FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

 In a March 12, 2020 statement from the Archdiocese of Washington, Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced that, in response to public health recommendations from local government leaders regarding the potential spread of coronavirus, Masses open to the public in all archdiocesan parishes, missions and campus ministries will not be celebrated starting this Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice. Weddings and funerals may proceed but should be limited to immediate family.

Consequently, all masses at St. Cecilia Catholic Church will be cancelled effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice. This includes the 7:30am daily Mass, 8:00am Saturday Mass at St. Peter Claver, 4:30pm Saturday Mass, 8:00am Sunday mass, and the three Latin Masses (4:00pm on Sunday and 6:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays). It also includes the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Mass (7:30pm on Sundays) and Mass at Saint Peter Claver on Sunday at 10:00am.

The St. Cecilia food pantry will be closed until further notice. In addition, all face-to-face gatherings, including Youth Group, Stations of the Cross, Bible Study, CCD Class, and Ministry/Committee Meetings are suspended until further notice. Efforts will be made to set up and utilize technology wherever possible and whenever appropriate to continue the mission and business of the parish.

For now, you are encouraged to visit three resources in addition to several others that you might find that will feed you spiritually during these challenging times:

  1. ADW (Archdiocese of Washington) website for Sunday Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception:
  1. Uploads from the National Shrine:
  2. EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) website for daily Mass times, Stations of the Cross, and the Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica as well as a host of other programs:
  3. Temporary free access to the MAGNIFICAT
  4. Daily Mass:

Parishioners are asked to pray to God as a family for a cure for the coronavirus (and all such illnesses that plague our society); pray for those afflicted with the virus; and ask God to continue to spare us who are virus free.

Parishioners are also encouraged to continue to monitor the status of the virus and flu with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at

The office will still be receiving emails and phone calls during this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Email: Phone: 301-862-4600

Your Brother and Father in Christ,

Father Scott Woods




What’s Going On At St Cecilia Church?

Adult Catechesis (RCIA) – Sundays at St. Cecilia’s Rectory at 7:30pm
SMC Campus Mass
– Sunday, 7:30PM in Cole Cinema at St. Mary’s College
Middle School youth group – Tuesdays 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Rosary – Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at St. Cecilia in the church.
High School Youth Group – Fridays, 7:00pm at St. Cecilia Church.
Holy HourSt. Cecilia: Sunday: 7:00am to 8:00am. Monday-Friday: 6:30am to 7:30am. St. Peter Claver: Saturday 7:00am to 8:00am.

Daily Mass – Monday through Friday at 7:30am


Last Chance Mass: Evening Mass will be celebrated on Sundays at St. Michael’s in Ridge at 6:00pm, St. Joseph’s in Morganza at 6:00pm, and at St. Mary’s College at 7:30pm in the Cole Cinema.


St. Cecilia Parish Council

St. Cecilia Parish Council has been formed to assist the pastor in identifying and encouraging the ministries and services needed for the health of the parish community. Under Father Scott’s direction, the following committee chairs were identified and asked to serve on the council.

Vice-Chairpersons: Eric Chase and Beth Byrd
Worship: Wendy Carroll
Social Concerns: Barbara Bowman
Education: Mark Kijesky
Fellowship: Angie Collins
Facilities: Paul Evans
Communications: Ryan Naegele


Looking to Help Volunteer?

The church is in need of a few people to help with cleaning the altar linens once a month. For more information please contact Mary Ridgell at 301-821-6539.

St. Cecilia is seeking out parishioners who feel called to be a Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or an Usher. If you feel God is calling you to serve His Church in this special way, please contact the parish office at 301-862-4600.


Mass Intentions

Please note that all Mass intentions will no longer be accepted in the collection basket, but should be registered through the Church secretary, either in person, over the phone, or through email.  You can contact Angie Collins at (301)-862-4600 or



A Catholic Women’s Retreat, hosted by Encounter Grace will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Immaculate Conception Church, Mechanicsville MD.  The retreat, The Grace of Yes with Lisa Hendey, is a full-day retreat.  Open to Catholic women ages 18+, cost is $45.00 and includes retreat, breakfast and lunch.  Information and link to register can be found at


The First District Catholic Aid Society

The First District Catholic Aid Society helps clients in the first district of St. Mary’s County and parishioners in need from St. Michael’s, St. Peter Claver, and St. Cecilia’s. There are three ways to donate: Place a check made out to FDCAS in the offering plate, send a check by mail to First District Catholic Aid Society, P.O. Box 429, Ridge, MD 20680 , or put cash in one of the special envelopes located in the church narthex and fill out the donation information slip to receive an end of the year tax statement for your charitable contribution. If you have any questions or wish to become a volunteer with this organization, please e-mail Jeff Byrd at or call 240-925-9354.


Recipients from the monthly Poor Fund

FOOD PANTRY: Operates out of the church twice a week and supports those who are in need from Lexington Park to Point Lookout.

THREE OAKS: Money is used for food, medications and rent.  We also have volunteers who prepare a meal each month for 20-25 residents.

HOSPICE OF ST MARY’S: Room and board are not covered by Medicare or Insurance.  The funds are used for room and board for those that can’t afford to pay.

PASTORAL COUNSELING CENTER OF ST MARY’S: Their clients are mostly the same clients who use the Food Pantry.  They receive one on one counseling.  This organization gets no United Way Contributions and they are dependent on our donation.

HEALTH SHARE OF ST MARY’S COUNTY: Their focus is on dental care but they also provide funds for copay for prescriptions, medical supplies, and health care.  This is a joint effort by physicians, MedStar, the Health Department and the Department of Social Services.  They have no paid staff.