Mother Seton Parish
19951 Father Hurley Boulevard *
Germantown, MD 20874
 (301) 924-3838
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Fall at Mother Seton

This week at Mother Seton

new this week Christmas Giving Tree: Help the less fortunate in our community by selecting a gift tag from the Christmas Giving Tree in the Church narthex this weekend, Nov. 22-23, and Nov. 29-30. See this week's Bulletin for details.

new this week Thanksgiving Schedule Changes:
Wednesday evening SOR classes will not be held.
Thanksgiving Day, Thurs, Nov. 27: there will be only ONE Mass, at 9 a.m. Blessing of the Bread will be held during Mass. The parish offices will be closed and all activities are cancelled.
Friday, Nov. 28, there will be one Mass, at 8 a.m. The parish offices will be closed and all activities are cancelled.

Sunday, November 30 Advent Begins.

Coming soon:
the new MSP web site:

the new MSP web page

The Mother Seton Alternative Christmas Program is back! Find the Christ child in those around us who are in need and can celebrate His birth by supporting our local service agencies in their mission of comfort and healing. See this week's Bulletin for more.

MSP Holiday Baskets Program - Over 1,000 families in our Germantown community cannot afford to provide a traditional holiday meal or gifts for their children? You can bring some holiday joy by sponsoring a family. See the Nov. 2 Bulletin for more.

The annual collection for retired priests of the Archdiocese of Washington was held on Nov. 2nd. If you were unable to donate at the time or would like to donate again, checks (payable to “Archdiocese of Washington”) can be mailed to: Office of Development, Archdiocese of Washington, PO Box 29260, Washington, DC 20017-0260; or you can donate online. Thank you for your generosity. (This Collection is not to be confused with the upcoming collection for retired religious.)

See below for more parish news and events.

new this week Indicates Added or Revised for the week of November 23, 2014

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Daily Mass and other readings and resources:

EWTN's Inspirations (Mass); Daily Homily (Windows Audio)
USCCB New American Bible (Mass), or
The Mass From St. Ann's Media (Mass)
bullet Daily Reflections (Catholic Communications Campaign)
Universalis: the Liturgy of the Hours
For more: CNS Sunday Readings Column
Monthly Liturgical Calendar (
Catechism of the Catholic Church/Compendium

Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica/Compendio
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Year of Faith Resources (archive).

The Parish Bulletin links have moved to the top of this page.

Special Pages and Links :

bullet Fr. Lee Fangmeyer's, installation as Pastor: Pictures, Pictures, More Picures, and even More Pictures!
bullet Mother Seton Quilting Angels
• In the News: Quilting Angels Sew for Kids and Vets, and Sewing to Honor Our Veterans, Germantown Patch, Feb. 6 and 5, 2011
bullet Fr. Charlie's Bible Study Classes (mp3 Audio Recordings)
bullet Father Jordan's Blog - Prayer on a Hill (Fr. Jordan was our pastor until 1999 and is now retired.)
300 Homilies by Deacon Huber Deacon Huber, who served here until 2006, passed away 2 years ago. We will keep this archive of his homilies here in his memory.
We Remember Fr. Wells Updated on April 2, 2011
Lewis Bean's MSP Photo Gallery — Latest: Fr. Lou's 40th Anniversary
Church Construction Photos Gallery*
Remembering Sept. 11th
"The Passion"- Some Catholic Resources
bullet The Da Vinci Code - Web Resources for Parishioners

bullet MSP 25th Anniversary Mass Pictures*

*Temporarily offline. Please check back.

bullet Sunday TV Mass: For those unable to be physically present for Sunday Mass due to illness, hazardous weather, or other excused reason, TV Mass is available on WDCA ch. 50 at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. (Cable channels)

bullet Traveling? For the nearest church to your destination (and its Mass Times), all over the U.S., Visit

