the love that will grow.  Pleasures of the heart remain a treasure, Perhaps a memory of some time ago.  Yesterday’s joys are your heart’s treasure And love remains to guard the store.  Now and then we are reminded, It is love (the key) that unlocks the door.  Vivid are the scenes of days gone by, Each thought, a page from the past,  Reminding us that God guides our path and Yielding to His will, our love will last.” by Judy Crowe

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).

NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.

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.