If you have been away from the Church for a while, know that St. Peter’s is always ready to welcome you home. St. Peter’s is a warm community of faith and committed to helping anyone and everyone draw closer to Christ through the Catholic Church. We hope that you will consider coming to Confession and Mass to begin your journey home, or think about contacting a priest to discuss whatever may be keeping you away. We miss you and hope to see you soon!
Where is Lazarus?
Jesus was wonderfully gifted as a teller of tales, a master of crafting the powerful teaching stories that we call parables. Today’s account of the dramatic reversal in the lives of Lazarus and the rich man - gripping, arresting, poignant, and nuanced in its message - is found only in Luke’s Gospel.
A good place to begin the study of any Gospel passage is to notice to whom it is addressed. In this case he is confronting the Pharisees. Luke had just commented that they were “lovers of money, who had sneered at everything that Jesus had been saying to them.”
Lazarus is described as lying outside the rich man’s gate, implying that he was crippled as well as destitute. In a touch so striking that no one who hears this parable ever forgets it, Jesus has unclean street dogs (not household pets) licking the poor man’s open sores. In sharp contrast to Lazarus we have the rich man who, as we learn later, has five wealthy brothers. While sores cover the skin of Lazarus, the rich man dresses in stylish garments fashioned from expensive materials. Instead of scraps of food that might fall from his table, every meal for him is a banquet.
St. Peter's inaugurates a new Men's Group beginning Saturday, September 10, from 7:30 to 9am. The group is designed to enable men of the parish to get to know one another better, to share reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings, and to pray together.
The format is simple: coffee and doughnuts at 7:30am, followed by introductory prayers and sharing the readings for the upcoming Sunday. The 8am Saturday Mass is moving to 9am to enable those men who wish to attend Mass following the meeting.
There is no sign-up, no need to come every Saturday, nothing to prepare for, and no "homework." A sweet deal! Mark your calendars for the opportunity to expand your network of men friends and to grow in our faith.
Are you looking for a break from the normal routine?
Are you seeking a way to spice up your spiritual life?
Consider an urban pilgrimage!
From time to time, Fr. De Rosa will be leading a walking pilgrimage form our parish to different holy sites in our city. Pilgrims will meet at St. Peter’s after mass, grab breakfast at a local cafe and walk to the destination for some prayer the and lunch. Confessions and spiritual counsel will be available along the way.
Our next parish urban-pilgrimages will be:
September 17, 9:30 am… from our church to Sacred Heart on 16th Street (5miles)
September 24, 9:30am… from our church to Holy Trinity in Georgetown (5 miles)
Our pilgrimages have been ending between 11am and 11:30am… at the conclusion pilgrims are welcome to get home by whatever means they prefer (metro, uber, foot, etc.)
Any parishioners for whom the journey may be too long, who want to meet us half way can certainly contact me to arrange that… likewise if someone wants to begin with us and then finds the trip too much, he/she can hop a metro, bus, cab etc. and meet us at the destination.
We encourage our Parishioners to read and share this weekly reflection "What's The Deal??" - a catechesis series on the basics of parish life and culture from Fr. De Rosa. In this week's reflection, Fr. De Rosa discusses the following subjects:
Fr. De Rosa's blog - Eyes of Faith DC - will be updated frequently with new reflections.