Annual congressional advocacy days sponsored by U.S. Catholic Conference Department of Education, Washington, March 5-7.
Mardi Gras, March 7.
Ash Wednesday, March 8.
National Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Advisory Council meeting, Marriottsville, Md., March 10-12.
Conference on Catholicism in 20th-Century America, Notre Dame, Indiana, March 10-12.
St. Patrick's Day, March 17
Pope John Paul II's Lenten retreat, March 12-18.
National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee and U.S. Catholic Conference Administrative Board meetings, Washington, March 14-16.
Feast of St. Joseph, March 19.
March 20-26, Pope John Paul II to visit the Holy Land. Among those invited to the Holy Land are Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, Cardinal Bernard Law, Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and Bishop William Murphy.
Anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero's death in San Salvador. There will be a week of observances in El Salvador, culminating on the anniversary date of March 24. Cardinal Roger Mahony, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez and others will attend.
Jubilee Day for Women, March 25. Includes Prayer Breakfast on March 25 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, co-sponsored by several Catholic women's groups including the Bishops' Committee on Women. Some (arch)dioceses, for example Palm Beach, San Antonio, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Jackson and Stockton are planning events locally.
Religious Communication Congress, Chicago, March 29-April 1. An international multifaith forum for communicators of religion. Theme: "Faith Stories in a Changing World."