March for Life and Rose Dinner
9:00 AM09:00

March for Life and Rose Dinner

The March for Life is coming!  

Find out how you can participate in this amazing witness to life!

For more information about participating in the march, please visit the March for Life website at

The Rose Dinner

The Rose Dinner is an evening of inspiration and fellowship to conclude the March for Life activities.

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
Grand Ballroom
999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Complimentary Cocktail Hour: 6:00 p.m
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Individuals:  Early Bird Tickets are $100.00 per person. After December 15, the ticket price will increase to $115.00 per person. Individual Dinner Tickets will be seated in the Open Seating area of the ballroom and you may choose any open seat available when you arrive.

Reserved:  Standard Reserved tables of 10 Guests are also available for $1500 which have preferred seating over individual dinner tickets.

Sponsorship: For the “Best Seats” in the house, please consider purchasing a Sponsorship Table for $2,500 which also includes recognition in the event program and on-screen during Dinner. Click HERE to learn more about sponsorship options.

Please purchase your tickets in advance as this event sells out and tickets will not be available at the door.

**Cancellation policy: No cancellations will be processed after January 8th, 2018.


Get Tickets for the Rose Dinner

Please reach out to Mary Lembke at if you have any questions.

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NCCW Pilgrimage to Ireland
to May 25

NCCW Pilgrimage to Ireland

Day 1 ‐ May 14: Depart U.S.A.

Our tour begins today as we depart on our overnight flight to Ireland. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day 2 ‐ May 15: Arrive Dublin

Upon arrival in Dublin we will be met by our local Irish guide and transfer to our hotel. Dublin is the vibrant capital of Ireland, with a romantic aura of Old World Europe. In the afternoon we will enjoy a half day tour including visits to Trinity College to see the famous Book of Kells, St. Stephen’s Green and the National Museum. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 3 ‐ May 16: Dublin

Following breakfast we will take a full day city tour of Dublin including visits to Christchurch Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Our Lady of Lourdes Church where we will see the Shrine of Matt Talbot, the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street where we will see the Shrine of St. Valentine, the Old Town and the Guinness Brewery. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 4 ‐ May 17: Dublin / Kilkenny

This morning we will depart Dublin and drive south to Glendalough. Tucked away in the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland’s greatest pilgrimage centers up to the middle of the 19th century. We will then continue our drive south to Kilkenny where we will enjoy a tour including visits to Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey. Overnight in Kilkenny.

Day 5 ‐ May 18: Kilkenny / Killarney

This morning we will depart Kilkenny and drive to the Rock of Cashel which is the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. After Mass continue on to Killarney which is situated in a spectacular location amidst mountains, glens and lakes.

Day 6 ‐ May 19: Killarney

Travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as “The Ring of Kerry.” It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland. Here bogs, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Even the names of the towns seem to whisper their beauty: Cahirciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Sneem. Visit Muckross Gardens and Abbey before returning to your hotel in Killarney for the night.

Day 7 ‐ May 20: Killarney / Galway

This morning we will depart Killarney and drive north to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher where we will see a dramatic great sheer rock face rising 700 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. We will then continue to nearby Doolin where we will embark on a ferry to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands located in Galway Bay. We will then return by ferry to the mainland and then drive on to Galway, "the City of the Tribes", and check into our hotel.

Day 8 ‐ May 21: Galway

This morning we will enjoy a tour of Galway including the Spanish Arch, the Quays, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicolas and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. We will then take an excursion to Clonmacnoise to visit the ruins of the monastic settlement which was founded in 544 by St. Ciarán. Return to Galway for overnight.

Day 9 ‐ May 22: Galway / Knock

This morning we will depart Galway and travel through Connemara, an area of outstanding scenic grandeur. There is a brooding sense of Ireland's ancient culture and traditions in this haunted and mystical area where Gaelic is still the everyday language. Continuing on, visit Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo‐Gothic mansion, occupied today by the Irish Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I. Then proceed to the village of Murrisk located at the foot of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick on whose summit Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD. After hearing the story of St. Patrick we will see the National Famine Memorial which commemorates the Great Famine of the 1840s. Then continue on to Knock, where 14 people saw a vision of Our Lady with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist in 1879.

