The Friday Five: 12/19

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

Advent is a time of stillness, quiet, and expectation. For many people in the greater metropolitan area, entering into the spirit of the season can be difficult. There is traffic, long commutes, responsibilities at work and at home…and of course, limited daylight to get everything done.

But this week, even in the darkness, there were abundant instances and opportunities for hope, light, and joy in the Diocese of Arlington.

1. Yesterday, on December 18, Bishop Loverde celebrated the 49th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

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If you are on Twitter and have not yet sent him a message of gratitude or encouragement, do so today! Reach him at @Bishop_Loverde.

2. “I was in prison and you visited me” (Mt. 25:36). This week, our shepherd offered Mass at the Alexandria Detention Center, bringing with him message of hope and peace. You can read about the story in the January 8 edition of The Arlington Catholic Herald.

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3. If you and your loved ones will be in Washington, D.C. during the Christmas Octave, consider paying a visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. You’ll find daily opportunities for confession and Mass, beautiful depictions of the Blessed Mother, and even artwork from one young member of our diocese! Emily Kim, a sixth-grade student at St. Agnes School, won a national Christmas art contest for her depiction of Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. Her original image will be on display at the shrine and will be made available as an e-greeting. Congratulations, Emily!

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4. Something for your commute or lunch break: Bishop Loverde was interviewed by David Palmer on Guadalupe Radio Network‘s WMET 1160 AM. Listen to the second half of the 12-19-14 hour-long podcast here, where he offers a diocesan year-in-review as well as suggestions for how to pray throughout the entire Christmas Octave.

5. Finally, I leave you with Bishop Loverde’s Christmas Letter. In one of the most moving passages he writes: “Draw near to the manger and see the love of Christ, the love that made Him poor so that we might become truly rich. And give Him the only thing He desires — love for Him made real in prayer and worship as well as in our daily witness, and love for others, made real in self-emptying service to others.”

On behalf of the Communications Team, I pray that you find yourself still, quiet, and expectant of the Savior in these last few days of Advent. I look forward to sharing the joy of Christmas with you soon.

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