Latin Mass will be Monday, September 9, and Wednesday, September 11, at St Peter Claver at 6pm. Monday is the Feast of St. Peter Claver so all those in attendance may receive a plenary indulgence.  

2019 Ridge Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual carnival has begun! Please take time to support our local volunteer fire department. This week Thursday – Sunday, September 12-15, Thursday Evenings 6pm – 10pm and Friday and Saturday Evenings 7-11pm. We would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you for all you do for our community. Saint Florian, patron of firefighters, pray for them!

Praise and Worship gathering will be held on September 11 at St. Aloysius Parish Hall at 7:00pm. All are welcome. Come and experience peace and joy as we join together in praising the Lord and worshiping His Holy Name. For more information call 301-475-8065.

 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 stcecilia@md.metrocast.net

 

Retreats

Trip to Italy/Rome sponsored by the Bread of Life Center for Peace. Father Michael Sajnog will lead this trip. The dates for this trip are June 8-17, 2019. $3995 per person. This includes air fare, hotels, breakfast and dinner. Please call Pat Copsey at 301-475-7139 for more details.

 

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 jjbyrd@smcm.edu or call 301-737-5271.

 

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.