Eucharistic Adoration and Stations of the Cross during Lent
Every Friday during Lent

Adoration will be extended from 12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Friday throughout Lent (except Good Friday). Join us as you are able to pray, listen, and spend time with Our Lord. If possible, please consider committing to a particular time on the Adoration sign-up sheet in the vestibule.  

Immediately following Adoration, one of our priests will lead the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. every Friday throughout Lent (except Good Friday). 

Young Adults: Parishioners ages 21-39 are invited to join young adults to pray the Stations of the Cross, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Altar and Tabernacle Flowers

Would you like to sponsor the altar and tabernacle flowers for an upcoming Sunday? 
Your sponsorship in honor of a special event or person ( e.g., anniversary, baptism, person living or deceased ) will be noted in the bulletin.  Please contact Tatyana at the parish office (703-684-9261) if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.  The requested donation is $50.00 to cover the actual cost of flowers.
Vocations:  “Christ suffered for sins once for all.”

Is Christ asking you to suffer with Him and bring others to God as a priest, deacon, or in the consecrated life?   Call  Father J.D. Jaffe at (703) 841-2514 or e-mail him at .mailto:j.jaffe@arlingtondiocese.orgshapeimage_3_link_0
An Act of Reparation From the Angel of Peace at Fatima

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.
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..
Traditional Latin Mass at St. Rita Church

Each Sunday,  St. Rita Parish in Alexandria offers the traditional Latin Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Each Tuesday and Thursday,  St. Rita Parish offers the traditional Latin Mass at 7:30 p.m. Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes are most welcome to participate in these nearby Masses.
Pray for Priests in the Diocese of Arlington: Free Prayer Cards

The Office of Family Life has provided prayer cards with a special prayer and the name of one of our diocesan priests on the back. Please pick one up in the entrance of the church.
Supreme Court Decisions On Marriage: “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full USCCB statement follows.

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.   Read more ...
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 or (703) 684-9261.mailto:fathermelmer@comcast.netshapeimage_9_link_0
Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Why not get to the heart of God’s love? Consider enthroning your house/family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a 15-minute ceremony which has many spiritual benefits and a great way to get some time for family prayer. This ceremony is a great blessing promoted by our beloved bishop in his pastoral letters about the Sacred Heart and Evangelization. For more information and/or to set up an appointment, please email the Legion of Mary at May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be your source of inspiration and rest!mailto:enthronements@arlingtonregia.comshapeimage_10_link_0
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
830 23rd Street South, Arlington, Virginia 22202
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Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O ever-Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy,
health of the sick, refuge of sinners,
comforter of the afflicted,
you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings;
look with mercy on me.

By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes,
you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary,
whence you dispense your favors;
and already many sufferers have obtained
the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.
I come, therefore, with complete confidence
to implore your maternal intercession.
Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests.
Through gratitude for your favors,
I will endeavor to imitate your virtues,
that I may one day share your glory.  Amen.
Papal Blessings

The Catholic Church offers blessings from the Holy Father for special occasions such as Baptisms, Confirmations, marriages, and anniversaries. These blessings come in the form of certificates with the name(s) inscribed. Many people treasure these certificates as important symbols of sacraments and special occasions. For information on how to request a Papal Blessing, including the available options and cost of  the certificates, please visit the diocesan website at Be aware that the process may take three months or more.
Mass Intentions

Would you like to have a Mass offered up for the intention of a loved one or for the repose of the soul of a departed one? Contact the parish office in person, by phone, or by email ( to arrange a Mass intention. Daily 6:45 a.m., 12:00 noon, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. Masses only. A stipend of $10.00 is usually given, but any amount is appreciated.mailto:olol@comcast.netshapeimage_19_link_0
Legion of Mary

Help wanted! Workers in the Lord’s vineyard! The pay is non-existent but the benefits are Heavenly! To apply, contact Father Berghout at (703) 684-9261 and find out how you can become a recruit in the Legion of Mary. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to let Our Lady use you as you are. She needs your hands and feet, your lips and heart, your time and effort, for Legionaries are simply Mary’s means of action in the world today. She will use what you give her to the best advantage, for although others may surpass your offering, they cannot replace it.
Prayer Chain

Our parish is developing a ministry of prayer. Anyone who has an immediate need for prayer is encouraged to call Eileen at (703) 521-0079. The need/intention (no name or personal details of the intention will be revealed) will be passed on to a group of people who are willing to pray for that intention for the next three days. With the help of Our Lady of Lourdes, these prayers will strengthen both those who are prayed for and those who pray.
Religious Freedom: Prayer and Action Are Necessary to Keep Our First Freedom First

When Pope Benedict visited the United States in 2008, he asked the U.S. bishops a question: “Is it consistent to profess our beliefs in church on Sunday, and then during the week to promote business practices or medical procedures contrary to those beliefs?”

