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Pastor Fr. Alfred J. Harris

Parish Secretary
Mrs. Soraya Strobach

Music Director
Bill Parsons

Music Director Emeritus
Don Clark

Gregory James Vines

Rectory Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00am to 3:00pm

727 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 289-7771


On January 22, 2016 Immediately following the March this month will be a traditional Latin Solemn High Pontifical Mass at the faldstool, offered by His Excellency Edward J. Slattery, bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will be offered at 4 p.m. at Saint Mary Mother of God church at 5th and H streets, Northwest, in the District.


The Mass is the fourth annual one in honor of the late Miss Nellie Gray, foundress of the March for Life and faithful communicant at the TLM at Saint Mary's.


Several priests -- diocesan, Ordinariate and Fraternity of Saint Peter among them -- will assist at the pontifical High Mass. The propers of the Mass (the red vestment feast of Saints Vincent and Anastasius) will be sung in Gregorian chant by the parish schola of men.  The ordinary of the Mass will be sung by the choir of Holy Innocents parish from New York City. Known as the "Vox in Rama" choir, they will sing Hans Leo Hassler's "Missa Secunda".


The Mass is being organized and funded by the Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy, which also sponsored the 2010 pontifical High Mass offered by Bishop Slattery at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.


Solemn High Pontifical Mass at Saint Mary Mother of God

SATURDAY, January 9th, 2016 - 6:30pm.Title: Hodie, Christus Natus Est!

Music: Featuring Poulenc 4 motets for Christmas, Lauridsen, Smith, and Howells

beautiful works, including the 4-Poulenc Christmas motets (rarely heard, but definitely worth the trip!).


Fairly regular songs for the season, are the Pearsal "In Dulci Jubilo", Britten's "Hymn to the Virgin" for double choir, and "People Look East", by local composer Stephen Carriciolo.


Of the more traditional, yet fairly unknown, to the general public (sung often in churches), are the Lullaby songs by Howells, Warlock, and my personal favorite, the Suo Gan.


For more information visit

Sunday after the Octave of Christmas
he Most Holy Name of Jesus

9:00 am Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) 


The Epiphany of The Lord

10:30am English (Novus Ordo)

1pm English (Novus Ordo)

Schedule of Masses For Christmas

  • December 24th: 12:05pm : English, 5:00pm: English, 9:00pm: Chinese, 12:00 Midnight: Tridentine Mass
  • December 25th: 9:00 am : Tridentine Mass, 10:30 am: English, 1:00pm: English

This coming Tuesday December 8th, Feast of The Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation, we will have our regular noon Mass and Tridentine Mass at 7:30pm.

There is no longer an 8:00am Mass on Mondays

Ensemble of Medieval Music. Concert here at St Mary’s: Saturday, October 3rd at 8:00pm.

In this this inventive and exciting collaborative project, Eya layers the delicately-crafted works of the Chansonnier Cordiforme, featuring French and Italian songs of the early Renaissance, folded within the lines of Rumi, John Donne, Hildegard von Bingen, Richard Rolle, the Song of Songs, Shakespeare, Peter Gabriel, and many more. Featuring a special commission by Baltimore-based composer Douglas Buchanan and music of Hildegard von Bingen, Francis Poulenc, Richard Einhorn, and Gregorian chant, as well as spoken text and poetry. Tickets: $20 regular admission -- $10 Student admission.

A Solemn High Mass for the Feast of Blessed Karl of Austria will be offered at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00pm. Fr. James Bradley will celebrate the Mass and Fr. Richard Mullins will preach the homily. Music will be provided by the St. Mary’s Schola with the St. Benet’s Schola, and the polyphonic choir Musikanten. Veneration of the relic of Blessed Karl will take place after Mass, followed by a reception at Market-to-Market Café. Our special guest will be Her Highness Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, grand-daughter of Blessed Karl. All are invited. For more information, please contact Suzanne Pearson at 703-524-0411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Solemnity of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Saturday,August 15th at 9:00am

There will be a High Mass in the EF on the feast of Corpus Christi---Thursday June 4th at 7:30 PM

Chantry Concert here at Saint Mary on May 16that 8:00pm.Victoria and Byrd for Ascension Day. Chantry returns to St Mary Mother of God to sing music of twosupreme Renaissance masters: Victoria’s beautiful and brilliantMissa Ascendend Crhistus,and Byrd’s luminous, triumphantPropers for the Feast of The Ascension. Ascension Daymarks the culmination of the paschal mystery, which includes Our Lord’s Passion, Crucifixion, Burial, Descent into Hell, Resurrection and Ascension. (CCC512). Tickets ($35 regular,$15 students) are available at the door or in advance or 202-625-2855

On Thursday May 15th, we will celebrate The Feast of The Ascension of The Lord, with a High Mass in TheExtraordinary Form, at 7:30pm

Maundy Thursday

7:30pm – Traditional Latin Mass in Extraordinary Form

Good Friday

12:05pm: Liturgy Service

2:30pm: Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday

7:30 pm – Chinese and EnglishVigil

Easter Sunday

9:00 am – Traditional Latin Mass in Extraordinary Form

10:30 am – English

11:30 am – Chinese

1:00 pm – English

NO Evening Mass

Saturday March 21st: EYA, at 7:00pm – Eya : ( pronounced “EH-yah”) is a Latin exclamation of joy. Ensemble for Medieval Music. Eya is an award-winning vocal based in Washington DC,, specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. For more information visit:


Sunday March 22nd, at 3:00pm – Collegium Cantorum in Massive Music, Medieval Choral Masterworks and works by Perotin and Hildegard Von Bingen.

Stations of The Cross every Friday during Lent, here at St Mary, after the 12:05pm Mass.

Ash Wednesday schedule of Masses.
12:05pm Mass- English
7:30pm Mass - Tridentine Mass (Latin Mass)
Don't miss this opportunity to attend a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Saint Mary Mother of God Parish in Washington, DC Sunday at 9:00am , Missa Cantata, will be celebrated by The Most Reverend, Bishop Athanasius Schneider.


Sunday February 15th, Young Adult Social , after the 7:30pm Mass

at Saint Mary Mother of God Parish in Washington DC

This is a great opportunity to gather with friends from around DC , have a good time and meet new people. Please feel free to bring a friend. Meeting will be at Irish Channel. Our own Fr Joel Wilson will join the group. Check it out!


As Emeritus Pope Benedict addressed to young people in New York in 2008: "It is from within the Church that you too will find the courage and support to walk the way of the Lord. Nourished by personal prayer,prompted by silence, shaped by the Church's liturgy, you will discover the particular vocation God has for you. Embrace it with joy. You are Christ's disciples today".

Pontifical Tridentine Mass will be celebrated at 4pm on Thursday January 22nd in honor of Nellie Jane Gray. Pro life activist who founded the annual March for Life in 1974