“Our faith is not an abstract doctrine or philosophy, but a vital and full relationship with a person: Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God who became man, was put to death, rose from the dead to save us, and is now living in our midst. Where can we encounter him? We encounter him in the Church, in our hierarchical, Holy Mother Church. It is the Church which says today: 'Behold the Lamb of God'; it is the Church, which proclaims him; it is in the Church that Jesus continues to accomplish his acts of grace which are the sacraments.”
Pope Francis
January 1, 2015
EDUCATION: Formed in His Communion

Sacramental Preparation

For Children
For information about sacramental preparation for children in Grades 1-8, see the Religious Education page and contact Mary Ellen Heinze, DRE, at 301-934-4352.

For Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) welcomes everyone who seeks the Lord, including those who were raised in a non-Christian faith tradition, those who were raised in no faith tradition, those who have been baptized or raised in another Christian faith tradition, and those raised as Catholics who have not yet received Confirmation and/or first Holy Communion.    

For more information, call Fr. Michael Briese, 301-934-8825.


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Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And in our hearts take up thy rest;
Come with thy grace
and heavenly aid
To fill the hearts which thou has made.

-St. Hrabanus Maurus (9th century)

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