Catholic TV; EWTN: EWTN Streaming Audio and Video; EWTN Programs and Specials, Podcasts, EWTN on YouTube; Wings Newsletter & EWTN Kids
[*Reminder - EWTN can be found on Comcast channel 291; Verizon FiOS channel 260, or online]
Catholic Radio: • Ave Maria Radio; • EWTN Radio & Radio Católica Mundial;
Guadalupe Radio (English / Spanish); • Immaculate Heart Radio (also available on iTunes); SiriusXM Satellite Radio - Catholic Channel; • WMET Washington Catholic Radio |Music: - Gregorian Chant - also available on iTunes , under "Classical" Radio Stations)
The Vatican Channel on YouTube      bullet      bullet Rome Reports — YouTube
bullet USCCB Channel on YouTube
     bullet CatholicTV — YouTube      
Follow the Archdiocese of Washington Online, also on YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, and Theology on Tap Podcasts
Watch the Gospel in Mosaic series with Archbishop Wuerl online at New England's, part of their series on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. | Pray the Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) with Cardinal Wuerl (mp3 audio) | Lectio Divina (from Cardinal Wuerl's Blog)

Archdiocese of Washington Launches Cardinal Wuerl Podcast -- “Seek First the Kingdom” podcast is new way to introduce people to Gospel message |Cardinal Wuerl's Podcast Page

Catholic News - World, National and Local

Sínodo de los Obispos 2014 (Synod of Bishops 2014)
Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Synod Final Report Official English Translation, released Oct. 30, 2014 -
Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod (Español) - Vatican Radio
Cardinal Wuerl’s reflections from Synod on the Family - Catholic Standard
Synod14 - Message of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 18.10.2014 -

Beatification of Pope Paul VI, Oct. 19, 2014 (in Italian) -
At closing Mass for the Synod Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI - Vatican Radio

Fortnight for Freedom WebsiteConscience Rights | Preserve Religious Freedom.
Religious Liberties and Religious Freedom (EWTN)

THE FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM: FREEDOM TO SERVE took place from June 21 to July 4, 2014.

Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Mass for Fortnight for Freedom Day,, July 5, 2014
Reflections of Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Religious Liberty, PDF, July 4, 2014
The Religious Foundation of Freedom, Cardinal Wuerl's Blog,, July 4, 2014

Faithful Citizenship: Election 2014

On June 24, Maryland Residents will vote in the primary election. The Maryland Catholic Conference surveyed the state’s candidates for governor, U.S. Congress, and the General Assembly about their positions on issues of interest to Catholics. To view these responses, please visit: And see the Maryland Catholic Conference 2014 Elections page for more.

Ongoing Respect Life Events

Every Monday morning join a peaceful prayer witness on Wisteria Dr. from 8 to 10 a.m. on the sidewalk near LeRoy Carhart’s late-term abortion office. (Pray for Germantown; Prayerful Presence Germantown; Submit a prayer for Carhart).

new this week Parish Respect Life Committee Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7:45 p.m. The Committee needs you, needs your ideas, and needs your help!! Please come to this important meeting. See the Bulletin for more.

new this week Witness to Life, Sunday, Dec. 7: Mass will be held at 5 p.m., and at 6:15 p.m. a candlelight procession will walk over to Wisteria Dr. and the offices of Germantown Reproductive Services. December marks the four-year anniversary of the arrival of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart to Germantown, Md. Please consider joining us as we pray for an end to abortion, for the healing of those affected by an abortion decision, and for the conversion of Carhart and his staff. Bishop Martin Holley will be presiding at the Mass. Please bring a flashlight for the walk. (See flyer).

Are you facing a crisis pregnancy? Or hurting from an abortion? Where to find help.

Sanctity of Marriage

Marriage Breakdown Threatens Society, Religious Leaders Stress,, June 20, 2014

For previous news on Conscience Rights, Pro-Life, Sanctity of Marriage and other articles and links, click here.

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Downtown DC Confession Schedules

For movie reviews, see Catholic News Service Movie Reviews and the Decent Film Guide, by Steven Gradenus, film critic for the National Catholic Register.

Local News: Pope Names Cardinal Wuerl to Vatican Congregation for Bishops,, Dec. 16, 2013
Priest (Msgr. Hurley) remembers providing narration for President Kennedy's Requiem Mass, Catholic Standard, Nov. 12, 2013

'Groundbreaking, indeed' - Partnership between Holy Cross Hospital and Montgomery College in Germantown will increase access to health care for the poor and for region’s growing population, Catholic Standard, Dec. 22, 2011

The last segment of Fr. Hurley Blvd. opens -- and guess who showed up to open it?

