March 25, 2020 

March 25, 2020 

Dear Worshipers, 

It breaks my heart to have to send this message about the closure of our spiritual home. Unfortunately, I do not have the staff to manage the daily disinfecting of the church pews, door handles and bathrooms. Out of concern for the protection and safety of our worshipers, I chose to close the church at 5:00 pm this past Monday after the governor’s announcement. 

Thank you for the feedback about the recorded Sunday Mass. We are working on a plan for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Again, these recordings will be available via an email from the “News and Notes,” our website here, and our Facebook page here

Thank you also for your prayer-fullness, patience and dedication. I truly feel that I am the spiritual father of this church family who will have to give an account of my ministry to THE FATHER. You are my spiritual children and you need to know that you can come to me with your spiritual burdens or crosses. Thus, we have created a new email address for you: prayers@theimmaculate.org. Please use it to send me your intentions. Not only do I have a daily holy 

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hour; Fr. Sam and I each have a private Mass. We will take your intentions to the altar. 

Many of you have reached out to me and asked how they can continue to give during this health crisis. We have 3 secure options: 

  1. Mail – our address is 200 Ware Avenue Towson Maryland 21204. We have someone picking up our mail daily. 
  2. On-line giving – this can be done using a bank account or credit card. Visit here
  3. Venmo – Venmo is a peer-to-peer mobile payment platform that allows users to send money on-demand from their phone or computer with just a few clicks. Scan this QR code with any mobile device camera or search our user name @ICCTowson in the Venmo app!

This is not the right time for me to talk to you about our total financial situation. When time permits and I know the facts, I will report to you on the economic status of the parish. 

We may not see each other every Sunday, but may we meet each other in our daily prayers. 

Yours In Christ, Fr. Joe Barr 

Prayer on Friday ~ A special Urbi et Orbi blessing 

The Pope announced that on Friday, March 27, at 6 pm Rome time (1 pm Eastern Standard Time) he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said. 

The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers 

This weekly email, delivered to you each Sunday, is compiled to summarize the upcoming bulletin. We attempt to keep the email to one page with links to the appropriate Parish documents that have the detailed information. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome 

Sincerely, Pastoral Council Communications Committee 

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of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter. 

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