St. Patrick Catholic Church
Forty Hours Devotion
 

Monday, October 2 through
Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Help us celebrate the 122nd Anniversary of the United States' First National Eucharist Congress, held in 1895 at Saint Patrick's. Our modern day devotion, held each October over three days, is dedicated to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

All parishioners and friends of Saint Patrick's Church are welcome to attend as much of the forty hours devotion as their schedule permits. In particular, we urge all Catholics who work or live downtown to attend our special Solemn Closing Mass Wednesday at 5:30pm and be a part of our parish's proud history in continuing this faithful tradition. Mark the date on your calendar today so you'll be sure to attend!

In addition to participation in the closing Mass, we need volunteers to be in the Church for the duration of the devotion. If you can offer an hour (or half hour) during any of the three days, please sign up on the bulletin board in the vestibule of the church, or contact the rectory by phone (202-347-2713) or email ().

 

Special Message from Our Pastor
The Forty Hours Devotion is a special forty hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn Exposition. The focus of this devotion is on the Holy Eucharist. As Catholics, the words of our Lord burn in our hearts: "I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh for the life of the world" (John 6: 51 )

We should look at the Forty Hour Devotion as a mini retreat or mission for our parish. In our lives with all the demands placed on each of us, we all need time to spend with the Lord in prayer and reflection. We will have this opportunity and we all need to take advantage of this time.

This practice unfortunately has fallen off in most parishes over the years, but here at St. Patrick's it is a tradition which has been kept alive and the benefits and graces of Jesus Christ have truly been present in our parish and in our lives because of the Forty Hour Devotion.

Please set time aside to make a visit with the Lord during this time of prayer and grace. Spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament thanking God for the many blessings given to us. The Forty Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for a the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole. In a world where temptation and evil abound, where devotion to the Mass and Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist have declined, where the practice of penance and confession have sometimes been forgotten, we need the Forty Hours Devotion more than ever.

I ask your prayers and presence during this grace-filled time for our Parish. May God continue to bless you and our parish.

--Msgr. Salvatore A. Criscuolo

 


Schedule:

  • Monday, October 2
    • 7:30am-2:30pm
      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

    • 2:30pm
      Benediction

  • Tuesday, October 3
    • 7:30am-2:30pm
      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

    • 2:30pm
      Benediction

  • Wednesday, October 4
    • 7:30am-2:30pm
      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

    • 5:30pm
      Solemn Closing Mass
      with Eucharistic Procession