Christmas Tree Sale

The Knights of Columbus are selling Christmas trees again this year at the Lourdes Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Come by and purchase this year’s Christmas tree! Those who wish to purchase a tree earlier can email jamespatrick4@hotmail.com to arrange. As in the past, the Knights will have a variety of sizes, ranging from 3 feet to 9 feet, and the ever popular Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir trees in addition to three sizes of wreaths and roping. Delivery available for the elderly and disabled. We hope you will patronize the tree lot as you have in the past!mailto:jamespatrick4@hotmail.comshapeimage_1_link_0
Advent Concert and Carols
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Rejoice on Gaudete Sunday by coming to the 3rd Annual Advent Concert and Carols at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine! The concert will feature inspiring Advent hymns and music interspersed with readings from Scripture and Saint John Paul II’s meditations on Advent. We will serve hot chocolate during the intermission and conclude with singing famous carols. We hope you will come, listen, and sing-a-long to beautiful music in preparation for the blessing of Christmas! Located at 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017. For more information please email events@jp2shrine.org.
Gift of Life Giving Tree Benefitting the Gabriel Project

Your Pro-Life Committee has prepared a Gift of Life Giving Tree located in the Grotto of the Blessed Mother in support of the Gabriel Project and Project Rachel. Thank you to everyone who donated last year and helped us achieve our goal of supporting two mothers throughout their complete pregnancies via the Gabriel Project! This year, through your generosity, our parish hopes to provide the same financing for complete medical care for two expectant mothers. This care includes prenatal vitamins and/or medications, fertility awareness classes, childbirth education, counseling sessions, doctor appointments, labs, sonograms, and delivery of the baby. 

Upon meeting our goal for the Gabriel Project, all additional donations will benefit Project Rachel, a program offering assistance and healing retreats for post-abortive men and women. 

If you would like to give a financial gift, please take an envelope from the Gift of Life tree, enclose your donation, and drop it in the candle donation safe across from the giving tree in the Grotto.  Please make checks payable to “Our Lady of Lourdes.” Thank you!
Traditional Latin Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes

This coming year, we have planned for the celebration of a Tridentine Latin Mass during each liturgical season. Father Eric Shafer of Sacred Heart Parish in Winchester has joyfully agreed to celebrate these Masses. We will have Latin Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Christmas ……............... January 8, 2018
Lent ………............……… March 5, 2018
Easter ……..........…...….. April 2, 2018 

We will keep you mindful of these dates with bulletin blurbs and lector announcements.
Eucharistic Adoration Options

Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held at St. Agnes Parish (1910 N Randolph St, Arlington, VA). Eucharistic Adoration is also held at St. Rita Church (3815 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA) every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a break for the school Mass from 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Perpetual Adoration at St. Agnes Church

St. Agnes in Arlington offers Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All parishioners are invited to visit and participate. Specific hours in urgent need of coverage are always available on at http://stagnes-adoration.org. Individuals can register on the site or they can contact the coordinator, Greg King, at coordinator@stagnes-adoration.org or 571-205-8661. Even if you cannot make a permanent commitment, you are still invited to come pray as your schedule permits. St. Agnes is located at 1910 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22207.http://stagnes-adoration.orgmailto:coordinator@stagnes-adoration.orgshapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1
Institute of Catholic Culture

The Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC) is an adult catechetical organization that coordinates guest speakers on topics related to the Catholic faith.  
For a list of events coordinated by the ICC, visit http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/events/ .http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/events/http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/events/shapeimage_7_link_0shapeimage_7_link_1
Learn More about the Faith

Join the inspiring instructors at Catholic Distance University for a faith-filled journey of discovery. Enroll in an online independent study course of your choice and study anytime, anywhere.  Courses include:

    •  The Catholic School: Identity and Leadership
    •  The Way Catholic Use Scripture
    •  Modern American Catholic History (1908-Present)
    •  Vatican II: Lay Spirituality 

Visit http://www.cdu.edu and click the “Continuing Ed” tab to enroll. Parishioners in the Diocese of Arlington pay just $30.When registering, use promo code: CDU15ARLINGTONhttp://www.cdu.edushapeimage_8_link_0
Open Cursillo “Ultreya” at Olol

Cursillo’s Ultreya at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is open. Even if you have not made a Cursillo weekend or are not currently in a group reunion (prayer group), you are welcome. You can learn more about Ultreya by going online to www.arlingtoncursillo.org/grow/experience-ultreya/ .http://www.arlingtoncursillo.org/grow/experience-ultreya/http://www.arlingtoncursillo.org/grow/experience-ultreya/shapeimage_9_link_0shapeimage_9_link_1
Cursillo Movement

