Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ, which is truly present before us." During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist...by worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, the Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In fullest essence...Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching for each other, at the same time!"
At the beginning of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a priest or deacon removes the Sacred Host from the tabernacle and places it in the Monstrance on the Altar for adoration by the faithful. "Monstrance" is the vessel used in the Church to display the consecrated Eucharistic Host, during Eucharistic adoration or benediction. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to expose". When a consecrated Host is placed in the monstrance, it is said to be a solemn exposition.
We are always in need of more adorers to make a "Holy Hour" before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady's Chapel. Please, contact Anne Marie Ramsey at 202-368-7189.
St. Mary's Eucharistic Adoration times are as follows:
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Benediction prior to reposing of the Sacrament)
Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Divine Mercy Chaplet prior to reposing.)
For more information please contact the parish office or click HERE.
Monday-Saturday: Before the 8:00 a.m. Mass; First Sunday: Before the 9:30 a.m. Mass
Parochial School of Religion (PSR)
All parish families' children in grades K-8 who do not attend Catholic school should enroll in this program. Weekly classes begin in September on Sundays from 10:45-11:50 a.m.
For Parochial School of Religion (PSR) information, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Ellienne Planchet, at 301-292-0527 x 104 or at (e-mail coming soon!) For the latest Parish School of Religion schedule, click here (COMING SOON!).
To view our Religious Education page, click HERE.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Maybe your need is to grow in your ability to discern God’s will, to deepen your faith, or you are interested in joining the Catholic Church. St. Mary's Piscataway has classes, seminars, and resources to help you.
Required for unbaptized adults who wish to become Catholic. Non-Catholic Christians who wish to be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church baptized Catholics who wish to receive Confirmation and/or Eucharist, as well as any other inquirers, are welcome. Sessions are on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., in the Parish Conference Room, starting on September 9th. Call Miss Ellienne Planchet to discuss your situation.
To view RCIA page, click HERE. (COMING SOON!)
The purpose of the Sodality is to foster in the women of St. Mary's an ardent devotion, reverence, and filial love towards the Blessed Virgin Mary, whereby it will assist women in becoming better Catholics, dedicated to Jesus Christ, and the holy work of sanctifying themselves and their neighbors. Sodalists work and serve in many capacities within the parish community, such as lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, gift bearers, adoration captains, parish council members, choir members, religious education workers, event organizers, etc. Sodalists are also involved in visiting the sick, shut-ins, and elderly, taking the Eucharist to them and making bibs used in infant Baptisms. Sodalists are committed to prayer for the elderly, sick, and shut-ins. The Sodality Mass is the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, contact the parish office or click HERE.
St. Mary's Piscataway Youth Ministry
In an effort to foster a deep faith in the youth of our community, we are now St. Mary's Piscataway Youth Ministry. St. Mary's Piscataway strives to provide quality Catholic catechesis, programs, and opportunities for youth, ages 11 - 18. Those who are interested are welcome to join at any time.
For more information contact the parish office or click HERE.
Holy Name Society
The Holy Name Society is a group of Catholic men who promote reverence for the name of God and sanctification of members, support the clergy and work for the good of the parish by assisting as ushers, lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and with parish events like the Fruit Sale and the Christmas Bazaar. Come and join us for our meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the parish conference room. Also, the Mass for Holy Name Society is held on the second Sunday of the month at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
For more information, please contact Jim Macaluso (301) 648-7718.
Click HERE for more information on the Holy Name Society.
Click HERE for pictures of the Holy Name Society.
Would you like to use your musical talents to praise the Lord? We are always looking for a few more choir members, particularly tenors and basses. We are also looking for musicians who can proficiently play an instrument.
Please contact our music director, Dr. Eran Lupu, at (301) 292-0527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Traditional Choir Practice is on Thursdays in the Main Church at 7:15-9:00 p.m.
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