Mother Seton Parish
19951 Father Hurley Boulevard *
Germantown, MD 20874
 (301) 924-3838
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Easter Sunday Masses: 7:30 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; and 2:00 p.m. (Spanish)
No 5:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday

For those who are homebound, EWTN will be carrying Easter Mass with Cardinal Wuerl at Noon:
Comcast 291 (Sp. 597); FiOS 285 (Sp. 1741), DirectTV 370, DISH 261 and EWTN Online.

Reminder: Don't get ticketed or towed—please heed our parking restrictions. See bottom of page.

new this week
If you were unable to attend Stations of the Cross during Lent, you can still do them online.
 ● The Way of the Cross 2014 (also in Spanish),
 ● Pray the Stations of the Cross with Cardinal Wuerl (Video)
 ● Stations of the Cross
 ● For more, visit: Holy Week 2014 in Rome; and Holy Week - Archdiocese of Washington

new this week Alms Giving -- It's not too late:
denotes Service, Sacrament, or Devotion Support Christians in the Holy Land by contributing to the Good Friday collection donate online.
denotes Service, Sacrament, or Devotion
Lenten Food Drive: If you missed our recent Germantown HELP grocery bag collection, please consider a donation.
denotes Service, Sacrament, or Devotion Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
What you give up for Lent changes lives. Please give.

denotes Service, Sacrament, or Devotion Pray for our seminarians and deacon candidates during Lent.

The Parish Offices will be CLOSED and ALL activities are cancelled on: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter and Easter Monday. NO groups will be meeting. The Divine Mercy Chapel will also be closed.
The 6:30 AM Mass on Easter Monday, April 21, will NOT be held.
Note: Starting with Palm Sunday, April 13, the 12:15 p.m. Mass has moved permanently to 12:30 p.m.

new this week Indicates Added or Revised for the week of April 20, 2014

Sr. Anne Smillinnew this week DAUGHTERS OF MARY BREAKFAST hosted by MSP Sodality
Sunday, May 4, at 11 a.m.
at the
Golden Bull restaurant in Gaithersburg.

This annual parish event for women honoring Mary includes a delicious buffet breakfast, door prizes, and give-away’s for adults and children. Invite your mothers, daughters, etc., to come to this year’s fun morning and treat yourself to a very special and entertaining guest speaker, Sister Anne Bryan Smollin. Sister Anne is an international lecturer, gifted with a humorous and dynamic speaking style. Her books, “Tickle Your Soul,” “Live, Laugh and Be Blessed,” and more, like her message, are all about living a life filled with joy.

Tickets for sale after all Masses and in the Parish Office until May 1. (Tickets will not be sold at the door.) See the Flyer for more.

New to the Parish?

Be sure to register with the Office.
Download the Parish Registration Form here:
English: PDF or MS Word.
: PDF or MS Word.

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

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
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.

Noah movie

Now playing at local theaters, Noah. | Noah, review, Catholic News Service Review, A-III (PG-13). | From Catholic film critic, Steven Greydanus: Noah: A Theological Reflection, Catholic World Report; The ‘Noah’ Movie Controversies- Questions and Answers,; and Video Review, NETTVCATHOLIC, YouTube; UPDATED - Fr Barron on “Noah”—now with video!,

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

Our Year of Faith Information has been moved to our Year of Faith Resources Page.

Archdiocesan Synod

On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Cardinal Donald Wuerl formally announced the Archdiocesan Synod PDF PDF (Español - PDF PDF). There is the opportunity for all parishioners to provide their feedback online. A flyer is available in the Narthex of the church that provides the link (or you may visit it directly here), and information for completing an online listening session. This preparatory phase of the ADW Synod will conclude on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Conscience Rights | Preserve Religious Freedom.
Religious Liberties and Religious Freedom (EWTN)

Fortnight for Freedom Website

Latest News:

HHS Mandate
Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to U.S. Court of Appeals Granting an Injunction in Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius,, Dec. 31, 2013;
Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to U.S. District Court’s Decision in Archbishop of Washington et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius,,, Dec. 21, 2013;
Archdiocese Obamacare Contraception Challenge Rejected by Judge, Businessweek, Dec. 21, 2013

Court rebukes administration's 'narrow' religious liberty view, EWTN News, Nov. 15, 2013
Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to the Finalization of the HHS Mandate,, June 28, 2013
Cardinal Dolan: Latest HHS Rule Being Studied, Time Extension Appreciated, USCCB, June 28, 2013
HHS mandate for religious groups finalized with few changes, CNA, June 28, 2013
EWTN Responds to Final Rule of HHS Mandate,, June 281, 2013

