As you have probably heard, today Governor Hogan issued a “stay-at-home” order that takes effect at 8:00 pm tonight.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has clarified that this means the following for us:
1. Our churches need to remain locked starting at 8:00 pm tonight.
2. We are not able to offer the Sacrament of Confession at our usual times. (Generally speaking, the Sacraments will only be given to those who are in proximate danger of death.)
3. Individual meetings/interviews cannot take place at this time.
4. Father Langan and I will still offer Mass "without the presence of the faithful," and we will continue to live stream Mass on Facebook.
5. Staff are maintaining essential parish operations remotely and in compliance with the directive.
This is certainly very sad and difficult news to hear, items 1 and 2 above in particular; however, I encourage you to abide by these directives with the spirit of self-denial that is so important for a fruitful Lent. Doing so will allow us to cooperate with God's grace to bring something good out of a very difficult situation.
Please feel free to reply to this message with your questions. We will reply as soon as possible.
Please know that you are in our prayers daily.
God bless you and keep you in His care, and may the Blessed Mother intercede for you,
P.S. Join us in the 33-Day Consecration to St. Joseph, starting Monday, March 30.You can find more info and how to get a copy of the book by clicking here.
A good observance of Lent should include all three practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
In terms of fasting, I would like to invite you to join me in actually fasting (one main meal with two smaller meals that are just enough to maintain strength until the main meal) and abstaining from meat on all Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent (not just Ash Wednesday and Good Friday). Fasting helps to raise our hands to God in prayer and atone for and resist sin. Having a common practice among ourselves makes it easier to persevere when we don't feel like it, knowing that our fellow parishioners are doing the same. I hope you will join me!
Thanks to a generous donation by the Pangborn Council of the Knights of Columbus, every member of our community now has access to a great online resource called FORMED.org. FORMED provides an impressive number of video, audio, and e-book resources directly to your phone or computer that cover just about any topic you can imagine on the Catholic Faith. They are high quality and very engaging from some of the most prominent names in solid catechesis today (and from the past too!) such as Edward Sri, Fr. Mike Schmitz, and Bishop Fulton Sheen. It’s often described as “Catholic Netflix”! I’ll be highlighting specific series or individual programs that are especially worth checking out. See below for how to create your own personal account, you can click on the flyer to take you to the set up page.