We are encouraged to live our faith and live it to the fullest. But how do we do that? With a lot of practice! But in order to practice our faith, we must understand it and accept that this is an ongoing journey of faith. There are many resources to assist in this and here at St. Mary’s we offer a variety of informative, challenging and spiritually fulfilling ways to deepen our knowledge of God and our relationship to and with Him. We encourage you to take advantage of any and all that interest you.
A group gathers at the Rectory on the first Tuesday of each month to read and discuss the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. They meet weekly during Advent and Easter. Father Kevin leads this group.
Another group meets on Sunday evenings during Advent and Lent in the parish house to read the scriptures and/ or discuss topics of our faith and what they mean in our lives today. Deacon Dave and John Phipps lead this group.
The parish provides information on various marriage preparation classes for those couples planning to be married. Couples planning to be married should be in touch with the parish office at least six months in advance of a desired wedding date.
Mary of Nazareth, our Regional School, has a long held reputation for excellence in education and the teaching of the Catholic faith. The school houses 500+ students in grades pre - kindergarten through 8th, with a stellar faculty and staff. Visit www.maryofnazareth.org for more information.
The parish’s religious education program incorporates a family-centered base so that moms and dads are also involved. Classes are held from late September through early May. All grades meet on Wednesdays with Grades K through 5 meeting from 3:45 – 5:00 pm; Grades 6-8 meet from 7:30 to 8:30 pm; Grades 9-12 meet from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Adults baptized in another faith, and those not baptized, who wish to explore the Catholic faith, are invited to participate in this process. During their journey of faith, should they find a desire to join the Catholic Church, they receive their sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. Parishioners assist in this journey both through their prayers and by acting as sponsors for those participating in the RCIA.
Vacation Bible School
St. Mary’s Church and Our Lady of the Presentation in Poolesville come together each summer to provide a week of fun in a loving environment for our children ages pre-school through incoming 5th graders to learn about Jesus and his love for us. It is held right here in our Pavilion.
With programs for high school, youth ministry blends a sharing of learning about our Catholic faith with the social aspect of life as a young person and service projects to help our community.