St. Patrick Catholic Church
2008 Papal Visit

Pope Visits St. Patrick's Church!
View photos from our Holy Father's surprise visit to our parish.

Monsignor Sal's Photo Gallery
See a sampling of the photos our pastor took while the Pope was in the nation's capital. Be sure not to miss the photo of Monsignor's private audience -- with the Popemobile!

Papal Mass
Nationals Park Baseball Stadium
Thursday, April 17
The time has finally come to announce ticket distributions for registered St. Patrick's parishioners. If you would like to attend the Papal Mass, please fill out a slip of paper (one name per slip) which will be provided in back of the church during the weekend of Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 and place your entry in the red raffle box. By Thursday, April 3, the names drawn from the raffle box will be called.

St. Patrick's Organist Plays for Papal Mass
Ronald Stolk, St. Patrick's Director of Music and Organist, was chosen to play the organ for the Papal Mass on April 17. He will share the musicians' space with several choirs, including the Papal Mass Choir (250 singers), a brass ensemble, and other instrumentalists, representing the wide variety of musical traditions in the Archdiocese.

Popemobile Routes and Times
Popemobile routes for Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday, April 16 in Washington will include travels along Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Massachusetts Avenue, NW and Fourth Street, NE. These routes present the best way for the public to see Pope Benedict.

After the pope’s April 16 visit at the White House, around noon, the pope will travel in the popemobile to the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. From the White House, the route will follow Pennsylvania Avenue to Washington Circle. From there, the motorcade will head toward Massachusetts Avenue through Rock Creek Parkway to the residence located across from the U.S. Naval Observatory.

The public generally can see the pope from the sidewalks throughout the route. Sidewalks immediately in front of the White House and Lafayette Park, directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, will be closed to the public. Washington Circle also will be closed as a viewing location.

Later that day, at approximately 4:15pm, the pope will board the popemobile for a second motorcade from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offices, 3211 4th Street, NE, to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Michigan Avenue where he will meet with the U.S. bishops. The public can see the pope along this route from the west side of 4th Street, NE and from the south side of Michigan Avenue in front of and across the street from the Shrine.

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