to Sep 1

Weekend Retreat for Adult Children of Divorce

Recovering Origins is a unique healing retreat for adult children of divorce.  Retreatants will discover their identity as children of God.  The retreat will include presentations, adoration, confession, small group sharing, and daily Mass.  Retreatants will receive insight into dealing with the earthly realities of their parents' divorce.  Whether you have struggled with this issue for a long time or have tried not to think about it, we invite you to join us on retreat this summer.

This is a weekend retreat beginning on Friday, August 30 at 6:00 pm thru Sunday, September 1 at 1:30 pm.  

Cost: $350 
Late registration (after July 31): $400


For inquiries, please contact (703) 841-2550 or email

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8:00 AM08:00

2019 respect Life Conference: "Building a Culture of Palliative Care"

Learn what true palliative care is and what your parish family can do to help care for those with chronic illness or the terminally ill.  Speaking is M.C. Sullivan, nurse-bioethicist-attorney and current Chief Healthcare Ethicist and Director of the Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 
Church of the Nativity 
Burke, VA 

All are welcome to come to Mass at 8 am.  Light refreshments will be served immediately after Mass.  The presentations begin at 9 am.  Lunch will be served at 11:45.  At 12:30 pm, we will begin a closed session for parish leaders only.  


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7:30 AM07:30

2019 Marian Rosary Congress & Pilgrimage

The 2019 Marian Rosary Congress & Pilgrimage will be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:30AM - 4PM

Theme:"Behold Your Mother"

Homilist/Celebrant: His Excellency The Most, Rev. Archbishop Bernardito C. Auzo

Speakers: Rev. Fr. Jeb Stuart Donelan & Rev. Fr. Joseph Bergida

Click to view the flyer for more details!

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2:00 PM14:00

ADCCW Tea for the Benedictine Sisters of 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

More information coming! Please check back!!

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2:30 PM14:30

Marriage Jubilee Mass

The annual Marriage Jubilee Mass in the Diocese is a chance for jubilarian anniversary couples to offer Mass for the gift of their silver (25 years) or golden (50 years) wedding anniversaries, meet the Bishop and receive a blessing from him.  This year's Marriage Jubilee Mass will be on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. 

Check your bulletins for information closer to the date.

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9:00 AM09:00

Communication Workshop for Couples

9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Saint Thomas a Becket Catholic Church
1421 Wiehle Avenue
Reston, VA  20190

Featured speaker:  Dr. Margaret Laracy

Dr. Margaret Laracy. Margaret Laracy, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who works in private practice in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Laracy will discuss differences between men and women: how they perceive and express themselves differently. Gender differences can often lead to confusion, but Dr. Laracy will help us to think about them in constructive ways. More than a mere obstacle to overcome, differences between masculine and feminine modes of communication are linked to the beautiful and mysterious complementarity between the sexes. There will be three talks, with time for discussion and prayer.

Please check back for registration information or visit the Office of Family Life.

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to Jul 23

FIAT Summer Discernment Camp

FIAT Camp 2019 is now in the books, and was a great experience for the campers as well as staff. This year's theme was "Made for Greatness" and included talks on that theme as well as tips on prayer, directed meditations, sports tournaments and craft workshops.

Here are some comments from the campers:

  • “Something that was really special to me this week was learning to be at peace and know that God’s plan is always the best and He will reveal it to me through a deepened relationship with Him.”

  • “It has been so helpful in my discernment and every girl needs that. It’s been such a fun retreat as well, perfectly balanced, and an experience I will never forget.”

  • “By coming here, I feel my relationship with God has grown so much. This has made me feel like discerning my vocation is more of a life than a job, and God’s choice not mine.”

  • “It is so hard to describe the graces and gifts that come from this camp. I really believe you have to experience it to fully understand it.”

  • “It really just lets you slow down and think about why you’re really here on earth, and what path you’ll take to Christ.”

See some photos
 and read the Catholic Herald article about the 2019 camp.

FIAT Camp 2020 will be July 19-23. The registration lottery will open in March. To be added to the email list contact

About FIAT Camp

  • FIAT Camp is a great opportunity to explore your vocation, grow in prayer and friendship, and learn more about religious life!

