News and Updates from St. Cecilia’s

Pro Life March Bus Transportation –We will be offering limited seating to parishioners only of St Cecilia’s at this time for bus transportation to and from Washington, DC, for the Pro-Life March on Friday, January 21, 2022. Due to the limited seating, we will have a wait list for others who would like the transportation but are not parishioners.  The bus will leave promptly at 9:00am (after 7:30am Mass with a small break).  Please call the Church office to sign up and to sign up for the wait list.

Adoration –We will be having Adoration to pray for the Pro Life March on Friday, January 21, from 8:00am to 6:00pm. We will have one hour slots available.  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4EACA92BA2F85-adoration

Office Closed – The Church office will be closed Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr day. We will also be closed Friday, January 21, because of attendance at the Pro Life March.

Let your voice be heard!  We have a flyer in the vestibule with information on how to let your voice be heard in support of Pro Life. Please feel free to take one.

YOUTH RALLY AND MASS FOR LIFE – Each year, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington hosts the Youth Rally and Mass for Life, inviting groups from across the country to celebrate the gift of human life and to advocate on behalf of the unborn. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life will be held live from Capital One Arena on January 21, 2022, beginning at 8:00 AM (doors will open at 7:30 AM). There will also be a virtual event for groups that are not able to attend live. Go to https://adwyouth.org/rally-and-mass-for-life for more information.

 FIRST ANNUAL PRO-LIFE ART CONTEST – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington will be hosting the first annual pro-life art contest! Submissions are due on January 21, 2022 and will include protest art, visual art, and video art. Please see the attached flyer for more information, and please share the attachments on social media!  For more information, contact prolife@adw.org  or visit http://youthrallyandmassforlife.org/ .

AFGHAN REFUGEES – The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops is providing support to Afghan refugees at a military base in Quantico.  USCCB is in need of donations of school supplies, coloring books, crayons, sidewalk chalk, and balls for hundreds of Afghan children at the military base.  They also need donations of winter clothes and backpacks for women and men.  If your parish groups would like to assist Afghan refugees please contact Peggy Arizzi at: USCCBleadQuantico@USCCB.org .  Many Afghans were given special immigration visas which entitle them to some income and public benefits and many were given humanitarian parole which entitles them to NO benefits, NO ongoing income support.   Homes Not Borders are helping Afghan refugees with humanitarian parole try to survive – they are dropped into Prince George’s County with almost no support. Homes Not Borders is seeking parish assistance to sponsor families.  See their website: https://www.homesnotborders.org/ .    In October the nonprofit is helping 12 Afghan families who need donations and more support.  Laura Osuri is the founder and Director.  Email address:   laura@homesnotborders.org .

Mother Teresa Vocation Society—18th Annual Day of Recollection Saturday, January 22, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Annunciation Catholic Church, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Fr. Mark Ivany, Director of Priest Vocations for The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, will lead this event. Mr. Alvaro de Vicente, Headmaster at The Heights School, will be the keynote speaker. The day will include Adoration, Confession, Mass, and lunch. All are welcome to attend this free event. Please register at https://dcpriest.org/day-of-recollection. For more information, please email vocations@adw.org.

 


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 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 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


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Thank you for your continued support and prayers! 

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