Adult Faith Formation

For All Men and Women:

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

Classes are on Monday evenings, starting in September, from 7:00-8:15 pm in Whitemarsh Hall. To register or for more information, call the parish office 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 if you are interested in organizing a new group or have questions, call Michele Sim at 410-721-2915.


Women's Lenten Retreat

Satruday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm.   Retreat Theme: {2020 Vision}.  Retreat Leader is Father Greg Schaffer.

Register online or follow the directions found in the flyer at the back of church and chapel. Cost will be $30.00.


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.

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

2020 Winter session dates:  February 18 and 25

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

The Mystery of the Church
"O humility! O sublimity! Both tabernacle of cedar and sanctuary of God; earthly dwelling and celestial palace; house of clay and royal hall; body of death and temple of light; and at last both object of scorn to the proud and bride of Christ! She is black but beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem, for even if the labor and pain of her long exile may have discolored her, yet heaven's beauty has adorned her."  ~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux, O.Cist. (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church, Mystic, Preacher of Second Crusade (1144)

Please join us in February, as the Papal Document Reading and Study Group examines the text of Lumen Gentium Chapter 7, "The Pilgrim Church and Her Union with the Heavenly Church."

If you haven't already done so, now might be the time to consider taking part in this important study. Booklets are available, or can be ordered.

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.

Save the Date - February 13, 2020 (Thursday) evening, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Chapel.  Adoration, Rosary, short reflection from Deacon Seith & quiet time.

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. Further details can be found in the parish bulletin or by contacting the Coordinator: Geary Deptula or 410-721-2305 .


For Women:

St. Therese Study Group for Women (adults)

This is a prayer and study group for women with a focus on the writings and tradition of the Carmelite saints.  We will not be offering a Fall 2019 program.  Please check this space and the parish bulletin for announcements of future sessions.  God bless you!

Coordinator: Jean Rheingrover (301) 943-9973;


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." There is a Monday evening group that meets in the home of a parishioner and a Tuesday evening group which meets on CCD Tuesdays from 7:00-8:45 pm in the CCD building, starting in early October. If there is also a Tuesday afternoon group that meets in Whitemarsh Hall (CCD Building).

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 Jessica Ptomey (443-813-6089)

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