  • It's five days and four nights at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary with other girls as well as the religious sisters and young women discerners who staff the camp.

  • The mornings include Mass and talks, the afternoons are sports and recreation, and evening events are a mix of spiritual and fun. There is also a pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The camp is for rising 9-12 graders.

See the FIAT Camp video

More about the FIAT Camp Lottery and Registration Process:
Due to the overwhelming popularity of FIAT Camp, registration is done by lottery. The lottery will be open for the month of March for that year's camp. Those receiving a spot in the camp will receive an email by mid-April with their registration.

Those who do not secure a spot in the original lottery will be placed on a waiting list, the order of which will also be determined by lottery.  As soon as any spots are released we will let you know in the order of the waiting list.

Due to the popularity of the camp, we ask that all participants arrive at the start (Sunday between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.) and depart Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

We are thrilled these camps have received such a great response; at the same time, we regret that we don’t have the time or the space to accommodate more campers.

While these camps are an opportunity for young people to grow closer to God and discern their vocations, they are not the only means. If your son or daughter is exploring his or her vocation, please contact the Vocations Director and he would be happy to help in any way he can. 

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10:30 AM10:30

Catholic Grandparents Association Annual Mass

  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (map)
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The Mission Statement of the Catholic Grandparents Association is to assist Grandparents in passing on the Faith and to keep prayer at the heart of family life.

This is done through annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimages in Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland; The Friars, Aylesford Priory, Kent, England; National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk; Lourdes Grotto, Scotland. Grandparents’ Pilgrimages also take place in America, Australia, Germany, Austria and Nigeria.

The Children’s Prayer Appeal is an integral part of each pilgrimage. Children are invited to write prayers for their Grandparents. The prayers are brought to the altar during the offertory of the Pilgrimage Masses. Some of these prayers were published in Prayers for Grandparents, edited by Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association (ISBN 978 184730 2533, Veritas Publications, 2010).

Grandparents’ Day in Schools is now a fixed event in many schools worldwide. Grandparents visit schools and speak to pupils about their Faith and growing up.

The Universal Prayer for Grandparents was specially written for the Catholic Grandparents Association by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. The prayer is said at all branch meetings and has been shared with faith groups throughout the world.

An integral part of the Catholic Grandparents Association is setting up branches at parish level. These act as prayer and support groups for Grandparents. Grandparents have a unique vocation that must be fostered and cherished in the spirit of St. Joachim and St. Anne, the Grandparents of Jesus and parents of Mary.

The Catholic Grandparents Association is a voluntary based organisation and a registered charity (CHY19038).

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11:30 AM11:30

Catholic Business Network Annual Meeting and Lunch

  • Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join the Catholic Business Network at its Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

This year, lunch will feature guest speaker Patrick Jephson, consultant, journalist, broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. He is a published authority on corporate and personal branding. Mr. Jephson also served as equerry and private secretary for Princess Diana from 1988-1996.

The lunch will be held at:

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church

3410 Woodburn Rd., Annandale 22003

Tickets for non-members are $65.00. For more information or to register, please go to

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4:30 PM16:30

Catholic Business Network -- Ten Ways to Grow Closer to God with Father Peffley


Please join the CBN Dulles Chapter on Tuesday, April 9th, for this informative presentation.

Reverend Peffley graduated from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Father Peffley attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he received his priestly formation and his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts Degrees

In addition to his parish activities, Father Peffley is especially active with the parish young adult ministry, retreat work and pilgrimages, Catholic apologetics, and evangelization. He serves as Spiritual Director of the Arlington Regia. For the past twenty years he has also been a chaplain of the Knights of Columbus councils in each parish he has served. Father Peffley’s interests include juggling fire torches and machetes, golf, scuba diving, bowling, billiards, baseball card collecting, and traveling to pilgrimage sites and shrines.

Father Peffley has written numerous articles which have appeared in a variety of publications including a recent books: Inside the Legion of Mary and The Priest and the Legion of Mary; Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Queen of All Hearts Magazine, Maria Legion's magazine, Lay Witness, and the Arlington Catholic Herald. He has recorded over two hundred audio CDs on Spirituality, the Saints, Apologetics, Evangelization and the Family.