The Holy Father then answered his own question:  “...Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel.”

Although the full impact of the Holy Father’s words might not have been understood then, they have since proven prophetic.  Read more:  English,   Spanish.Latest_News_files/USCCB-Religious-Freedom-Bulletin-Insert_ENG-Color.pdfLatest_News_files/USCCB-Religious-Freedom-Bulletin-Insert_SPAN-Color.pdfshapeimage_22_link_0shapeimage_22_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.”
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 .
Parishioner Registration

If you are Catholic and have an address with the zip code of 22202, please be sure to register with the parish if you have not done so already. Registration cards are located in the vestibule.
Meals on Wheels (MOW) Volunteers Needed

Meals on Wheels (MOW) is a County program that provides meals for “shut-ins.” Volunteers are needed to deliver the meals to clients in South Arlington on the third Monday of every month. It only takes two hours, from approximately 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. MOW does not deliver on snow days when schools are closed or have delayed openings. If interested, please contact the parish office at (703) 684-9261 or .mailto:olol@comcast.netshapeimage_26_link_0
Holy Place of Silence

Please remember that the church is a holy place of silence. A beautiful reminder can be found in our Catechism: “Churches are not simply gathering places…a church must also be a space that invites us to the recollection and silent prayer that extend and internalize the great prayer of the Eucharist” (Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1180, 1185). Let’s help each other to pray.
Sacrament of Confession

“Sin 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?
The Choir is Looking for a Few Voices

Love to Sing? Good! Because the choir is looking for a few voices. It’s a great way to serve the parish and it is an enjoyable experience. The choir rehearses on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and then sings for the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Please consider joining your choir and call the parish office at 703-684-9261.
Divine Mercy Devotion

For information on Divine Mercy Devotion—including how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet—locate a copy of “The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion” booklet or pick up a Divine Mercy prayer card from the rectory. Information can also be found online at .http://thedivinemercy.orghttp://thedivinemercy.orgshapeimage_30_link_0shapeimage_30_link_1
Grace for Your Marriage

“The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799)”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1661).

If you are planning to get married or did not get married with the permission of the Catholic Church, contact your local parish priest for information on how your marriage can become a sacrament.
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:

Lent ………............……… March 5, 2018
Easter ……..........…...….. April 2, 2018 

We will keep you mindful of these dates with lector announcements.
Monday, February 19, 2018:  Lenten Weekday
Tuesday, February 20, 2018:  Lenten Weekday
Wednesday,  February 21, 2018:  St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Thursday,  February 22, 2018:  The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
Saturday,  February 24, 2018:  Lenten Weekday
Sunday, February 18, 2018:   First Sunday of Lent
Five First Saturdays in Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

One of the requests Our Lady of Fatima made known to Sr. Lucia was that the faithful make “communions of reparation” on five consecutive first Saturdays of the month. This has become known as the “First Saturday Devotion,” and its intention is to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the many ungrateful offenses she endures from mankind. 

The Five First Saturdays devotion is based on the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sister Lucy on December 10, 1925:

I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall receive the sacrament of Confession, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to my Immaculate Heart.
Saturday,  February 17, 2018:  Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Friday,  February 23, 2018:  St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
Regulations on Fast and Abstinence

The norms for the United States, established by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in November of 1966 and reiterated in November of 1973 may be summarized as follows:  

Everyone over 14 years of age is bound to observe the law of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on all Fridays within the season of Lent and on Ash Wednesday.  

On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, everyone over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year is also bound to observe the law of fast.  On these two days only one full meatless meal is allowed.  Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, therefore, are the only two days of fast and abstinence.
Wednesday Lenten Confessions
Every Wednesday during Lent, 6:30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

This Lenten season, each Catholic parish (including Our Lady of Lourdes) in the Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington will have Confessions available every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,  beginning the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday:  February 21, 2018.
If you have been reluctant to come to the Sacrament or have been away for some time, this is a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with Christ and His Church. Come to confession and prepare your heart for Easter!
Mark  1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
 Tu es Petrus, et super hanc 
 petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.