For those looking to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, two churches in Howard County, Maryland are hosting Advent Reconciliation Services. Today, at 7:00 P.M. St. Francis of Assisi in Fulton, MD hold a service with individual confessions. On Wednesday, December 21, St. Alphonsus-Rodriguez will host their first of two services, starting at 7:00 p.m. The other service will be on Saturday, December 24th, at 11:00 A.M. in the parish rectory.

 

In a letter found in this weeks bulletin, as well as on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s website, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, confirmed the appointment of two new auxiliary bishops. Monsignor Adam J. Parker, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, and Monsignor Mark E. Brennan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington have been appointed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Bishop-elect Parker has, according to Archbishop Lori, ” a valued combination of pastoral and administrative experience as well as outstanding interpersonal skills and an intimate knowledge of the local Church that well position him to assume a greater leadership role in serving God’s people.”

Bishop-elect Brennan comes from a large multi-cultural parish, St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg, Maryland. “His pastoral leadership and experience leading this growing Catholic population suits him well for the duties of the auxiliary bishop, which will include helping to oversee our efforts to grow and care for the spiritual needs of Spanish-speaking Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore” said, Archbishop Lori.

Archbishop Lori went on to thank again Pope Francis for this “early Christmas gift” and asked for continued prayers on behalf of Bishops-elect Brennan and Parker.

Bishops-elect Brennan and Parker will be ordained to the episcopacy on January 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Today marks the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe feast day. While it is celebrated every year, this year, for the more than 200,000 Hispanic Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington, this year has been designed by the U.S. Catholic Bishops as a “Day of Prayer and Solidarity with Families of Immigrants.”

Newly installed Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge said, “On this feast of our Lay of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, let us strive to imitate the Virgin Mary in her loving submission to God’s will and ask her to intercede for peace in our nation and throughout the world.”

To celebrate the feast day, numerous parishes and ministries in the Diocese will host special Masses, processions, and cultural events. Here is the list and times of the events.

Holy Family in Dale City, VA- 6:30 P.M. Mass followed by a reception with a mariachi band in Father Griffin Hall.
Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge, VA- 7:00 P.M. Mass, followed by a procession with our Lady of Guadalupe
Good Shepherd in Alexandria, VA:
5:00 P.M.- K-6 RE Classes
7:00 P.M.-Mass Virgin of Guadalupe, Bible Timeline Bible Study, Reception Virgen de Guadalupe
7:30 P.M.- Spanish Prayer Group

 

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Yesterday, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, 59, formally assumed leadership of the Diocese of Arlington. Over 1,200 people convened at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington for his Mass of Installation that started at 2 p.m.

Many dignitaries came out in support of Bishop Burbidge. Amongst them were: Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio to the United States; Justin Cardinal Rigali; Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; Theodore Cardinal McCarrick; and Metropolitan Archbishop Willieam E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore.

Bishop Burbidge hit on five main points during his Mass of Installation Homily. He first, “Called to bring the truth and the joy of the Gospel into the public arena”. He then continued to “Rely on the strength that God supplies. So call upon that gift daily, so that we can say here in this Diocese, here in our lives, this is what you will see: the spirit, the witness, the example of Saint Thomas More, forevermore.” He went on to say that “Mercy is not something we keep to ourselves; we share it, we bring it to others, especially our suffering brothers, and sisters, that they might know the compassion and healing love of God.”

Bishop Burbidge continued to say to the crowd to “Travel Lightly: ‘Let go of any fear, anxiety, doubt, or false independence. Rely on Me. Trust in Me, so that you can say every day, Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.” He concluded by saying “Walk humbly with our God”.

Bishop Burbidge is the fourth Bishop of Arlington, succeeding Bishop Paul S. Loverde, who led the Diocese since 1999. The Diocese of Arlington is home to more than 600,000 Catholics living in 21 counties and seven cities in central and Northern Virginia.

Full video of the Mass can be found at www.arlingtondiocese.org.

 

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1160 AM WMET will be broadcasting the Installation Mass for Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. There will be a pre-show starting at 1 p.m. featuring Dr. Chad Pecknold, an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Catholic University in Washington D.C., as well as Dr. Matthew Bunsen, a Senior Contributor to EWTN. The pre-show will explain the nature of the Installation Mass. The Mass will start at 2 p.m. and WMET will have a live commentary on-going throughout the ceremony .

The Arlington Diocese will be offering a Live Stream of the Mass that can be found here or EWTN will be playing the Mass in its entirety at 3 p.m.

Bishop Burbidge will be installed as the fourth Bishop of Arlington. He succeeds Bishop Paul S. Loverde, who had led the Diocese since 1999.

 

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Today is the last day of the GRN Christmas Share-A-Thon! It is not to late to call in and make a donation to help support 1160 AM WMET. If you want to donate, please call 800-476-3311.

There are great gifts that come along with the donation. If you donate $10/month for a year you’ll receive the Living the Catholic Faith in Difficult Times by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. If you become a donor at $30/month for a year, you get the CD plus your name gets entered into a drawing for an 32 GB iPad Pro.

The next step up is a one time donation of $1,500 or $125/month for a year. That will get you everything above plus you will be entered into a drawing for a Pilgrimage of Choice with Footprints of God, with Steve Ray for two. Some of the upcoming Pilgrimages for 2017 are listed below.

