7 June 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

The weather has certainly been indicating very clearly that summer has arrived.  It’s now DAY 87 since I first wrote on Friday 13 March during Lent to announce that we were cancelling all weekend Masses due to limitations imposed by the State of Maryland.  And now, almost three months later, I am able to invite you to return to worship starting next weekend.  As you can see in the picture here, our building seems stark and empty without you– the Body of Christ in the world today– praying, serving, worshiping, and growing as disciples within its walls.

All eight Catholic parishes in southern Frederick County are resuming public Masses next weekend 13/14 June, most with some kind of modified schedule.  And so we will have Mass next weekend on Saturday at 5:00 PM and on Sunday at 9:00 AM.  Please note that there will be no 11:00 AM Mass next weekend, as we determine the amount of time needed to sanitize the church adequately between Masses.  Confessions will resume next Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the narthex.

Because of reduced seating capacity, you are asked to make reservations for the particular Mass  you will attend, using the Sign-up Genius on our website.  You may call our Director of Parish Operations Pat O’Connor (301-360-9581) to make your reservation if you do not have access to the internet.  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 SKD re-opening video.  This will explain some of the new protocols required by Frederick County, the State of Maryland, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore in order for us to safely open our doors. 

We continue to live-stream weekend Mass each Saturday at 5:00 PM, as Archbishop Lori continues to extend the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass out of an abundance of caution.  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.  If you have children at home and would find a Children’s Liturgy of the Word helpful, please use the video resource here.  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. 

Take a look at the SKD re-opening video before coming to Mass next weekend, and I hope to see 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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