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Regarding Livestreamed Mass:If you don't feel safe leaving the house, join us for Mass via Facebook Live!Sundays11:30 am (Ordinary Form)5:00 pm (Extraordinary Form)It's not the same thing as being here in person but I hope it will help you honor your duty to God in these difficult circumstances!
- Spiritual Communion:
I wish, my Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility, and devotion with which your most holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fervor of the saints.
This is the update I sent out via Flocknote on May 15. Here's some good news, but I'd like to ask you read this whole email (it's not too long!)
The Archdiocese issued the following guidance this morning:
"As a result of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s most recent announcement lifting the indoor mask requirement, the wearing of masks is no longer mandated on parish campuses in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, unless it is required by the local jurisdiction. This is effective immediately. Wearing masks is still strongly encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. Social distancing of 3 ft. is still required inside of buildings. Please note that Archdiocesan schools will be issuing separate guidance in the coming days."
Regarding "social distancing of 3 ft.," the Archdiocese explained on Thursday evening:
"The determining factors in permitting the reduction in social distance space from 6 feet to 3 feet include:
- The increasing percentage of those Maryland residents who have received the vaccination - particularly those in the age demographic who are at highest risk of contracting COVID-19.
- The current low positivity rate in the state, which is 2.74%
- The Governor’s Orders lifting restrictions
- Declining hospitalization rates
- State of Maryland Health Department adopting the CDC guidance on reducing social distancing to 3 feet in schools"
Please consider that while many of us are quite ready for this there are also some of us who are not. Therefore, I would like to ask everyone to proceed with respect for each other, our fellow parishioners, especially those who may still have health concerns.
To that end, for the time being:
- We have left ropes on several of the pews in the front of the church for those who would like to come to Mass but would prefer to have more distance between themselves and other households. Please be considerate of those you sit next to and leave three feet between households in the same pew.
- If you would like to make use of these pews, please arrive at Mass early.
- If you do not need the six feet of space, please use the rest of the pews, even if it is not your preferred place to sit.
- Father Langan and I will wear masks during the distribution of Holy Communion this Sunday.
Of course we are all eager to fully get back to normal. But I would like to reiterate that some folks will not be as ready as others, and we should offer each other respect so that as many people as possible feel comfortable coming to Mass.
Thank you, and God bless you,