I know that for many of you, life has become more complicated, trying to work from home and take care of kids at the same time. Some have lost jobs; and others are isolated in apartments (at places like Homewood), restricted from leaving or even going out for a walk. We are all sacrificing for the common good of lessening the ultimate affect of the Coronavirus in our midst—and so we pray for one another in support, we honor health professionals who are risking their lives in service to all of us, and we remember the great number of people who have already lost their lives due to this pandemic around the world.
As a result of Governor Hogan’s press conference last Monday, Archbishop Lori has mandated that all parish offices be closed and remain closed until the governor’s restriction is lifted. Please use phone and e-mail to contact our parish staff in the meantime. The Parish Office vestibule (in the school building) will be unlocked seven days a week (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.) To support the Frederick Food Bank, the blue canned food collection bin has been moved from the church to the Parish Office vestibule, where you can leave your donations during the designated hours; please do not leave clothing donations at this time. To support your parish, a mail slot has been added to the Parish Office door, where you can deposit offertory envelopes or other donations (if you are not already giving electronically) and leave other material for the parish staff. Your envelope offerings can, of course, also be mailed in. The School Chapel (next to the Parish Office) will be open for private prayer during the designated hours. Please practice the appropriate “social distancing” if another person is already there.
If you are not receiving our daily “Katharine Konnection” parish news e-mail during the virus crisis, please contact Stuart Henderson in the Parish Office and he will add you to the mailing list. The Katharine Konnection is also available on our parish website.