Thursday, May 28, 2015

Passing of Fr. William J. Thompson



On Thursday, May 21, 2015 of Brookeville, MD. Priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. Beloved son of the late Thomas C. and the late Ann B. Thompson; loving brother of Thomas G. Thompson, the late Francis A. Thompson, the late Bernadette Baer and Fr. Matthew E. Thompson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at St. Bernadette's Church, 72 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, May 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. with Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernadette's Church on Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The World Bank and Caritas International

While I was reading an article, which was linked from Fr. Z's Blog, I came across this:

Delegates dismissed the proposals, and there seemed to be a push to get back to a less “Catholic”, more indiscriminate gathering. During a break in the assembly, Cardinal Rodriguez told that the World Bank had asked to be welcomed within the Caritas Internationalis Organization. Kim, the World Bank president, is a doctor who is facing many problems within the organization, and is exploiting his relation with the Holy See (better, with the popular Pope Francis) to gain credibility.

As The World Bank is located in DC, I thought that my readers might find this interesting.  Who knows, some of you may even work there.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pope Francis blesses image of children killed in Maryland fire

This one made the news about a week or two ago.    Many of us probably remember the story about the terrible fire and the lives it took, esp. the children. 


 After reading a letter while visiting Rome’s North American Seminary detailing the death of two young girls in a house fire, Pope Francis blessed their picture and a small statue to be given to their parents. 

 “The Holy Father read the story about what happened and he was very moved by it. He prayed for the family and for the girls, and in fact he even put his hand on their picture as a sign of his affection for them,” Father Aaron Qureshi told CNA  May 2. 

 Fr. Qureshi was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Washington D.C. after studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He is the one who wrote the letter at the request of a friend who is close to the family of the deceased.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Passing Away of Msgr. Hurley

I have been remiss in not posting over the last month or so.  Work, my parish organization, and other things have kept me from posting.  And there have been many things happening.

Therefore, let me start with the passing away of Msgr. Leonard Hurley.

May eternal rest be granted unto him, O Lord.   And let perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.


Monsignor Leonard F. Hurley, the Catholic priest who conducted President John F. Kennedy’s Requiem Mass narration for a worldwide television and radio audience in 1963, died April 27 at a health-care center in Washington. He was 84.
The death was announced by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. No cause was given.
Locally, Msgr. Hurley was best known as the founding pastor of Germantown’s Mother Seton Parish, where he served from 1974 until 1987. A boulevard in Germantown, Md., was named in his honor, to recognize his community work.

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