Raffle Fundraiser for Replacing Church Doors –   Two of the three estimates for the replacement of the doors are in!! Currently, to upgrade all 7 doors into the church with insulated tempered glass it will cost $10,000. To help fund this beautiful addition to our church, you can purchase tickets after weekend Masses, from the rectory, or contact Bernie Goldsborough. Please return ticket sales monies with the ticket stubs in an envelope marked “Raffle” either placed in the offertory basket or delivered to the rectory office. We will have the drawing for winners on Sunday, May 12, 2019.  Ticket prices are $30 for a book of 6 or $5 each.  First prize is $300, second and third prizes are $200 each. Thank you to everyone for your generous participation.

Theology Over Dinner will be this Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm at Ye Olde Towne Café in Leondardtown. Fr. Larry Swink is back! His talk will be “Why should a Catholic practice Asceticism”.

Knights of Columbus Event: There will be Bingo at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday, April 27. Doors open at 5:30pm and the game starts at 6:30pm. The hall is located at the intersection of Routes 5 and 235 in Ridge.

The Knights would like you to know that our local food pantry is in great need of food items. If you can bring a canned good, they will see that it goes to this needy cause.

Attention Moms of Young Kids — A local Endow study group is starting this spring in California, MD! Join us on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and community as we discuss Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women. The host will coordinate babysitting if needed! For more information/to RSVP, contact us at endowgroupsomd@gmail.com

The Annual Jubilarian Mass honoring couples married 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 51+ years will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Please call the parish office or use the sign-up forms in the church vestibule to register. Names of jubilarians need to be turned in to the parish office by Friday, April 26.

 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.