Day 10 ‐ May 23: Knock / Armagh

This morning we celebrate Mass in Knock at the magnificent Basilica next to the original church where our Blessed Mother appeared in 1879 and where Pope John Paul II announced that the Church would be known as the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland. In the afternoon depart Knock and drive to Armagh which is one of Ireland’s oldest cities and has been its spiritual capital for over 1,500 years. Once in Armagh we will visit the Cathedral of St. Patrick, his Primatial See, and then take a tour of the historic center of the city before proceeding to our hotel for check‐in.

Day 11 ‐ May 24: Armagh / Dublin

Depart Armagh this morning and travel to Downpatrick to visit Down Cathedral and the tombs of St. Patrick, St. Brigit and St. Columkille. Then drive south and stop to see the Celtic crosses in the historic ruins of Monasterboice and then continue on to the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick is said to have lit an Easter fire as a challenge to the pagan High King of Tara. Continue on to Dublin for overnight. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local pub with traditional Irish music.

Day 12 ‐ May 25: Dublin / U.S.A.

Following breakfast transfer to the airport for our return flight home.


$3,397.00 per person based upon double occupancy

For single occupancy please add $937.00.

This price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from New York JFK on nonstop flights to/from Dublin on Delta Airline
  •  Airline taxes/fuel surcharges as currently levied a AccommodationinFirstClass/4starhotels
  • All hotel taxes and service charges
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • Land travel by deluxe motorcoach
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a professional
  • local guide
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary a Daily Mass

Airfares from other departure cities throughout the United States are available upon request.

For additional information, please click here and scroll down.

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Divine Mercy Care Gala
6:00 PM18:00

Divine Mercy Care Gala

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Gala Tickets Now Available

$150 on or before October 4th; $175 after October 4th

Click Here to register.

Click Here for sponsorship information.

Click Here to download a Gala flyer to share with your friends.

Please contact Chaney at if you are interested in a sponsorship or have questions about the Gala.

The Gala serves Divine Mercy Care’s mission to serve, inspire, and unify.  The money raised helps serve the 30% of pregnant patients at Tepeyac OB/GYN who are uninsured, abortion-minded, or in need.

Can't attend but still want to help? Click here

What is Divine Mercy Care? 

Divine Mercy Care supports medical practices, such as Tepeyac OB/GYN, that respect the dignity of every life and strive to provide excellent care to all, including those in need.

Inspiring Caregivers and Medical Professionals

Divine Mercy Care wants to ignite a flame in the next generation of pro-life caregivers and medical professionals who seek to practice in a Christian way.

Unifying the Pro-Life Movement

Divine Mercy Care seeks to build local and national unity among the many organizations that are engaged in pro-life and pro-family work.

For more information, please visit the Divine Mercy Care website at

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New Eve Maternity Home Annual Fundraising Dinner
5:30 PM17:30

New Eve Maternity Home Annual Fundraising Dinner

Mission Statement

New Eve Maternity Home provides a haven for pregnant women and their children who are facing homelessness. New Eve offers them the opportunity to grow in self-respect and independence while celebrating the life within them and the dignity of their motherhood.

We welcome women who find themselves alone and in need of physical, spiritual, emotional and material support. At New Eve, mothers can celebrate the gift of life free from fear.

