Latin Mass will be held this week on Monday, October 14th, and Wednesday, October 16th, at St. Peter Claver at 6:00pm.

I addition to the Latin Masses above, for the month of October there will be a Traditional Latin Mass offered on Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm at St. Peter Claver.


All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day Mass Schedule

All Saint’s Day Vigil Mass on Thursday, October 31:  7:00pm at St. Cecilia

 All Saint’s Day Mass on Friday, November 1:         7:30am at St.  Cecilia                                                                                               7:00pm at St. Peter Claver

 All Soul’s Day Mass on Saturday, November 2:      10:00am at St. Peter Claver                                                                                                                          4:30pm at St. Cecilia

Knights of Columbus chicken dinner is Sunday, October 13th from 11:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The cost is $12 (half chicken, potatoes, vegetable, cole slaw, rolls). Baked goods will be available. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at the intersection of Routes 5 and 235 in Ridge.

There will be a Mass with healing prayers and Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Lexington Park.  Confessions start at 5:00 pm; all are welcome.

WARM Nights will be hosted by St. Peter Claver the week of November 3rd – 10th. St. Cecilia will be supplying meals, kitchen help, and monitors for Monday the 4th in the evening through Tuesday morning, and Tuesday the 5th in the evening through Wednesday morning. Sign-up sheets are in the vestibule. If you are unable to volunteer your time, we are also seeking people to donate desserts and monetary donations. Contact Angie Collins in the parish office for more information.

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



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 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.