    Who is Father Hurley and Why is a Road Named After Him? - Germantown, MD Patch
    Father Hurley Boulevard grows, namesake 'very much alive' -
New Section of Father Hurley Blvd. Opens - Germantown, MD Patch
How did Father Hurley Boulevard get its name? -

....Some Upcoming Parish News and Events



  • new this week Christmas Giving Tree: Help the less fortunate in our community by selecting a gift tag from the Christmas Giving Tree in the Church narthex this weekend, Nov. 22-23, and Nov. 29-30. See this week's Bulletin for details.
  • MSP Holiday Baskets Program - Over 1,000 families in our Germantown community cannot afford to provide a traditional holiday meal or gifts for their children? You can bring some holiday joy by sponsoring a family. See the Bulletin for more.
  • Remember your loved ones in November. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 1, we will be offering 33 Masses throughout November for our beloved deceased. What better way to honor our loved ones than to have their names on the altar during the whole month for all the Masses? Please stop by the Parish Office with your loved ones names and we’ll place it in the box. Donation envelopes may be found in the basket in the narthex as well as the Parish Office. They’re marked All Souls.


  • Young Adults Group: If you are aged 21 to 40, consider joining the MSP Young Adults. We meet every Tuesday. Some go to Confession at 6 p.m. at Mother Seton, or you can join us for dinner at 6:30 p.m. See the Bulletin for news of additional events and for contact information.
  • Help serve the poor and disadvantaged in Germantown. Join us in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic organization meeting the needs of the poor and disadvantaged through charity and prayer. See the Sept. 28 Bulletin for contact information.
  • Children's Liturgy is seeking volunteers (new or returning). The Children’s Liturgy occurs at the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Masses. Children in grades K-3 listen to the Gospel reading and reflections. See the Sept. 21, 2014 Parish Bulletin for contact information.
  • MSP is launching a new ministry called Faith Community Nursing. A faith community nurse is a Registered Nurse who facilitates programs based on the identified needs of our parish. There are many ways to volunteer, one of the first being blood pressure tests. We are in need of fully licensed medically trained individuals to take and record blood pressures. See the Nov. 2 Bulletin for contact information.
  • Join the Music Program of Mother Seton -- Adult, Contemporary, and Youth Choirs! We need singers and instrumentalists of all ages. See the Sept. 21, 2014 Bulletin for more.
  • Youth-Led 5 P.M. Sunday Mass: Beginning in September, we’d like the MSP Youth Group involved in the 5 p.m. Sunday Mass. They meet at 6 p.m. on Sundays, so we’d like to offer a Youth Mass in which they can participate. Do your kids have musical talent? Can they sing or play an instrument? The choir CHOIR would be great for them! If they don’t like to sit still and would like to collect money, they would be a great USHER! If they have a loud voice and like to talk (almost everyone fits that category) - they would be a great READER (with a little practice and free coaching). If you’re interested, contact information can be found in the Aug. 31, 2015 Bulletin.
  • Our School of Religion still needs Volunteers! If interested, or for more information, contact Dominique or Candida at the School of Religion office, 301-444-3496.
  • Effective Sept. 15, 2014, Adoration will no longer be held in the Divine Mercy Chapel. See the Sept. 21, 2014 Bulletin for more.
  • Subscribe to the Parish Bulletin by e-mail. Click here to sign-up, then enter your email address in the box on the right, and then press "submit."
  • If you would like to receive the Catholic Standard by mail, you can subscribe online.

new this week For more on some of these and other items, see the November 23, 2014 Parish Bulletin.

Parishioner's Pick

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From: Canonization Interview with Cardinal Wuerl - Segment 1, WashArchdiocese (YouTube)
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Previously: Palm Sunday, by Spirit Juice Studios (YouTube);
Archdiocesan Synod - Sept. 5, 2012, Archdiocese of Washington on YouTube;
Pope Francis: Let's begin this journey, bishop and people - Mar 15, 2013, Vatican on YouTube;
Pope receives cross of ashes on forehead for Lent - Mar 9, 2011, Rome Reports on YouTube

St. Peter's Square Web Cam:
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St. Peter's Square Webcam
Also see: The St. Peter's Square Creche on Flickr


The Vatican's New Page
Also, on Twitter: English | Español

Beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II
Beatificación del Siervo de Dios Juan Pablo II

And from
After the resurrection, Jesus confirmed Peter in the role of shepherd and leader of his flock: "'Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?' He said to him, 'Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.' Jesus said to him,... 'Feed my sheep'" (John 21:15, 17). Christ sent the apostles, and the apostles through their successors, to continue Christ's ministry. Blessed Pope John Paul II provided guidance, instruction, teaching and leadership to the Church and was beatified on May 1, 2011.