His Sunday and weekday homilies and retreat talks appear online and are listened to worldwide.

Networking and general business 4:30-5:00 p.m.; presentation 5:00-5:45 p.m.; Q &A 5:45-6:00 p.m.; networking and conversation (with beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres) 6:00-6:30 p.m. 

Register Here:

Location: Re/Max Premier 44675 Cape Court #110, Ashburn, VA.

 Members $20, Non Members $25

$25 at the door (cash or check)

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7:00 AM07:00

Virginia March For Life

Join Bishop Michael Burbidge, Diocese of Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout and concerned Virginians in the fight for life in Virginia by participating in one or more of the events below.

7:00 a.m. 

Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington
Cathedral of St. Thomas More 
3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, VA 22203
(For those who will attend the March, as well as for those who may not be able to travel to Richmond but who wish to participate in a spiritual way in the cause of promoting a greater respect for life)

9:00 a.m.

Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond
Greater Richmond Convention Center (location information)
Exhibit Hall A
403 N. Third St.
Richmond, VA 23219
(Location changed from Saint Peter’s Catholic Church to the Convention Center due to increased attendance. The Convention Center is only a five block walk to the State Capitol where Rally and March will take place.)

11:00 a.m.

Rally at the Capitol
Virginia State Capitol
1000 Bank St. Richmond, VA 23219
(In front of Capitol steps)

12:00 p.m.

Starts immediately after the Rally at the Capitol
Virginia State Capitol *
1000 Bank St. Richmond, VA 23219
See the March route »

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Richmond 101
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Lecture Hall, B10
403 N. Third St., Richmond, VA 23219
Richmond 101 is a grassroots seminar designed for attendees at the Virginia March for Life to get in-depth training on how to be an effective pro-life advocate at the state and local level. It’s free, but registration is required. Register now »

Join the Virginia Catholic Conference network to receive Virginia March for Life updates. For questions, please contact

Please bring your family and friends!

For more information on travel and parking, please HERE or visit

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2:00 PM14:00

House of Mercy Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show

This is a brand new House of Mercy event! Please join us for a full tea and fashion show featuring clothing from our very own thrift store! Buy Tickets

Sunday, March 31, 2019
2 p.m.

House of Mercy
8170 Flannery Court
Manassas, VA 20109

$35/person, limited seating available
Purchase tickets before March 15

House of Mercy is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit humanitarian aid organization founded in 2005 in Bristow, Virginia by Father Jack Fullen and Kellie Ross. What began as a prayer ministry in a basement is now a place where volunteers join in prayer and service to relieve the suffering of the poor in our community. This is done by incorporating spiritual and corporal works of mercy (click here for a list and explanation). Specifically we are a clothing center and food pantry in Service to our Lord and neighbors.

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to Mar 31

Arlington Cursillo 152nd Women's Weekend

  • San Damiano Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Cursillo Movement consists of proclaiming the best news of the best reality: that God, in Christ, loves us. Communicated by the best means, which is friendship towards the best of each one, which is his being person and his capacity of Conviction, Decision, and Constancy.

How do you become a member of the Cursillo community? It’s pretty easy, actually; we welcome all Catholics interested in a closer walk with God.

For many, involvement with Cursillo begins with a three-day retreat called the Weekend to examine and celebrate yourself, your relationship with Christ, and your relationship with the Christian community.

If you’re interested in participating in a Weekend, contact us.

Other people begin their Cursillo involvement by attending a parish or diocesan Ultreya or by going to a group reunion (much like a prayer group) or by attending a Cursillo School of Leadersdiscussion or other event. There’s no one right way to get involved, just the way that is right for you.

What happens on a Weekend? We begin with a silent retreat Thursday night through Friday morning. For the rest of the Weekend, you’ll hear short talks on a variety of topics from faith perspectives of team members just like you. During the days, you’ll discuss each of the talks and your impressions with three or four other people seated with you. In the evening, each group summarizes its discussion for the other tables.

We also offer meditation and reconciliation time as well as community meals (the food is great, prepared and served with loving hands). Two spiritual directors, at least one of them a priest, will be present as team members throughout the weekend. And there’s a lot of music and singing–if you have an instrument, bring it along!

