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Mass Times ~ Presider Schedule Saturday Vigil, January 20 5:30 p.m. ~ Father O

Saturday Vigil, January 27 ~ Father Alec

Sunday, January 21 7:30 a.m. ~ Father Regis 9:00 a.m.* ~ Father Alec 10:30 a.m. (Church) ~ Father Bill 10:30 a.m. (Gym) ~ Father Alec 12:30 p.m. ~ Father O 5:30 p.m. ~ Father Bill

Sunday, January 28 ~ Father O ~ Father Bill ~ Father Regis ~ Father Bill ~ Father Alec ~ Father O

*American Sign Language interpreted Mass Weekday & Saturday Masses Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m., 11 a.m. Filipino Mass in Tagalog every 4th Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Holy Day Masses Eve of the Feast: 5:30 p.m. Day of the Feast: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 5:30 p.m. Adoration Of The Blessed Sacrament* Exposition: Monday-Friday, 3-5:15 p.m., in the church Thursday before first Friday of each month, 6-8 p.m., with Holy Hour from 7-8 p.m. *No adoration on federal holidays

Inside This Issue • January 21, 2018 Sinulog Filipino Festival • 3 That Man Is You • 3 Couples Communications Workshop • 3 Women’s Annual Retreat • 4

This Weekend The Veterans-Military Ministry meets after the 10:30 a.m. Masses today. Please join us in the lower level of the parish center where we will discuss plans for activities in support of veterans, active duty military and their families in our parish and wider community. Questions? Contact Jocelyn Rowe via [email protected] com or 202.641.4556.

Thought for the Week From Pope Francis

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When we live out a spirituality of drawing nearer to others and seeking their welfare, our hearts are opened wide to the Lord’s greatest and most beautiful gifts. Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God. Whenever our eyes are opened to acknowledge the other, we grow in the light of faith and knowledge of God…. We do not live better when we flee, hide, refuse to share, stop giving and lock ourselves up in our own comforts. Such a life is nothing less than slow suicide (Joy of the Gospel, 272).

Important Announcements Adoration is back in the Church until further notice. 5:30 pm Mass will continue to be in the Church.

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Pastoral Staff Rev. William Foley, Pastor • [email protected] Rev. Alec Scott, Parochial Vicar • [email protected] Rev. Msgr. Maurice V. O’Connell, Senior Priest • [email protected] Rev. Percival L. D’Silva • [email protected] Deacon Kenneth Angell • [email protected] Deacon Leo Flynn • [email protected] Deacon Donald Mays • [email protected] Assistants on Weekends Rev. Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap, Catholic University

Duffy Parish Center Main Office 202.966.6575 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) In an Emergency 202.966.6575, Ext. 3988 (to page priest on duty) Facilities 202.449.4610 Ray Manning Adult Center 202.363.4512 Mr. John Navolio, Business Manager 202.449.3984, [email protected] Mr. Jay Rader, Director of Liturgy and Music 202.449.3981, [email protected] Ms. Michelle Balch, Director of Religious Education 202.449.3989, [email protected] Ms. Rosalie Days, Sacramental Preparation Coordinator 202.449.4618, [email protected] Mrs. Casey Esser, Youth Minister 202.449.3985, [email protected] Mrs. Patricia Kavanaugh, Social Concerns Minister 202.449.3987, [email protected] (Office open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and by appointment) Ms. Emma Voelzke, Special Needs Coordinator 202.449.3990, [email protected] Ms. Kate Ryan, Director of CYO 202.449.3972, [email protected]

Blessed Sacrament School Mr. Chris Kelly, Principal 202.966.6682, [email protected] Ms. Nancy Ryan, Director of Admissions 202.966.6682, Ext. 6110, [email protected]

Sacraments Baptism • Baptismal classes are required of all parents prior to baptism. We recommend taking classes before the child is born. Group baptisms are offered every 2nd Saturday at noon in the chapel and 4th Sunday at 2 p.m. in the main church. For more info visit: www.blessedsacramentdc.org/sacraments-rites Matrimony • All couples who are to be married at Blessed Sacrament must contact one of our priests. Please contact one of the parish priests at least six months in advance of your marriage date. Reconciliation • Saturday, 4 - 5 p.m. or anytime by appointment. Altar Server Program: [email protected] Eucharistic Minister Volunteers: [email protected]