The New Eve Maternity Home is located in Winchester, Virginia. Our home provides women the opportunity to prepare for motherhood, secure employment, continue their education, and learn life skills necessary for independent living. New Eve will assist residents in the following areas:

  • Life Skills. Life skills will be taught individually and in group settings to residents so they can effectively care for themselves and their babies. Skills include but are not limited to cooking, cleaning, computer basics, parenting, money management, budgeting, meal planning, time management, etc. These skills are taught both in-house and by partnering/community agencies.
  • Transportation. The New Eve home is on the bus line and our residents are encouraged to use it. Vetted volunteers are frequently available to provide transportation on an as-needed basis. Regularly scheduled shopping trips with babysitters are part of the New Eve program.
  • Continuing Education. Every woman who comes to New Eve Maternity Home is evaluated to determine her needs, literacy level, and abilities. We help women complete their GED, take college classes, or learn a trade/skill.
  • Job Assistance. New Eve staff, volunteers, and partnering agencies help our women develop job skills such as resume writing, effective job search, interview skills, appropriate work appearance, etc. It is a goal of New Eve for these women to obtain a career versus merely have a job; this will aid them in becoming self-sufficient.

The dinner is complimentary but there will be an opportunity to make a donation

Speakers include Dr. John Bruchalski, Laura Rickets and Chris Dalton.

Seating is limited!  Adults and infants only, please.

To RSVP please go to or call JoAnn Blaker at (304) 839-8890.  Reservations close Friday, October 20th.

For additional information about New Eve Maternity Home, please use this link:




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A Future with Hope Conference
to Oct 21

A Future with Hope Conference


Future with Hope Women’s Conference

For Catholic women 40+ · Great speakers, food,

and ways to refresh your soul

Oct. 20-21, 2017 · Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park


Co-sponsored by the Arlington Diocese Council of Catholic Women

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Marriage Jubilee Mass 2017
2:30 PM14:30

Marriage Jubilee Mass 2017

Marriage Jubilee Mass 2017

Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church by Bishop Michael Burbidge on Sunday, October 15, at 2:30 pm with reception to follow.

The annual Marriage Jubilee Mass honors couples in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington celebrating 25 and 50 years of marriage. If you were married in 1967 or 1992, please watch for registration details in your parish bulletin, beginning in August.  

Registered couples will receive details by mail two weeks before the Jubilee Mass. Directions will be included. 

If you are unable to attend or your spouse has recently passed away you may receive a certificate and program by registering through your parish.  

Please contact your parish office to register by September 22, 2017.


For additional and online resources to enrich your marriage, please go to

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2017 Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
9:00 AM09:00

2017 Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Bishop Michael F. Burgidge invites you and your entire family to the biennial Diocese of Arlington Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

This is a day long event beginning at 9:30 am with a rosary and ending with benediction at 3 pm.

for more details, please visit

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NCCW Annual Convention
to Sep 9

NCCW Annual Convention




Mary Rice Hasson is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, an initiative that responds to Pope Francis’s call for Catholic women to assume a higher profile within the Church and to think with the Church in addressing the problems of today.

Mrs. Hasson is the editor of a new book, Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), and the co-author of the groundbreaking report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC, 2012), which offered new data and analysis of the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception. She is currently writing a book that proposes ways to engage Catholic women more effectively on topics related to sexual morality, conscience, and reproduction, in order to accompany women towards a deeper life in Christ.

Mrs. Hasson speaks on Catholicism, culture, women, sexual morality, and family life and writes for a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications. She has been interviewed by media outlets ranging from MSNBC to the BBC to EWTN, and by numerous Catholic radio programs. Before joining EPPC, Mrs. Hasson worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families.

She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mrs. Hasson and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the parents of seven children, have been named the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.



In 2008, Stacy Thomlison joined a Holy Land pilgrimage led by Scott Hahn, and she fell in love with the Catholic faith.  The experience ultimately led the registered nurse to leave her “dream job” and boyfriend in New York, enter the Church and join the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) as a missionary at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  “As I walked where Jesus had walked, God really grabbed my heart, and he said, I want you back, and I want all of you,” Thomlison recalled.  “The world tells you that money, fame and power will make you happy, and I had all of that in New York and felt empty inside. Working for Focus, my heart is now full with joy and a priceless peace.”

