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From a press release:

“The Shrine of the Sacred Heart off of 16th Street NW is hosting two raffles to raise funds to update its lighting and sound systems.

The Mother’s Day Raffle boasts a first prize of a 60-inch smart television, a second prize of an HP laptop, and third and fourth prizes of iPad Airs. The drawing is Sunday, May 14 and tickets are $5.
You can also enter for a chance to win a Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE, just don’t plan on making it a Mother’s Day gift. The winner of the car will be drawn on August 6, and tickets are $20.

The raffles are part of larger revitalization efforts in honor of the 100th anniversary of the church’s building, a celebration delayed a year due to the pandemic. The Byzantine-style church is made out of decorative reinforced concrete pioneered by sculptor John Joseph Earley, who also worked on Malcolm X Park down the street and the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland. Read More

photo by Diane Krauthamer

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been asked to be a godfather by our closest friends. My wife and I, while raised Catholic, weren’t married in the church and haven’t practiced in quite some time.

My future goddaughter’s parish needs a signed/sealed ”letter of eligibility” from my pastor attesting that I’m qualified to serve as a godparent.

Anyone know any back-alley priests in the DC area?”


photo by Master of All Metal

From the Washington National Cathedral:

“The funeral of former Secretary of State Colin Powell will be held at Washington National Cathedral on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12 noon ET. Secretary Powell, who served for decades in and out of uniform starting with his service in the Vietnam War, was also national security advisor from 1987 to 1989 and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993. Numerous military and Congressional leaders are expected to be in attendance. Read More


From an email:

“THe Washington National Cathedral announced that it will replace its former Confederate-themed stained glass windows, which were removed in 2017, with racial justice-themed windows created by world-renowned artist Kerry James Marshall. Full details on the announcement are in this WNC – Press Release.

The Cathedral has also commissioned Pulitzer-nominated poet Dr. Elizabeth Alexander to pen a poem that will be inscribed in the stone beneath the new windows. One of the former windows, which depicted Gen. Robert E. Lee, has been loaned to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a year-long exhibit on reconstruction. It is expected that Marshall will complete the new windows in 2023, after which time they will be permanently installed at the Cathedral.”


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