30 May 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

​Last Saturday I was remarking about how we have been called to make a lot of adjustments during these COVID-19 restrictions, and that the important thing is be creative about how to do it differently, rather than griping about why it can’t be like it always was.  That will become evident once again as we begin to explain the new procedures for attending Mass in a few weeks!

We are continuing this week to live-stream our weekend Mass so that we can be united as we worship, wherever we might be– especially when some parishioners will be able soon to return to church while others may not be able (or may not be comfortable).  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.  Thanks to our children’s leaders who are providing this resource each week.  During this last week of the Easter season, please have a bowl of water at hand for the baptism remembrance as we begin Mass.

Jan Gardner confirmed this past week that Frederick County will now allow houses of worship to hold services as long as certain restrictions and protocols are in place.  And so, the pastors of the eight parishes in southern Frederick County are working with their staffs to develop plans to be able to hold public Masses beginning on the weekend of 13/14 June.  This will involve things like making prior reservations to attend Mass, arriving early to allow for check-in and seating procedures, wearing masks, and no singing.  We will send you all the information you need for a safe return to Mass by next weekend.

Today (Saturday) Pope Francis will lead the world in praying the Rosary to end the Covid-19 Pandemic.  He will lead the recitation of the Rosary from the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens, starting at 11:30 AM here (5:30 PM Rome time).  The event will be broadcast live throughout the world on a host of Vatican channels, with English-language commentary provided.  In order to join Christians praying together all over the world, you can use either (1) the Vatican News portal: click here, or (2) the Vatican News English YouTube channel:  click here.

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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