For more information about this event, please contact Leanne Dalton at or by mail at 13 Halifax Courtm Stafford, VA 22554.

Men and women have separate retreats because the way we communicate is different. This is a safe but challenging weekend. We strive to provide an environment that helps you to grow in Christ’s Love.

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to Mar 24

Faithbooking Spiritual Retreat

  • San Damiano Spiritual Life Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Refresh your soul by gifting yourself this time of solitude! 

Personalize this retreat by spending time any way you choose!

Perhaps consider leaving a legacy by creating a Faithbook - which is a tangible, written expression of God's presence in your life.  
Choose the format that is right for you -  a journal, a digital story or a scrapbook.  
We are happy to guide you through whatever process is best for you.   

We couldn't be more thrilled to announce that Rose Folsom will be our retreat leader again this year!

Rose Folsom is a Catholic convert and lay member of the Dominican Order, Rose's interest in the classical Christian virtues blossomed into a new calling. In 2014 she founded "Virtue Connection," a blog dedicated to providing assistance in living a virtuous life. Through Virtue Connection, Rose has conducted workshops for religious education classes, the Archdiocese of Washington Women’s Conference, and the first National Symposium on Family Peace. Her audiences have included Lay Dominicans, parish women’s groups, Rotary Club, and the Knights of Columbus.

She has posted over 100 articles on her blog and launched the Virtue Connection Facebook page. But that’s not all – you can take advantage of her short online course on how to have more patience (yes, really!) at

Rose grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband of 35 years, Fred Folsom. For fun, she collects pictures of cool license plates. Her favorite dessert is York peppermint patties.

For more information or to register, please click here.

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8:00 AM08:00

Lenten Day of Recollection

  • St. John the Apostle Catholic Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join us for a Lenten Day of Reflection for Catholic women over 40! Breathe in the Lord... reflect... and be refreshed.

The day will start with Mass with the St. John's community and will include two reflections, time for

More details to come, but here are the basics:

  • Friday night: Reception (wine and light hors d'oeuvres)

  • Saturday 9 a.m.: Mass with the St. John Community

  • 9:45-10:15 a.m.: Registration at the Parish Center; continental breakfast

  • 10:15 a.m.: Welcome

  • 10:20 a.m.: Reflection 1

  • 10:40 a.m.: Small-group discussion or individual prayer time as desired (an optional tour of St. John's also may be available)

  • Noon: Lunch

  • 1:15 p.m.: Reflection 2

  • 1:40 p.m.: Small-group discussion or individual prayer time as desired

  • 3 p.m.: Treat break

  • 3:15 p.m. Regather as a group; share

  • 3:30 p.m.: Closing prayer

Cost is $49.00.

Click here to register.

Sponsored by Future with Hope Women LLC.

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8:00 AM08:00

Diocesan Women's Conference

Tickets are going fast!!

The theme for the 2019 Women's Conference is "Miracles Do Happen." Speakers include  Sr. Briege McKenna, OSC, a Poor Clare nun gifted with the charism of healing and author of the book Miracles Do Happen; and  Fr. Donald Calloway, a priest  of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and author of No Turning Back and other devotional books. 

Saint Joseph Catholic Church 
750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA  20170

Mass will be celebrated by the Most. Rev. Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington.

Cost: $55 through February 1 $65 after 

Click here to register.

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to Feb 23

Catholic Charities Ball

  • Ritz Carlton Hotel Tyson's Corner (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for an elegant evening of celebration featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing, all to raise the funds needed for fulfilling the Catholic Charities mission of providing assistance to the less fortunate in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

All gifts benefit the tens of thousands of men, women, and children served through Catholic Charities' programs in the 21 counties and seven independent cities throughout the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

For more information and to make reservations please visit the Catholic Charities Ball 2019 website.

