As we all know, the election day is quickly approaching. To prepare for this, we will have 24-hour adoration on Tuesday, November 3rd at St. Cecilia. It will start at 8:00 AM and end with Mass the following day at 7:30 AM. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the church. Please consider signing up for one hour of prayer.

The Knights of Columbus will be collecting items for the Cross Catholic Outreach Box of Joy program. Box of Joy is a service opportunity that has a material and spiritual impact on poor children in developing countries.  Please donate whatever you can including a $9.00 cash donation to the church on any of the days from November 1 through November 13.  Make checks payable to “Cross Catholic Outreach”.

St. Peter Claver Virtual Bible Study: Everyone is invited to a 7-week virtual bible study hosted by St. Peter Claver. The bible study is titled The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage: A Biblical Journey through the JOYFUL MYSTERIES in the Life of Christ with Mary. It begins on Wednesday, November 4th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The program is free, but registration is required.

To enroll in this bible study, please register at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church-St. Inigoes, MD by calling (301)872-5460 or by sending an email to with the following information about each person to be registered: name, email address, cell number, and mailing address. You will receive a registration confirmation and shortly thereafter a zoom link.

The Retired Priest of the Archdiocese of Washington Collection is November 7 and 8 this year. Our priests touch our lives in many ways: they baptize our children, comfort us in the confessional, witness our marriage vows and hold our loved one’s hands as the Lord calls them home. Let us come together to help provide care and housing for our retired priests so they can live their retirement in dignity There are four ways you can support the Retired Priests Collection this year:

  1. Please use the envelopes mailed to your earlier this month or the envelope in the foyer.
  2. Online: Please visit to support the collection online.
  3. Text: Please text “Priest” to 301-231-1816. A text with a link to a secure form will be sent back to you to complete your generous gift for this important collection.
  4. QR Code: Please scan the QR code on the posters located in the foyer of the church to donate online.
Public Mass will resume at St. Cecilia’s on Monday, May 25, 2020.
We ask that if you plan to attend a public Mass at St. Cecilia’s that you carefully read this letter from Fr. Scott. It will explain step by step what you will need to do and what to expect when attending Mass. Guidelines of Reopening Public Mass During Covid-19

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation issued by the Archdiocese on March 12, is still in effect until further notice. For your continued participation, Fr. Scott will continue to live stream his Sunday Masses at St. Cecilia and St. Peter Claver

Dear Parishioners of St. Peter Claver and St. Cecilia,

Last week, the diocese of Arlington sponsored a special talk called “Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action”. For those who were able to watch it, I thank you! I pray you found it to be helpful for your own life and prayer.

Inspired by this fruitful experience, we feel inspired to create a similar video for all parishioners of St. Peter Claver and St. Cecilia’s. As a “Q & A” part of the video, I invite all parishioners to submit any questions on the topic of racism through this form.

I cannot promise I will get to every question, but I will do my best! You have the option to include your name or remain anonymous. Thank you for your participation, and your continued prayers towards the end of racism in our country.

Click Here to Submit a Question

God bless,

Fr. Scott Woods
St. Peter Claver & St. Cecilia

News and Updates from St. Cecilia’s

Between COVID and the recent hurricane, we realized that we would like to have updated information for all our parishioners in case there is an emergency, and we have to cancel Mass. Please use this Contact Information Form to submit your preferred method of contact. You can also email or call the parish office.

Fr. Scott and William Bolin are working together to make short videos on different topics and posting them YouTube weekly. You can view these videos by selecting “Fr. Scott’s Short Videos” under the Spiritual Recourse tab.

If you would still like to make weekly contributions to Saint Cecilia, please mail your envelopes to P.O. Box 429, Saint Mary’s City, MD 20686. You can also sign up to give electronically. Click Here to Give Online

St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry is open on Mondays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the First District Catholic Aid Society. You can reach them at 240-925-9354.

St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food items and hygiene products. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we ask that you please make a donation to the First District Catholic Aid Society, The Poor Fund, or Social Concerns. These funds help those who are in need of financial aid. Click Here to Give Online

News and Update from the Archdiocese of Washington

For Coronavirus Resources and Information from the Archdiocese of Washington, please visit this link.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!