Dear Friends, Thank you! There’s no other way to say it, thank you! You’re receiving this message because over the course of the last two months you’ve contributed to the mission of St. Mary Mother of God Parish by your prayers and by your kind donation. This giving is what’s keeping us going on several fronts.
This Friday May 1st at 7pm tune in on our Facebook page for a livestream of Sung Evening Prayer for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Prelude and postlude music with quartet and organ. Have a candle lit for your prayer intentions by making a donation on FaithDirect.
During these Coronavirus precautions, we are recording our church's celebrations in the Latin Extraordinary Form because we’re the only parish in DC who do this as a matter of Archdiocesan ministry. Our Ordinary Form English & Chinese parishioners can view the Triduum celebrations from the Archdiocese & Ascension in Houston, TX. They will be shared on our FB page & website. Extraordinary Form parishioners are encouraged to review the archbishop’s homily after tuning in with us for the rites themselves.
Good Friday we will open the church from 5pm-6pm for silent prayer so that the faithful can come and venerate the Cross from a distance. We require those present maintain 6’ distance apart. To prevent clusters of people forming at the main doors, entrance will be through the side doors at the front of the church (entrance through the south door, exit through the north). There is plenty of street parking so the lot will NOT be open, again to prevent the possibility of clusters of people forming on church grounds.
Join us 6pm Wednesday on our Facebook page for a livestream with Fr. De Rosa & Fr. Bradley. They'll share our parish plans for celebrating the Triduum this Holy Week under the current circumstances due to the Coronavirus with a chance for Q&A.
We look forward to the celebration of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at the hands of Bishop Francisco Gonzalez Saturday June 6 at 10am. Candidates for Confirmation in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite should contact Fr. De Rosa in preparation for the sacrament.
We are investigating starting a Knights of Columbus council at St. Mary's. If you would like to join today simply go to KofC.org/joinus and enter our Parish name for local info. More information to come about starting our council here at St. Marys. Contact Julius Jackson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annunciation March 25 EF Missa Solemnis 7:30pm to be live streamed and recorded professionally The mass will have music by Chantry as part of supporting voxcorona.com a gofundme effort by the church musicians of DC all fo whom are out of work and who’s ministry we so need in Christian ministry Mass Booklet PDF can be found here: https://ec-prod-sites.s3.amazonaws.com/17611/documents/2020/3/Annunciation%20Mass%20livestream%20Mass%20Booklet%20Annunciation%20-%20texts%20and%20translations%202.pdf
Join us in prayer and Thanksgiving on this historic day for our parish. 7:30 PM English Mass | of Installation for Fr. De Rosa as St. Mary's 17th Pastor. 9:00 AM Latin Low Mass | Our lineage of pastors, models of charity. 10:30 AM English Mass | Lenten charity drive kickoff.
This Sunday, February 2nd, is Candlemas. Before the 9:00am Extraordinary Form Mass there will be a blessing of the candles and a procession. The Mass following the blessing will be a Latin High Mass with our men's schola singing Gregorian chant and a choral quartet singing sacred polyphony. People are invited to bring their candles. See you on Sunday at 8:30am
Planning to attend the March for Life? Join our parish to walk, pray, and peacefully march for the defense of human life. A group will meet at the church at 12pm and walk over to join the march on Constitution Ave. Parishioners, family, friends, and visitors are more than welcome!
Our Young Adults will be studying life issues at their weekly Wednesday evening 6:30 pm meeting following the parish adoration at 5:30 pm Wed, Jan 22 - Is choice true freedom? Wed, Jan 29 - Contraception - Contramarriage Wed, Feb 5 - "The beauty of the aged is their gray hair" (Prov 20:29) Wed, Feb 12 - A false dichotomy: pro-life and social justice
For our Extraordinary Form Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord on the feast day itself, Monday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m., Chantry will sing splendid Renaissance polyphony including Byrd’s great Gradualia Propers for Epiphany and—since for the Renaissance the Star of Bethlehem was related to another star, Mary the Star of the Sea—Victoria’s beautiful Missa Ave maris stella. The music for the Mass will also include great motets inspired by the story of the Magi.