Sacraments

Below is information on the seven sacraments.

Baptism

To have children baptized, families should contact the rectory to set up an appointment to talk with the pastor and attend a baptism preparation class. Baptism Prep classes are the 2nd Sunday of the month and baptisms take place the 4th Sunday of the month. Call the rectory at 301-490-5116.

Penance/Confession

Confessions are heard in the church's Reconciliation Rooms, behind the altar, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturdays, or by appointment.  Call 301-490-5116.

Eucharist/Communion

There is a two-year preparation for First Holy Communion, usually in first and second grades, but children of any age can be prepared through our religious education classes. Contact Hope Benson, Director of Religious Education: 301-725-9622.
For adult First Communion, contact Kathy Schmitt, Director of Adult Education: 301-325-3119.

Confirmation

Confirmation is usually held in the spring for 8th graders, who must be enrolled in a religious education class. Contact Hope Benson, Director of Religious Education: 301-725-9622. 
For adult Confirmation, contact Kathy Schmitt, Director of Adult Education: 301-325-3119.

Marriage

Marriage Prep

First, congratulations on your engagement! This is an exciting time, and we want to extend our best wishes to you. We are happy to help you get your marriage off to a great start. 
Marriage is a sacrament, and that means it is a precious gift from God that will help you grow in love and holiness. If one or both of you is Catholic, there are some things you need to know and do before the wedding.

1. At least six months in advance, call the rectory and set an appointment to talk with the pastor or deacon. Set up marriage prep sessions, usually one a month.

2. Check the church calendar with the parish secretary, to find an open date for your wedding. She will write it on the calendar, and this will secure the church for the wedding practice and the wedding.

3. Only after securing the date on the church calendar should you book a venue to host your wedding reception.

Marriage Enrichment

There are several programs that can help strengthen your marriage.

Marriage Encounter - Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a program to make good marriages better.

Retrouvaille - Retrouvaille (pronounced re-trov-eye) is a program to help troubled marriages.

Anointing of the Sick

When you or a loved one is very ill, in the hospital, in need of surgery, or is an older person who is losing strength quickly, contact the church to arrange for the Sacrament of the Sick, also called Anointing of the Sick. Call 301-490-5116.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders are what deacons, priests and bishops receive at ordination. If you are interested in exploring becoming a permanent deacon or a priest, contact Deacon Perry Iannaconi, vocations director, at 301-953-2251. If you are interested in exploring life as a religious sister or brother, contact the pastor - 301-490-5116.