Basilica of Saint Mary's Youth and Young Adults

Basilica of Saint Mary's Youth and Young Adults

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The translucent quality of these red jade stones is quite striking! They shine with a luster that stands out and inspires one to pray. The simple Miraculous medal centerpiece gives this rosary a timeless, classic elegance. The red jade beads also call to mind the Holy Spirit, making this a perfect gift to commemorate a Confirmation!

Whether for yourself or as a gift for someone special in your life, this heirloom quality sacramental will surely be cherished for decades to come!
MARIH (Ma-Rye-Ah) CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The MARiH Center is a pro-life crisis pregnancy center operating in Alexandria since 1974. We are seeking volunteers! Spanish language skills are especially desirable but not required. The MARiH Center is open Monday-Thursday from 10AM-3PM and Saturdays from 10AM-1PM. MARiH is entirely volunteer-run and donation-based. Please call (703) 370-4774 or e-mail [email protected] for additional information and a tour. We look forward to volunteering with you!
As schools consider how to safely open up, with in-person, online, or hybrid offerings, we'd be please to offer our educational social science tours of famous local sites, rated the highest in the Mid-Atlantic on TripAdvisor. Fun, safe field trips:
Warm Invitation to Epiphany Party/Dance 2020

Join the biggest dinner and dance social around this Saturday, Jan. 11! We typically have between 150 and 250 attendees. See old friends and make new ones.

DATE
Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 7pm - 11:30 pm

LOCATION
St. Raphael Catholic Church, School Gymnasium
1513 Dunster Rd, Rockville, MD 20854

TICKETS
Sign up today at: https://www.facebook.com/events/275163006756108/ or
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epiphany-party-tickets-82529723625

PRICES
$27 at the door.
$23 early bird price through Wed., Jan. 8

DETAILS
- Invite your friends!
- Dress is "semi-formal," which means ladies wear a nice dress or skirt and gents wear a suit/tie or dress shirt/tie.
- Dinner from The Greek Place and dessert
- Latin dance lessons
- Music by DJ Rumba: The Best in Latin, Pop, and Alternative
- Raffle prizes: tickets are $1 each. Bring a few dollars if you'd like to participate.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Society and St. Catherine Society hosted at St. Raphael's in Rockville, MD.
Are you going to be here this Saturday after Thanksgiving? Please join a group of families and young adults who will be serving a Thanksgiving meal at a the DC Family House (temporary housing for families) Saturday evening 4:30-6:30PM. The event is being run by the local Regnum Christi chapter. They are looking for volunteers to help with hospitality/serving and Thxgiving food donations:

Registration is available here ($5/individual to help offset supply costs) If you want to sign up for food, the sign up list is here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=d9f8d8 There are a number of other events in conjunction with the mission, like a Holy Hour and Christ The King celebration Sunday if you'd like to join for that too. Food sign up is here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0b4ca9a6292-christ/61446916.

Office of the Youth and Young Adult Apostolates at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Our vision is for St. Mary's youth and young adults to help make the Catholic Church matter by growing intentional disciples who will grow other disciples, so that we can influence churches elsewhere to do the same.

Operating as usual

High School "To Heaven and Hike" Trip - The Basilica of Saint Mary 09/08/2021

High School "To Heaven and Hike" Trip - The Basilica of Saint Mary

All High Schoolers invited! Register now!!

High School "To Heaven and Hike" Trip - The Basilica of Saint Mary All rising 9th-12th grade are invited to join us on a day-hike along the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, September 18th....

