May 22, 2020

A LETTER TO THE PARISH: ‘REOPENING’ PROCESS

Dear Parishioners,

We are excited to anticipate being together again to celebrate the Eucharist.  When the permission is granted by the Archbishop to reopen in Baltimore County for public Masses, we will be prepared to welcome you with a plan to protect your safety. 

For this reason, procedures will be very different than from what you and I have been familiar with in the past. 

  1. The way we enter church and find our seat using the blue crosses on each pew.  Every other pew will be blocked off from use.  Couples or families may sit together while others will be six feet away.
  2. There will not be hymnals or song sheets.  
  3. There will not be a processional, an offertory or exchange of the sign of peace.
  4. Most significantly, when the time comes to reopen, you will receive information on how communion will function.
  5. We have been preparing ways to prevent close contact, to secure your protection and to provide cleaning in between Masses.

A reminder, that Archbishop Lori has extended his dispensation of the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Worshipers are still encouraged to be safe and stay home when necessary, especially those who are more at risk. We will continue to offer a recorded Mass each week even after we resume public Masses.  

Thank you to those who have been taking advantage of the church being opened for private prayer and to those using our new ‘outdoor’ line for confession! As well those that are continuing their stewardship to our Immaculate Conception Church. Words cannot adequately express how much we miss being with you to worship. We keep you and your families in our daily prayers and Masses.

In Christ,

Fr. Joe Barr