We are excited to open again for mass! As you know, due to COVID-19, there are many precautions we must take for health and safety of all our parishioners and friends as we once again begin public celebrations of the Mass. Part of these precautions will be to limit the number of seats available to insure proper social distancing between people. A mask or facial covering must be worn to attend a Mass.
You can register below or you can also call our office to register.
Attendees MUST arrive 15 minutes before Mass begins.
Sign up will be open 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and end on Friday at 12:00 noon.
Saturday July 11th, 2020 | Sabado 11 de Julio, 2020
Sunday July 12th, 2020 | Domingo 12 de Julio, 2020
From Credit Cards to Students Loans: Managing Your Debt During COVID19
Catholic Charities Financial Stability Network is offering a free taped webinar reviewing how parishioners can best manage students loans, credit cards, mortgage debt during COVID 19.
Domestic Violence (Zoom Webinar in Spanish) Saturday May 23th, 10 am
Catholic Charities Parish Partners Program will host a zoom webinar: Supporting Families Suffering Domestic Violence at Home. Join us to learn how to help family, friends, parishioners suffering domestic abuse. Learn how your parish outreach can help. This webinar is in Spanish. To participate in the workshop Saturday, May 23rd, 10 am:
Seminario virtual en español sobre la violencia domestica (Zoom Webinar)
Sábado 23 de Mayo, 10 am
El Programa de Parish Partners de Caridades Católicas organizará un seminario web de zoom: Apoyo a las familias que sufren violencia doméstica en el hogar. Acompáñenos a aprender cómo ayudar a familiares, amigos, feligreses que sufren abuso doméstico. Conozca cómo su alcance parroquial puede ayudar. Este seminario web está en español. Para participar en el taller sábado 23 de mayo, 10 am: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82209058423?pwd=SWhjQ3pOMTBxY2szN0xYcmRZWXFQUT09
Stress Reduction Workshop Offered by Catholic Health Ministry Leader
Donna Chacko, a St. Mark Catholic Church Health Ministry leader and a retired physician, is offering a faith-based stress reduction workshop online, Three Keys to Less Stress During the COVID-19 Crisis. It is free and open to all.
En estos tiempos de crisis y de lucha contra el COVID-19, ofreceles una vez más el programa “Menos Estrés” de forma gratuita.
The Spanish link: https://www.serenityandhealth.com/tresclaves
The English link: https://www.serenityandhealth.com/covid19guide
For more information contact Donna Chacko firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grief Brief #24
Losing a loved one to death is always a difficult experience for family members, acquaintances, and friends. There is a large measure of sadness in the hearts and lives of those who will be grieving. The Funeral Mass, a Memorial Service, or a Celebration of Life Event can help, all who have lost someone, to honor and remember those persons, as they mourn.
A very ardent wish of those losing a loved one to death is to be present as their person leaves this present life. Being able to say words of assurance as well as farewells, being able to pray or even to sing as one gathers near the dying person is desired by so many. Some would choose to hold the hand or give a last hug or kiss to their dying loved one. Words of assurance and support that are offered by a priest, minister, or a member of the Pastoral Care Team in a given facility are so comforting to all present around the death bed.
We are all aware of the terrible virus that has invaded our world. Life is so very different as the pandemic rages. Hundreds and thousands of persons around the world are stricken by this cruel virus. They have been separated from loved ones and remain in the critical care settings of hospitals or are quarantined in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Centers, or Group Living Facilities. There have been strict isolation procedures put in place for all who struggle with the illness. Families are being asked to quarantine themselves and to shelter in place. The facilities housing the ill are “off limits” to them.
We know all too well that many of the persons struggling with Corona Virus (Covid -19) will die, and that is in large numbers. Death, in the many facilities where they are cared for by heroic doctors, nurses, and other dedicated health care workers, will not include the presence of the beloved family members or friends. How very different this death experience is from what we spoke of earlier. Because of the lethality of this virus only health care givers have contact with the sick patients. Death, for the most part, occurs with loved ones learning of it after it has occurred. Health care providers try to convey this news in a compassionate manner, but it is little comfort to loved ones who have been blocked from gathering around the bedside.
When we consider this scenario, we realize how very different the experience of death and grief is for those who have lost their loved ones in such tragic circumstances. Will their grieving not be much more difficult? Grieve they will, and grieve they must, but a large measure of caring and compassion must be there for them. Under the present situation, and due to staggering numbers of deaths, funeral services and burials are often postponed for a later time.
As we remember with deep gratitude the front line caregivers who render heroic services to our loved ones, we also lift up our hearts in prayer for the many families who are forced to face their losses under these dire circumstances.
Grief Brief #23
I thought it most appropriate at this time to address the personal, emotional impact the present pandemic has had upon us. The focus in this Grief Brief will be upon the very strong feelings it has stirred up in each of us.
We may have had a personal loss before our country was stricken with this major health crisis. Perhaps there may have been losses of friends, acquaintances, or family members who have died presently from the virus. This has, no doubt, caused great sadness, especially if we had not yet healed from a grief experience that occurred in the past. Adding to this, we may have come to know renewed sadness, a deeper sense of loss, and perhaps anger over all that is transpiring.
