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Weekend planner: May 26-28
Catholic Herald Staff Report
The Washington Monument looks from a distance over the Arlington National Cemetery, where several events will be held in honor or Memorial Day.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

What’s your perfect mix for the three-day weekend that’s the unofficial start of summer vaction season? A good mix of R&R, tasty food at all-day BBQs, chats with family and friends over crisp drinks, a dip in the pool (check out the recently opened Knights of Columbus pool)?

This weekend likely will include a few moments of remembrance and prayer for the men and women who died serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Memorial Day, known first as Decoration Day, originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. For more history on the day, check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

And while you look toward the long weekend, here are a few activities you might like to fit in.

Sunday the National Men’s Chorus will give a Memorial Day concert at St. Luke Church in McLean at 5 p.m. For more information call 202/244-7191 or check out

Later on Sunday, the U.S. Marine Band — known as “the president’s band” and established in 1798 — will perform a concert with fireworks at Filene Center at Wolf Trap at 8 p.m. A group from Prime Time Single Catholics is going, and if you’d like to join them, call Ann Webster at 703/476-3975.

This Sunday is Pentecost, and Saturday, All Saints Church in Manassas will host a Pentecost praise and worship with the Eucharist from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. St. Mary of Sorrows Historic Church, located at Fairfax Station Rd. and Rt. 123 in Fairfax Station, will have a charismatic vigil Mass for Pentecost at 11 p.m. Call Colleen Turgeon, 703/978-4141, ext. 21, for details.

To further reflect on Pentecost Sunday, read this week’s Gospel Commentary by Youth Apostle Father Jack Peterson.

If you decide to see a flick or two this weekend, scope out our movie reviews to help you make your pick.

And if you have events you’d like to share with other readers, post them on our online calendar.

Blessings to your family this weekend, and we hope it’s a safe, relaxing, joy-filled one!


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