On December 19 Pope Francis appointed two priests of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington – Msgr. Juan R. Esposito-Garcia and Father Evelio Menjivar-Ayala – as new auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.
The episcopal ordination for Bishop-elect Esposito and Bishop-elect Menjivar is scheduled for February 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.
Attendance at the Mass of Episcopal Ordination is by invitation only; however, the Mass will be livestreamed via YouTube.
The weekend of February 11th parishioners are asked prayerfully to consider making a gift to the 2023 Annual Appeal. Please complete or take a commitment form at Mass, or make your gift at give.adw.org. Visit appeal.adw.org to learn more about how the Annual Appeal benefits our parish and serves people in need throughout the archdiocese. It is our goal that every parish family will participate this year. All gifts will be credited towards our parish goal. Thank you in advance for your generous response to the 2023 Annual Appeal.
There is a saying about a man who complained about not having any shoes until he met someone who didn’t have any feet. It reminds us that no matter our situation, there is always someone less fortunate than ourselves. Central Mission Union, Martha’s Table and Thrive DC accept hats during the winter months and it is important to give to those who are going through difficulty. If you would like to learn to knit (or learn a new pattern), sip some tea and help a person that is less fortunate, please RSVP. For more information email Kelly Hanlon. The first class will be on Thursday, February 23rd at 5:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Future classes will have variable days and times.
We are going to have Solemn Vespers at 5pm on March 19th and a pot luck dinner afterwards. More information will be coming about the St. Joseph Feast on his Feast day.
The Liturgy of the Hours (or the Divine Office) is the heartbeat of the Church and fulfills Jesus’ command to “pray always” (Luke 18:1). Observed worldwide by religious communities and priests, the laity is also invited to pray this cyclical Office throughout each day. Vespers (or Evening Prayer) occurs around sundown every day.
Approximately a half-hour long, Solemn Vespers consists of the introductory prayer, hymn of the day, two psalms, canticle, Scripture reading, the Magnificat (during which the altar is incensed), intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer, and a concluding prayer. The majority of vespers is chanted to simple chant tones, alternating sides of the church. Two cantors and organ will help to lead the chanting, and an easy-to-follow program will be provided.
There will also be a special blessing for all parishioners on this Feast of St. Joseph, our patron saint We encourage all to come and pray this communal Solemn Vespers with us this special evening.
Interested in learning more about Liturgy of the Hours? An easy way is to visit www.universalis.com for daily Liturgy of the Hours, or to download the DivineOffice app! The Liturgy of the Hours is a beautiful way to continually place Christ at the center of your life throughout the day.
Ashes will be distributed at all Masses. There will be NO adoration on Ash Wednesday because we are having Mass at 5:30pm.
During Lent we will have Adoration every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 and Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00 pm.
Lenten guidelines –Fast and Abstinence
All Catholics from their 14th birthday until and including their 59th birthday are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. One full meal is allowed on the days of fast. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, are allowed. Together the two meals should not exceed the full meal. Drinking of ordinary liquids does not break the fast. Catholics over the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the Fridays of Lent.
Each year the DC Knights of Columbus, through its charitable foundation, offer $500 scholarships in support of DC resident students who wish to attend or are attending Catholic High Schools in the area.
Here is your chance to support a successful year of religious education for children, youth, and adults! Please visit St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill’s new Amazon wish list and purchase a book or two, or a video. Thank you!
The First Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Gregory on Saturday, August 20th at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is a celebration of the living vocation of all couples who provide a Catholic witness to the beauty of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The couples received a certificate from Cardinal Gregory in honor of their anniversary.
St. Joseph’s is blessed with a historic and beautiful 1891 Hook and Hastings mechanical action organ. It is a beautiful instrument to look at in the upper rear of our church, and it has a noble sound as it supports the music made in our church. However, given the age of the organ, there are many issues and problems that have been occurring for over a decade, with short-term patches in place (i.e. paper clips and rubber bands in place for certain notes to function, as old leather gives way; tape to cover leaks in the air chests, etc). We wanted to let you know that several companies, who are well-respected in the restoration of historic pipe organs, are traveling to D.C. later this month to take a look. Know that our Director of Music, Maria Balducci, is intent on preserving this organ and making sure it sounds good for many more generations to come! More information coming.
The St. Joseph’s Choir is looking for a few additional men to join our wonderful choir. Perhaps you grew up playing an instrument or singing in high school choir. If you are rather proficient in reading music and have an interest in singing, please contact Director of Music Maria Balducci, and she will be delighted to talk to you!