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

October 22, 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:

Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.
(Matthew 22:21)

These words of Jesus have been used frequently to assert the strict separation of Church and State—a foundational principle of our own Constitution. They were, however, never intended to imply that the expression of faith and moral principles must be restricted to the privacy of the home or Church building. The Greek word for “image” is “icon.” This word describes far more than a simple re-presentation or photograph. An “icon” is the product of profound prayer and exudes a “presence” of the person whose image is represented. If we are made in the “image and likeness of God” and “redeemed by the blood of the Lamb,” are we not then meant to be “icons” of God’s presence? If that is true, the boundary between the political and the moral is necessarily obscured. Christians have an obligation to advocate for the helpless and the persecuted of all ages, races, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. The “right to life” extends far beyond the confines of sexual morality or the issue of euthanasia to all whose lives are threatened by unjust and oppressive policies. What are those forces that mitigate against family life and peace? Evil emerges from within the human soul and from outside; but let us take consolation in the confidence reflected in these words of St. Paul:

For our gospel did not come to you in word alone,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and [with]
much conviction.
(1 Thessalonians 1:5)

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Bill Foley