CHANGES TO THE ROMAN MISSAL began the First Sunday of Advent 2011, the weekend of Nov. 26-27, which was also the beginning of a new liturgical year. At Mother Seton Parish we have two places for you to follow the new prayers and responses. First, everything you need to know can be found in the blue book, called “Revised Order of the Mass (Hymnal Supplement)” located in the back of the Hymnal Books placed in the racks on the backs of the pews. Second, the singing parts of the Mass of Joy and Peace can be found on the white cards located in the hymnal racks.

The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition
by Cardinal Donald Wuerl Helpful Resources on the new Roman Missal

St. Peter's Square Webcam
Mother Seton Parish on FaceBook Find us on FaceBook
[the Catholic Virtual Tours links have moved.]

Haitian Earthquake Relief: Donations in Support of Haitian Relief Efforts (ADW) / Catholic Relief Services [Donate]
Help the Church in Haiti (USCCB); Archbishop Dolan, Haiti Appeal-UCSSB on YouTube


Schedule of Sacraments, Services and Devotions
Times and Places

Our Clergy
Our Spiritual Leadership

Our Staff

School of Religion & Religious Education

What We Offer For All Age Groups

Youth Ministry
A Place for Those in High School

Liturgical Ministries
Nov. 1, 2009 Bulletin Flyer
Some of the Ways You Can Assist in Our Liturgies

Sports Program
Volunteer Ministries/Activity Schedules

Parish Activities
Some of the Fun Things We Do

Social Concerns
We Reach Out To Others

Parish Ministries
More Ways to Help Others

Community Services
We Reach Out into Our Community

Comunidad Hispana
For Our Hispanic Community

Our Parish History
Where we've been

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Meet our Patron

Directory and Directions
How to Reach Us. [Includes Directions to St. Mary's Pavilion in Barnesville.]

Some Links of Interest:

The Holy See

of Washington

Fr. McKenna Council

Links to Resources and
Other Sites of Interest

Mother Seton

Bulletin Downloads and Special Pages

new this week Witness to Life Mass and Procession, Sunday, Dec. 7; Bishop Martin Holley will preside at Mass. [PDF for printing.]

MSP Alternative Christmas Program. Find the Christ child in those around us who are in need. [PDF for printing.]

Advent Parish Mission, Mon., Dec. 8--Wed., Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., with Fr. Herald Brock, CFR. [PDF for printing.]

MSP Youth Group Events Flyer for Oct.-Nov., 2014. [PDF for printing.]

Holiday Basket Program 2014 Sign Up Form [PDF for printing.]

2014 MSP Financial Statement. [PDF for printing.]

Transition to the New Roman Missal - starting new translation for the sung parts of the Mass  [PDF* PDF]

Parts of the Mass, USCCB
- New Roman Missal  [PDF* PDF]

Parish Registration Form:
• English PDF pdf and Spanish PDF pdf

* PDF NOTE: To better assure computer safety and security, please use current PDF reader software. If you use Adobe Reader, the current version can be downloaded at here.
News: Reader X spoils new PDF attack, ComputerWorld, Feb. 4, 2011

FAITH DIRECT: Please consider supporting our parish with electronic donations through Faith Direct. Faith Direct is secure and convenient. There is no cost to you, and the program provides a great benefit to our parish. To enroll in the Faith Direct program, visit Our parish code is MD424. You may also pick up an enrollment form from the parish office, or call Faith Direct’s toll-free no.: 866-507-8757.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS—ILLEGAL PARKING: ALL cars parked illegally along yellow lines, and in front of the church doors, office doors, and lot entrance, or around the church parking lot where signs clearly designate ‘No Parking’, and where your car would block an emergency vehicle, will be towed!

Also, please DO NOT PARK ON MIDDLEBROOK RD. IN THE RIGHT LANE OR IN THE MEDIAN OR ON THE MEDIAN ALONG FR. HURLEY BLVD. Additional parking is available in back of Giant. Cars illegally parked will be ticketed.