History, Memory, and Reconciliation. Curious? The more reflective dimension of my usual column is transitioning to video format!
WATCH MY LATEST VIDEO HERE (“5 Minutes with Fr. Gary”)
If you’re interested in going deeper into the story, see the national Jesuit project HERE, and the related Georgetown project HERE.


LENT is about to begin with ASH WEDNESDAY on February 17!  See below for details about that liturgy and the young adult gathering following it. Here’s an overview of our many Lenten programs (details in the next issue).  No one could do all of them, but I hope each person can choose one or two commitments to pursue your spiritual growth in God’s love – hopefully there’s something for everyone!

  • Wednesdays: a brief Evening Prayer service by Zoom; along with some parishioners, I’ll provide a weekly reflection on one of the six African-American candidates for sainthood.
  • Thursdays: Scripture Study on the Lenten psalms and the great “Servant” passages of Isaiah that fill the Holy Week liturgies.
  • Fridays: online participatory Stations of the Cross; some will be traditional, some suitable for families and children, others will have social justice themes like the Good Friday Stations of recent Popes. We also intend to have “do-it-yourself” Stations available any time online.
  • We’ll also provide links to the best online meditations and apps that you can follow each day of the season.
  • Of course as the high point of our Lenten weeks, our Sunday liturgy will continue, both in-person and livestreamed – with “drop-in” Communion after mass on Feb. 21, as well as Mar. 21 along with Anointing of the Sick.
  • Our Small Group Communities will also launch in Lent. We’ve had an overwhelming response to this initiative, and are almost ready to commence!  Groups could choose to participate together in one of the above programs.