By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications
Happy New Year! It’s been a busy Christmas Octave, as you’ll see below in the round-up. I have no doubt that our shepherd and the members of the Arlington Diocese will find countless opportunities to bring Christ to Northern Virginia in the year ahead. On behalf of the Office of Communications, I wish you a blessed 2015. Settle in and read on!
1. Invite one person. This has been Bishop Loverde’s challenge to us in the diocese over the course this year — to invite one person to come and meet Jesus Christ and the community of his disciples, the Church. On Christmas Day, The Washington Post featured the door-to-door evangelization campaign that St. John the Beloved parishioner Dave Scully undertook last week. “It’s fun,” he says of getting out and connecting with people, even when the interaction is brief. “I feel much younger than I am. And I’d like to have a positive influence.”
2. “It is not good for man to be alone” (Gen 2:18). While many people consider the stretch of time between Christmas and New Year’s to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” for many of our brothers and sisters, it can be a time of great difficulty and loneliness. To learn about opportunities to accompany someone who is lonely, visit www.ccda.net.
3. Setting Men Free. Bishop Loverde spoke with Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review Online about the effect that pornography is having on men, women, and children. He continues to join the conversation around a topic which is moving from the shadows to the national stage.
4. The transition from one year to the next offers us the opportunity to reflect on how well we did what we resolved to do. Pope Francis, for one, resolved to show us how to “go to the margins,” to bring Christ to the places He is needed most. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few from the Huffington Post that show us the courage and joy that have been at the heart of his evangelization efforts.
5. 2015 is a big year for the universal Church. It’s the Year of Consecrated Life. The Holy Father will visit the United States this fall. The state of our religious liberty at home is sure to unfold, as will opportunities to support our Christian brothers and sisters abroad. As always, it will be a year to grow in the joy of the Christian faith. What will set your heart on fire this year?