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!
The Spirit of Competition
Quite early in life we learn that success is largely a matter of competing with one another. Sibling rivalry starts at the moment a baby brother or sister comes home. Little League baseball, soccer, and basketball are imbued with a keen spirit of competition. We compete for the best grades, getting into the best school, landing the best job. We compete with others in our workplace for the attention of the boss or for a higher salary.
In itself, competition is healthy. It motivates us to hone our talents and gifts, and to become the best we can possibly be. Even St. Paul in today’s reading from his second letter to Timothy states, “I have competed well. I have finished the race.”
But there is an ugly side to competition. It tends to quantify people, to see and judge them in terms of what they have and do, and not what they are. A competitive spirit can lead to establishing a person’s worth only on the basis of externals. We admire people who excel in some skill -- art, music, acting, athletics, academics -- without wondering or caring if they are also honest, reliable, loyal, and loving.
Knights of Columbus, located at St. Peter’s Parish, invites the Capitol Hill community to participate in the organization’s 5th Sunday Rosary Program, on Sunday, October 30 before the 9am and 11am Masses. This rosary service will be conducted using a finger rosary. Rosaries and prayer booklets will be provided to all participants; feel free to bring your own rosary. The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, by the Venerable Father Michael McGivney. With charity as its first principle, the organization has grown to 1.88 million members worldwide. Last year, the Knights donated more than $173 million and more than 71.5 million hours of service to charitable causes.
Join us on one of these evenings: Saturday, Oct 29, or Nov 5, or Nov 19, 5:30-7pm, in the Rectory. Meet your Parish Pastoral Council representatives and get to know some of your parish neighbors. Wine and cheese, sparking water, and conversation. While these are social evenings, not fundraisers, we do ask that you bring a donation of two cans of soup, vegetables, or fruit, for the Holy Name Parish food bank. RVSP to
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Monsignor Langsfeld, pastor of St. Joseph’s, is retiring due to serious health concerns. Effective October 22, Cardinal Wuerl is assigning Father De Rosa as the temporary Parish Administrator of St. Joseph’s, with residence at St. Joseph’s. This assignment is expected to last several months. Please keep Father De Rosa in your prayers as he takes on this new assignment.
Metro is asking for input on proposed changes to its hours of operation. WMATA is looking to gain additional hours of track downtime for maintenance, and has proposed four potential reductions in service to achieve that goal. Of greatest concern to those of us in the Archdiocese of Washington is Proposal #4, which would have Metro stations closed until Noon on Sundays.