Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

Thanks to all who sent emails:

Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America

Here is the schedule for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

tuesday, september 22 (washington, dc)

4:00 p.m. Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews

wednesday, sePtember 23 (washington, dc)

9:15 a.m. Meeting with President Obama at the White House
11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral
4:15 p.m. Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilicia of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

thursday, september 24 (washington, dc, new york city)

9:20 a.m. Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress
11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington”

Photos by Sam Dixon

Thanks to Sam Dixon for sharing these powerful photos:

“Earlier today [Sunday] I was wrapping up some photo editing on an unseasonably warm February afternoon when I heard the sounds of what could only be a nearby brass band seep through my walls. I really really like brass bands. Grabbed my camera and walked outside, there was a brass band. From what I could gather the band was from a local church and were visiting a sick member.”



16th and I Street, NW

Washington Business Journal updates the Third Church of Christ saga:

“All that’s left to do is to knock the old building down.

In its place, JBG and ICG Properties will construct a 141,026-square-foot commercial building — 125,190 square feet of office, 4,098 square feet of retail and 11,738 square feet of religious space — designed by Robert A.M Stern Associates.”

They say Miller & Chevalier law firm will be the anchor tenant. We judged the 1971 designed building here. Will anyone miss it?


Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

Thanks to a reader for sending Bishop Mariann Opens the Garden for Weddings during Shutdown:

“The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, offers the Bishop’s Garden on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral to couples whose outdoor weddings on federal property in Washington D. C. are threatened due to the federal government shutdown.

“The shutdown’s impact on people’s lives is incalculable, and we’re all struggling to find ways to support our neighbors,” said Bishop Budde. “As one modest gesture, we invite those whose outdoor wedding plans were unexpectedly changed to consider the Bishop’s Garden as an alternate site, and we offer it to them free of charge.”

For more information, please call Ms. Cheryl Wilburn in the Bishop’s office by calling 202-537-6543.”

Photo via St. Patrick Catholic Church

From DDOT:

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about scheduled street closures for the Blue Mass event that is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

The following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

G Street, NW from 9th Street to 11th Street, NW
G Place, NW from 9th Street to 10th Street, NW
10th Street, NW from H Street to F Street, NW

From St. Patrick Catholic Church:

All parishioners and friends of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church are cordially invited to join hundreds of first responders from around the country at St. Patrick’s 19th Annual Blue Mass. Held each year at the beginning of National Police Week, we pray for those in law enforcement and fire safety, remember those who have fallen, and support those who serve. Representatives of Federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and around the country attend.

Before Mass, hundreds of law enforcement officers and public safety officials gather outside for the solemn processional into St. Patrick’s. Units from federal, state, and local jurisidictions gather in formation to pass under a huge American flag proudly hung over the street by two fire ladder trucks. Also gathered outside are officers on horseback, as well as pipe and drum corps units.

Inside the church, the principal celebrant and homilist for the 2013 Mass will be His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. The Mass includes an honor guard, bagpipers, and the solemn playing of “Taps” in memory of those who gave their lives in the past year.