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.
Joining in Solidarity and Prayer
The news from Paris last evening was heart-wrenching. The murderous violence that has plagued Iraq and Syria has now struck France as a series of coordinated attacks has led to more than 120 people dead and more critically wounded. This follows the mid-air explosion of a passenger airliner over the Sinai Peninsula a few weeks ago that has been determined to be an act of terrorism. The group claiming to be responsible for this carnage in each case is ISIS, which issued a statement vowing to continue its acts of death and terror.
Our first thought in all this is to reach out to our sisters and brothers and express our solidarity with them. While the specific victims may come from different parts of the world, in each case it is all of us who are attacked. The people of France, together with the French citizens living in our area, should know of our solidarity with them in this time of sorrow and determination to stand with them to bring an end to the violence.
We offer our prayers for the dead and wounded and their families, that the God of all consolation and mercy embrace you and give you peace. We ask also that the Lord grant us all the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
Pope Francis called this latest evil part of a “piecemeal Third World War,” adding that “there is no religious or human justification for it.” We join our Holy Father in his repeated calls that there be concerted international effort to end this terrorism.
Our hope and trust is in the Lord. Today let us stand with our Holy Father in making another impassioned appeal that the whole Church and all the faithful join as one to implore God to change enough hearts that all people might enjoy the gift of peace.
Parishioner Lou Brune was instituted as an acolyte on Saturday, October 24 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Clinton, MD. This is one of the last steps before Lou is ordained a deacon in the spring. Lou will be serving as an acoltye at our Saturday 5:00 PM Vigil and our 10:30 AM Sunday Masses. Many congratulations to Lou!
If you are interested in learning more about your faith but don't have the time to attend a class or a Bible study, we invite you to check out a great new resource: FORMED.ORG
For this school year, St. Mary's has purchased a subscription to this amazing resource. Enter the parish accessed code (ed01c4) to create an accout. With your account you can access Bible and faith study programs, full-length movies, audio talks, and ebooks.
How to use the resources on formed.org:
Go to the website and choose the login option
Enter the parish access code (ed01c4)
Create an account with a username and password
Sign-in and enjoy, anytime, anywhere, using your electronic and handheld devices
On Saturday, November 21, there will be a Mass of Anointing held in the Main Church at 1:00 pm. Monsignor will celebrate the Liturgy, and Fr. Chip will assist. If you are someone suffering in poor health or mind, or are in your later years, please consider participating in this Mass of uplifting spiritual strength.
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