Just as Jesus welcomes every person with open arms, we at St. Mary welcome the presence and involvement of all of our members – whether they are longtime members, new families, or just recently returning to the Church. Each person has a unique contribution to make and we welcome you! We invite you to Join St. Mary.
A Long and Rich History
St. Mary Church was founded in 1858 and has grown from “The Fredericksburg Mission,” serving 20-plus families to currently serving over 4,200 families, that’s 17,000+ parishioners!
Our Bishop and Priests
St. Mary Church is part of the Diocese of Arlington. Our bishop is the Most Reverend Michael Burbidge. We are blessed with four full-time diocesan priests, Fr. John Mosimann, Pastor, Fr. Michael J.R. Kelly, Parochial Vicar, Fr. Michael Folmar, Parochial Vicar, and Fr. Colin Davis, Parochial Vicar. In addition to our Parish Priests, we are assisted by two permanent deacons, Deacon Alberto Bernaola and Deacon Dick Delio.
St. Mary Catholic Church is a Stewardship Parish. We believe that God reveals His perfect and infinite love for us most visibly in His Son, Jesus Christ. We are called to follow Him. Using Christ’s example of prayer, gift of self, and generosity we strive as a Parish Family to be living stewards of our many blessings.
We are a vibrant community of faith and have over 80 ministries that serve our community and beyond. These ministries encompass; education, liturgy, operations, outreach and parish life. We invite you to get involved in your community! Please do not hesitate to contact them, information is provided.
Christian Formation for All Ages
Christian formation is a cornerstone of our parish life. We have an excellent religious education program for our adults, teens and children.
Our Parish Schools
Holy Cross Academy is our parish elementary and middle school, teaching K-8. It is located in South Stafford just 8 miles from our Church. It is administered by the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales, under the leadership of Sister Susan Louise. Holy Cross Academy has an extraordinarily talented and devoted faculty. Our students grow spiritually, academically, physically and emotionally. We are dedicated to the education of the whole child, and to the good of each child.
St. Mary Preschool is located in the St. Mary Activity Center next to the Church. Our little ones, ages 3 and 4, are nurtured spiritually and academically in a loving environment led by Mrs. Nanci Scharf and her amazing team of teachers. The children enjoy learning and loving the Catholic faith and music abounds in the classrooms.
That portion of the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County beginning at the Rappahannock River and Interstate 95 – South on I-95 to Fall Hill Avenue – Southwest on Fall Hill Avenue to Bragg Hill Road – South on Bragg Hill Road to Plank Road (Rt. 3) – West on Plank Road to Salem Church Road (Rt. 639)- South on Salem Church Road to Harrison Road (Rt.620) – East on Harrison Road to Lafayette Blvd. (U.S. 1 Business) – North on Lafayette Blvd. to the City Limits of Fredericksburg – East along the City Limits of Fredericksburg to the Rappahannock River; and that part of Stafford County which lies to the south of the Potomac Creek, including Hartwood, from the Fauquier County line to the King George County line.