St. Patrick Catholic Church
Washington, D.C.

St. Patrick's Church is the oldest parish in the Federal City of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1794 to minister to the needs of the stonemasons building the White House and the U.S. Capitol, the parish continues to serve the needs of downtown Washington through daily Mass & confession, adult education, and cultural activities.


Annual Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion
Monday, October 2 thru Wednesday, October 4

All parishioners are invited to participate in our three days of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and our Solemn Closing Mass on October 4. Be part of a tradition that dates back to 1895. Learn more online.


  • Annual Forty Hours Devotion
    Monday, October 2 - Wednesday, October 4
    Join in our long tradition when we celebrate the anniversary of the First National Eucharist Congress, held at St. Patrick's in 1895. Our modern day devotion is to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The devotion includes daily Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, daily Benediction, and a Solemn Closing Mass with Eucharistic Procession (October 4, 5:30pm). For more details, visit our Forty Hours webpage.

    First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
    Friday, October 6
    There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, where all are invited to pray at a Eucharistic Holy Hour for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please encourage others to join in this work of intercession.

    Food Collection
    Friday, October 6 and Sunday, October 8
    St. Patrick's collects non-perishable food items for those in need on the second Sunday of the month. The non-perishable food donations are placed at Our Lady’s altar. Food donations are also collected the Friday before the second Sunday.

    Columbus Day
    Monday, October 9
    On this Federal holiday, the rectory is closed and only one Mass will be offered today at 12:10pm.

    Catholic Police and Fire Society
    Tuesday, October 10
    The Catholic Police and Fire Society will be remembering Police and Fire personnel living and deceased at the 12:10pm Mass. Come and join them to give thanks. Every month on the second Tuesday at the 12:10pm Mass, the Police and Fire personnel will be remembered.