Adult Faith Formation

For All Men and Women:

Becoming Catholic - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Classes start Monday, September 26th at 7:00pm in Whitemarsh Hall. To register or for more information, call Fr. Holmer at (301) 262-0704.


Lenten Faith Sharing Groups

During the season of Lent these groups meet at different times and days to reflect on the Sunday readings.  This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich your own faith life and deepen bonds with other parishioners.   You can sign up online here.  If you don't have access to a computer or are interested in organizing a group or have questions, call Michele Sim at 410-721-2915.


Lectio Divina: Praying with the Bible (for Young Adult Men and Women)

Young adult singles (twenties and thirties) are invited to participate in weekly small group reading and reflection of the Sunday Gospel. Meetings will take place in the Hogan Education Center on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Coordinator: Eric Seith 240-486-1821;


Sacred Heart Book Club

Meets the second Monday of each month at 7pm at the Coordinator's house.

Sacred Heart Book Club was established in 2002 by Fr. Stephen Nash for the purpose of reading good literature that has a Christian worldview. The types of books read include novels, biographies, apologetics, spirituality, lives of the saints and classical literature.

The books are read at home and then discussed in communion. Upcoming titles and dates are as follows:

May 8th - The Woman of the Pharisees by Francois Mauriac

June 12th - Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Elliot

Coordinator: Gael Swick 301-464-8569.


The Papal Documents Reading and Study Group

No homework or prior preparation required.  Just come and immerse yourself in the reading, reflection, and discussion for each day of the session.  A $6.00 donation per book is requested.

3 sessions (4-6 weeks/session) held each year (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Tuesdays following 8 a.m. Mass in Whitemarsh Hall
Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. by request

Through prayerful reading of the text and related Scripture, we seek to grow in understanding, appreciation, and love for Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church. The group's focus has been the Documents issued at the Second Vatican Council.

The Second Vatican Council, commonly known as "Vatican II," was called by Pope John XXIII in 1959 much to the world's surprise.  The first ecumenical council in 100 years, Vatican II convened over four sessions from 1962 - 1965 with ovwer 3,000 bishops, lay and religious, advisors, experts, and guest observers in attendance from all over the world.  Over the course of these sessions, 16 documents were issued - 4 constitutions, 9 decrees, and 3 declarations.  The calling and convening of the Council was the most important event in the Church's history in modern times, and yet, what do Catholics really know about "Vatican II" beyond "all the changes that happened in the Church" as a result?  What were these changes?  Were they a source of rupture or renewal?  

Find out this Fall as we learn from the texts of the four constitutions beginning with Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.  We will read the beautiful and rich texts themselves, and hear the authentifc "spirit of Vatican II," who is the Holy Spirit, speaking through Christ's church.

Fall session dates:  Tuesdays, Oct. 24, 31,  Nov. 7, 14. 

Coordinator: Margaret Grybauskas 301-390-6560 or


Water to Wine

A new program aimed at married couples, although all are invited. Please check the parish bulletin for announcements of upcoming speakers and sessions.

Coordinator: Michele Sim 410-721-2915


For Men:

Men's Group

Meets the second Saturday of each month from 7:00-8:30am in Whitemarsh Hall on the Hill.

The Sacred Heart Men’s Group meets regularly for spiritual development, fellowship, friendship, and service to the parish. In addition to monthly meetings, special events are offered during Advent, Lent, and other liturgical seasons. We are currently reading and reflecting upon The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly. Further details can be found in the parish bulletin or by contacting the Coordinator: Rob Hayes 301-464-4306.


For Women:

St. Therese Study Group for Women (adults)

Please join us for a five week study of the life and writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Meetings are held in Whitemarch Hall on Wednesday mornings from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The Fall 2017 session begins on September 20 and 21 and ends on October 18 and 19.  A donation of $5.00 per participant will be gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of books and materials.

Coordinator: Jean Rheingrover (301) 805-0032, email:


Walking with Purpose ~ Women's Bible Study

Are you interested in getting together with a group of women to explore your faith? If so, Sacred Heart will again be offering "Walking with Purpose." The Monday evening group is full, but spots are available in the Tuesday evening group which meets on CCD Tuesdays from 7:00-8:45 pm in the CCD building, starting October 11. If there is enough interest, a Thursday morning group will be started!

Walking with Purpose (WWP) is a weekly reflection that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Christ. Through personal study and small group discussions, the group helps to link our everyday challenges and struggles to the solutions given to us in the teachings of Christ and the Church.

Interested in learning more? Go to or call one of our group coordinators.

Co-Coordinators: Ellen Ewing (301-789-7127) and Katie Murphy (301-352-3221)

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