During her stint as a missionary, Thomlison has encouraged Catholics and other students to make hard, courageous choices in an undergraduate social environment that can penalize distinctively Christian behavior. In campus groups, Focus student leaders commit themselves to chastity, sobriety and excellence in their studies.  “We teach them the dignity of being women — that they are worthy to be waited for. It has been amazing to watch these women come alive,” said Thomlison, with characteristic

Stacy Thomlison isn’t the only one in her birth family to join the Catholic Church. Her brother, Father Steve Thomlison, a priest in the Diocese of Lincoln, paved the way for her and introduced her to a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program in the city.  “My sister, like everyone, had been searching. Her heart had been restless, as St. Augustine said, until it rested in the Sacred Heart. Now she is resting more deeply, and her joy has grown and become more vibrant,” he said.  His sister’s journey to faith, he added, served as a reminder that “whenever we encounter these difficulties, the Lord is able to do great things with them.”



Dale Recinella, author of Now I Walk on Death Row: A Wall Street Finance Lawyer Stumbles into the Arms of a Loving God (Chosen Books: April 2011) and The Biblical Truth about America’s Death Penalty (Northeastern University Press: 2004), “Ending the Death Penalty: What One Catholic Supreme Court Justice Could Do,” America, April 28, 2008, and “Why American Catholics Must Say ‘No’ to the Death Penalty,” America, November 1, 2004, has served for 20 years as a spiritual counselor and Catholic lay chaplain in Florida’s prisons. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, in 1998 he began ministering cell-to-cell to the approximately 400 men on Florida’s death row and the approximately 2,000 men in Florida’s long-term solitary confinement. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Recinella, minister as a team during executions: he serving as spiritual advisor to the condemned and his wife serving as a lay minister to the condemned’s family and loved ones. They also minister to the families and loved ones of murder victims. Mr. Recinella, who received a Masters in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) summa cum laude from Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology (2009) and law degree magna cum laude from Notre Dame University Law School (1976), is a licensed Florida lawyer and has taught international law/business ethics in Europe at St. John’s University at the Vatican (Oratorio) and at Temple University in Rome. His column about respect life, the death penalty and prison ministry has appeared regularly for eleven years in The Florida Catholic, and he received a Year 2000 Press Award from the Catholic Press Association. In 1997 he was named a University of Notre Dame Exemplar for modeling faith and citizenship in action, and received the Year 2001 Humanitarian Award from the Franciscan Alumni Association. He appears frequently on worldwide Vatican Radio and extensively addresses audiences nationally and in Europe.



Mother Susan Catherine is a former Nacogdoches County judge who founded the order of the Daughters of Divine Hope in 2010. After the death of her husband, Deacon Bill Kennedy in 2007, she began discerning a call to enter religious life, but had difficulty finding communities open to accepting older women. Through discussions with then Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, she felt a calling to establish just such an order.  Bishop Corrada issued the decree establishing the order in November, 2010, and named Mother Susan Catherine Superior.  

Prior to becoming a consecrated woman, Mother Susan was once introduced as a renaissance woman.  Her diverse business, government, civic, volunteer and educational background clearly attests to this description and brought her public recognition as a leader.  Her for-profit business experiences include banking, telecommunications, and hospital services.  In 2008, she founded Hope Leadership Alliance, a leadership development, strategic planning and mediation firm.
In addition to the world of business, Mother Susan also worked as a director of music and worship at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. In that ministry, she was able to use her certification in pastoral ministry.  

In 1999, she won election for Nacogdoches County Judge, the first woman and first Catholic to do so.  She became internationally known while in this position in 2003 when she led the Shuttle Columbia recovery effort in that county.

The Daughters of Divine Hope is open to women over the age of 25, with a particular openness to widows and older women. The community’s charism is one of service to the church and solidarity with her sacred ministers. Sisters of Divine Hope wear habits of green, the liturgical color of hope.



