16 May 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

In preparation for the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, when some may be allowed to attend Mass, while others may still be required to isolate, or may not feel comfortable in public places, we are continuing this week to live-stream our weekend Masses so that we can be united as we worship– wherever we might be!  And so you are invited to click on the following link to join us for our live-streamed weekend Mass each Saturday evenings at 5:00 PM.  You can also join us through our website, or on our YouTube channel.  If you cannot worship with us LIVE at that particular time, this weekend Mass will be available on our YouTube channel any time afterwards for your convenience, especially on Sunday morning.

If you have children in your house and would find a Children’s Liturgy of the Word helpful, please use the video resource here.  During the weeks of the Easter season, please have a bowl of water at hand for the baptism remembrance as we begin Mass.

There has been excitement bubbling concerning indications that restrictions about assembling for weekend Mass and other activities may soon be loosened.  We are receiving directives and timelines from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and Frederick County– and they are not necessarily all in agreement.  Your parish staff will be reviewing all the requirements for re-opening the church and returning to Mass safely, and sharing that plan with you as soon as we can.

We are not allowed to operate until we have the necessary supplies, and the ability to control the number of people present and thoroughly sanitize the church after each Mass.  The Archdiocese is limiting us to 30% of our seating capacity, and Frederick County requires temperature checks for each person entering.  Many of the requires supplies are not available and/or are back-ordered.  And so, while we may have permission to start holding public Masses after a certain date, each parish has the responsibility to determine when they are actually ready to do so safely.  We are going to do our best, and will keep you informed.

Frederick County has determined that all houses of worship are to remain closed until 29 May, when they may be able to open if there are no rising trends in hospitalizations and other health metrics.  I continue to look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

Fr. Keith

Join us for Coffee and Zoom!

Every Sunday from 12:00-12:45 “Coffee and Zoom” is available for online fellowship time.   So, after you have done your “church at home” for the weekend, join our online video conference fellowship time where we can see some familiar friendly faces, catch up with parishioners and staff members, and share a little about how we are managing in this challenging time.  We recommend using a laptop to join, but phones and tablets can also access the gathering.  Once folks have joined the session and we have had a chance to say hello to everyone, we usually break into smaller groups so we can chat with 6-8 other parishioners.  We hope you will join us… it would be great to “see” you again!  If you need the link please contact Brian McCrohan at bmccrohan@saintdrexel.org.

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