Gosnell: the Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer will be showing for *FREE* on Monday, February 18th, at 7:30pm at St. Mary’s College in Cole Cinema. The movie is being sponsored by Seahawks for Life, the Catholic Prolife Group on campus.

Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer study will be starting at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church on, Wednesdays for 8 sessions (minus Ash Wednesday) February 13- April 10. Oremus (Latin for “let us pray”) is a program that will teach you the essentials of a fruitful prayer life. Dinner starts at 6:30pm followed by the study at 7:00pm.

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Appeal and the new theme is “Our Faith. Our Hope. Our Mission.” Contributions to the Annual Appeal are 100% designated to ministries and mission of the Church. The Appeal offers each of us the opportunity to respond to the needs of others by enabling ministries and services that touch and affect thousands of lives. This year, you can support the Annual appeal many different ways. Many of you may have received a mailing in January that you can respond to. You can also support the Appeal online at http://www.adw.org  or text “Give” to (301) 231-1816. We will also be providing the opportunity to support the Appeal at Mass over the next couple of weekends. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.

All you can eat breakfast will be hosted by the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad Association, Sunday, February 24th, from 8:00am – 11:00am at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridge, MD. Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, cream chipped beef, sausage, bacon, home fries, fried apples, coffee, tea, and juice. Cost is $10 per person, $8 for senior citizens, $5 youth younger than 6, and $10 carry out.

Catholic College and Vocations Fair: If you have students in high school or you just enjoy listening to great Catholic speakers, plan on attending the Catholic College and Vocations Fair on Saturday, March 9th from 11am-3pm at St. John’s Parish in Hollywood, MD.  Eucharistic Adoration and Mass (9:00-11:00am) will precede the fair.  A dozen of the top colleges from the Newman Guide to Catholic Colleges will be present along with many religious orders.  Dr. John Cuddaback, professor of philosophy at Christendom College and Mr. Brent Johnson, V.P. of Enrollment at Ave Maria University are the keynote speakers this year.  The event is open to all and there is no admission charge.  Food will be available for purchase.  More information can be found online at www.StJohnsSummerProgram.com/CCVF.


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



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.