Two new bishops will be ordained at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, today, at 4:00 p.m.

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Adam J. Parker and Monsignor Mark E. Brennan Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Monsignor Parker currently serves as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Monsignor Brennan is the current Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Gaithersburg in the Archdiocese of Washington.

You can watch a live stream of the Ordination here.

All of us at 1160 AM WMET would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to both Msgr. Parker and Msgr. Brennan!

Right next door to 1160 AM WMET are EWTN’s Washington D.C. studios. Shows such as EWTN News Nightly and The World Over are broadcast from those studios. On January 26th, a new show will debut from there as well. EWTN Pro-Life Weekly is set to air on the eve of the March for Life in Washington D.C. at 5 p.m. EST.

Catherine Szeltner will host the weekly, half-hour program which will focus on promoting the culture of life. The Susan B. Anthony List, a network dedicated to promoting pro-life policies and elected officials, as well as to education and research on life issues, will join EWTN in the production of the show.

Prior to taking on this new endeavor, Ms. Szeltner was a correspondent for EWTN’s News Nightly. “We want to help viewers become actively involved in the pro-life movement. What are the expectations here? What’s realistic? What’s not? What is Congress debating now? How do we hold our lawmakers accountable for their pro-life promises?” said Ms. Szeltner in a press release.

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people from around the country will engage in community service projects and enjoy a day off in recognition of the Civil Rights leader. While King was a Baptist minister, he was “‘a man of faith and deep conviction’ who studied Catholic theology…”

In an article on Catholic News Agency, head of Knights of Peter Claver said King was ‘”inspired by the teachings of Christ.”‘

“Considering that so many ‘church-going folks’ were supporting segregation and Jim Crow laws during the civil rights movement, it is wonderful that King dedicated his life to employing Christ’s teachings to resist and counter the very social sins of prejudice, racial discrimination and segregation,” Supreme Knight F. DeKarlos Blackmon told CNA.”

The Knights of Peter Claver is a Catholic fraternal order that was founded in Mobile, Alabama in 1908 and can be found in 39 states as well as South America.

 

This Sunday, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria. The theme will be celebrating the life of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bishop Burbidge said, “As we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, we remember his legacy as it continues to inspire and challenge us to reject racism in all its forms and to build a culture in which the innate dignity of every man, woman, and child is respected. As the Bishop of Arlington, I am mindful of how our ethnically diverse diocese of over 600,000 Catholics includes a vibrant Black Catholic community, which continues to enrich us all.

Our Christian faith calls us to protect, preserve and champion human dignity without equivocation. Thus our Catechism teaches us, “Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1935).

May we make our holiday in remembrance of Dr. King more than just a “day off” from work or school and see it as an opportunity to serve the most vulnerable, to reach out to those rejected, to defend the rights of those who are oppressed and abused, and to promote peace in our communities. As we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King, may we be inspired to love and to serve our neighbors united always as members of God’s family.”

The Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. and St. Joseph Catholic Church is located at 711 N. Columbus St.

                                                                         

If you are living in the DMV area and want to help out 1160 AM WMET, your services can be used to help us sell raffle tickets. Please reach out to neighbors, friends, family, your Parish, and community members to help us raise funds. This year we are raffling away a 2017 Chevy Camaro and the drawing will be held on March 1st.

If you are interested, please reach contact me at:
michael@grnonline.com or call 202-257-1869.

You and I will then have a discussion of what we are looking for you to do and some best practices on selling. We will then figure out the best way to get the raffle tickets to you and you can start selling!

The volunteer who sells the most raffle tickets for 1160 AM WMET will receive an 1160 AM WMET Prize Pack!

If you can’t volunteer but still want to purchase a raffle ticket, you can do so here.

Thank you and God Bless!

Today is the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. This is the day in which Jesus descended into the waters of the Jordan to “sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God.” According to Catholicculture.org, “the event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes.”

This event marks the end of the Christmas season . Tomorrow begins the First week of Ordinary Time and will continue for eight weeks until Sunday, March 5, which is the First Sunday of Lent. That also means that Ash Wednesday will be on Wednesday, March 1st.

 

 

 

In a Press Release, the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington will give a donated car to a needy mother of three girls at 11 a.m. in the garage entryway at 200 North Glebe Road in Arlington today. And for the first time, the car will be blessed.

The recipient of the car is 34 year-old Wade Sheriff. She works at a senior center and has three girls. “I’m so excited… This will help me get my children to Mass on time”, says Sheriff, whose girls are ages 4, 9, and 13. Up until now, Sharif has been taking the bus to church. Sobbing on the phone, Sheriff, born in Liberia, could not contain her gratitude. She arrived in the United States in 2014. “God has been blessing me in this country and has sent so many people my way,” she says. So in return, Sheriff with her new car will volunteer at the church. “It is the least I can do for God,” she says. “

“It’s a good idea,” says Katherine Chu. She and her husband Michael donated the car. “We figured that someone else may need it, especially a family that has more than two children,” says Chu.

For more than 20 years, the Catholic Charities’ Car Ministry has been transforming lives by helping low-income families obtain vehicles. The program accepts donations of both working and non-operational cars. Catholic Charities gives working cars, along with their titles, to qualified recipients to own. Non-operational cars are sole, and proceeds go to its programs.

Last year, Catholic Charities’ Car Ministry donated 56 cars to low-income families. For more information, call Catholic Charities’ Car Ministry at 703-841-3898.

1160 AM WMET would like to acknowledge and congratulate Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, on his 50th anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood. On Saturday, December 17th, Cardinal Wuerl celebrated Mass for the seminarians and priests at Saint John Paul II Seminary. That Mass marked 50 years to the day of his Ordination to the Priesthood.

He was ordained in 1966 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Cardinal Wuerl publicly celebrated his anniversary on Sunday with a Mass at St. Matthews Cathedral, marking the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout presented the cardinal with a pectoral cross similar to the one worn by Pope Francis on behalf of the Church of Washington.

 

You can see pictures from the Mass on the Archdiocese of Washington’s Facebook page.

On Saturday, Pope Francis celebrated his 80th birthday. To celebrate, he first dined with eight homeless people before heading to an 8 A.M. Mass with the resident cardinals in Rome inside the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace. Pope Francis received tens of thousands of birthday wishes from all over the world that came in via email. He also received a written message from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Benedict XVI then personally called the Pope and sent him three small gifts.

Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013 when he was named the 266th Pope of the Catholic church.

Everyone here at 1160 AM WMET in Washington D.C. would like to send belated birthday wishes and would ask that everyone continue to pray for Pope Francis.