31 May 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

Happy Pentecost!  As we conclude the liturgical season of Easter, it’s now DAY 80 since I first wrote on Friday 13 March during Lent to announce that we were cancelling all weekend Masses due to crowd limitations imposed by the State of Maryland.  The weekly bulletin is available at this link to keep you informed, as a number of our meetings and others activities have moved into the virtual realm. 

We continue to live-stream weekend Mass each Saturday at 5:00 PM.  If you cannot worship with us LIVE at that particular time, this weekend Mass will be available through our website on our YouTube channel any time afterwards for your convenience, especially on Sunday morning.  If you have children at home and would find a Children’s Liturgy of the Word helpful, please use the video resource here.  For the last time during the Easter season, please have a bowl of water at hand for the baptism remembrance at the beginning of Mass.

I have to be honest and say that our celebration of the great Feast of Pentecost was just not the same this year.  There was no Pentecost Breakfast uniting us as a community, no offering of Pentecost Spirit Renewal Scrolls uniting us in service, and no children singing “Happy Birthday” to the Church (while holding red balloons) uniting us in joy.  But from our homes, as a “domestic” church, we are still able to celebrate the birthday of the Church and the presence of the Holy Spirit—a gift that continues to guide us as individuals and enliven us as a community of faith over 2,000 years later.  And so, in thanksgiving for the blessing of knowing that reality in our lives, we sing joyfully one last time, “Alleluia, Alleluia!”

By next weekend we will be sending you all the information you need concerning the new protocols for returning to Mass on the weekend of 13/14 June.  We are striving to make it as safe as possible and look forward to seeing you then!

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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