Sunday, May 3
3:00 PM in the main church
Join us to honor our Mother and Patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary through prayer and song
The May Crowning will be followed by an ice cream social in the school gym. Please return this form to St. Mary's School by Friday, May 1 to RSVP.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
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)