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!

Weekend Mass Times
Weekday Mass Times
Confession Schedule

5 pm Sat ; 9, 11 (ASL interpreted), 5 pm Sun
7 am, 12:10 pm (8 am on Sat and Federal Holidays)
11:30-12 Mon-Fri, 6-6:30 pm Mon-Wed, 4-4:30pm Sat

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Notes from the Pastor

Our Forty Days in the Desert

A desert is a place of quiet. Not just the quiet that is the opposite of noise, but also the quiet that comes from a lack of visual distractions. That’s why Jesus retreats to the desert just prior to beginning his public ministry. He needs that inner quiet to discern his Father’s will, and to know that all he says and does are in perfect accord with his Father’s plan. In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ 40-day silent retreat ends with a harsh and grating noise—the voice of Satan himself who sorely tempts Jesus to follow a path other than that chosen by the Father.

Lent is a time for us to go out into our own personal symbolic desert, for Lent is a time when we try to live out the words we heard on Ash Wednesday: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” We need this time to examine our lives and recognize those detours we often take from following God’s will for us. But if Jesus himself could not escape the temptations of the Devil, then we should be prepared to face the temptations he will throw in our path to turn away and return to that sinful self that we are so accustomed to.

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Holy Hour is now held on Monday - Wednesday only

Beginning this Lent, the Holy Hour schedule is now Mondays - Wednesdays only. We will no longer have Holy Hour on Thursdays.

Walking with Francis: Being Hope and Mercy. A Lenten Series.

Please join us for a Lenten series exploring three talks given by Pope Francis during his recent trip to the United States. In this Year of Mercy proclaimed by the Pope and marked worldwide, how do his words impact our sense of discipleship and “encounter” in Washington? We hope you will be a part of our effort this Lent to continue walking with Pope Francis.
Format: presentation on one of the Holy Father’s talks, followed by responses from parishioners and small-group conversations.
- Feb 25: Historic address to joint session of Congress
Speaker: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska
- Mar 3: Homily at Madison Square Garden Mass in New York City
Speaker: Mother Revelacion, Superior of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Mater convent at Holy Comforter, Saint Cyprian parish, DC.
- Mar 17: Homily at closing Mass of World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia
Speaker: Rev. Rick Kramer, Director of the Office of Family Life, Archdiocese of Washington
7-8:30pm, parish hall (accessible via elevator). Free. Metro: Capitol South - Blue/Orange/Silver lines.

Spring 2016 Seminars - Adult Sunday School

Our Dominican Brothers host discussions on a wide range of topics of contemporary theological relevance. Sundays, 10:30am, O’Sullivan room. Free. No registration needed. Upcoming sessions:

Feb 7   Living Lent Well: Why Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving?
Feb 14  Purgatory: Preparation for Beatitude
Feb 21  Salvation Outside the Church? Christ and Other Religions
Mar 13  Book Club: Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom
Mar 20  Life of Christ: Culmination on the Cross
Apr 3    Book Club: Josef Pieper, The Concept of Sin
Apr 10  Our First Freedom: The Foundations of Religious Freedom
Apr 17  Marriage: "A Partnership of the Whole of Life"
Apr 24  Book Club: Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy
May 1   Evangelization: How It’s Done. Why Too Often It’s Not.

The Jubilee Year of Mercy

Find opportunities to celebrate the Year of Mercy in your local community at http://mercy.adw.org

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