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Upcoming Events – Week of April 2, 2017

Sunday, April 2, Fifth Sunday of Lent

                          GIFT Intergenerational Holy Week Session 11:30 a.m. in school

RCIA for Adults 11:30 a.m. in school

Hispanic Community 3:00 p.m. in school


Monday, April 3, Evening Reflection with Fr. Cezary – Catholic Daughters 6:30 pm in Church                                                                                             RCIA for Adults 6:30 p.m. in school

Tuesday, April 4, Catholic Daughters – Lenten Book Club 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the school


Wednesday, April 5, Confessions in Our Lady of the Fields Chapel at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, Catholic Daughters 7:30 p.m. in school   

Friday, April 7, Abstinence from Meat

Stations of the Cross – 6:00 p.m. in Spanish, 7:00 p.m. in English

Storm Front First Friday nights for all Parish Middle School Youth; from 6:00 to 9:00 pm                                  Start in the Sank Auditorium/ End in the Church.

CGY2 First Friday’s -Required Formation in preparation for Confirmation with the

Chosen series – Contact: Gavin Arvizo, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at                                                                                     gavinyouthminister@gmail.com  or 301-843-9583 x160


Sunday, April 9, Palm Sunday

                           No GIFT sessions

RCIA for adults 11:30 a.m. in school

Hispanic Community 3:00 p.m. in school

First Friday Cenacle

First Friday Mass to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be at 8:00 p.m. on April 7. This special devotion takes place on the First Friday of every month. Please refer to the website Catholicism.org/saint-margaret-mary-and-the-sacred-heart to learn more about the promise granted to those who honor His Sacred Heart. Any questions, please contact May Oteyza 301-843-7784 or Chris Bowman 301-908-2336.

and speaking of rubrics – for the Fifth Sunday of Lent the Roman Missal states: “In the Dioceses of the United States, the practice of covering crosses and images (statues and pictures) throughout the church from this Sunday may be observed. Crosses are to remain covered until the end of the celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, but images remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil”. The last two weeks of Lent – the Fifth Week and Holy Week – used to be called “Passiontide”. While the name no longer survives, there is still a definite shift in the Lenten focus. The first four weeks are concerned with our conversion; the last two weeks focus on Jesus’ Passion and Death for our salvation (Oh, the word rubric comes from the Latin word for “red” since the directions in the Missal are printed in red ink!)

Audit – Every three years or upon the change of Pastor the Archdiocese of Washington requires a complete audit of each Parish by an outside, independent accounting firm used by the Archdiocese. St. Peter’s Church and School completed its audit on the 17th of March. Everything was found to be in good order – in fact they really had to search to find criticism since no one is supposed to get a perfect report. Many thanks to Mrs. Fran O’Neill for her diligence and hard work keeping our accounting in order.

Holy Week – plan now to spend the events of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and resurrection in Church during Holy Week. These are sacred days. The whole Church throughout the world prays with devotion each Holy Week. Join the Church in prayer.

Loyola on the Potomac – Day of Prayer “”Now God is My Strength”

Monday – April 10, 2017 9:00 – 3:00

Our Day of Prayer begins with a continental breakfast and includes lunch.  During the day,

our retreatants are invited to spend time in quiet mediation, reflecting on the theme for the day.  Confessions are offered, Mass is celebrated, and reflections are shared during the Motivation to Prayer time.  To register contact Barbara MacDonald at (301) 392-0801 or reservations@loyolaretreat.org. Fee for the day is $40.00

Loyola on the Potomac5K Run / 1 Mile Walk – April 8 @ 9:00am

Complimentary Kids Run for ages 6 and under ● Music ● $1 Dogs & Veggie Burgers (Comp for Race Day Participants●Pre-race Warmup (Coal Road Crossfit). For more information and to register contact Lisa White at 301-392-0819 or lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org. Proceeds will benefit our 2017 St. Inigoes Youth Day Camp Program – “Unplug and Reconnect”.

The Women’s Prayer Group of St. Mary’s Bryantown will hold their 3rd Annual Day of Reflection on Saturday, April 29 with special guest, Marie Miller.

12:30-3:30 p.m. Presentation for Women’s Day of Reflection

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Concert (immediately following 4 p.m. Mass open to public, families welcomed) 6-9:00 p.m. Dinner/Fellowship open to public, families welcomed

WHERE:  St. Mary’s Bryantown School Hall, 13735 Notre Dame Pl, Bryantown, MD 20617Cost:  Free will offering accepted (registration required for dinner)  Please email thejoyfulprayergroup@outlook.com for additional information and registration.

This event will be free to all attendees, but RSVP is required for dinner plans.  Thank you.