We welcome you! Join our parish family.
Come to the next New Family Welcome Meeting; attendance is required of all new parishioners.
Come hear brief presentations from our parish leadership, have your questions answered, and meet other new families. These meetings help us ensure that new families receive all the materials that are necessary to learn about our church, activities and opportunities for service ~ forming a stronger bond between our parishioners and St. Mary Church. Our goal is to make you feel most welcome to become involved in the spiritual, social and service life of our parish family.
Our New Family Welcome Meetings are held the fourth Sunday of the month in the Church following the 10:30am Mass.
Generally speaking, if you live in the City of Fredericksburg (plus the area south of Hwy 3 and east of Salem Church Road) or in the southern one-third of Stafford County (south of the line from Potomac Creek to Stafford Airport to Abel Lake to Hartwood), you live within the territorial boundaries of St. Mary. Please call the parish office to confirm whether or not you reside within the geographic boundaries of the parish if you do not know.
Although we do not limit registration to only those who live within parish boundaries, it has become necessary for us to communicate to all registered parishioners that, if we exceed our capacities at Holy Cross Academy or in our Religious Education programs of the parish, we must give priority of place to those who reside within the actual boundaries of the parish, regardless of registration date. This is a consideration of the Canon Law of the Church, which requires that parish services be made available to all persons who live within the jurisdiction of St. Mary.
If you are new to the area and you live within the boundaries of one of our neighboring parishes, we encourage you to look into their parish communities, if you have not already done so.
Just a word about getting involved. First of all, our family is a family formed by faith. By coming to know God better together, we will grow together as the Body of Christ. And, just as in any organization, one feels more at ease–more connected–if he or she steps in and gets involved. We can’t stress enough how important it is for you and your family to jump in and volunteer for a ministry. As you will learn, there are over 80 active ministries here at St. Mary. They range from liturgy, education, outreach, operations to parish life. They were all created to draw us closer to our Lord in service, worship and community. This is a large parish and one may very easily feel lost, please, jump in and get connected – you will soon feel like St. Mary is a second home to you and your family.
The full, active, and joyous participation of every Catholic is a precious gift to our faith community. As long as anyone is inactive or alienated from the Church, the Church remains incomplete. We want all our brothers and sisters to return to the Church, so we can support each other on our common journey of faith. Here are some reflections on that journey that you may find helpful.