Corona Virus Update as of March 17th

PASTORATE OF ST. JOHN AND ST. JOSEPH:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As we continue to receive information from the State of Maryland and the Archdiocese of Baltimore, we will keep you up to date as quickly as possible. We are working to move all the email addresses and text numbers of all parishioners into Flocknote at St. John’s and Constant Contact at St. Joseph’s. This way you will have the most recent information available. Please understand many of the current circumstances are beyond our control. Both parishes will continue to follow the guidelines and any future directives provided us by Governor Hogan and Archbishop Lori. As a matter of fact, just as we were about to post this message, new directives came out, which are reflected in what follows.

This past weekend, our Mass was viewed by over 1000 households. We encourage you to view our weekend Masses by clicking on this link.

Just to clarify, for this coming weekend and those hereafter, we are not actually live-streaming in the technical sense of the word. Rather we are posting a recording on St. Joseph’s YouTube channel. To be even clearer, beginning this weekend you can watch the Mass anytime you like after 5:00 PM on Saturday evening.

A FEW CHANGES AND UPDATES SINCE OUR LAST COMMUNICATION:

– All public Masses, except previously scheduled weddings and future funerals, are suspended.
– Weddings and funerals are limited to immediate family.
-Daily Masses (Monday-Friday) will be posted on the St. Joseph YouTube channel beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM. This is our current plan; however it is subject to future change.
-Both parish offices will close beginning today, Tuesday March 17th. The phone lines will be transferred to an offsite location while still answered by our parish staff during normal office hours. Our staff will be working from home.
-All ministry and parish organization meetings (with the exception of AA, NA, and Al-Anon) will be suspended until further notice.
– Based upon the latest information provided by the Archdiocese today, we unfortunately find ourselves at this time, unable to safely open our churches to the public. In the meantime, we recognize the spiritual needs that we all carry with us. We are thus organizing for representative members of our communities to take our gathered prayer intentions before the Blessed Sacrament at times throughout the week. Once these efforts are coordinated, we will communicate how best to convey your intentions.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET…!

We need to make sure the poor, who regularly experience the shortages of the vital resources that so many of us now face, are not forgotten. The campus of St. Joseph’s will be used to ensure we continue to feed the hungry and those in need. The breezeway doors will be open Monday through Friday from 4:00-8:00 PM for food donations to the Food Bank.

Please know of our continued prayers in these challenging days. I am so grateful to our staff and parishioners who have pulled together in these unprecedented days. In the name of Fr. John, Fr. Juan and the pastorate staff, I promise you our continued prayers and support. We dearly miss seeing you and commend each of you to God’s loving care!

May God Give You
For Every Storm, A Rainbow,
For Every Tear, A Smile,
For Every Care, A Promise,
And A Blessing in Each Trial.
For Every Problem Life Sends,
A Faithful Friend To Share,
For Every Sign, A Sweet Song,
And An Answer For Each Prayer.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Kevin, Fr. Juan & Fr. John and the parish staff of St. John’s and St. Joseph’s

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