Awaiting the Pope

PopeFrancis_BlogAs we await the arrival to the United States of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, let us consider the many ways in which we can participate in his visit and to perform acts of faith and service that reflect the selfless ministry of our Pope.

The Pope will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 23 at 4:15 p.m. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has a limited number of tickets to share with parishioners and others who are engaged in a discussion on our social media channels about Pope Francis and his impact on their faith. Visit us on Facebook/archbalt and Twitter (@archbalt) or Instagram (@archbaltimore).

A few seats remain on buses headed to Philadelphia for the Mass on September 27. To register, visit www.regonline.com/papalvisit. Those unable to attend the Mass in person can watch it on a big screen on the lawn of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. People from all over the Archdiocese have been invited to bring chairs and blankets to watch the “Papal Mass in the Grass.”  Make it a full day of fun and bring your family and join our extended family of faith. The Ravens game will be shown beginning at 1pm and food trucks have been invited too. No RSVP needed. Just show up and enjoy this unique experience together!

Serve Like Francis
During the Pope’s visit, the Archdiocese and Catholic Charities are making it easy for people throughout the Archdiocese to participate in charitable outreach programs that provide much needed services to the poor and needy throughout Maryland. To learn how you can serve like Francis, visit www.archbalt.org.

Feet for Francis
His Holiness Pope Francis teaches us about humility. He has also called us to serve and help the poor. During his visit to the United States in September, a small group of pilgrims will walk in his honor. Starting September 20 from the Baltimore Basilica, these pilgrims will walk 104 miles to Philadelphia to join with Pope Francis. This spiritual journey will take a week.  Pope Francis has made it a central tenet that we must help the poor. Those who do not walk in the pilgrimage can still participate in this extraordinary occasion. “Feet for Francis” is a fundraiser sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Review Media in partnership with Funds2Orgs. However, this is a very different type of fundraiser. This fundraiser invites all the parishes, schools and Catholic groups and institutions throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore to join in this common cause. Instead of families donating money, the faithful are invited to give new and gently worn, used shoes and sneakers. The Archdiocese of Baltimore will be paid by Funds2Orgs based on the total weight of the shoes collected during this shoe drive fundraiser. A portion of funds raised through this effort will defray the costs of the walking pilgrimage and the rest will be given to Archbishop William E. Lori for charitable purposes. In turn, the shoes collected become inventory for small business owners, or micro-entrepreneurs, in 26 developing countries, including Haiti, Honduras, Tanzania and Colombia. For more information, visit funds2orgs.com/feetforfrancis.

All the events of the Pope’s visit will be streamed live on our website, www.archbalt.org. I pray the visit of our Holy Father will be a blessing for you and inspire your faith in the days and weeks to come.

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