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5:00 PM17:00

Virginia Vespers – An Evening of Prayer for the Commonwealth with Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout

  • The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Virginia’s Catholic bishops public officials, parishioners, and people of all faiths as we come together to pray for and with our legislators and the people of Virginia.  A reception will follow at VCU’s Shafer Hall, directly across from Cathedral Place.  If you are attending, please RSVP by February 8th at

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9:00 AM09:00

Prayer Workshop for Couples

Join us for a Communication and Prayer Workshop on Saturday, October 20th at the Church of the Nativity in Burke, VA, from 9 – 2:30. The event begins with Holy Mass and will feature talks on expression and understanding, Q&A, and time for prayer. Cast out into the deep, and enrich your already profound relationship with God and your fiancé/e or spouse. Breakfast and lunch are included, and the cost is $55 per couple. 

 Registration details coming soon.

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2:30 PM14:30

2018 Marriage Jubilee Mass

The annual Marriage Jubilee Mass in the Diocese is a chance for jubilarian anniversary couples to offer Mass for the gift of their silver (25 years) or golden (50 years) wedding anniversaries, meet the Bishop and receive a blessing from him.  This year's Marriage Jubilee Mass will be on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. 

Check your bulletins for information closer to the date.

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to Oct 13

Future With Hope Women's Conference

  • St. Agnes Catholic Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Women over 40 are invited to join us at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington for a 2-day conference, which includes an opportunity for mass and confession.

Our Speakers:

  • Mary Elizabeth Sperry, author of Making Room for God: Decluttering and

    the Spiritual Life: "Getting Rid of the Stuff We Don't Need Post-40"

  • Alejandra Segura, advocate for women's and children's rights, in particular in Latin America and Africa, and the driving force behind the "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Ideal" exhibition: "What Is Your Fiat Post-40?"

  • Maria Suarez Hamm, past executive director of Centro Tepeyac Women's Center/Archdiocese of Washington director of Hispanic Life and Leadership Development: "Growing in Faith and Years"

  • Anthony DeCristofaro, Catholic blogger: "Pity, Piety, and the Pieta: A Look at Duty, Obligation, and Love"

  •  Erin Benbennick, Virginia Storytelling Alliance: “Witness: A Tangled Skein”


$139 through June 30,

$159 through Labor Day

$175 after Labor Day.

For more information, go to or email

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to Sep 9

Retreat for Adult Children of Divorce

  • San Damiano Spiritual Life Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Retreat for Adult Children of Divorce

Friday, September 7, 2018


Recovering Origins is a three-day retreat (September 7-9) that invites participants to move through the broken image of love that appeared to them in their parents’ divorce to their deepest origin and identity as God’s beloved capable of great love. Using the prayer of the Our Father as a guide, the retreat gives participants a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and the ways it affects their lives. It offers advice about the difficulties concerning love and trust of others, and explains how the Catholic faith, spiritual practices, and the Sacraments are essential to self-knowledge and healing. This retreat has something for any adult child of divorce no matter how much healing you have already received or need! Cost: $350 thru Aug 10; $365 after

To register, please click here.

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8:30 AM08:30

Morning Mornings of Mercy for Divorced Catholics

Join other members of the Diocese who have gone through divorce in a series of morning retreats. The morning will include Holy Mass, confession, reflection, prayer and benediction. The retreat is led by Rev. Tom Ferguson, Vicar General of the Diocese of Arlington. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. 

Mornings of Mercy are free to attend, but please register.


Next Morning of Mercy:

August 18th, 2018 | St. Ann Catholic Church in Arlington, VA 

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9:00 AM09:00

Retreat for Married Couples with Fr. Scalia

Retreat Day for Married Couples led by Fr. Paul Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, on Saturday, July 7 at Holy Trinity, Gainesville, VA, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Experience a profound and reflective retreat including talks, Adoration, Confession, and spiritual time with your spouse; the retreat will conclude with Mass.

Retreat cost is $55 per couple.

To register, please click here.

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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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10:00 AM10:00

How to Have the Adoption Conversation

Did you know that fewer than 2% of unexpected pregnancies end in adoption.

Adoption is an option that we know is availa- ble to woman experiencing crisis pregnancies but it can be a difficult topic to introduce. Learn more about the laws, considerations, benefits and barriers to adoption in our dio- cese. Hear how you can promote positive adoption conversations with clients and in your communities. If you work or volunteer with a pregnancy center, with woman experiencing a difficult pregnancy, with vulnerable populations, or you just want to know how to promote

adoption as a positive option for woman and families, please join us.!

