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

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Regarding Livestreamed Mass:

If you don't feel safe leaving the house, 
join us for Mass via Facebook Live!

Sundays
11:30 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.

Regarding Mass in general:

Dear Parishioners,

As you attend Mass at St. Mary's, please remember a few of our protocols:
  • While we do not currently require signups for Sunday Masses, please note that we are constantly reviewing our procedures to make sure as many people can safely get to Mass as possible.
  • Please use the center isle to access the pews before Mass, the side isles to return to your pew after Holy Communion.
  • Please follow the directions of the ushers, especially where to sit and when leaving church after Mass.
  • Please do not socialize (within six feet) with members of another household, especially inside the church. The church must be a place of prayer.
  • Please don’t wait to the last minute to arrive. While arriving early helps everyone get settled in time for Mass, even more importantly, we need to take time to pray and focus before Mass begins. We should not treat the beginning of Mass the way we do the previews before a movie – the beginning of the Mass is an important part of the entire Mass and the worship we offer to God.

God bless you,
Father Cibelli
 
P.S. From St. Francis de Sales, here are some words of wisdom.


Regarding Mass Outdoors:

Dear Friends,
 
I am happy to report that our outdoor Masses have been going very well and, most importantly, are very reverent! In fact, after our first outdoor Mass last summer, one parishioner commented that there was a more profound silence than indoors! I think that's a testimony to how much effort everyone makes 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 Masses outside allows us to dramatically increase our capacity. (The six feet rule is our limiting factor inside and is still in effect).
 
Thank you to all who put in a lot of hard work to make this happen!
 
As we did last Fall, starting on April 11th and future Sundays, weather permitting, the 9:30 am Mass will be celebrated outdoors.

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 instructions 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. Please save the parking spaces by the garage for those who have trouble walking.
    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. 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.
  4. Enter the parking lot through the gates near the sacristy.
  5. Households need to be six feet apart from each other.
  6. When staying six feet apart outside, masks are not strictly required but recommended.
  7. And don’t forget that we don’t know what the weather will be like. We will have kneelers to receive Holy Communion - it will be as much like as we are doing in church as possible. 
    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.

Regarding coronavirus protocols:

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.