For the second year in a row, Dignity/Washington joined The DC Center for the LGBT Community to march in the city's annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Following last year’s historic opportunity to march as the first LGBT contingent in the parade, about 20 chapter members joined others from The DC Center for this year's celebration on Sunday, March 13. The group was once again welcomed with cheers, waves, and overall support from parade-goers. The Washington Blade covered Dignity/Washington’s involvement.
Dignity/Washington celebrated the Feast of Saint Joseph with its annual St. Joseph’s Day Dinner on Saturday, March 19, at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church. Following a beautiful ceremony, just under 60 members and guests enjoyed a delicious meal of garlic crusted pork loin, rigatoni with tomato sauce and meatballs, and a vegan ratatouille over linguini. To finish the meal, a delightful selection of desserts from Piedigrotta Bakery of Baltimore was offered. There was a 50/50 raffle and $115 was won by a long-time Dignity/Washington member. The organizing committee for the dinner would like to thank the almost 25 volunteers who did everything from shopping, cooking, setting-up tables and the altar, and clean-up afterwards. This event is truly an example of the best community effort of our Dignity family.
Dignity/Washington will host a full week of services for Holy Week and Easter. Holy Thursday will begin with an agape meal, to be shared with members of our host church, St. Margaret’s Episcopal. After the meal, the community will gather for the Holy Thursday service, concelebrated by leaders of the two communities. Triduum will continue at Dignity/Washington with a Good Friday lay-led service, Easter Vigil Mass, and an Easter Sunday service during the usual 6:00 p.m. Mass time.
For the first time, Dignity/Washington has run ads on Facebook promoting its Holy Week and Easter services, and preliminary results seem positive. The community anxiously awaits further results of this new promotion and knowing whether it will affect attendance for the Easter (and future) services.