Presented by Meaghan Lane, MSW Program Manager Pregnancy and Adoption Support in partnership with Gabriel Project of the Diocese of Arlington

Please RSVP to or call 703-425-0100.


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7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with the Merciful Jesus

The May 8th Holy Hour will be led by national Catholic recording artist Michael Corsini, a gifted artist who has led music for thousands of Holy Hours, masses and retreats for nearly two decades. He has worked in post-abortion healing ministry for many years, as well as many other kinds of healing retreats. Michael has recently released his second worship record. His testimony is woven throughout the meditations and revolves around healing, hope and relationship with those we have lost through abortion. 

You can learn more about Michael by visiting his website.

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All are welcome!

Sponsored by Project Rachel

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Afternoon Tea to Benefit the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters

Please join us for tea as we support the Immaculate Hart of Mary Sisters in the Diocese of Arlington.


The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a Pontifical Religious Institute, whose members are committed to God and to the Church by the profession of the public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The charism of the sisters is Love, which continues to manifest itself today in the sisters’ joyful service of God and his people; creative Hope, which puts all its confidence in God’s loving Providence; and Fidelity, which inspires fervor in their vocation in Christ and in their mission in the Church.

The Immaculata branch of the Congregation comprises approximately 745 Sisters who currently staff Catholic schools and parishes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Florida and in the South American country of Peru. The sisters also serve the Church in pastoral and other evangelization ministries in other states as well.

The charism of the founder, Father Louis Florent Gillet, is the spirit of the Father in the Son through the Holy Spirit that animated the young Redemptorist missionary at Monroe, Michigan, in 1845. This charism is essentially, LOVE, a love that continues to manifest itself each day in the sisters’ joyful service of God and his people. This charism is also creative HOPE, which puts all its trust in the loving providence of God. Finally, this charism is FIDELITY, which inspires the sisters’ commitment to vocation in Christ and zeal for their mission in the Church.

“May the Holy Spirit inflame us with that fire which Jesus came to cast on the earth and which he ardently desired to set ablaze.”-Saint Alphonsus

 St. Alphonsus Liguori was an 18th century Neapolitan gentleman, a star lawyer, with an apparently prosperous future ahead of him. However, his attention to an inner voice within himself and an extraordinary sensitivity to the immensity of people’s needs all around him compelled him to give his life over to God and to the service of God’s people. His passionate desire to respond to these needs led him to found the religious congregation known as the Redemptorists, whose clear mission was to make the redeeming love of Jesus Christ available and accessible to everyone, especially the poor and spiritually abandoned. This sense of mission, coupled with a spirituality fueled by prayer, devoted to the Blessed Mother, and focused on the three-fold mystery of Love’s redeeming way – the Incarnation, Redemption, and Holy Eucharist – profoundly stirred and influenced the hearts of Fr. Louis Florent Gillet and Mother Theresa Maxis.

St. Teresa of Avila

“We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us.”  –Saint Teresa of Avila

A 16th century Spanish Carmelite Nun and one of only four women Doctors of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila is best known for the intensity of her life of prayer and her extraordinary writing and teaching on the spiritual life.  The connection of St. Teresa of Avila to the IHM congregation comes through St. Alphonsus.  St. Alphonsus had a great devotion to St. Teresa who lived two hundred years before him. As a teenager, he read many of her writings and referred to her as his “second mother.” It was through Saint Teresa that Alphonsus came to understand prayer as “nothing but a friendly relationship and frequent conversation with Jesus whom we know loves us.” So, it was really through her spiritual tutelage that St. Alphonsus handed on to his Redemptorist congregation and to the IHM congregation the wonderful gift of prayer, prayer that is simple and rooted in the perennial tradition of the Church. So we are indebted to St. Teresa of Avila for her profound contribution to our spirituality.

The sisters, from the very beginning of the foundation of the Congregation, were dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of her Immaculate Conception. With the IHMs, it is always a “matter of the heart.” Mary’s heart is united inseparably to that of her divine Son as is graphically portrayed on the rings of the sisters. Engraved on the band are two hearts, intertwined and pierced by the same symbolic sword- a reminder to the Sisters of their commitment to the work of redemption in the church.

