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.
Experientially deepen your prayer life through studying Section Four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each week, a section of the Catechism’s course on prayer will be explained and discussed by Deacon Barry Levy in the rectory basement
from 8:00-8:45 PM, followed by fifteen minutes in the Presence of our Lord in the historic St. Mary’s Chapel.
— 33-Day Consecration —
“Reading this book was to be a turning point in my life.”—St. JPII
Why: Just as Jesus came into the world through the Virgin Mary, so we come to Christ through the help of our Blessed Mother. St. Montfort called Mary the “safest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect way of approaching Jesus.”
What: Marian consecration is a renewal of one’s baptismal promises. St. Montfort provides a schedule of 33 days of prayers. The prayers take only about ten minutes, in addition to saying a rosary some days. The weekly discussion and lecture series will outline Montfort’s method as he explained it in The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, as well as other aspects of Marian devotion. On the 34th day, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16), participants make their act of consecration to Jesus through Mary.
When and Where: The first talk will be on Monday, June 8, at 7pm in the parish hall. It is a weekly series. If you miss the first talk, don't worry. You can always begin your personal consecration at another time and complete the consecration on another Marian feast day. Materials: Prayer booklets and other materials will be provided. But if you would like to get started now and learn more about the consecration please purchase St. Montfort’s book today. It's available online as well as through many Catholic booksellers. Some copies will also be available at each lecture.
Questions: Please contact the rectory (301-424-5550) if you have any further questions. Our summer seminarian, Nate Anderson, will be leading the discussion.
Already Consecrated: If you’ve completed the consecration, please consider contacting Nate and coming to share a few words about how it changed you.