Parish Services & Information Care Of The Sick & Homebound • If you or someone you know is hospitalized or homebound and would like a priest to visit, contact the parish office at 202.966.6575. New Parishioners • Welcome! To register as new parishioners, visit www. blessedsacramentdc.org/new-parishioners. Hard copies of the registration form are available at the parish office or contact Rick Perry: 202.449.3982. Website Postings • [email protected] Church Bulletin Boards • The parish secretary maintains the church bulletin boards. Please drop off any flyers for posting to Joan Ward in the parish office, Duffy parish center. Inclement Weather Policy • The parish center/office follows Montgomery County Schools for delays and closings. All evening activities are cancelled those days the schools are closed.

Pastor’s Column Dear Parish Family: The message and person of Jesus must have been so compelling that the fishermen of Galilee could not resist his simple invitation: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). This same Jesus is calling us today to “go beyond the mind you have.” This is the root meaning of the Greek word for repentance (metanoia). Dominico Ghirlandaio (1481) Conversion is an on-going Calling of the Apostles (detail) liturgy.slu.edu process of turning back to Jesus. Where do we find him? The answer is rather simple. A habit of daily prayer enables us to see Jesus in those who inconvenience me, those with whom I work or live, in the poor, and in those I find obnoxious. Much of our energy is expended in achieving and accumulating. The Christian “way-of-being” in the world is best characterized by a bumper sticker I saw years ago: “live simply, so others might simply live.” We teach this lesson best to our children by example. I have fond memories of accompanying my Dad to early morning Mass here at Blessed Sacrament during Lent. Not long after I was ordained a priest, my mother asked me for guidance in determining where to invest her charity. I suggested the following priorities: (1) her parish; (2) the Cardinal’s Appeal; and (3) one or two other charities dear to her heart. We are all besieged by worthy requests for financial help. This month I ask every household in this parish to re-evaluate its priorities. I hope that in addition to your support for this vibrant parish you will also make a pledge to the annual Cardinal’s Appeal. Keep in mind that to whom more has been given more is expected! Those who follow the gospel often do things that the world considers insane: “Then they left their nets and followed him” (Mark 1:18). Yours in Christ, Father Bill Foley


include our sick in your prayers that they may experience healing and comfort

Ana Maria Arce Amanda Brignola Evelyn Childs James Curran Ann Marie Duggan

Patricia Friend Bart Hayft Katharine M. Heck Alexa Hughes Marian Middendorf

Patrick Adams Murphy Fredy H. Ortega Daniel Ortman Maria Stechschlte Nelly Turner

R ecent Baptisms Tadeusz Warren Hauck

George Juczewski

R est in Peace Ted Efantis

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The Filipino Catholic community at Blessed Sacrament invites you to the “Sinulog” Santo Niño (Baby Jesus) Festival on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. One of the biggest traditional celebrations in the Phillipines, this annual cultural and religious festival routinely attracts 1 to 2 million people from all over the world to Cebu City, Philippines. The festival will be held here at Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, January 28. Bring your Santo Niños for a blessing and a parade. A reception will follow. Questions? Contact Raymond Ong: [email protected]

The Gift of Listening In Joy of Love (73), Pope Francis tells us that “mutual self-giving in the sacrament of matrimony can be addressed in our conversation with one another. Often the other spouse does not need a solution to his or her problems, but simply to be heard, to feel that someone has acknowledged their pain, their disappointment, their hopes and their dreams.” The Communication Workshop for Couples Blessed Sacrament offers every Lent gives married and engaged couples an opportunity to learn to do just that. This year’s workshop will be held Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13. For more information check the parish website www.blessedsacramentdc. org/ministries/faithformation/communicationworkshop.

Blessed Sacrament Facilities Update

THAT MAN IS YOU: A NUDGE In his homilies this past weekend, Fr. Alec talked about “nudges.” He explained that God’s call to deepen our spiritual life is not usually like the lightning bolt that jolted St. Paul on the road to Damascus. It’s more like a series of nudges prompting us to make good decisions. That Man Is You (TMIY) offers the men of Blessed Sacrament such nudges at the end of the workweek. It’s a time out, a chance to step aside from the daily drill and engage your Catholic faith more seriously. We meet in the School Auditorium from 6:30-8:00 a.m. on 13 Saturday mornings. The winter/spring semester began January 13, but you didn’t miss much. Feel free to jump in.