Photos from Basilica of Saint Mary's Youth and Young Adults's post 08/13/2021

Updates to our Youth & Young Adult Office:⁠

After serving as the Assistant Director for the last four years, Mariane Staron is our new Director of the Youth & Young Adult Apostolates.⁠

We welcome Aaron Zanca as our new Assistant Director of the Youth & Young Adult Apostolate. ⁠
A native of Pensacola, FL, he comes from a military family that has moved around a few times, including being stationed in Germany for four years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of West Florida. While studying there, he collaborated in several projects with the Catholic youth at St. Stephen’s Parish in Pensacola, founding both the Militia Immaculatae of St. Maximillian Kolbe for the young people and the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen for the Altar boys. He received grants from the University to investigate alongside the master conservator of the Cathedral of Seville and completed his bachelors’ thesis on the topic of Isabelline Spanish Gothic architecture in post-reconquista Spain as a sign of Christian domination over the Moors. ⁠

Aaron has been discerning a vocation to the Priesthood since he was sixteen but waited until after university studies to decide where God was calling him to discern that vocation further. In 2017, he was accepted by the Archbishop of Seville to study in the Metropolitan Seminary of Seville for the Archdiocese, but it was decided soon thereafter, that he would be transferred to the rural Diocese of Almería on the Mediterranean coast in order to complete his studies for that Diocese. Although being in a Spanish Diocese was a very rich and formative experience, as an American, he has discerned that the allure of old Europe doesn’t match the fervor and diversity of the American Catholic experience. Given the circumstances, if God wills it, he hopes that in the near future he will be able to continue to study for an American Diocese and be ordained to the Priesthood.⁠

Mariane and Aaron are excited to serve the Basilica of Saint Mary community this year!!

07/30/2021

Letter from the Director:⁠
Hello everyone,⁠

I am writing to you today in gratitude for the six years I have served as Director of the Youth and Young Adult Apostolates, first at “Saint Mary’s Old Town” and then at the Basilica of Saint Mary. In August, I will begin a new role as an English teacher at Bishop O’Connell High School in Falls Church. I am incredibly excited for this new role, though I will certainly miss the families, young adults, and teens that I have worked with and served in my time at the Basilica.⁠

It takes a team to run two apostolates, and what an incredible team I have had. I am immensely grateful to my assistant directors, first Kara (Hollis) Lilly and currently Mariane (Leite) Staron. I am also immeasurably grateful to our adult leaders and volunteers. Without them, none of the programs and events could happen, and I truly mean it! I am grateful to our summer interns, seminarians, and to my supportive co-workers, with whom it has been a true blessing to work. I am also grateful to all the priests of the Basilica (both past and present) and especially to Fr. Hathaway, who has given me the opportunity to serve you all in this role. ⁠

Lastly, I am grateful to you all, who I have had the honor of serving since 2015. The Basilica community is a special place, and I have been deeply touched by the spirit of service, generosity, and reverence that permeates into the stones of our beautiful church and the bricks of our wonderful school. I first wandered into the Basilica for Mass as an intern working in D.C. during the summer of 2011, and I had no idea the adventure that would await! From the bottom of my heart, it has been an honor. And have no fear! The Youth and Young Adult Apostolates are in good hands: there are many more Theology on Taps, Evenings of Recollection, dances, and other wonderful events in store.⁠

Remember to stay close to our Lord, Jesus Christ, especially at Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration. He loves you more than you could ever imagine!⁠

May God continue to bless you today and always,⁠
Arragon C. Perrone

Letter from the Director:⁠
Hello everyone,⁠

I am writing to you today in gratitude for the six years I have served as Director of the Youth and Young Adult Apostolates, first at “Saint Mary’s Old Town” and then at the Basilica of Saint Mary. In August, I will begin a new role as an English teacher at Bishop O’Connell High School in Falls Church. I am incredibly excited for this new role, though I will certainly miss the families, young adults, and teens that I have worked with and served in my time at the Basilica.⁠

It takes a team to run two apostolates, and what an incredible team I have had. I am immensely grateful to my assistant directors, first Kara (Hollis) Lilly and currently Mariane (Leite) Staron. I am also immeasurably grateful to our adult leaders and volunteers. Without them, none of the programs and events could happen, and I truly mean it! I am grateful to our summer interns, seminarians, and to my supportive co-workers, with whom it has been a true blessing to work. I am also grateful to all the priests of the Basilica (both past and present) and especially to Fr. Hathaway, who has given me the opportunity to serve you all in this role. ⁠