The Sisters celebrate with great joy the major feasts of Our Lady, but they commemorate with special solemnity the patronal feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.

Alphonsian Spirituality also implies a commitment to the redeeming Christ first by consecrated dedication to the three vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

By her vow of chastity, a sister commits herself to a life of consecrated celibacy; the spirit of this vow frees her to live out her vocation to love in a deeper personal union with Christ.

By the vow of poverty, a sister freely renounces her natural right to the independent use of material goods. The spirit of poverty relieves her for personal material concerns and frees her to direct her heart to the building up of the Kingdom.

By the vow of obedience, a sister unites herself more completely to the Will of God by freely yielding her right of free choice in order to engage more fully in the apostolic mission of the Church.

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Afternoon Tea to Benefit the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette

Please join us for tea in order to support the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette living and working in Fairfax, Virginia.

The Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette are women disciples of Christ, called to live and witness in word, deed and ritual in a creative and participatory way, to the realization of ecclesiastical communion, interfaith solidarity among peoples and deep ecological integrity as designed by Mary in Her Apparition at La Salette, who invites us to transcendence and the restoration of the dignity of persons and creation in a process of conversion from a life restrained by personal weakness and social injustice to the fullness of Life in Christ.

Our Mission: Attentive to the promptings of the Spirit, we have chosen to live as a faith community bonded by a Saletine missional charism and an institutional mode of life in the rhythm of the ministry of Reconciliation. We commit ourselves to be steeped in prayer, imbued with the spirit of sacrifice, filled with zeal and affirm life as a joyful celebration.

Our common identity:

  • to participate in the collective endeavor of the faithful to build a Church of Communion and Solidarity with a special care for the poor and a regard for community resurgence;
  • to enable people, through the special light and guidance of the La Salette event, to have access to knowledge and wisdom as well as the holding power and inspiring symbols of the Gospel;
  • to accompany people to care and serve one another in their historical struggle for justice, peace and fullness of creation. 

Our Ministries:

  • Socio-Pastoral and Education Ministries:
  • Shrine Services
  • Facilitating Retreats
  • Welcoming Pilgrims
  • Accompanying women/girls in crisis (La Salette Women's Foundation)
  • Journeying with Peasants and Communities (Ugnay-Buhay Foundation, BCC-CO, RMP, Parishes)
  • School Administration

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Humanae Vitae: A Fiftieth Year Anniversary Symposium


The two accounts of God’s creation of the world in the Book of Genesis highlight the centrality and primordial status of the man-woman relationship in marriage. The first chapter of Genesis suggests that this marital community, as the two-in-one-flesh communion of persons, participates in the human imaging of God, while the second chapter can be understood as placing the spousal relationship of the first parents at the very core of God’s creative act. Indeed, Genesis Chapter Two may be viewed as a story about the first marriage, which is itself a “type “of the marriage to come between Christ and the Church. 

Genesis also makes clear that married love is by its very essence fruitful. Indeed, God’s blessing of the first couple is also a commandment: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28). The capacity to become a father or a mother is written into the human body as created male or female. And yet, while the fruitfulness of married love is shown in a particularly beautiful and tangible way when spouses conceive a child, it’s important to remember that procreation is not the only way “of experiencing the fruitfulness of love” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia, no. 181). Indeed, “all love bears fruit” (2015 World Meeting on the Family Catechesis, Chapter 6). Charity, hospitality, and sacrifice are also fruits of married love, among others (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1654). Further, God is the author of life, not men and women. Each new human person receives his or her immortal soul by the direct intervention of God. Human beings only procreate by participation in God’s creative act; they never “create” or “reproduce” children, properly speaking. As Eve says at the birth of her son, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord” (Gen 4:2).   

The Fall from grace wounded God’s creation—especially that of man and woman as made in His image. Since the human person is a unity of body and soul, these wounds have affected the person on every level, including in the area of human sexuality. Sin strikes deeply at the heart of God’s creative plan. For the precise reason that the man-woman couple and its spousal character are central to that plan, they are bound to be especially affected by the Fall.

