Phone: 301-739-0390
Fax: 301-739-7082
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224 W. Washington St. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Sunday Mass Sign Up


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Sunday, October 25
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Dear Friends,
 
I am happy to report (although a little surprised! haha!) that the Mass outdoors went very well and, most importantly, very reverently. In fact, one parishioner commented that there was a more profound silence at this Mass! I think that's a testimony to how much effort everyone made to enter into the mystery of the Mass. A good reminder to all of us (myself included!) that periodically we need to stir up the fire of reverence and devotion in our hearts.
 
Having this Mass outside allowed us to dramatically increase our capacity. (The six feet rule is our limiting factor inside. We are still waiting for word on how the Governor's latest directive will effect us.).
 
Thank you also to all put in a lot of hard work to make this happen!
 
On September 20 and future Sundays, weather permitting, the 9:30 am Mass will be celebrated outdoors.

To help us plan for the Mass, please do sign up for the 9:30, however, it is not strictly required.

If there is bad weather forecast, a Flocknote Message will go out at 7:00 am advising that Mass will be celebrated inside the church.
 
Please read below to review the insturctions if you haven't had a chance yet.
 
God bless you,
Father Cibelli
 

Some Instructions for Participating in Mass outdoors.

  1. Mass will be celebrated in the Courtyard (main/primary lot behind the church and school).
  2. The gates to the street will be closed shortly after the 7:30 am Mass ends. 
    1. You can still exit even if the gates are closed, just pull your car up close to the gate and wait for it to open.
  3. Please save the parking spaces by the garage for those who have trouble walking.
  4. Bring your own chair and something to kneel on, but it’s okay to stand during the Consecration or sit if you really need to.
  5. Enter the parking lot through the gates near the sacristy.
  6. Households need to be six feet apart from each other.
  7. When staying six feet apart outside, masks are not strictly required but recommended.
  8. And don’t forget that we don’t know what the weather will be like. 
    1. It could be hot and humid.
    2. Wind could be a problem too.
    3. If it rains, we will get as many people in church as we can. Hopefully we'll have an idea of what to expect early enough to send a message ahead of time.
  9. We will have kneelers to receive Holy Communion - it will be as much like as we are doing in church as possible.
  10. Please sign up to give us an idea of how many people to expect.
    1. It is not strictly necessary, but it will help us be prepared.
    2. Enter the number of PEOPLE for the 9:30.
    3. For the other Masses, continue to enter  "1" for households of 1-4 people, and "2" for households of 5-12.
  11. This is a test run. Please be patient. If it goes well, we may do more, but we need to see how one goes first.
God bless you,
Father Cibelli 


I think we have found a reliable system for people to sing up for Mass and not risk being turned away at the door. Above, please find sign ups for Sunday Mass.

Please note the following about signing up:

I think we have the system for signing-up for Sunday Mass almost nailed down. Here are three slight adjustments. 

  1. Instead of indicating the exact number of people in your household, when you sing up your household, you will enter a “1” if the number of people in your household who are attending Mass is 1-4. You will enter a “2” if the number of people in your household who are attending Mass is 5-11. 

 

  1. Another adjustment has to do with giving everyone a chance to attend Mass. I think as time goes on we are going to get closer to our capacity at each Mass. I don’t want you to have to worry each week if you will be able to get in, like for a concert that you expect to sell out! In other words, I’d like you to have as much peace-of-mind about what to expect as possible. So, starting next Sunday, we will use an honor system for who has “first dibs” on signing up. It will be based on the letter of the alphabet with which your last name begins. That particular section of the alphabet will have priority from until the Wednesday prior each week to sign up for Sunday Mass. After that Wednesday, anyone can sign up.
    1. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays (including the preceding Saturday [i.e. the day before]) of the Month, if your last name begins with A to H, you can sign up first, from Monday to Wednesday.
    2. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays (including the preceding Saturday [i.e. the day before]) of the Month, if you last name begins with I to Z, you can sign up first, from Monday to Wednesday.
    3. After Wednesday each week, anyone can sign up.
  2. The third is that the sign-up will close at 4:00 pm each Saturday.
  1. Not having to do with signing up... if you want to follow along with the texts of the Mass, and don't have a hand missal yet, please clcik here.
    1. You can print it off for a friend who doesn't have internet access.
I think it is important to understand why these precautions are being taken. While I will not pretend to be an expert on this matter, those age 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions are the most vulnerable to this virus. These measures will help to both slow the spread of this virus (which seems to spread much faster than others) and reduce the chances of it being spread to the vulnerable. A slowed rate of transmission will make it easier for our health care system to respond to those with serious needs.
 
Your cooperation with the directives of the Federal and State governments as well as those of the Archdiocese and others that specifically apply to St. Mary’s is essentially an act of charity. By observing these safeguards, you are helping to protect those for whom this disease might otherwise prove serious and perhaps fatal.
 
With that in mind, please note the following:
  
If you have recently been on St. Mary’s or St. Michael’s campuses and also learn that you may have been exposed to the coronavirus or if you test positive for it, please inform us by phone (301-739-0390) or email (church@saintmarysonlien.org) so that we can take the necessary precautions.
 
If you know someone who is elderly/vulnerable and might need your help or just a friend to talk to, please reach out to that person by phone. 
 
If you think of someone who might not have received this message, please contact him or her to share it.
 
While homebound, do not neglect your duty to God. Offer Him your time in prayer by reading the prayers and scriptures for that Sunday’s Mass, by praying the Rosary, and or meditating upon the Stations of the Cross. We may even be able to provide live video of Mass being offered here at St. Mary’s.
 
Home visits and hospital or nursing home visits will only be conducted by priests and will be made according to the urgency of the need. Those who have been bringing Holy Communion to the homebound are being encouraged to offer their prayerful support over the phone.
 
As further information becomes available, we will share it via Flocknote and on our Website and Facebook Page. Please forward this email to anyone you think might need it. 
 
Please pray for all those most effected by this virus, especially those who are ill and those who working to aid the ill and remedy the problem.