Each year the Shrine of the Sacred Heart brings together parishioners and other Catholics from all over the state of Maryland for our vibrant celebrations and festivals. Please view details of this year's festivities on our Upcoming Events list (filtered for festivals) or the Events Calendar.
Sinulog is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January and the Santo Niño is the center of the celebrations. Sinulog is the ritual prayer-dance honoring Señor Santo Niño or the Child Jesus. An image of the Child Jesus is said to be the baptismal gift the Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan gave Hara Amihan (Humanay) of Zebu (now Cebu) in April 1521.
The word "Sinulog" means graceful dance, derived from the same word as "sulog" - the word that refers to a current passing through water - which poetically describes the rippling steps of the traditional Sinulog celebration dance that are basically two steps forward and one step backward as the dancer sways to a distinct rhythm of drums.
Flores de Mayo & Santacruzan
Flores de Mayo (Spanish for "flowers of May") is a festival held at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Parish in the month of May. It is one of the May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary and lasts for the entire month.
The Santacruzan (from the Spanish Santa Cruz, "holy cross") is the ritual pageant held on the last day of the Flores de Mayo. The Shrine celebrates Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan religious festivities during the whole month of May at 6:30 in the evening with daily rosary, novena prayer and flower offerings at the grotto of the Blessed Virgin in the garden of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church.
Every single night in May our parish gathers for a praying of the Rosary. The parish celebrates Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan religious festivities during the whole month of May at 6:30 in the evening with daily rosary, novena prayer and flower offerings at the grotto of the Blessed Virgin in the garden of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church.
The rosary is Scripture-based prayer and the Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and the Luminous. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells.
Did you know that the word Lent means “Spring.” Come celebrate this sacred church season with the Religious Education classes in the church Undercroft from 10:15 to 11:15. We will explore Scripture with readings and crafts.
This is a family event open to all! Come meet with us in the Undercroft from 10:15 to 11:15 to experience our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem. Readings, crafts, palm braiding and games celebrate this special occasion.
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another.
Each year our church gathers to celebrate Pentecost, the birth of our Christian Church, and the diversity of the cultures within our own Parish. From the Prayers of the Faithful being read during the Sunday 11:30 Mass in parishioners' first languages, to a large meal following the Mass with ethnic dishes prepared by volunteers, to all sorts of ethnic presentations, history, and songs!
Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Christmas tradition. It is a series of nine dawn masses on the days leading up to Christmas. It begins on December 15 and ends on the 23rd of December, when a culmination mass and Fellowship is held. The tradition of Simbang Gabi continues at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart with the nativity scene or Belen in the Church as one of the focal points with baby Jesus in a manger with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph and the three wise men carrying their gifts to the infant Jesus and the star of Bethlehem that guided them in their journey. Over the years, Filipino communities have made some changes in the way that this event is celebrated. The Shrine of the Sacred Heart Parish celebrates Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo at around 7:00 in the evening in order to accommodate the needs of the community who have different work schedules.
Hark! At the Heart
The Shrine’s Religious Education classes celebrate Advent and Christmas in this annual event held in the church between 10:30 and 11:00. We invite all to join us for this joyous and fun event! The children perform songs, skits and recitations putting everyone in the Christmas spirit. A light reception follows in the Undercroft.