 Wednesday, September 6, 2017


  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Open   Atrium Convention Registration  

  8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Leadership Liturgy   Grand CDE

  •  Celebrant:  Rev. Richard Dawson, NCCW Chair of Spiritual Advisors 


  9:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Meditation Room  Plum Blossom B                    

  9:30 – 12 noon   Board of Directors Meeting (closed meeting)  Stemmons

  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibitors Setup  Grand A+B

  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Leadership Luncheon (by invitation)   Fleur de Lis

  • Guest Speaker

    Mother Susan Catherine
    Introduced by Rose Martinet, NCCW Treasurer


  2:00 – 4:30 pm Silent Auction accepting donations   Carpenter 

  2:00 – 7:00 p.m. NCCW Store Open  Carpenter

  2:30 – 4:15 p.m.   Board of Directors Meeting (open)  Stemmons

  2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Exhibits Open  Grand A+B

  4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  First Timers Orientation   Imperial

  • Speaker: Kathy Bonner  

    Kathy has served on every level of Council including NCCW Commision Chair and Vice President.  She has been a motivational speaker for over 30 years addressing groups nationally and internationally.  She is one of the authors and presenters of the NCCW Leadership Training & Development Program (LTD) and The Women Healing the Wounds resource.     


  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Silent Auction Open   Carpenter 

  Open Evening  

  Thursday, September 7, 2017


  7:00 – 8:00 a.m. ConfessionsMeditation Room  Edelweiss

  7:30 – 8:45 a.m.    Nominating Committee Meeting  Dardanelles

  7:30 – 8:45 a.m.  Associates of NCCW, Inc. Board Meeting  Batik A              

  7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Friends of NCCW for WUCWO Board Meeting    Batik B    

  8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration   Atrium Convention Registration                       

  8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Meditation Room Open   Plum Blossom B                                       

  8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Exhibits Open     Grand A+B

  8:00 – 9:00 a.m. NCCW Store Open  Carpenter

  8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Silent Auction Open  Carpenter

  9:00– 11:30 a.m. Opening General Session  Imperial

  • Business agenda

    Keynote Speaker: Mary Hasson
    Introduced by Maribeth Stewart, NCCW President-Elect

  •  Ending Session Prayer & Lunch Blessing – Fr. Richard Dawson


  11:00 – 3:00 p.m. Exhibits Open                 Grand A+B 

  11:45-1:00Spiritual Advisor’s Lunch and Meeting Obelisk 

  11:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch on your own  

  11:30 – 1:30 p.m.  NCCW Store Open Carpenter

  11:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Silent Auction Open  Carpenter

  1:30-2:30pmSpirituality Commission Session Imperial

  • Beth Mahoney, NCCW Spirituality Commission Chair



  2:50-3:50 p.m.    Leadership Commission Session Imperial

  •  Lindamarie Richardson, NCCW Leadership Commission Chair


  4:10 – 5:10 p.m.    Service Commission Session    Imperial

  •  Chris Heiderscheidt, NCCW Service Commission Chair 


  5:45 p.m. Opening Liturgy Grand CDE

  •  Celebrant:  


  6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Exhibits Open  Grand A+B

  6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Silent Auction Open   Carpenter

  8:30– 10:00 p.m.  Fundraiser: Sister’s Christmas Catechism Imperial

 Friday, September 8, 2017


  7:20 – 7:40 a.m.    Rosary   Sculpture Garden

  8:00– 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast(all registered convention attendees)  Imperial

  • Speaker:   Staci Thomlison

    Introduced by Jean Kelly, NCCW Secretary


  8:00 – 3:00 p.m. Exhibits Open  Grand A+B

  8:00 – 3:00 p.m. Registration Open  Atrium Convention Registration 

  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meditation Room Open    Plum Blossom B  

  10:00 – 11:00   Liturgy for our Deceased NCCW Members  Grand CDE     

  12 noon -1:45 p.m.  NCCW Store Open  Carpenter

  11:45-1:00pm.  Associates Luncheon and Meeting  Stemmons

  1:30 – 5:00 p.m.    General Session / Business Meeting  Imperial

  5:00-6:30 p.m. NCCW Store Open  Carpenter

  4:30 – 6:00 p.m.    Silent Auction Open   Carpenter

  •  Final bids close at 6:00pm 


  4:30 – 7:30 p.m.    Exhibits Open   Grand A+B 

  6:45-9:00 p.m.  Province Dinners/Pictures    Locations posted on message board at Atrium Convention Registration 

