Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Mass and Confession Schedule

Sunday
7:30 a.m.⎪9 a.m. (ASL Interpreted)⎪10:30 a.m.⎪
10:30 a.m. gym⎪12:30 p.m.⎪5:30 p.m. 
Filipino Mass every 4th Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Weekdays
6:30 a.m. (Except Federal Holidays)⎪8 a.m.⎪
11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
Saturday
8 a.m.⎪11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m. (Fulfills Sunday Obligation)
Holy Days of Obligation
Eve before Feast Day  - 5:30 p.m.
Feast Day - 6:30 a.m.⎪8 a.m.⎪11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
Sacrament Of Reconciliation (Confession)
Friday and Saturday after 11 a.m. Mass (if no funeral)
Saturday: 4-5 p.m. & after 5:30 p.m. Mass
OR anytime by appointment

Pastor's Column

September 17, 2017

Attention Parishioners,

Our roof restoration project for the Church is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 21. The project will last about two months.  The project will require scaffolding which should not interfere with any of the church services or parking.  During the week days, there may be limited parking on Quesada Street and some sidewalk areas may be temporarily blocked for safety reasons.  However, all church entrances should remain open.

If you have any questions, please email John Navolio at jnavolio@blessedsacramentdc.org.

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Dear Parish Family:

Last week, the evangelist Matthew provided us with an outline of the process for reconciliation. This week, the age-old problem of vengeance become the topic for reflection. Old hurts do not fade away easily. In fact, many find that years later the memory of a painful encounter might resurface in a vivid way. To this day, I can recall the utter rage that boiled within me one Christmas Eve. I was a young priest and was filled with excitement at the prospect of presiding and preaching at the Children’s Mass that evening. At lunch that day, the pastor informed me that he would do the preaching. I had no choice but to accept his will; yet, I was deflated. I celebrated the Mass, but really felt little joy. When I reflect on the word “forgiveness,” I am often reminded that like love forgiveness is a decision, not a feeling. Jesus demonstrated this dramatically from the cross when he said: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” He also provided us with a demonstration of this mystery in a very moving postresurrection encounter with his apostle Peter. He asked him three times: “Do you love me?” Peter had denied knowing Jesus three times. The penance Jesus gave Peter was simply: “Feed my sheep!” What hurts do you harbor? Whom do you
need to forgive? Might it be yourself?

Yours in Christ,
Father Bill Foley