Lastly, I am grateful to you all, who I have had the honor of serving since 2015. The Basilica community is a special place, and I have been deeply touched by the spirit of service, generosity, and reverence that permeates into the stones of our beautiful church and the bricks of our wonderful school. I first wandered into the Basilica for Mass as an intern working in D.C. during the summer of 2011, and I had no idea the adventure that would await! From the bottom of my heart, it has been an honor. And have no fear! The Youth and Young Adult Apostolates are in good hands: there are many more Theology on Taps, Evenings of Recollection, dances, and other wonderful events in store.⁠

Remember to stay close to our Lord, Jesus Christ, especially at Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration. He loves you more than you could ever imagine!⁠

May God continue to bless you today and always,⁠
Arragon C. Perrone

College Nights — Associates of Saint John Bosco 07/19/2021

College Nights — Associates of Saint John Bosco

Rising college students and transfer students: meet current college students, enjoy some free pizza and merch, and feel empowered in your Catholic identity before heading to campus! Join us this Wednesday, 7/21 @ 7PM in 313 Duke St. Registration: https://www.asjb.org/about-college-nights

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Photos from The Basilica of Saint Mary's post 06/25/2021

Photos from The Basilica of Saint Mary's post

06/19/2021

NEW PODCAST: Diocese of Arlington Seminarian Jordan Evans reflects on Saint Joseph as a model of chastity on our newest edition of the Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast. Listen on our website https://stmaryoldtown.org/jordan-evans-st-joseph-chastity, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

This is the sixth installment in our Year of Saint Joseph Series. During this Year of Saint Joseph, the Basilica will release a podcast about Saint Joseph on the 19th of every month.

06/14/2021

NEW PODCAST: A conversation with Diocese of Arlington seminarian Jordan Evans is featured on our newest edition of The Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast. Listen on our website https://stmaryoldtown.org/jordan-evans-podcast-2021, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Jordan is assigned to the Basilica of Saint Mary for his summer assignment. His home parish is Saint John the Evangelist in Warrenton. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and worked as a FOCUS college missionary before entering seminary. He is in formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and will begin Theology I studies this fall.

06/09/2021

NEW PODCAST: Alex Solsma, the Basilica’s Director of Communications and Evangelization, has a conversation with Father Jonathan Smith on our newest edition of The Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast. Listen here on our website https://stmaryoldtown.org/fr-smith-podcast-2021, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Father Smith, whose home parish is the Basilica of Saint Mary, was ordained to the priesthood on June 5 by Bishop Michael Burbidge at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington.

Later this month, Father Smith will begin his first priestly assignment as the Parochial Vicar at Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish in Clifton.

05/19/2021

NEW PODCAST: Father Noah Morey, Chaplain at Bishop Ireton High School and a priest in residence at the Basilica of Saint Mary, reflects on Saint Joseph’s life and virtues on our newest podcast. Listen here on our parish website https://stmaryoldtown.org/fr-noah-life-virtues-st-joseph-podcast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

This is the fifth installment in our Year of Saint Joseph Series. During this Year of Saint Joseph, the Basilica will release a podcast about Saint Joseph on the 19th of every month.

05/17/2021

NEW PODCAST: Father Nicholas Blank offers a reflection on “The Hands of the Father and the Son” on our newest edition of the Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast. It was recorded at a Knights of Columbus Morning of Reflection on Saturday. Listen to it on our website https://stmaryoldtown.org/fr-nicholas-may-2021-reflection-podcast or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

05/13/2021

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. On this day in 1917, Mary made her first in a series of appearances to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Her requests included urging us to pray the Rosary daily and to offer sacrifices as acts of reparation for the conversion of sinners and for sins against Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

05/06/2021

For centuries, Catholics have recognized May as the Month of Mary. One of the special ways that we can venerate Mary during this month is to make a Marian pilgrimage. We have mapped out a route featuring significant Marian sites in our region. You could visit all these sites in a day. View it here: https://stmaryoldtown.org/regional-marian-pilgrimage

