Phone: 301-739-0390
Fax: 301-739-7082
church@saintmarysonline.org
224 W. Washington St. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Religious Education


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RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
RCIA is for non-Catholics seeking to follow Christ as Catholic disciples.

***COVID Update: RCIA will be proceeding for 2020-2021 year, but will be held most days in virtual fashion via Cisco WebEx, until the Archdiocese gives the all clear for more frequent in person meetings.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the normative process through which adult converts are welcomed into full communion with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. The process consists of various rites, as well as weekly instructions, which typically culminate in the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

Classes for instruction in the beliefs and practice of the Catholic Faith are held August through May/June on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Aquinas Room found on second floor of the Parish Center. Contact Email Fr. Langan or Paula Bowers at the Parish office 301-739-0390 for more information and if you and someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic. Please call any time of year if you would like more information, as it may be possible for you to be recieved at a time other than the Easter Vigil.


CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine)

The classes for instruction about the Catholic faith for children from the ages of Preschool to 8th grade are known as CCD.

This instruction is held  from September until May. To enable all to attend Mass, CCD starts immediately after the 9:30 am Sunday Mass from 10:45 am and finishes at 12:15 pm. CCD is held in St Mary School Parents who are members of St. Mary may register new students by contacting: Jan McCarter, 301-739-0390 ext. 129.


Sacramental Education

Baptism Classes

Prior  to receiving any sacrament in the Catholic faith there are classes to prepare the recipients, or their parents. The class is held  in the Conference Room of the Parish Center (2nd floor) (There are no Baptisms celebrated during Lent).

St. Mary’s offers the gift of baptism on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 12:30pm. Baptism Class is scheduled the first Sunday of each month in the Conference Room of the Parish Center from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Contact Paula Bowers at the Parish office to register: 301-739-0390


First Holy Communion/Reconciliation & Confirmation

Prior to receiving any sacrament in the Catholic faith there are classes to prepare the recipients. Children receiving Sacraments and their parents must attend these preparatory classes. Those in second grade may be eligible to receive their 1st Penance (Confession/Reconciliation) and 1st Holy Communion. Contact Jan McCarter (301-739-0390 ext. 129) for more details.

Those in eighth grade may be eligible to receive Confirmation. You must attend classes for Confirmandi. Contact Jan McCarter 301 739 0390 ext. 129 for more details.


Marriage Preparation

Prior to receiving any sacrament in the Catholic  faith there are classes to prepare the recipients for the reception of the Sacrament.

If you are getting married, please contact Fr. Cibelli at least six months prior to your wedding date.

There are several ways to spiritually prepare for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony:

  • Pre-Cana is a set of classes for engaged couples. Couples must meet with the priest who will perform the ceremony before attending pre-Cana classes. Registration is handled through the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Visit http://www.archbalt.org/family-life/marriage-family/marriage-preparation/index.cfm for complete information.
  • Weekend Encounter for the Engaged – all preparation sessions are included in this weekend retreat. See above link for more information.
  • Sponsor Couples – a married couple will mentor an engaged couple during your preparation.

Contact Paula Bowers at the Parish office (301-739-0390) with any questions.