Dear St. Mary’s Community,
In accordance with Governor Hogan’s recently issued Stay-at-Home Order and direction provided by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Mary’s Church will be closed to the public effective this evening, March 30, at 8:00pm until further notice. This closure is to ensure the health, safety and well-belling of our entire St. Mary’s Parish community. It is with a deep sense of sadness that I inform you of this, but I know the governor and the archbishop have all our best interests at heart. We will continue to be as active as we can in terms of streaming the daily Masses in English and Spanish, as well as in our various prayer services.
In addition, in light of the governor’s order, the following updates are effective immediately:
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended until further notice.
- The distribution of the Eucharist to parishioners is prohibited at this time.
- St. Mary’s can no longer provide funeral Masses or Services at this time. Graveside committal services can still take place, however no more than 10 people may be in attendance (including the priest or deacon and staff.)
- Baptisms and weddings cannot take place in St. Mary’s Church and must be rescheduled for a later date, after current restrictions have been lifted.
We Redemptorists so look forward to gathering together with you at St. Mary’s and St. John Neumann to share the Body of Christ with you. That will be a most joyful day for all of us. Let us pray for the suffering of the world, our nation, our state, our parish, and our families. We turn to the patron of our parish as always knowing that Mary our Mother is always walking with us on this difficult journey.
In the Redeemer,
Fr. Pat Woods, C.Ss.R.