Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Why one D.C. church started ‘Nats Mass’

Fans who stream into the Navy Yard district before Nats games are now greeted with increasingly varied entertainment choices, from Yards Park for fresh air and views of the Anacostia River to the Fairgrounds for frat-rock music and adult refreshments to a variety of neighborhood restaurants and taverns, with more to come.
On Sunday afternoons this summer, they’ve had another option: a Catholic church service. Or, as the local St. Vincent de Paul church calls it, “Nats Mass.”
“For me, it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Rev. Andrew Royals, 34, a Montgomery County native who became the pastor at the South Capitol Street church about two years ago. “On game days we had thousands of people walking right in front of our church. I was like, ‘Well, I’m sure some of these people would like to go to church.’…And we thought there’s no reason people can’t do both.”
Read the rest of the article here:
Hat tip to Deacon Greg @

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rest in Peace Deacon Conrad

Deacon Joseph Michael Conrad Jr., of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, passed away on August 8, 2014. He was 78 years old.

He and 22 other married men, after studying for two years, were ordained on September 11, 1971, in the first class of permanent deacons in the United States. His first assignment as a permanent deacon was at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Washington, D.C. Additional assignments included St. Joseph’s Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. His last assignment was at St. Luke Church under the Josephite Order, which was instrumental in ensuring that the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a permanent deaconate program. In 2011 Deacon Conrad celebrated his 40th year serving as a permanent deacon.

For his complete obituary, please go here:


I did have the opportunity to meet Deacon Conrad and his wife on a couple of occasions over the years.  He was a quiet man but seemed to be a man of integrity and honesty.

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine
R. et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace. R. Amen.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Signs and Wonders Conference (Saturday, Aug. 23rd)

Washington University´s Gym, (125 Michigan Ave, NE, Washington DC).  Speakers: Fr. Dan Leary and Damian Stayne (founder of Cor et Lumen Christi Community).
Main Session: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Miracle Healing Service: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Conference cost: $20 (students/unemployed free). 
Now, I do not know of Mr. Stayne but I have heard Fr. Leary preach and I must say, he lays it on the line.  Excellent preacher. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NO to CCHD Collection This Weekend

This weekend will be the collection for CCHD/Communications.

As in the past, I urge you not to give.  Although things have gotten better on whom they donate to, many of us do not see the light at the end of the tunnel yet.

So, don't give.  And if you do decide to drop an envelope in, let them know that it is empty due to the issues w/ CCHD.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Another Stupid Biden Quote: The Nation of Africa

Another classic moment from the highest ranking elected Catholyc, Vice President Joe Biden. (I know I can write a book about his stupid and at times, racist comments. And people talk about Dan Quayle.)
'There's no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world's most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead. There is simply no reason.'

Africa is made up of over 50 independent countries. 

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Toothbrushes for Cameroon -- Pro-Life Work in Action

The St. Rose of Lima Council (#14297) in Gaithersburg, MD led the coordination of councils from five (5) states to collect 10,000 toothbrushes for children in the Republic of Cameroon.  A member of the St. Martin de Porres Council (#9386 Washington DC) personally delivered them to Cameroon.

Congratulations on a job well done.  Another example of pro-life work in action.

(taken from Columbia Magazine  - March 2014)