Adult Faith Formation

For All Men and Women:

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

Classes are on Monday evenings, starting on Monday, September 24, 2018, 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 17, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm.  "Jesus:Teacher of Prayer" presented by Fr. Patrick Lewis.  Watch the website Main Page for registration information coming soon.


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)

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 over 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 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 authentic "spirit of Vatican II," who is the Holy Spirit, speaking through Christ's church.

4-week Fall Session begins Tuesday, October 23 after the 8:00 AM Mass in Whitemarsh Hall.  The focus is Lumen Gentium Chapter 4 "The Laity."  Content is repeated Thursday evenings by request.

To reserve your book ($6.00) and register for the study please contact 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 - Married Couples Retreat with Fr. Larry Swink - March 10, 2018

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 "As One Struggling Christian to Another", a book about St. Augustine by Fr. Theodore Tack. Further details can be found in the parish bulletin or by contacting the Coordinator: Rob Hayes at or 301-464-4306.


For Women:

St. Therese Study Group for Women (adults)



HEAVEN IN FAITH: Praying with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity during Lent and Eastertide

Canonized on October 16, 2016, Elizabeth of the Trinity was a Discalced Carmelite nun in the Carmel of Dijon, France. She was just twenty-six when she died in 1906. Her perennial theme is the Blessed Trinity’s indwelling within the human person – a reality promised in the Gospel, discovered in the silence of prayer and adoration, and lived out in love for God and neighbor.

In the final months of her life, Elizabeth wrote a ten-day retreat now entitled Heaven in Faith for her sister Marguerite, a mother of two young children.  Each day of the retreat offers two prayerful reflections - one to be read in the morning and the other in the evening.  These reflections are scripturally rich and filled with beautiful doctrinal truths.  Each week we will pray with Heaven in Faith at home and then come together to listen to theological reflections on each of the prayers, preented via podcast by Catholic theologian Dr. Anthony Lilles.

Meetings are held in Whitemarsh Hall on Wednesday mornings following the 8:00 Mass, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (February 14th through March 21st and April 11th through May 9th). An evening session will also be offered; please contact the coordinator for dates and location.  

Coordinator: Jean Rheingrover (301) 805-0032;


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 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 Jessica Ptomey (443-813-6089)

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