Parish Projects: Church Roof – The slate is in the process of being removed from the roof and additional scaffolding is being installed. As additional scaffolding is added, again, please be attentive to the construction areas which are off limits to pedestrians for safety reasons. Sidewalk areas may be temporarily blocked periodically for safety reasons, but all church entrances should remain open. Also, for safety reasons, all work areas, especially inside the fencing, is off limits to everyone except contractors. GOAL:

Donations for the roof are continuing to come $350,000 in and we now have $128,225 towards our $350,000 goal for our roof project. Thank so much for your generosity! Church Chimes – Note that we will not CURRENT: be ringing the chimes until after the roof $128,225 project is complete.

TMIY builds authentic Catholic male leadership. Each session includes a substantial hot breakfast, a video presentation, and small-group discussion. TMIY is for all men, but especially helpful for those with children at home

School Projects: Outdoor Classroom – The major portion of the outdoor classroom is complete and should be substantially complete soon.

If you’d like to try TMIY but can’t commit yourself to make every session, that’s fine. Register so we know how many to expect, then come whenever you can. To register, go to the parish website, www.blessedsacramentdc.org, and click on the TMIY listing under “News and Announcements.” Or get there simply by clicking on www.blessedsacramentdc.org/article/callling-all-menregister-now-for-that-man-is-you-tmiy/.

If you have any additional questions about these projects, please contact [email protected]

Watch the parish Facebook page (BlessedSacramentDC) or contact Dave Byers: [email protected], 301.681.7014.

Sponsor Of The Week We would like to thank Doyle Construction for placing an ad in our weekly bulletin.

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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Social Concerns/Outreach

ATTENTION LADIES–Blessed Sacrament’s Annual Women’s Retreat is coming up the weekend of March 9-11. It will be held at the Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, MD. This special “you” get- away is just the nourishment your heart needs and a great way to enhance your Lenten Season! The theme this year is “Come, Follow Me”. Ignatian Spirituality proposes principles and practices to help us walk the path set out by Jesus in the Gospel. This retreat will invite us to hear Jesus’ call to us now, and to respond to it. The weekend is open to anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God through prayer. The retreat includes time for prayer, worship and personal reflection. A private room and meals are included. If you are interested in joining other women in the parish for a wonderful, spiritual experience, contact Jessica Walsh at [email protected], 301.385.9713 or Rita Killian at [email protected], 202.363.5069. You can also get more information on the Loyola Retreat House website at www. loyolaretreat.org. Information flyers can be found in the back of the Church, in the Parish Center and in the School. Carpooling available. The retreat fee for the weekend is $245. First time retreatants and young adults under 30 years only pay $195. Registration Fee assistance available. Space is limited...sign up today!

Social Concerns Office Requests Canned Food Donations The Social Concerns Office is in need of canned food donations at the Gym and Church Masses. Donations may be placed in large wooden containers located in the Church front entrance and Quesada Street bell tower entrance. At the Gym Mass donation may be brought up during the offertory. Donations may also be brought directly to the Social Concerns Office. During Christmas and New Years many individuals and families have had to make adjustments in their budgets. During these challenging economic times and especially now, the Social Concerns Office receives an increased amount of food requests. The following items are most frequently requested: tuna fish, chicken and meat soups, brown beans, cereal, Chef Boyardee canned meat products, peanut butter, jelly and Vienna sausage. Thank you in advance for your assistance! Please contact Pat Kavanaugh in the Social Concerns Office with any questions, [email protected] blessedsacramentdc.org or 202.449.3987.

