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Washington Metro Catholics is a faithful, broad-based Metro DC Meetup group for practicing Catholics, lapsed Catholics and non-Catholics who are interested in Roman Catholic spirituality, history, doctrine and practice. The group offers a variety of activities, with both a domestic and international focus. The group welcomes both married couples and singles. The group is organized by lay Catholics from different parishes. So, the group is not affiliated with a specific parish, nor is the group formally endorsed by the Archdiocese of Washington or the Diocese of Arlington.

We do hope to fellowship and grow.

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Walking Tour: Basilica of the National Shrine

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

We have a tour guide to give us a guided tour of the Basilica along with a great history of the Basilica. There is space to sit and talk inside after we meetup and walk around. If you have any additional ideas while we are there, please voice them. Cheers, Organizer. __________________ FROM THE BASILICA WEBSITE: History In 1846, an excerpt from a Massachusetts newspaper told of "a magnificent Catholic church [to] be built at Washington, D.C. after the manner of the great cathedrals of the Old World from subscriptions of every Catholic Parish in America.” Spanning the late 19th, 20th and now 21st century, American Catholics would indeed build a sanctuary that rivals those of Europe and the world, not only in size but in stature as well—in sacred art (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764149), architecture (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764147), history (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764143) and heritage (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764151). Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine. With over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures and traditions that are the tapestry of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is indeed, America’s Catholic church. A work in progress to this day, we invite you to come make history with us!

Monthly Eucharistic Adoration with Praise and Worship

St Leo's Catholic Church

I was told after the service, a group goes to the Fuddrucker's Restaurant, which isn't far from the church. If you would like to learn more, check out this website: http://www.arlingtonrenewal.org/praise-and-worship FROM THE CHURCH'S WEBSITE: Praise is a natural response to God in all His perfection. As we grow closer with God, getting to know and experience Him, ordinary moments can become special occasions for grace to work in us. We can see God's love for us revealed in His creation. As an example, St. Alphonsus Liguori told of St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Practice_of_the_Love_of_Jesus_Christ) and how, "when she held any beautiful flower in her hand, was enkindled by the sight of it with love to God; and she would say: 'And God, then, has thought from all eternity of creating this flower for love of me!' Thus did that flower become, as it were, a dart of love, which sweetly wounded her, and united her more and more to her God." Our personal experience of God's love changes us. Even our view of the world changes and we can see it filled with God's presence which in turn makes us thankful. This is the proper attitude of creatures to their loving Creator. As the priest says during the Mass, "Let us give thanks to the Lord our God," the people respond, "It is right to give Him thanks and praise." Often charismatic gatherings spend time singing songs of praise. St. John of the Cross explains that when living in close union with God, which is a result of Baptism in the Holy Spirit, "a soul always walks in festivity, inwardly and outwardly, and it frequently bears on its spiritual tongue a new song of great jubilation in God, a song always new, enfolded in a gladness and love arising from the knowledge that the soul has of its happy state." He also teaches that a life of joy and praise is normative for souls in close union with God, saying, "there is no need to be amazed that the soul so frequently walks amid this joy, jubilance, fruition, and praise of God." (St. John of the Cross, The Living Flame of Love, stanza 2, paragraph 36).

Walking Tour: Basilica of the National Shrine

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

We have a tour guide to give us a guided tour of the Basilica along with a great history of the Basilica. There is space to sit and talk inside after we meetup and walk around. If you have any additional ideas while we are there, please voice them. Cheers, Organizer. __________________ FROM THE BASILICA WEBSITE: History In 1846, an excerpt from a Massachusetts newspaper told of "a magnificent Catholic church [to] be built at Washington, D.C. after the manner of the great cathedrals of the Old World from subscriptions of every Catholic Parish in America.” Spanning the late 19th, 20th and now 21st century, American Catholics would indeed build a sanctuary that rivals those of Europe and the world, not only in size but in stature as well—in sacred art (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764149), architecture (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764147), history (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764143) and heritage (http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/lookup.asp?c=osJRKVPBJnH&b=4764151). Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine. With over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures and traditions that are the tapestry of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is indeed, America’s Catholic church. A work in progress to this day, we invite you to come make history with us!

Bowling at Bowlmor Lanes (formerly Bethesda Bowl)

I haven't bowled in ages, but a couple of you just emailed me about setting something up. Thanks. I haven't been to Bowlmor (I did visit Bethesda Bowl, back in the day). FROM THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE: In 1938 the original Bowlmor Lanes opened its doors in the heart of Greenwich Village at 110 University Place. During the golden age of bowling from the '40s to '60s, Bowlmor Lanes was at the forefront of the bowling revolution, hosting the prestigious Landgraf Tournament in 1942 and one of the first televised bowling tournaments in 1955. In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon famously bowled at the lanes. Through the 70's and 80's Bowlmor Lanes was home to the top bowlers in the sport and became a regular hangout for village hipsters. But towards the 90's, as the popularity of bowling as a sport declined, so did the condition of the bowling alley. The revamp of Bowlmor Lanes saw the installation of video screens, glow in the dark lanes and lane side food and drink service. Shannon eliminated leagues — a bowling staple that he had been told paid the rent—to ease out regulars who did not cotton to the fancy trappings or the higher prices. His vision soon became a reality. By 1999, Bowlmor Lanes became the highest-grossing bowling alley in the United States. Today it stands as the longest contiguously running bowling alley on the East Coast. Following the incredible success of Bowlmor Lanes in New York City, Shannon knew that he could bring the Bowlmor concept across the country and in 2001, STRIKE Bethesda (http://www.bowlmor.com/bethesda/explore.php) opened to accolades in suburban Washington, D.C. A year later, STRIKE Long Island (http://www.bowlmor.com/longisland/explore.php) was unveiled, a cavernous underground space housing 35 lanes of bowling, a full-service restaurant and four bars. In November 2004, the 34 lane STRIKE Miami (http://www.bowlmor.com/miami/explore.php) opened in the Dolphin Mall in the Doral section of the city, featuring a giant, state of the art sports themed restaurant. STRIKE Cupertino (Silicon Valley) , CA (http://www.bowlmor.com/cupertino/explore.php) opened in the summer of 2007 and STRIKE Orange County, CA (http://www.bowlmor.com/orangecounty/explore.php) opened in the summer of 2008. In the fall of 2010, Bowlmor Lanes plans to unveil its most ambitious project to date in Times Square (http://www.bowlmor.com/timessquare/explore.php). All properties now operate under the Bowlmor Lanes name.

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