5 June 2020

My Fellow parishioners,

Check out today’s Katharine Konnection video here.

You’ll hear some of what to expect when you return to Mass, our plans for the parish office, the amazing generosity that is helping of Needy Family Fund to touch so many lives and, as a bonus, I get a little mushy.  Also, you’ll find out about my crappy taste in music.

Calling all Eucharistic Ministers – Don’t feel left out!  Even if we won’t be using you up on the altar for a while, we need you in the crowd.  Help out our usher and cleaning team as we re-open for public Masses. Shoot me an email at pat.oconnor@saintdrexel.org with your choice of Mass and whether you can help as an usher or as part of the cleaning crew.  With the requirements of Frederick County, we need 6 ushers and 8 cleaners for each Mass.   Not limited to Eucharistic Ministers!  Sport your fanciest face mask and we’ll provide the nitrile gloves!

Here’s a few things to note:

  1. Check out this week’s bulletin insert on what to expect in returning to Mass.  Father Keith will be sharing lots of information and an Oscar-worthy performance in a video that will be sent out in Sunday’s Katharine Konnection.
  2. The staff and ministry leads did a “dry run” last night of the end-to-end process for Mass and got a big thumbs-up on our safety protocol. 
  3. The Needy Family Fund is still accepting donations.  Drop off or mail in a check to the parish office with “Needy Family Fund” in the memo line.
  4. Our electronic giving continues to grow in the number of families using Faith Direct and in those who have increased their contributions.  To enroll, go to faithdirect.net or to the “financial Stewardship” page on our website. Someday we may be able to travel again, and electronic giving enables you to support your parish no matter where you are.

And finally – Keep those envelopes and checks coming.  The average decrease in offertory across the Archdiocese since March 15 is 24%.  I’m happy and grateful to say that we have not seen anywhere near that level of decrease in the past 2 1/2 months.  However, there was a significant drop-off in our offertory collection last week – our lowest total since the pandemic began. The month of May had five weekends, so I’m going to chalk up the decrease to “5” fatigue.  But it’s a new month and as the song from Carousel goes, “June is Bustin’ Out All Over.”   Thanks so much for your generosity!

Wash your hands, don’t touch your eyes and we’ll see you soon.

Pat O’Connor

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