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Message from Fr. Woods, C.Ss.R. 7/1/2020

Dear Parishioners,
 
Like a bear that has been in winter hibernation, St. Mary’s Parish is slowly beginning to come back to the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments. We have just completed our third week of in-person Masses and we have begun to adjust to wearing a mask at Mass, making a reservation for the weekend Masses, and using Purell rather than holy water as we come into the church. We are adjusting to this very unique time in our lives. I have been moved by the joy I see as parishioners receive the Holy Eucharist after a long hungry absence. I can see our clergy has had a great lift to their spirits as they begin to celebrate Mass for a congregation. As one confrere said, it is great to say Mass for real people. I am not sure if I should be offended by that since I thought those of us attending the Redemptorist community Mass were akin to real people.
 
Last Saturday, we had our first outdoor Mass in the Carroll Gardens overlooking Spa Creek since the onset of the pandemic. We had about 70 people sitting on lawn chairs or blankets on a perfect morning where it was just hazy enough to keep the heat away. Even the boats stopped to study what we were doing, but we could not reach them with our collection baskets. This past Sunday, we had the delight of welcoming fifteen catechumens into our parish community after the delay of their entrance into the Church due to the cancellation of the public Easter Vigil. There was a joyful spirit in the Church as they professed their desire to enter the Catholic Church, received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and made their first Holy Communions. We are beginning to catch up on baptisms, and I just had a baptism of a young girl preparing to make her first Holy Communion. This coming week we are welcoming our brothers and sisters in the Spanish Community back to public Masses. We will soon have celebrations of first communion and confirmations. I also have had two lovely weddings; the bride and groom were allowed to remove their masks to give a post wedding vow kiss. It is a brave new world.
 
I am very conscious that many members of our parish are not yet able to return to Mass due to their health concerns. We are committed to continuing to live steam a daily and Sunday Mass. Under no circumstances do I want anyone to feel any pressure to attend Mass while this horrible virus continues to threaten all of us. We all long for the day when this pandemic ends and we can have a festival of joy as we can all return safely to the table of the Lord.
 
In the Redeemer,
Fr. Pat Woods, C.Ss.R.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25

Some in our parish have lost loved ones during this time, without being able to have a funeral. This adds to the sadness of the loss. Words from the families of those who have passed on to eternal life can be found here.

Unity Through Prayer

Closings and Cancellations

List of 3 items.

  • School Closure

    In accordance with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Mary’s School will be closed March 16, 2020 through the remainer of the school year. All extracurricular activities during that period are also cancelled.
  • Faith Formation

    Important Announcement: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all Faith Formation classes Sundays and Mondays, Youth Ministry Sunday nights and events, Young Adult events, Confirmation classes, Sacrament parent sessions, all RCIA for children and teens classes, are cancelled until further notice.
     
    The Faith Formation team will be keeping in touch and sending families resources to use at home to continue Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparations. Do not hesitate to contact us (kbruskewicz@stmarysannapolis.org) with your questions, concerns or ways we can be of further support during this time. Know that we are carrying you all in our prayers as we journey these days together with Christ.
  • St. Mary's Adoration Chapel

    The Adoration Chapel will close at Noon on Sunday, March 15, 2020, until further notice.
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.