As continuing with our tradition of visiting the cemetery on the first Sunday of November to pray for our loved deceased family members and brothers and sisters, the past Sunday, November 5th we were a group praying the rosary at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Let us keep all of them in our prayers and may God grant unto them eternal rest.
It was a gift to travel with a group of 51 parishioners to meet the Holy Father Pope Francis and later on to pray with the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes.
On Sunday, September 17th 2017 we celebrated our parish feast with the presence of Auxiliary Bishop of Washington Most Reverend Mario Dorsonville, the parish clergy and a crowded church.
Charismatic Group "Seguidores de Jesus" celebrating its 25th Anniversary in our Parish on July 15th 2017. It was a day of great thankfulness for God's faithfulness during these 25 years in our parish.
On Wednesday, JUne 28, the Youth Group of the parish went to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA.
Next day, Sunday June 18th 2017, at the solemnity of the Corpus Christi and celebrating also Father's Day, the newly ordained priest, Father Jorge E. Ubau, celebrated his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving with all the parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows. During that Mass it was presented to him the Chalice and Paten our parish gave him as a gift. The Mass was celebrated with a great and profound rejoicing and gratefulness to God and the gift of both sacraments: the Eucharist and the Priesthood.
On June 17th, we had the joy of celebrating the priestly ordination of Deacon Jorge E. Ubau at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. It was a day of an enormous rejoicing for our parish since, now Fr. Jorge E. Ubau, was serving as a deacon for one year. God bless him and keep him always faithful to his ministry.
Christ reveals the mystery of the Eucharist. There is such realism in what he says that it cannot be given a metaphorical or figurative interpretation. His listeners know exactly what Jesus is saying, but they do not believe he can be speaking the truth. If they had thought he was speaking in symbols or metaphors, they would have taken it in their stride; no dispute would have arisen. Here we find the source of the Church’s belief that Christ becomes present in this sacrament through changing his bread and wine into his Body and Blood. “The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: ‘Because Christ our redeemer said that it was truly his Body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation’ (DS 1642)” (CCC, 1376).
God bless you all.
Fr. Francisco M. Tovar
On Friday, May 26th 2017, a group of 26 youth of Our Lady of Sorrows received the Gift of the Holy Spirit through Bishop Hebert Bevard. They were very grateful to God for the Gift of Himself. We continue praying that these youth may be a visible sign of God self-donation of love to the world.
On May 20th 2017, we celebrated the First Holy Communion of 40 children. Our Parish has been blessed with many kinds who are growing up in faith. Their parents were grateful to God for the gift of the Eucharist for their children. Let us keep praying that God may continue making himself present in their lives through this sacrament.