Christ’s work of salvation has redeemed the person and thus marriage as well. Indeed, St. Paul speaks of being a “new man in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17) and teaches that marriage images Christ’s relationship with the Church (Eph. 5:32). The Catholic Church’s teachings reflect and hand on these mysteries. They speak of the nature of man, woman, marriage, and the gift of human life. These teachings safeguard God’s original creation as redeemed by Christ and oppose any philosophy or behavior incompatible with it. 

In his monumental encyclical Humanae vitae, Bl. Pope Paul VI clearly grasped the profound implications of modern culture’s increasing acceptance and even promotion of contraception. These implications include the basic fragmentation of the conjugal union of husband and wife as an integral whole expressing love ordered to fruitfulness. Pope Paul VI saw that the push for the widespread availability and use of contraception followed the fundamental logic of modernity’s constant seeking to dominate nature. Contraception simply extends that domination to the human body itself. As the encyclical predicted, a contraceptive mentality implies a utilitarian and hedonistic outlook, a fact constantly played out in contemporary culture. 

Modern society’s embrace of contraceptive control has led to many of its unfortunate logical consequences. Divorcing sex from children works in both directions devaluing both the integral meaning of the sexual act as well as the gift of children and the meaning of one’s fertility. This is borne out, for example, by increasing reliance and use of assisted reproductive technologies (many of which are immoral including IVF and third-party reproduction); as well as the under-development of ethical medical techniques that truly address and heal a couples’ infertility. Also, if sexual union and children are not understood to be intrinsically related, then the primacy of the man-woman relationship is likewise obscured. The sexual polarity of man and woman is therefore weakened, both in the expression of sexual love and in domestic life. Likewise, we see a diminishing of the body’s meaning for personal and social identity.

The results of the so-called “sexual revolution” have been catastrophic, and the costs (social and personal) have become ever more apparent. Pope Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical, in setting forth God’s design for life and love, offers not a “no” to people’s desires and experiences, but a “yes” to all that God offers and a “yes” to the most profound stirrings of the human heart. Humanae vitae presents a way back to the organic wholeness of God’s original plan for human life and sexuality. The teaching of the Church provides a healing balm to a world still suffering from Original Sin yet redeemed by Jesus Christ. 

Symposium Purpose

This symposium explores Catholic teaching on human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood as articulated in the papal encyclical Humanae vitae upon its fiftieth anniversary (1968-2018). 

The symposium is anchored in the view that, in and through Christ’s work of redemption, God’s original vision of the person, human sexuality, and marriage grounds human relationships and, after the fall, heals them. It seeks to elucidate the anthropological, philosophical, and theological underpinnings of the encyclical’s reaffirmation of the divine plan as expressed in Catholic teaching and advanced by Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. Papers presented at the symposium will therefore assess the past, reflect upon the present, and consider the future. Presentations will be theoretical, empirical, and pastoral. They will draw upon the disciplines of history, philosophy, theology, and science, and will highlight effective catechetical practices. All presentations will treat major themes from Humanae vitae.

Symposium Objectives

  1. To analyze the historical context in which Humanae vitae was promulgated and received. This includes consideration of the cultural, sociological, philosophical, theological, and empirical trends operative in the 1960s which fostered a more negative than positive reception of the encyclical in certain areas and even a rejection of God’s plan for married love.
  2. To deepen the theological and philosophical understanding of Church teaching on human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood as articulated in Humanae vitae, with special attention paid to the later impact of the Theology of the Body and the magisterium of St. John Paul II, in addition to that of Benedict XVI and Francis.
  3. To explore the scientific response to Humanae vitae’s call for developing viable methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP).
  4. To look at effective catechetical practices devised to promote Church teachings on conjugal love and responsible parenthood and the moral prohibition of contraception.
  5. To analyze negative trends in national and international policy that impact religious practice or expression regarding human sexuality, marriage, and family planning and to offer solutions.
  6. To look for and assess hopeful signs for growing acceptance of the Church’s teaching both in the Church and in the culture and to make recommendations for the future.

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