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 through Advent and Christmas (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 Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Dates for the Advent and Christmas season are as follows: November 16, November 30, December 7, December 14, December 28, January 4.

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:

January 9th, Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

February 13th, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

March 13th, Utopia by Thomas More

April 10th, Journal of a Soul: the Autobiography of Pope John XXIII

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.

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.

In the upcoming Spring session, we will examine the Decree on the Media of Social Communications (Inter Mirifica). 

Spring session dates:  May 2, 9, 16, 23.

An overview of the four Constitutions issued at Vatican II is planned for sessions beginning next Fall.

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


Married Couples' Evening of Recollection

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Presiders: Monsignor Charles Parry and Father Scott Holmer

Watch the bulletin for additional information.


Married Couples' Retreat

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Retreat Master: Father Rick Kramer

Watch the bulletin for additional information.


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 study of Father Michael Gaitley's book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus.

Meetings are held in Whitemarsh Hall on Wednesday mornings from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m.and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The Fall 2016 sesion begins on October 19 and 20 and ends on November 30 and December 1. (We will not meet on November 23 and 24). The Winter 2017 session begins on January 18 and 19 and ends on February 8 and 9. Please call or email to register and reserve a study packet: $30.00 with the book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus and $20.00 without the book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus.

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)


Women's Retreat

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Retreat Master: Father Matthew Fish

Watch the bulletin for additional information.    

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