Did You Know?? Did you know that taking certain supplements while pregnant may reduce the risk that a child will develop autism, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 45,000 Israeli children born between 2003 and 2007, tracking their development until 2015. They found that kids born to mothers who took folic acid and multivitamins before and during pregnancy were less likely to be on the spectrum. For more information on how Blessed Sacrament is becoming inclusive, contact [email protected]

Bread, Book and Brethren hopes you’ll join our exploration of Mark’s Gospel using the premier Catholic Bible study sets. Do you want to start the new year “seeking intellectual stimulation and spiritual renewal”? Recently retired lawyer MaryAnne Kane says she found both in the Wednesday morning meetings of Bread, Book and Brethren. She reports that, “The topics covered are compelling, the caliber of the discussion is very high, and the people involved are well-informed and welcoming.” Drop in any Wednesday morning in January for coffee and snacks 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Parish Center’s main meeting room. Study sets are available. — 9-10 a.m. structured small group discussions — 10-11 a.m. lecture by an area Biblical scholar or Collegeville DVD For more information: Nan Levine at 202.244.7691 or [email protected] verizon.net.

Word on Fire: David the King Bible Study Join us for Bishop Robert Barron’s newest study and experience how the whole New Testament opens up once we see it through the person of David. The study lasts 6 weeks, Wednesday evenings at 7-8:30 p.m. through February 28, 2018 in the School Auditorium. The study guide can be purchased online at WordonFire.org or Amazon. Questions? Contact Ceil Malphrus: [email protected]

Poor Box Donations Poor Box donations in January will benefit the Father McKenna Center, which provides services for homeless men at a daytime drop-in center and a winter night shelter. Those services include meals, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as case management and recovery programs for alcohol and drug addictions. The center’s food pantry provides supplemental groceries for approximately 200 families per month.

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From the Archdiocese Young Adult Retreat, January 27-28 In an effort to increase the number of opportunities for spiritual growth and prayer for young adults, the Office of Young Adult Ministry is committed to hosting two retreats a year. Our next retreat will be held this January, featuring conferences by Dominican priests, adoration, confession, small group reflection, mass and personal prayer. Please register at dccatholic.eventbrite.com. Details: Date: Saturday, January 27-Sunday, January 28 (the retreat is not overnight) Location: St. John Paul II National Shrine, Brookland DC Cost: $20 Transportation: The location is a short walk from the Brookland/ CUA metro stop. Free parking also available.


The Adult Center All parishioners, “39 and holding,” are invited to gather in Apt. 1 in the Chevy Chase apartment building next to the church for fellowship after the 11 a.m. weekday Mass. Bring a sandwich and join the activities. For more information or for transportation, call Rita Killian at 202.363.5069. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Strong Seniors Strength & Balance Exercise Class Tuesdays with (Fr.) Maury Art Class with Dick Swartz Bridge for Bridge Lovers Closed

Tuesdays with (Fr.) Maury on Tuesday, January 23. Please join us for a delightful time with Fr. O and other parishioners. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Our program features lively discussions with Fr. O on a variety of topics relating to life and spirituality in the 21st century. If you can’t make it this time, please join us on another Tuesday!

Shadow Day For Juniors and Seniors

Friday, January 26, 2018 High School If you are a Junior or Senior, come and shadow a day in the life of a seminarian at Saint John Paul II Seminary to experience seminary life first-hand! You'll be able to meet, talk, and eat with our seminarians, ask them any questions, and attend class, Mass, and adoration with them. We hope you can join us!

The High School SOR program is accepting new students for the spring semester. This course meets on Sunday nights, 6:30-8pm. Register online at the School of Religion page or email Casey Esser for details! High School Youth Nights are every Wednesday night, 7-9pm in the Parish Library (Parish Center 2nd floor). This year includes service outings, retreat, ice skating, paintball, and more!

Middle School Faith & Service nights take place on the first Friday of every month. Meet at the 5:30 Mass, followed in the Auditorium 6pm8pm. Includes dinner, games, a talk, and a service project. All middle school students are welcome! Adult and high school volunteers are always needed to help out. For more information and to register, visit www.dcpriest.org, or email [email protected] Archdiocese of Washington Office of Priest Vocations Saint John Paul II Seminary | 145 Taylor Street, NE | Washington, DC 20017

Men’s Discernment Retreat Cardinal Wuerl invites men in their 20s, 30s, or 40s who are open to a call to the priesthood to attend a discernment retreat led by priests of the Archdiocese of Washington. The retreat will be held on the weekend of February 2-4, 2018, at Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, D.C. The weekend will offer time away from your daily routine and will provide an opportunity for prayer and reflection to examine God’s call. There is no cost to attend. Registration is now open at www.dcpriest.org. Email [email protected] adw.org with any questions.

