Happy Memorial Day Weekend
There is only one daily Mass on Monday, May 25 at 9:00 am. There is NO Adoration that day.
St. Mary's School
Eighth Grade Graduation
The Graduation Mass takes place at
6:00 pm on Friday, May 29, in the Main Church. All parishioners are welcome to attend.
Holy Hour for the Ordinandi
On June 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, there will be a Holy Hour dedicated to prayer for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life as well as for those being ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood.
Welcome to St. Mary's!
St. Mary's is a diverse and vibrant faith community that believes and professes the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the living tradition of the Catholic Church. Our mission is to form loving disciples who will transform the world. All are welcome!
Whether you are new to our parish or have been a long-time member, you are welcome. Last year we celebrated our 200th Anniversary. St. Mary's has strong roots in the Rockville area and serves as a spiritual oasis for the more than 7000 parishioners.
Click on the title of the talk to listen to it.
24 February: Death in 2015: Denial & Nihilism
Our culture’s schizophrenic way of dealing with death has deep roots. These causes affect us all, and pose a real challenge to persevering in Christian hope. Some of them go back to the origin of death in the first place, and the tragedy of the Fall and man’s separation from God. (Handout 1)
Isn’t it perverse to speak of a ‘good death’? And yet the Church has a long tradition of teaching the ars moriendi: the art of dying well. What does it mean to die well? How can we prepare for it practically speaking, both for ourselves and others? (Handout 2)
It’s not only the Last Rites that are meant to prepare Christians for death. In a certain sense, the whole Christian life—from the sacrament of Baptism, through the rhythms of liturgical prayer, to the Word of God in Scripture—is about shaping our souls for death. (Handout 3)
Why bother praying for the dead? Can it do any good for them? Can it do any good for us? If so, what does it mean for Catholic funerals, for the loved ones left behind, and for our own souls? We’ll consider the danger of presumption, the grace of final perseverance, and the communion of saints. (Handout 4)
31 March: Death Has Been Swallowed Up in Victory
Holy Week is upon us, and soon Lent will reach its climax with the the Passion and Death of Our Lord on Good Friday. The very fact that we call it Good Friday is telling: Christ has won the victory over death and the grave. What does that mean for us as Christians? The grand theological conclusion of our Lenten retreat will attempt to bring together these great mysteries and understand their meaning for how we live our lives. In short: if the Resurrection is true, nothing can ever be the same again. (Handout 5)