The Friday Five: A Week of Firsts

By: Office of Communications


The Year of Mercy kicks off next week on Tuesday, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  To help the faithful of the Diocese contemplate the gift of God’s merciful love, the Diocese will launch our Year of Mercy social media campaign, with weekly Mercy Memes on Mondays and tweets from Bishop Paul Loverde.

Stay tuned to our accounts linked below for shareable content to help believers and non-believers begin to understand the ever-present mercy of God, as Pope Francis tells us:

How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst! (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus 5).


The first week of Advent began Sunday. Bishop Loverde tells us, “Advent is a time of waiting, anticipating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Read Bishop’s column on actively preparing our hearts for the birth and gift of Jesus Christ.



Today is the first day of a powerful Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Bishop Loverde is leading the novena for the intentions of all those wishing to conceive a child and for those seeking Divine comfort after the heartbreak of miscarriage and infant loss. For those who would like to join him in prayer, Bishop Loverde prays along with you. You can receive this audio in your email inbox each day.

The novena concludes on December 12 with Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, in Chantilly, at 10:30 a.m. celebrated by the Vicar General, Father Tom Ferguson.



As you consider which gifts to give this Christmas, please consider adding Bishop’s Lenten Appeal 2015 and Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington to your list.



Students in Arlington are reaching for the heavens. The St. Thomas More Cathedral School will be the first elementary school in the world to launch a satellite! The satellite was designed, tested and built by the students.

It includes a medallion from Sr. Bernadette, Superintendent, and a cross blessed by Pope Francis (see photo below). Though the NASA launch was scheduled this week, it was postponed because of wet and cloudy weather. The next possible launch time is today at 5:33:11 p.m. EST. Continuous countdown coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. here.


STMC Satellite Rocket Launch

Above you can see the cross blessed by Pope Francis and the medallion from Sr. Bernadette.

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