HEALTH CRISIS & COVID-19 UPDATES
Dated May 21, 2021
Starting June 5, 2021, the vigil of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, we are expanding our on-campus welcome at our Holy Family Campus.
As we begin the expansion of our welcome, please note well that remaining in effect is the Archbishop’s dispensation of our obligation to attend Mass weekly. With excitement, we are happy to report that we will return to a full complement of weekend Masses and Confessions without the need to register or call for reservations.
The Weekend Mass Schedule will be as follows:
5:00 p.m. Mass
9:00 a.m. Mass (Will continue to live stream 9a.m. Mass; Watch through the day on Sunday on our livestream page.)
11:00 a.m. Mass
Daily Mass will be offered at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Morning Prayer will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on all weekdays. We will continue to stream the 9:00 a.m. daily Mass. Please note that this schedule sometimes shifts during the week depending on our pastor's additional responsibilities and other obligations. Thank you for your patience.
We will also continue to offer Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of each month after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. During this Year of the Eucharist, we are going to devote each of the months to a special cause and ask people to join us, in person or via live stream, to pray with us.
In addition to Saturday Confessions from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Saint Joseph Chapel, we will be adding an early morning session. Beginning Tuesday, June 8, we will offer the sacrament of reconciliation on Tuesday mornings from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. For all confessions we will revise the current procedures slightly in the near future, check our website weekly for updates.
Recognizing that Frederick County and Washington County remain at very high risk, we ask that, regardless of your vaccination status, you continue to wear a mask for all liturgies inside the church campus. This is to make our services accessible to as many as possible, including those for whom the vaccine is not available. We realize this is an inconvenience and we’ll revisit it in the near future as the number of vaccinations continues to rise. We do want, however, to provide a safe place for all, especially our young people who are only now starting to be vaccinated.
The State of Maryland and the Archdiocese of Baltimore has removed the cap on capacity for our church building. Social distancing, which is still required to limit extended contact and possible transmission of the virus, is reduced to 3 feet allowing us to utilize every pew. At the moment, we will continue to seat people for all Masses on a first-come, first served basis. Unfortunately, we do not have unlimited capacity. Once the church building is full according to the socially-distanced-3-feet- apart cap, we’ll seat people in the overflow seating in the Legacy Room. We apologize for the inconvenience, but our goal is to keep all people safe. As you’re seated, we’ll try to accommodate requests to sit in a particular location. To minimize contact, we’ll only be able to seat groups when all members of the group are present. We recommend that you arrive early as the seating process takes longer than pre-COVID days. To minimize distractions for those already seated, once Mass has started, we’ll begin seating people in the Legacy Room. Again, we realize that these restrictions are inconvenient and we thank you for your patience.
We’ll still require people to be seated after the Recessional Song so all can be dismissed in a socially distant fashion. Also, we cannot allow people to congregate inside the building, so we’ll direct people in and out quickly through the narthex. You will be able to greet Fr. Rob and one another outside in the courtyard.
Masks are required
Social distancing at 3ft
First come, first serve seating
Overflow seating in Legacy
All group members must present to be seated
Once Mass begins, groups will be seated in Legacy
No registration or reservation necessary for Mass
No unused pews
Singing is permitted (even if with masks)
The Offertory Procession is restored (but the collection basket will not be passed)
The Sign of Peace is restored (but contactless)
Holy Water for blessing oneself is permitted (but limited - no font)