Holy Week schedules

Tuesday, April 15

11:00 a.m. -- Chrism Mass, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Archbishop Emeritus of Miami, John Favalora presiding.

Wednesday, April 16

9:00 a.m. -- 1st Grade Easter Passion Play, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria
1:00 p.m. -- 1st Grade Easter Passion Play, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria
7:00 p.m. -- Living Stations of the Cross, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville
7:30 p.m. -- Tenebrae (evening prayer), St. Rita Church, Alexandria

Vatican prepares for canonizations of Popes JPII, John XXIII

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With less than two weeks before the canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, Rome hotels are reporting they are almost fully booked and the Vatican has confirmed the Mass will take place in St. Peter’s Square, despite knowing that hundreds of thousands of people will have to watch the ceremony on large video screens.

Pope Francis had announced in late September that he would proclaim the two popes saints in a single ceremony April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday.

2014 Annual Diocesan Appeal

We witness Christ’s love and
compassion in our daily lives.

Our mission as a community of
faith flows from  the risen Christ’s love

and is nourished through prayer,
good work and presence. 

His love enables us to bear witness
to Him as we follow His great commission

to Go and Make Disciples.

When we place our confidence in Christ who loves us beyond all comprehension, we become the faithful who proclaim and live the word of God by celebrating the sacraments and exercising the ministry of charity.

National office of Tekakwitha Conference opens doors at new location

After more than a year of searching and planning, the national office of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Conference has finally opened its doors to its new location at 2224 N. Bolton Ave.

Father Rickey Gremilllion, director of Special Services for the Diocese of Alexandria, which includes Native American ministry, was invited by the conference director, Sister Kateri Mitchell, to bless the facility on Feb. 10.

2014 Rite of Election

On Sunday, March 9, 2014, thirty-eight Catechumens and fifty-eight Candidates prepared for full Communion into the Catholic Church.

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A new and improved home for Manna House

By Jeannie Petrus, CT editor

Without skipping a beat in the food service it provides to more than 200 men, women, and children each day, Manna House returned to its renovated home Jan. 13 located at 2655 Lee Street.

“We moved out of the temporary facility on Broadway and 3rd Streets after the noon meal on Sunday, Jan. 12,” said John McClure, volunteer executive director of Manna House, “and were set up and ready to serve the noon meal the next day -- Monday, Jan. 13. We never stopped serving at Manna House -- even through the ice storms this winter.”

New educational programs successful at St. Francis Cabrini School

New reading program proves to be successful at Cabrini School

After only 3 months, 80 percent of K-2 students are now reading above grade level

The results are in.

After only three months of using the Super Kids Reading Program at St. Frances Cabrini School, 80 percent of the students  in grades K-2 are now reading above grade level.

Compare that to the fact that 42 percent of that same group of students (K-2) were reading below grade level when initially tested in August, 2013; and you’ll agree -- Super Kids Reading Program works!