“Even now we are journeying towards the sabbath of eternity, the new Jerusalem, towards our common home in heaven. Jesus says: 'I make all things new' (Rev 21:5). Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give those poor men and women who will have been liberated once and for all.”
Pope Francis
Laudato Si', #243
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

Burying and Praying for the Dead

Funerals at St. Mary's
The death of a loved one is one of the most profound events in the life of a family. Whether that death is sudden or following a long illness, our parish community is here to help you prepare well and to pray for you during your sorrow. For information on Funerals at St. Mary's, kindly download our pamphlet HERE.

Burying the Dead
St. Mary is privileged to have sacred burial ground right outside the door of our Church. Burying the dead and respectfully caring for their resting places is a Corporal Work of Mercy.

For information about burial in our historic parish cemetery, the rectory office will help you coordinate with the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Manager: Juli A. Tolson
c/o St. Mary's Queen of Peace Cemetery
38888 Dr. Johnson Road, P.O. Box 497
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Praying for the dead
Praying for the souls of the faithful departed is a Spiritual Work of Mercy. Kindly include the souls of those buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in your daily prayers and Mass intentions.

Additional resources:
End of Life Issues
Prayers for the Dying
The Catholic way of death and burial



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Prayer for Souls

Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious Blood of your divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the word today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my own family. Amen

-St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)


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