20 June 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

Public weekend worship resumed in our parish last weekend with a partial schedule, and this weekend we will be celebrating Mass together at our usual times of 5:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Sunday.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation has also resumed on Saturday from 3:30-4:30 PM in the narthex.  This past week we resumed weekday Masses, and next week the usual times for Eucharistic Exposition will be available.  These weekday services are temporarily taking place in the church (rather than the school chapel) to allow for social-distancing.

The dispensation (from Archbishop Lori) from the obligation of attending weekend Mass is still in effect.  We are now live-streaming all of 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 feel comfortable) to come to church yet. You are invited to click on the following link to join us for our live-streamed weekend Masses anytime after Saturday evening at 5:00 PM.  You can also join us through our website, or on our YouTube channel.  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 for any weekend Mass up until Saturday at 3:00 PM.  Those in need of gluten-free hosts are asked to indicate so at the time you are making your reservation.  Wearing facial coverings is required, and you will want to arrive early to allow for check-in and seating procedures. 

If you have not returned to Mass yet, 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

P.S.  There is no Coffee & Zoom this weekend.

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