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St. Charles Borromeo Parish celebrates feast day

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Parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington celebrated their patronal feast day with 40 hours of continuous adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a parish party.

The devotion began Nov. 2 with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a meditation by Father Richard Dyer, parochial vicar. During the next 40 hours, individuals, families and groups made their scheduled holy hours of prayerful adoration, and others stopped by throughout the days and nights.

“I was moved by our parishioners’ devotion,” said Father Donald Planty, pastor. “One of our young adults took Friday off from work so he could spend all Thursday night in a vigil before the Most Blessed Sacrament.

“It brought the whole parish together as one before Jesus,” he said. “Our Hispanic parishioners were especially generous in volunteering to adore and to offer security during the night hours.”

The Forty Hours concluded Nov. 4, the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, with a bilingual meditation by Father Planty and Benediction.

The celebration continued with a special session of the regular parish Friday FORUM, which fosters a culture of encounter, including a happy hour, dinner and a live performance by the swing band Dan Arnold and Swing Theory. The parish gym was packed as people enjoyed Hispanic and Italian food, and danced.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016