  Saturday, September 9, 2017


  7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Confessions  Edelweiss

  8:00 – 1:00 p.m. Meditation Room Open   Plum Blossom B

  8:00 – 1:00 p.m. NCCW Store Open  Carpenter

  8:00 –1:00 p.m. Exhibits Open   Grand A+B                                         

  8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Silent Auction winners posted  Message Board at Atrium Convention Registration

  •   Winners must pick up and pay for their items


  8:00- 1:00 p.m. Registration Open  Atrium Convention Registration

  7:15-8:45am   Friends Breakfast and Meeting  Stemmons

  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   General Session    Imperial

  • Keynote Speaker:  Dale Recinella

    Introduced by Sheila Hopkins, NCCW President


  10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Leadership Training & Development Session    Imperial

  • Linda Clark, LTD Chair and members of the LTD Team



  11:30 – 1:15 p.m. Purse Auction  Imperial

  11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Own 

  11:30 – 1:15 p.m. Silent Auction Pickup   Carpenter

  •   Winners must pick up and pay for their items


  2:00 – 3:30 p.m. President’s Closing/New Province Director Installation  Imperial

  4:00 p.m. Closing Liturgy/Installation of New Officers  Grand CDE  

  6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cash Bar  

  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Closing Banquet   Imperial 


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Catholic Grandparents Association Mass
10:30 AM10:30

Catholic Grandparents Association Mass

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Join the Catholic Grandparents Association of Our Lady of Angels at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on July 29 for Mass. Come and honor the grandparents of Jesus, Sts. Joachim and Anne, and thank God for your grandparents.

Mass is at 10:30 am in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel located on the lower level.

Fr. Jerry Wooton of the Arlington Diocese will be the celebrant.

Lunch is available in the shrine cafeteria.

There is a tour of the basilica at 1:00 pm for anyone interested.

Everyone is welcome: grandparents, parents and children. Come celebrate the first CGA Mass at the shrine and remember to keep prayer in the heart of the family!

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7 Ways Forgiveness Enhances Your Marriage
7:00 PM19:00

7 Ways Forgiveness Enhances Your Marriage

This presentation is being sponsored by the Office for Family Life will be led by Beverly Tauke.   A family counselor, author and speaker, Beverly Hubble Tauke collaborates with church communities throughout the Eastern U.S., and for years facilitated workshops for homeless men and women in Washington, D.C.  Author of Healing Your Family Tree, she has also contributed to books compiled by hosts of Midday Connection, an award-winning nationally syndicated Christian radio program, and has authored articles published in newspapers and magazines.  Her work to detox families impaired by destructive generational habits has been featured in faith-based and mainstream print and electronic media.  Prior to her family counseling work based at Cornerstone Professional Center in Fairfax, Virginia, Bev Tauke managed media operations in the U.S. House and Senate, taught journalism and communications in East Africa, and worked as a writer in Chicago.  She currently serves on the Boards of Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, Virginia, and Catholic Charities of the Arlington Diocese, Virginia.  Her graduate education includes a Master of Social Work degree from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts degree in communication from Wheaton College.  She and her husband, Tom, have a grown son and daughter and are parishioners at Church of the Nativity in Burke.

 The cost is $15 per couple.

For additional information, please go to in marriage


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Afternoon Tea to Support the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
2:00 PM14:00

Afternoon Tea to Support the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Sunday, April 30th from 2- 4pm

Woodbridge, Virginia

Join the Arlington Diocese Council of Catholic Women (ADCCW) as we support the Women Religious living in the Diocese of Arlington with Afternoon Teas to raise needed funds for their holy work.   All the women and girls of the Diocese are invited to attend these teas and are asked to make a contribution directly to the Sisters that day.  No amount is too small or too large!  Our goal is to help the Sisters pay for a utility bill or for food for a month.

For more information, details about the location, and to RSVP, please e-mail Megan Hamberger at

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