Holy Comforter – Saint Cyprian Parish
Year of the Eucharist 2023-2024
Jesus is Here Right Now!
In this, the Year of the Holy Eucharist we will seek to root and link all our activities, retreats and functions to Jesus who is present with us in the Holy Eucharist. We hope to deepen our personal encounter with the Lord Jesus who is truly and really present in the Holy Liturgy and Eucharist, to reinvigorate our devotion to Holy Mass and Eucharistic adoration, and to draw others to the realization that Jesus is here right now.
Our parish is planning events and teachings throughout the year. Check back here to find out what we are planning.
Prayer for the Year of the Eucharist
Soul of Christ, Sanctify me.
Body of Christ, Save me.
Blood of Christ, Inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, Wash me.
Passion of Christ, Strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, Hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, Defend me.
At the hour of my death, Call me
And bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever.
May the Heart of Jesus in the most Holy
Sacrament be praised, adored, and loved,
with grateful affection, at every moment
in all the tabernacles of the world,
even unto the end of time.
Our clergy will be in front of the Church (corner of 14th & East Capitol Streets, SE) on Wednesday, October 4th to give your pet(s) a brief blessing between the hours of 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Please feel free to bring your pets and invite your family, friends and neighbors who have pets!
Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story
Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit, and without a sense of self-importance.
Serious illness brought the young Francis to see the emptiness of his frolicking life as leader of Assisi’s youth. Prayer—lengthy and difficult—led him to a self-emptying like that of Christ, climaxed by embracing a leper he met on the road. It symbolized his complete obedience to what he had heard in prayer: “Francis! Everything you have loved and desired in the flesh it is your duty to despise and hate, if you wish to know my will. And when you have begun this, all that now seems sweet and lovely to you will become intolerable and bitter, but all that you used to avoid will turn itself to great sweetness and exceeding joy.”
From the cross in the neglected field-chapel of San Damiano, Christ told him, “Francis, go out and build up my house, for it is nearly falling down.” Francis became the totally poor and humble workman.
He must have suspected a deeper meaning to “build up my house.” But he would have been content to be for the rest of his life the poor “nothing” man actually putting brick on brick in abandoned chapels. He gave up all his possessions, piling even his clothes before his earthly father—who was demanding restitution for Francis’ “gifts” to the poor—so that he would be totally free to say, “Our Father in heaven.” He was, for a time, considered to be a religious fanatic, begging from door to door when he could not get money for his work, evoking sadness or disgust to the hearts of his former friends, ridicule from the unthinking.
But genuineness will tell. A few people began to realize that this man was actually trying to be Christian. He really believed what Jesus said: “Announce the kingdom! Possess no gold or silver or copper in your purses, no traveling bag, no sandals, no staff” (Luke 9:1-3).
Francis’ first rule for his followers was a collection of texts from the Gospels. He had no intention of founding an order, but once it began he protected it and accepted all the legal structures needed to support it. His devotion and loyalty to the Church were absolute and highly exemplary at a time when various movements of reform tended to break the Church’s unity.
Francis was torn between a life devoted entirely to prayer and a life of active preaching of the Good News. He decided in favor of the latter, but always returned to solitude when he could. He wanted to be a missionary in Syria or in Africa, but was prevented by shipwreck and illness in both cases. He did try to convert the sultan of Egypt during the Fifth Crusade.
During the last years of his relatively short life, he died at 44, Francis was half blind and seriously ill. Two years before his death he received the stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side.
On his deathbed, Francis said over and over again the last addition to his Canticle of the Sun, “Be praised, O Lord, for our Sister Death.” He sang Psalm 141, and at the end asked his superior’s permission to have his clothes removed when the last hour came in order that he could expire lying naked on the earth, in imitation of his Lord.
Saint Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of:
Read more about St. Francis of Assisi at https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-francis-of-assisi/
(We recommend that ALL children who are not in Catholic school enroll in our religious education class)
We are pleased and excited to offer our Catholic education catechism classes from 9:30-10:45am every Sunday, except summer months, at the school building (15th & East Capitol Sts, SE). These classes are for youth in pre-K through 12th grade and are required for those preparing to receive their sacraments (First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation). Sunday school begins on Sept. 24th and we ask you to register your youth before that date if possible.
If you are interested, complete the FILLABLE registration form below, print or save a copy and drop off at the rectory office; email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to the church address (ATTN: Shirley Austin) on our home page.
We also invite you to participate in our Adult Sunday School Program that is led by our clergy and catechists. We had great participation in the past and want to continue this year so that our parents can learn about their faith along with their children. The Adult Sunday School Program is held the same time as your child’s class so it is convenient for everyone.
Our Sunday school teachers are outstanding in their support and dedication in answering God’s call to serve the people of God, especially our children. We look forward to another year of great things here at HCSC. Thank you to the parents who supply nourishment for our families and we invite all our parents to assist with this very important part of the overall success of our Sunday school. Like Christ, we must not only feed the soul we must also feed the body. Let us know if you are able to assist with the food and coffee service during Sunday school.
If you have questions regarding our Sunday school program, contact Shirley Austin at 202-368-7231 or email@example.com.
Minister of Religious Education
Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Catholic Church
202-368-7231 (cell) ◊ firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Friday, our parish holds a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration in the Church.
This is a devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who we believe to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host. As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are believed to be a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist.
The inspiration for the Holy Hour is Matthew 26:40. In the Gospel of Matthew, during the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his crucifixion, Jesus spoke to his disciples, saying “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38) Returning to the disciples after prayer, he found them asleep and in Matthew 26:40 he asked Peter:
“So, could you men not keep watch with me for an hour?”.
All are welcome to come and spend time with the Lord in prayer. Bring your bible or other devotional prayers if you like.
A priest is available during the Holy Hour to hear confessions.
- Are you or a family member or friend interested in becoming Catholic?
- Did you or a family member or friend miss receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Communion?
- Are you searching for a greater knowledge and appreciation of your Catholic faith?
- Are you a returning Catholic who has been away from the church and would like to re-establish your knowledge of the faith?
Then, you should consider attending our adult faith formation classes (also called RCIA which stand for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) which will begin in the Fall!
Our parish offers these weekly classes on the fundamental teachings of the Catholic faith on Sunday’s at 9:30am in the rectory beginning in September. These classes are especially designed for non-Catholics who are considering becoming Catholic. But, they are also a wonderful opportunity for adult Catholics who have missed receiving one of the sacraments or who may be returning to the Church after a long absence. These classes are also open to adult Catholics who are looking for a way to enrich their faith.
If you are interested, or you know of someone who is, contact us at email@example.com or call the rectory office at 202-546-1885. Let us know if you have questions or are not certain how this will work for you. There is no commitment for seeking information. We are available to help you in your journey.
We invite you to use our 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
- Daily Mass
- Links to Msgr. Pope’s Homilies and Blog
- 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