Timeline Photos 05/02/2021

"Jesus said to his disciples: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."
John 15:1-8

"Jesus said to his disciples: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."
John 15:1-8

Timeline Photos 04/25/2021

"Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" 1 John 3:1-2

"Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" 1 John 3:1-2

04/19/2021

NEW PODCAST: Father Nicholas Blank reflects on Saint Joseph’s role as the Light of Patriarchs. Listen here on our website or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. https://stmaryoldtown.org/father-nicholas-blank-light-of-patriarchs

This is the fourth installment in our Year of Saint Joseph Series. During this Year of Saint Joseph, the Basilica will release a podcast about Saint Joseph on the 19th of every month.

Timeline Photos 04/18/2021

"Peter said to the people: "The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away." Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

"Peter said to the people: "The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away." Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

Timeline Photos 04/13/2021

"The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all." Acts 4:32-33

"The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all." Acts 4:32-33

Photos from The Basilica of Saint Mary's post 04/11/2021

Photos from The Basilica of Saint Mary's post

Timeline Photos 04/11/2021

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!!!
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"Write this: before I come as the Just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy."
Divine Mercy in My Soul (Diary of Saint Faustina), 83

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!!!
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"Write this: before I come as the Just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy."
Divine Mercy in My Soul (Diary of Saint Faustina), 83

Photos from Basilica of Saint Mary's Youth and Young Adults's post 04/10/2021

Congratulations to *Deacon* Philip Briggs! -
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Photos from his time at the basilica.

Timeline Photos 04/10/2021

Happy Easter Saturday!!!

Happy Easter Saturday!!!

Timeline Photos 04/09/2021

Happy Easter Friday!!

Happy Easter Friday!!

Timeline Photos 04/08/2021

Happy Easter Thursday!!

Happy Easter Thursday!!

Timeline Photos 04/07/2021

Happy Easter Wednesday!!

Happy Easter Wednesday!!

Timeline Photos 04/06/2021

Happy Easter Tuesday!!!

Happy Easter Tuesday!!!

Timeline Photos 04/05/2021

Happy Easter Monday!

Happy Easter Monday!

Timeline Photos 04/04/2021

Happy Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord!!

Happy Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord!!

Photos from The Basilica of Saint Mary's post 04/04/2021

Photos from The Basilica of Saint Mary's post

Timeline Photos 04/04/2021

Timeline Photos

04-02-2021 Good Friday 04/02/2021

04-02-2021 Good Friday

Timeline Photos 04/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos 04/02/2021

"Remain here and keep watch with Me."
Matthew 26:38

"Remain here and keep watch with Me."
Matthew 26:38

Our Story

Our vision is for the Basilica of Saint Mary’s youth and young adults to help make the Catholic Church matter by growing intentional disciples who will grow other disciples, so that we can influence churches elsewhere to do the same.

Videos (show all)

All high school seniors invited!!
A Special Message from Fr. Hathaway to our young adults!
A Special Message to our High Schoolers from Fr. Hathaway!!
A Special Message to our Middle Schoolers from Fr. Hathaway!!
Happy Easter from the Basilica of Saint Mary's Office of Youth & Young Adult Apostolates!
A Good Friday message from our Assistant Director of Youth & Young Adult Apostolates!
A Holy Thursday message from our Youth Director Arragon Perrone!
Fr. Nicholas sharing some wisdom on our last Friday of Lent!! #QuarantineHoliness #BSMYAYA
Fr. Nicholas sharing some wisdom on our last Friday of Lent!! #QuarantineHoliness #BSMYAYA
Praying for everyone with the news of the school closures - especially our 8th graders and our high school seniors!!
Reflect on the importance of St. Joseph and keeping this quarantine holy!! #QuarantineHoliness
Mr. Perrone and Seminarian Jonathan Smith have a special St. Patrick’s Day message for the youth of our parish!

Location

Address


313 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA
22314
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