Children preparing for the Sacrament of First Communion, need to participate in religious education through the parish’s Religious Education program or by attending a Catholic school. Reception of First Communion usually takes place in the second grade. However, preparation for the sacrament begins with participation in a religious education program one year prior to the sacramental year. In other words, two years of religious education are required for a child to receive this sacrament. Please contact the Religious Education office at 301-863-8793 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a child who wishes to receive the sacrament.
Catholic couples are encouraged to participate in the sacramental life of the Church so that they are continually enriched by the graces which flow from the sacraments. The bond between husband and wife is immeasurably strengthened by a life of shared faith in the heart of the Church. Once you have made the decision to marry in the Church, please contact the parish office at 301-863-8144. Arrangements must be made at least 6 months in advance of the ceremony. Couples prepare for the sacrament through initial preparation with the coordinator, meetings with the pastor, and completing a marriage preparation option accepted by the Archdiocese of Washington.
Some men are called to be priest and deacons. If you think that you may be called to the priesthood or diaconate, pray about it! Then call the office 301-863-8144 to set up an appointment to talk to the pastor.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for the spiritual comfort, strength and healing of the ill. Please notify the church office at 301-863-8144 when you or another parishioner would like to receive this Sacrament. Be sure to let them know the name of the person wanting to receive, a phone number where he/she can be reached, and where the sacrament is to be received. The Sacrament can be performed in the church, at the sick person's home, at the hospital, or any other appropriate place.