For more information and to register for these events, please contact Blessed Sacrament’s Youth Minister, Casey Esser:

[email protected] | 202.449.3985

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Looking for a different kind of New Year’s resolution to make a difference? All women parishioners and RCIA inquirers and candidates are welcome to Be Mary With Us! Please contact Nancy Ryan and Emma Voelzke to find out more about membership: [email protected] blessedsacramentdc.org and [email protected] blessedsacramentdc.org.

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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time From the Community 2018 Scholarship Competition for 8th Grade Students The Lucinda L. Jasper Scholarship Fund, Inc. (LLJSF) announces the 2018 Scholarship Competition. The LLJSF Competition is open to all eighth grade students attending a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. who are attending a Catholic high school in the fall in the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. Interested students can apply online at www.lljsf.org. Students must complete an application form, write a 1500-2500 word essay, provide one teacher recommendation and have the principal submit a school report. Details on the essay submission can be found at the website, www.lljsf.org. Submissions are accepted ONLY online and are due by March 31, 2018. For more information, visit www.lljsf.org or contact Charmene Alston, Director of Applications, at 301.780.5313 or send an email to [email protected] Ave Maria University Football Scholarship Ave Maria University is pleased to announce that through the generosity of a donor, a new Faith and Football Scholarship is being offered for qualified football players who are committed Catholics. The scholarship parameters include a minimum test score of 23 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT. A limited number of scholarships (renewable for up to $7,000 a year, which is added to the athletic and academic scholarships award by AMU) will be awarded on a rolling basis, with priority consideration given to early applications. Candidates must apply through www.avemaria.edu/ future-students/scholarships/. Contact [email protected] edu with any questions. Music at the Franciscan Monastery Music to uplift your soul! Enjoy Music at the Monastery on Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m., with organist Samantha Scheff. Held at the historic Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017, this monthly series is co-sponsored with the DC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. A light reception follows; free-will offering. For information​, visit myfranciscan.org or call 202.526.6800; free parking; Brookland/CUA Metro and H6 bus toward Fort Lincoln. Attention CPAs and Tax Lawyers! This upcoming tax return season, Catholic Charities is managing an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. CPAs and tax lawyers are needed to provide pro bono tax preparation for the working poor. If a return is filed, many of these workers will enjoy a sizeable IRS refund check due in large part to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC can help lift thousands of Washington area families out of poverty and keeps them out of poverty. Sadly, almost 20,000 low income residents of DC are not claiming the EITC, and thus are losing a potential financial resource for them. We will be providing training in January for all interested volunteers. Tax return preparation will take place on Saturdays from February 3 to April 14. To learn more about volunteering for Catholic Charities VITA Program, please contact Deacon Jim Shanahan by email: jim. [email protected] or phone: 202.772.4310.

Join fellow Catholic couples and families for a Holy Family Celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 1:30–6:30 p.m. at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. This half-day celebration will feature an inspiring talk for couples by nationally recognized writer and speaker Msgr. Charles Pope, Mass and Consecration to the Holy Family, and fun catechesis for children and teens. The cost of attendance is $15 per couple and $30 for a family of three or more, which includes a meal after Mass. Register at: www. holyfamilycelebration.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, the DC State Council of the Knights of Columbus, and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Order of Malta Anointing Mass The Federal Association of the Order of Malta cordially invites the sick, disabled, and elderly of the Archdiocese to receive the Sacrament of Anointing at a Lourdes Anointing Mass on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac. Our Lady of Mercy is completely accessible and there is plenty of free parking. Members of the Order of Malta will be present to help people throughout the morning. There will be an anointing and a blessing with Lourdes water for the sick, disabled and the elderly in attendance. Family, friends, and caregivers are invited. A light luncheon reception will be offered to everyone after Mass in the Parish Hall. There is no charge for the day. If you have any questions, please contact: Joan Glasgow 301.807.7500 or email her at [email protected] gmail.com. Retrouvaille Marriage Program Is your marriage going down the right road ... or is it a little off track? The holidays can be a very stressful time for many couples. Looking for a better way? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal. For confidential information about or to register for an upcoming program, please visit: www.HelpOurMarriage.com, call 443.400.7017 or email: [email protected]

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