Proverbs 24 Community: Witness. Pray. Serve.
Rescue those being led away to death; intervene on behalf of those staggering toward slaughter.
The Proverbs 24 Community is a collaborative effort of several Catholic parishes in Washington, D.C. and was created in response to the opening of a new Planed Parenthood abortion facility in our neighborhood. We invite you to join us in quiet prayer and witness. On designated Saturdays, you will be able to serve in one of three ways:
Walk—as one who witnesses by quietly praying in front of the facility. We will not be protesting but simply praying. Our public
witness will be on targeted days, so as not to overwhelm the participants with interminable vigils.
Pray— as one who prays in a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament at Church while the sidewalk witness is going on; or
Serve—as one who helps prepare a meal for a fellowship lunch upon our return.
Let us not as a Church remain silent to the presence of this Planned Parenthood facility. We must speak out, and we must pray and support those who publically witness against abortion and seek to save lives by this witness. If you have not participated in something like this before or have been hesitant to do so, now is the time to stand up with the Church united in our prayers. Please consider standing and praying with us in this effort to save lives.
Upcoming Witness Dates:
- Sept. 21, 2018
NOTE: All events will be held at Holy Name Catholic Church located at 920 – 11th Street, NE. Let us know if you want to join us or volunteer to help with food or pray during the Holy Hour.
Never done something like this before, or are you maybe a bit hesitant? Please prayerfully consider joining us! You are welcome to come and pray or help with the meal as a way to learn more about this community.
Please email P24community@gmail.com or call HCSC Rectory at 202-546-1885 with any questions.
Join the Parish of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Roman Catholic Church and Msgr. Charles Pope on an 11-day Pilgrimage to Greece and the Greek Isles from November 5-15, 2019.
Novena to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
A “Novena” is a prayer repeated over nine days, for a particular intention or in preparation for a feast day. It takes it origin from Jesus’ instruction to the Apostles to remain in the City of Jerusalem until they were clothed with power from on high. They prayed for nine days, and on the tenth day (Pentecost) the Holy Spirit came.
In this Novena we ask you to pray for our Sunday school religious education program which begins on September 23rd. Please ask the intercession of St. Elizabeth Seton, a patron of religious education, for our students, parents and teachers.
If these prayers are prayed in a group, the roles of leader and “All” are delegated. If the prayer is prayed privately, one simply reads all the parts. You can start this 9 day novena on any day that you wish and continue each day until you reach 9 days. This novena can be prayed before or after Sunday school begins so we ask you to consider praying this novena at any time.
The parish known as Holy Comforter-Saint Cprian Roman Catholic Church can trace its beginnings to two distinct churches–Saint Cyprian which was established in 1893 and Holy Comforter which was established in 1904. Both parishes were merged in 1966 and continues to exist as one parish community serving the Capitol Hill community for over 125 years.
Saint Cyprian Parish was established in 1893 and this year marks the 125th anniversary of its founding. There are current parishiones who were members of the Saint Cyprian parish before the merger in 1966 and are in attendance at the current merged parish. Their steadfast and enduring faith is one of the motivational factors behind the continual commemoration of the founding of Saint Cyprian.
Saint Cyprian Parish was formed by a group of African-American Catholics who had been meeting at the hall at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill and desired to establish and build a church where black Catholics could worship as a community during a time of racial discrimination and segregation. The pioneering members who used to worship in the hall at Saint Peter’s Church had the courage and vision to eastablish and build the parish of Saint Cyprian which grew into a thriving and extremely active worship community on Capitol HIll. The Saint Cyprian school traces its origins to a time before the founding of the parish back to 1892. The school became a part of the Saint Cyprian Church community in 1894. More on the detailed history of the parish can be found at http://hcscchurch.org/about-2/history-of-parish/.
Throughout the next 12 months, Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian parish will commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the establishment of Saint Cyprian Catholic Church with a variety of activites, seminars and events. Please stay tuned for a calendar of events and activities.
MAJOR EVENTS COMMEMORATING THE 125h ANNIVERSARY of the FOUNDING OF SAINT CYPRIAN CHURCH
- HCSC Annual Parish Picnic – Sat., Sept. 15th – 12noon – Join our parish family for a fun-filled fellowship with food, music, games and fun (click her for flyer and details)
- HCSC Feast Day of Saint Cyprian Celebration – Sun., Sept. 16th – ONE Mass at 10:00am – followed by a lite reception out on the plaza in front of the Church. Join us for Mass celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Cyprian of Carthage along with a special recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Diaconate for our very own Deacon Ralph Cyrus. Mass is followed by a lite reception. For more information on the life of St. Cyprian of Carthage, visit http://hcscchurch.org/about-2/history-of-parish/
- African American History Month Presentation & Luncheon – February 10, 2019 – 1:30pm – featuring Dr. John McGreevy, author of Parish Boundaries which chronicles the history of Catholic parishes in major cities and meld their unique place in the urban landscape to the course of twentieth century American race relations. Stay tuned for details.
- Dedication of Memorial Plaque to St. Cyprian’s Founding Pastor Rev. James Matthews – February 2019 – exact date and time to be determined at a later date. Plaque will be installed in th vestibule of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church.
- May Procession from Our Church to the original St. Cyprian Church site – Sun., May 5, 2019 – 10:00am – Join us as we gather at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in celebration of the Annual May Queen Crowning and process through the neighborhood to the original site where St. Cyprian Church was located.
- 125th Anniversary of the first Mass at St. Cyprian Church – Sun., May 27, 2019 – 10:00am – followed by a parishwide luncheon. Location to be determined.
Join our Young Adult bible study — which meets every Monday evening at 8:00pm in the rectory building (located to the right of the main Church). The age ranges from 21 years to mid-30’s. The bible study is facilitated by the Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope (Pastor). On holidays, please contactl the rectory office at 202-546-1885 or email@example.com to make sure the bible study will be held.
We invite you to begin using our new myParish App, offering great ways to be connected to our church:
- Messages – get informed about news and events
- Calendar – events and meetings at our parish
- Parish News
- Groups – keep up with the ministries that interest you
- Readings – Bible readings for the day at your fingertips
- Available for both Apple & Android Smartphones
- Many more features — see MyParish App website for details
- See the introductory videos below
Introduction Video to myParish App
myParish App Demo
Join our young adults (ages 18 to 40ish) for a bible study every Tuesday night at 8pm. Come and meet other young adults in the parish and bring a friend. Great opportunity to discuss the bible with the Pastor and other guest clergy while meeting other young adults. Even if you cannot make it every Tuesday then drop by when you can.