13 June 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

After three long months, public worship is resuming at the eight Catholic parishes of southern Frederick County this weekend on the Feast of Corpus Christi!  And so, I’m writing to remind you that all parishioners are cordially invited to appear “in person” at the celebration of the Eucharist this weekend at the 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday or the 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday.  The 11:00 AM Mass will resume next weekend.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also resume this weekend from 3:30-4:30 PM in the narthex.  I’m really looking forward to having someone physically in church during Mass, because I have just had to imagine you watching at home over these weeks of live-streaming Masses.

The dispensation (from Archbishop Lori) from the obligation of attending weekend Mass is still in effect.  We will continue to live-stream our weekend Mass so that we can be united as we worship, wherever we might be– especially as some parishioners may not be able (or may not be comfortable). 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.  

Because of reduced seating capacity (only 30%), you are asked to make reservations for the particular Mass you will attend.  You can make a reservation until 30 minutes prior to Mass.  Wearing facial coverings is required, and you will want to arrive early to allow for check-in and seating procedures. You can find more ideas about what to expect by clicking on this re-opening information link. or viewing this SKD re-opening video.  We have been working hard to follow the new protocols required by Frederick County, the State of Maryland, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore in order for us to open our doors safely and welcome you home.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

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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