The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Celebrates 100 Years!

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A weekend long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C.

The milestone will be celebrated on the Parish Campus under a big top tent with a birthday dinner and dancing on Friday evening, October 7th and a class reunion of many decades of former students on Saturday evening, October 8th.

The Blessed Sacrament planning committee has a few surprises in store throughout the celebration including a visit from former Blessed Sacrament clergy, Father Thomas Duffy, and most recently Monsignor John Enzler, as well as other clergy and nuns who have served the parish and school over the past several decades. There will be music and entertainment throughout the evening.

The dinner tickets sold out quickly and the response to the Class Reunion was strong as well. Over two thousand parishioners will be attending over the weekend.

The Blessed Sacrament Planning Committee was under the leadership of Father Ron Potts and included Byrne O’Brien, Barbara Grazzini, Pat Ritchitt and Janice Ockershausen. The committee has gathered over the past year and a half to plan the Centennial Weekend and are very confident that it will result in a great success.

Event sponsors include: The Donohoe Companies, The Heffron Company, Perfect Settings, Gilday Construction, Chevy Chase Trust, Entertainment Exchange, Coca Cola and Best Bark Media.

Below is the schedule of events for the weekend:

October 7th Birthday Party Schedule

6:45 PM         Check-In desk opens on Patterson St
7-8 PM             Cocktail Reception in Gym with 3-piece combo on stage
                         VIP Reception in Rectory (65-70)
8 PM                 Dinner gong sounds, guests move to seats in the tent
8:25 PM            Welcoming Remarks by Fr. Ron Potts            
8:30 PM            Grace before dinner by Fr. Duffy
8:30-9:30 PM    First Course (pre-plated) and second course served
9:30 PM            Remarks by Fr. John Enzler
9:35 PM            “Three Waiters” Show begins (approx 20 minutes)
10:15 PM         Tables cleared and birthday dessert & coffee served
11 PM             Guests invited to Gym for after-dinner drinks & dancing - Fr. Ron or Fr. John
Midnight-ish     Evening draws to a close!

Saturday October 8th

6:30 PM             Doors Open Party Begins
                         Class decades meet in different areas around the campus.
                         Music and Food in Gym and under tent
7 PM                 School Tour – meet at steps to School from parking lot – Nancy Ryan
8 PM                 School Tour – meet at steps to School from parking lot – Nancy Ryan
9 PM                 School Tour – meet at steps to School from parking lot – Nancy Ryan
11 PM                Close Convent driveway Check-in location (TBD)

Overnight security for the tent until 8 AM (Preston)


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