Father Berghout invites you to consider getting involved with the Cursillo Movement [cur SEE yo]. Cursillo is a Lay Catholic movement. It’s about friends helping friends grow in Christ and share Christian values in a challenging world. It starts with a weekend of faith sharing and reflection with other people from throughout our diocese. After the weekend, you’ll get connected for weekly faith sharing (we call this “Group Reunion”). This is essentially a small prayer group that roughly follows the Cursillo format of piety - what we do to grow in holiness; study – learning; the bridge between holiness and helping our neighbor; and action – bringing our Christian values to bear in all our environments. Using these three “topics,” we break open our lives at Group Reunion so we can grow from our shared experiences, our successes and failures. This accountability helps us all stay on track. Our goals for a week may be large or modest-sounding. Group Reunion is often the most real conversation we’ll have all week. What’s in Cursillo for you? New friends. A closer walk with Christ. A lot of laughing, some singing, a few tears, and a lot of spiritual growth. For more information, type in any search engine “Arlington Cursillo.”
Volunteer at the MaRiH Center

The MaRiH Center is a pro-life crisis pregnancy service offering alternative to abortion. We are seeking new volunteers to assist pregnant women and their babies. There are many ways to help, with both weekday and Saturday shifts. All training provided. Bilingual volunteers especially appreciated. If you have questions or would like to visit for a tour, please call us at 703-370-4774 and ask for the volunteer coordinator, Beth Whitehead.
Sunday TV Mass for the Homebound

The Diocese of Arlington, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington, produces a weekly Sunday TV Mass filmed in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Viewers can watch the TV Mass every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the DCW50 network. It is a wonderful ministry for those members of our Catholic family who are unable to be physically present with a local worshipping community for the Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy. For more information, visit: www.arlingtondiocese.org/tv-mass .http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/tv-masshttp://www.arlingtondiocese.org/tv-massshapeimage_12_link_0shapeimage_12_link_1
Rite of Christian Initiation

Not Catholic? Never Confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) began September 18, 2017. Classes are held Monday nights from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Lourdes Center/Parish Hall. A special invitation is extended to all those who would like to become Catholic, Catholics who have not yet been Confirmed, as well as to those who would like a thorough refresher on their faith. Please register by contacting Father Melmer at fathermelmer@comcast.net or (703) 684-9261.mailto:fathermelmer@comcast.netshapeimage_13_link_0
Pray the Weekly Rosary With Us
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

Please join the Pro-Life Committee in praying the Rosary every Tuesday evening in the Grotto at 7:00 p.m.
Traditional Latin Mass at St. Rita Church

Each Tuesday and Thursday,  St. Rita Parish in Alexandria offers the traditional Latin Mass at 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes are most welcome to participate in these nearby Masses.
Sacrament of Confession

“Sin is...an offense against God” and “damages communion with the Church” (CCC 1440). Have you been distanced from the Lord and Church? Don’t forget the Sacrament of Confession is available at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays immediately following the 12 Noon Mass, Saturdays at 4:00 p.m., and privately by appointment. Our Lord is offering you healing, forgiveness, and grace. Will you come to meet Him?
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
830 23rd Street South, Arlington, Virginia 22202
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Time and Talent at Our Lady of Lourdes

No parish can operate without volunteers. Please consider making a gift of your time and talent to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Time and Talent at Our Lady of Lourdes Recruiting Flyers:
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Advent Giving Tree Benefitting the Missionaries of Charity 

This year’s Advent Giving Tree in the vestibule will benefit the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  Each ornament is labeled with a particular item that the Sisters have requested.  These items will be used by the local Sisters of Charity to help homeless, at-risk pregnant woman. In addition to helping these women safely through their pregnancies, the Sisters also assist them in finding employment and securing a permanent home situation.

Please leave unwrapped gifts under the tree or in the box located in the vestibule during Sunday/Vigil Masses on the weekends of December 10, 17, and 24. During the week, please leave your gift at the rectory office. The office is open 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The earlier your donations are made, the sooner we can get them to the Sisters!
Nativities of the World -- A Special Display at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

See the universality of the Catholic faith through the way different cultures express the birth of Christ as you view over 150 nativities from all over the world! This heart-warming collection of mostly-handcrafted crèches from around the globe will be on exhibit at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, Dec. 2, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018 (daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Located at 1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017. Free parking; near Brookland-CUA Metro/H6 bus toward Ft. Lincoln. For more information, visit www.myfranciscan.org or call 202-526-6800.http://www.myfranciscan.orgshapeimage_27_link_0