April 26-May 5: Holy Land
May 17-26: Fatima-Santiago-Loyola-Lourdes w/ Ignatius Press
Sept. 6-15: Martin Luther Tour in Germany, 599th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation w/ Ken Hensley
Sept. 25-Oct 3: Holy Land
Oct 28-Nov 5: Fatima, Santiago, Lourdes, Paris- w/ Archbishop Lucas & Spirit Catholic Radio
Nov 7-17: Holy Land w/ Franciscan University of Steubenville
Dec 29-Jan 7(2018): Holy Land

Lastly, if you are able to donate $5,000 one time, your name will go into the Pilgrimage drawing 3 times plus you’ll get a live 1 hour remote from the place of your choosing.

If you make the payments using a credit or debit card, you’ll also receive the Jamie Thietten Joy of Christmas CD.

David and I would like to sincerely thank all those who have called in and donated throughout the week to 1160 AM WMET! Your generosity will go a long way to make sure WMET stays on-air for years to come!

 

 

 

 

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DMV! The time has come, the time is now! We encourage you to tune into 1160 AM WMET or online at grnonline.com and listen to GRN’s Christmas Share-A-Thon. There are great gifts for those who are able to donate.
Any donation will get a Living the Catholic Faith in Difficult Times CD. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers explains how we can bear witness to the faith with courage, decisiveness, and fidelity in the midst of anxious and turbulent times. A $30 donation will get your name into a drawing for an iPad Pro. If you pay by credit card, you’ll receive Jamie Thietten’s The Gift of Love CD. a one time $1,500 donation or $125 per month will get you into a drawing for a Pilgrimage of your Choice with Footprints of God, Steve Ray. Lastly, if you are able to donate $5,000, you will receive three entries into the Pilgrimage drawing as well as a live 1 hour remote at the place of your choosing!

 

David and I are ready to take to the airwaves! Listen in live and call in 800-476-3311.

As we make our way back to the daily grind after spending the past four days surrounded by family, friends, and food, we have also transitioned into the season of Advent. Yesterday marked the first Sunday in the weeks leading up to the anticipation of Christmas. With people trying to find the best deals with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and now Cyber Monday, it is important to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, delivered this beautiful message reminding us that this season is not about getting the best deals or the most gifts, but rather to remember the significance that happened some 2000 years ago in a manger. That truly was the perfect gift.

Despite the fact that the Jubilee of Mercy has come to a close, Pope Francis is continuing to allow all priests to absolve the sin of abortion and for SSPX priests to continue to hear confessions validly. The Catholic News Agency has the entire story here.

This morning, Rome bureau chief for the Catholic News Agency, Alan Holdren joined Morning Glory to talk about different aspects of the letter that Pope Francis released this morning.

On Friday, there was a little bit of excitement in the air, mixed with a little bit of a lull. It was our last day in Alabama, thus everyone was scurrying to get packed up and head on their respective paths back home. Breakfast was a shell of the past two days: fruit, grits, and a parfait. After breakfast, there were two more morning sessions. Richard Reyna of the GRN San Antonio stations led one and did a great job! Once the sessions were finished, I moved my belongings into David’s room, as we didn’t fly out until early Saturday morning. Everyone else, however loaded their things into the rental car before we boarded the bus for one final excursion.

We headed to Vulcan Park. There a 56 ft. statue of the Roman god, Vulcan, overlooks the city of Birmingham. The statue of the god of the fire and forge is the largest cast iron statue in the world. It pays homage to the city’s roots in the iron and steel industry. We were greeted with a seafood lunch that included the BEST shrimp and cheese grits I’ve ever had. For those in the D.C. area, you’ll be well aware of Eastern Market and their weekend vendors. One of which sells shrimp and grits. While they’re good, they don’t even begin to compare to the cheesy goodness that was Birmingham’s shrimp and grits. (Sorry, I’m a little bit of a foodie.)

After lunch we had the remaining hour to tour the Vulcan statue, as well as the museum that held Birmingham’s history. The view from atop the observation deck on the statue was beautiful. In one direction, you could see the entire city of Birmingham. On the other side, you saw beautiful mountains and country. However, being that there was only a railing and a steel-grated floor holding me up, I decided that 5-7 minutes was long enough. After picking up a few souvenirs at the gift shop, everyone boarded the bus for a final time to head back to the hotel.

Since we had a couple hours before the rest of our GRN family had to catch their flights, we took one more trip to the EWTN studios. There, we got a behind the scenes tour. We were able to view the EWTN Chapel where the Daily Mass takes place. While there, we were lucky enough to be there just in time for the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Once the tour of the EWTN campus concluded, David and I said our goodbyes to Richard, Tim, Kent and Len.

For me, this was my first professional conference of any kind. I was excited, yet scared. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, or how I would be received by my co-workers. Yet, I found out very quickly, that here at GRN we truly are a family working for such a great Apostolate. Despite only being there for a couple of days, the amount of laughs and stories, workshops and testimonies, made me realize that this collection of Catholics, answering God’s calling, is what will allow Catholic radio, especially here at the Guadalupe Radio Network, to continue to grow and succeed while providing a faithful voice for Catholics on the airwaves.

The Vulcan Statue

The Vulcan Statue

Downtown Birmingham from Vulcan Park

Downtown Birmingham from Vulcan Park

View from the observation deck

View from the observation deck

Inside the museum

Inside the museum

Satellites at EWTN

Satellites at EWTN

EWTN's campus

EWTN’s campus

EWTN Chapel

EWTN Chapel

God Bless.