We look now at these feelings and how we can adequately cope with them. First and foremost, our deep sadness or renewed sadness is very real. We have lost and may continue to be losing persons known and dear to us. We can’t deny the sorrow that has arisen within us. Having some means to communicate this sadness is important. If we are fortunate to have compassionate, trusting persons in our lives we can certainly talk about these sad, troubling feelings. Talking can relieve the burden of strong feelings over time. Listeners who are accepting of the deep feelings that a person is experiencing and can provide the comfort of a caring and listening heart will offer a true gift. We talk as much and as often as we need to and don’t deny how difficult life has become for us.
For those who are less connected with others there is always the choice of writing out one’s feelings. Journaling, as much or as little as needed to bring relief from stored feelings, is always helpful. Talking, as well as writing might be a need for some. The important thing is that once expressed, these pent up feelings are liberated, at least for a while, from saddened and hurting hearts and minds. These feelings are much too strong to deny. Many will turn to their God to communicate what they are experiencing and to receive the needed strength to go on.
Anger over what has occurred and is still occurring can easily accompany the sadness we feel. Anger arises easily when we realize how our lives have been radically changed. Life, as we know it, now seems to have placed unbelievable burdens upon families, friends, and people, in general. Life is filled with unfair circumstances caused by the relentless virus.
As we consider the many angry feelings that well up within us, we are led to question the meaning of it all. How have our lives been changed? How has our world changed? Can there be any positive outcomes from this experience? What is next for our lives?
The outpouring of care and concern for the afflicted is duly noted by all. The concern of those providing care so tirelessly touches the hearts of all who witness it, calling forth depths of gratitude. Efforts to reach out and help, where needed, are visible and are increasing each day. Finding meaning in it all, as already mentioned, and recognizing the many efforts in place to mediate the situation, leads us to do some very deep thinking.
But what about the anger? Will it go away on its own? Taking measures to alleviate it through positive means are so necessary. Once again, talking out the many causes of our anger, or writing them out is helpful. When blaming, criticizing, or questioning take precedence these can lead us to a very unsatisfying and unhealthy place. Taking care of oneself in whatever ways that will keep us strong in body and spirit is paramount. Reaching out to help others in any ways that are possible, will provide an avenue for dissipating sadness, anger, or whatever feelings that might be troubling us. Crying out to the God we know, much as the psalmists and prophets of old have done, can help as well.
Being able to survive these devastating circumstances by taking the measures that will keep us well, balanced, and emotionally strong will undoubtedly bring us to the place where we might choose to be.
Read this article from the Catholic Standard about Catholic Charities new outreach program to help low/no income individuals and families collect $1,200/adult plus $500/child from the IRS.
Join us on the St. Matthias Facebook page again at 11:30am for another Sunday Live-Stream Mass
Join us on the St. Matthias Facebook page for Good Friday, and Easter Sunday Live-Stream Services:
- Good Friday 7:00 PM
- Easter Sunday Masses at 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Sign up at https://stmatthias.flocknote.com/ or by texting SAINTMATTHIAS to 84576
While on vacation to see a friend from seminary, big unprecedented changes occurred at home. The new reality began the 2nd Sunday of Lent with no sign of peace and no holy water. The small restrictions in the parish gave way to larger restrictions in our state and nation as the virus continued to spread. It is with respect and obedience to Archbishop Gregory that, until further notice, there are no public Masses in the Archdiocese, except to include immediate family members for funerals and weddings. I understand how difficult this is considering the importance of gathering together as a community to worship God, to hear His Word, and receive Jesus in the Eucharist. We pray that the virus will soon run its course, and that over time, restrictions will be reduced. In the meantime, the Diocese does have many on-line resources listed in the bulletin to continue our Lenten journey, as well as Mass on TV. Although this cannot substitute for the public Mass, it can help us to continue to pray for the health and safety of people who are ill, our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, our first responders Lenten journey, as well as Mass on TV and although this can’t substitute for the public Mass it can help us to continue to pray for the health and safety of people that are ill, our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, our first responders, and many others who are selflessly giving in this time of great need.
I will continue to hear confessions on an individual basis. Please give me a call at (301) 459-4814 ext. 229 and leave a message. The adoration chapel is still open, and I will consider opening the Church during the day for prayer and reflection as we come toward Easter, if there is no resolution. Obviously, if you are sick or coughing, please in charity, DO NOT COME to the Church. If you are in the Church or chapel, please maintain a 6 feet minimum distance from others, consistent with safety guidelines.
Visits to the sick, to those in nursing care facilities or hospitals, have been suspended in order to protect our vulnerable adults from possible virus infection. I thank Deacon Davis and the many wonderful volunteers in this parish who bring communion and visits to the sick.
Our parish school will be deep cleaned over the next week. You can be assured that the chapel and church will be cleaned regularly. The parish office is open and will remain open unless we are directed otherwise. For those able to contribute, we thank you for using your envelopes or Faith Direct. Pray for Fr. Canice and me and be assured of our prayers for you during this most somber of Lents.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Jack Kennealy