Evangelization Efforts

Find the Perfect Gift

Advent is defined as the arrival of a notable person. In the Catholic Church, Advent is the period of preparation before Christmas, the birth day of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In conjunction with the beginning of Advent, the Archdiocese of Washington begins the “Find the Perfect Gift/Regalo Perfecto” initiative, which is an invitation to get to know more about Christ during this special season.

At the websites for “Find the Perfect Gift” and “Regalo Perfecto”, users can learn about the Advent and Christmas traditions, explore a daily Advent calendar, and find opportunities to celebrate this season of joy and peace. Additionally, there are links to Catholic parishes and their respective Christmas Mass times.


Find the Perfect Gift  Regalo Perfecto

The Light is On

“The Light Is On” campaign, which began in the Archdiocese of Washington in 2007, is an opportunity for the faithful to deepen their relationship with Christ by uniting themselves to God’s merciful love, which absolves Catholics from their faults. Lent, the 40-day penitential period before Easter and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, was chosen as the time period for the initiative, because it is a season when Catholics place an extra focus on God’s mercy and forgiveness.


The Light is On  La Luz Encendida

Light the City

Join us, during the Lenten season at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for an evening of prayer and street evangelization.

Following a prayer service, teams of volunteers will head out on the streets and invite passers-by to come into the church to light a candle, pause peacefully in prayer with the Blessed Sacrament, and talk with a priest.

7-8 pm: Volunteer training

8-11 pm: Prayer service, adoration and opportunities to talk with priests

Volunteer in one of these ways:

  1. Be a Street Evangelizer – encounter and invite others
  2. Be a Prayer Warrior – spend time in the church praying throughout the evening
  3. If you are a priest, join us to hear Confessions throughout the evening

We invite all to share their prayer intentions with us on Saturday evening on social media using #LighttheCity.

Help us spread the word:

Download the Flyer

Download Social Media Graphic

Parish Evangelization Grants

The Archdiocese of Washington Parish Evangelization Grants support parishes in implementing the new evangelization through creative, impactful, and invitational evangelization efforts. Parish grant projects and initiatives also provide examples of best practices that will be shared across the Archdiocese of Washington.

Parish Evangelization Grant Application

For more information on this efforts contact Anthony Esser in the Office of Evangelization