Archbishop William E. Lori Text Message Appeal (the continuing text message campaign), YouTube, July 12, 2012
Minute to win it - each day at 3pm and pray for the protection of religious freedom, ADW,
Fortnight resource combines religious liberty, outreach to disabled, Catholic News Agency, June 27, 2012
US bishops launch religious freedom texting campaign,, June 22, 2012 (original USCCB News Release)
PDF -- Help Save Our Religious Freedom - Text “Freedom” to 377377, USCCB PDF
PDF -- Ayuda a Salvar Nuestra Libertad Religiosa Envía - texto “Libertad” al 377377, USCCB PDF
How to Protect Your Religious Freedom with One Simple Action a Day, NCRegister, June 22, 2012 (original release)
Fortnight for Freedom Prayer Resources,
USCCB Religious Liberty Prayer Campaign Resources
(available in both Spanish and English

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

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).

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

Pope Francis on Twitter
El Papa Francisco en Twitter
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Vatican News on Twitter
Vatican Information Service News Releases

Zenit News Service
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Rome Reports [Español]

EWTN [Español]
Weekly Headlines
What's New / Wings
Catholic News Service /
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CNS News Briefs
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ACI Prensa Servicios de Noticias
National Catholic Register
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Visitor's Home
USCCB / News Releases /
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Cardinal Wuerl's Blog, Column,
and Twitter/
ADW on FB, Twitter, &
Catholic Standard /
CS News / El Pregonero
Maryland Catholic Conference
Current Action Alerts /
MD Cath. Conf on Twitter
ADW Legislation Actions Center
Seton Shrine / Events
Seton Way Newsletter
The National Shrine [Español]
/ Shrine News & Events
JP II Center / Featured Events /JP2CC on Twitter
Catholic Information Center (DC)
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, 2013Priest (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 Join us in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help serve the poor and disadvantaged in Germantown. Our next meeting is Thurs., Apr. 24th, at 7:30 p.m., in St. John Paul II Rm. See the Bulletin for contact information.
  • The 2014 Jubilarian Mass for Married Couples will be celebrated Sun., June 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Donald Wuerl will preside at the Mass. Couples married 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 51+ years may call the parish office or use the sign-up forms in the back of the church to register.
    Names submitted after April 14 will not appear in the printed program for the Mass.
  • Lector Workshop: Both beginning and experienced lectors are welcome to attend a workshop on Sat., May 3, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the ADW Pastoral Center in Hyattsville, Md. See the Bulletin for more and for contact information.
  • The Daughters of Mary annual breakfast, Sunday, May 4th, at the Golden Bull Restaurant in Gaithersburg. Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J., will be the featured speaker. See their flyer for details.


  • Volunteers are needed to help at the Front Desk: The Parish Office is once again in need of volunteers to help out at the front desk answering phones and the door. It’s a busy place! If you are interested, please call 301-924-3838. Time slots are for 4 hours each; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Children's Liturgy of the Word -- Do you feel called to lead a discussion of the Sunday readings with our Parish children? Please consider joining volunteers who proclaim the Gospel each week during the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Masses with our children. For contact information, see the Aug. 18 Bulletin.

    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 April 20, 2014 Parish Bulletin.

Parishioner's Pick

[Click on the box above if the video does not appear.]

new this week From: Palm Sunday, by Spirit Juice Studios (YouTube);
Previously: 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.]

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.

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 MSP HS Youth Group Calendar for April-May, 2014 [PDF* PDF] new this week Flyer: Daughters of Mary Breakfast, Sunday, May 4, 2014 [PDF* PDF] MSP Statement of Income/Expense 2013 [PDF* PDF] Indicators of Vitality. Consolidated onto a single web page or a PDF PDF file for downloading and printing. [If you need a PDF reader, see below.] Letter from Cardinal Wuerl to Fr. Carlos, dated Dec. 6, 2012, regarding the success of the Cardinal's Appeal at Mother Seton (PDF PDF version for printing)

2011-2013 Parish Income/Expense Statement [PDF* PDF]

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]

Ministries at Mother Seton 
[Web Page or PDF PDF]

Parish Registration Form:
• English PDF pdf or MS Word MS Word Icon
• Spanish PDF pdf or MS Word MS Word Icon

* 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

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.