Last Sunday, before heading into Maryland, we made a quick stop by our last DC location. We visited Holy Rosary, which is an Italian-American church. I realize there are quite a few parishes that have Italian-American roots, but this parish offers Mass in Italian and has a center dedicated to Italian language and heritage. Holy Rosary is a beautiful church and we enjoyed learning more about it. In front of Casa Italiana Hall (the cultural center), there are several statues of famous Italians. Prior to leaving I had the girls pose in front of the statue most relevant to them. For our artist Clare, I put her in front of Michelangelo.
Unfortunately we did not have as much luck at Saint Mary, Piscataway or Saint Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro. Both churches were locked up tight. Still it was great to get a sense of Colonial-era Catholicism, which was not as freely practiced in Maryland as one might be led to think. But more about that tomorrow.