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

Click here more information and Adoration schedule

Notes from the Pastor

Obligation or Privilege

When we entertain at home we give careful attention to the appetizers: a variety of cheeses, cold shrimp, pot-stickers, chips and salsa, or pâté. They are intended to whet our appetite for the main course, but because they are served when we are at our hungriest we have a tendency to fill up on them. When the main course is served we may not be hungry at all and getting through it becomes an obligation because our hunger has already been satisfied.

Today’s Gospel depicts the crowds following Jesus immediately after he had fed them with the loaves and fishes as related in last Sunday’s Gospel. In recounting that event St. John was prefiguring the real meal that Jesus came to serve: himself, the real Jesus that we receive in the Eucharist. But the crowd appears to be satisfied merely with more appetizers. They want more of the loaves and fishes and so ask Jesus to repeat this miracle. But the “main course” is not the appetizers, but the Bread of Life that satisfies a hunger far deeper than merely physical. “Unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you cannot have life within you.” He is speaking about a hunger that they do not understand, and consequently, has no appeal for them.  They would have been satisfied with a Jesus who just served appetizers.

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You are cordially invited to next Sunday's installation of Monsignor Hart as our new pastor!

Cardinal Wuerl will preside at the 5pm Mass on Sun, Aug 2, to install Msgr. Hart and to introduce him to our new Parish Council.
After Mass join in welcoming Msgr. Hart and Fr. De Rosa to the parish at a potluck supper in the parish hall.  We’ll provide drinks, paper products, and tableware. Please sign up to bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert (enough to feed 6-10). Use this handy link to help us plan! Our Knights of Columbus will be spearheading the supper committee. If you’d like to help, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A Catholic Take on A.D. The Bible Continues (Behind the Scenes)

Please find below a behind-the-scenes featurette of a web video series the Archdiocese has produced called, “A Catholic Take on A.D. The Bible Continues” featuring our own, Fr. Bill Byrne as the host. NBC’s series, A.D. The Bible Continues began on Easter Sunday and went for 12 weeks. To catch up on past episodes of A.D. the Bible Continues, please visit: http://www.nbc.com/ad-the-bible-continues and to catch up on past episodes of Fr. Byrne's videos, please visit the Archdiocese's YouTube Page.

A Catholic Take on A.D. The Bible Continues (Episode Twelve)

Please find below the video of Episode 12 of a web video series the Archdiocese has produced called, “A Catholic Take on A.D. The Bible Continues” featuring our own, Fr. Bill Byrne as the host. NBC’s series, A.D. The Bible Continues began on Easter Sunday and goes for 12 weeks. To catch up on past episodes of A.D. the Bible Continues, please visit: http://www.nbc.com/ad-the-bible-continues and to catch up on past episodes of Fr. Byrne's videos, please visit the Archdiocese's YouTube Page.

St. Peter's News & Alerts on your Phone!

St. Peter's announces the launch of Flocknotes - a new communications platform for parishioners to receive text messages about church activities and needs.  We won't bombard your phone with facts of the day or pictures of kittens, but we will send targeted text reminders about upcoming events like the Holy Week liturgies, reminders about Holy Days of Obligation, and parish and ministry needs as they arise (for example if there is an urgent need for certain items at the Pope Francis Center). To sign up for this new service online, visit our sign-up page, or text PeterDC to 84576 from your phone.

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