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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
A Volunteer Luncheon will be held on Sunday, March 22nd, from 2:00-4:00 PM, to honor those who assist with Masses and/or offer services to others in the parish and community. If you are a registered volunteer, please pick up a registration form in the church vestibule. Your completed form may be placed in the Volunteer Luncheon box, collection basket, or dropped off at the parish office. We look forward to seeing you at the celebration!
SER DISCIPULOS MISIONEROS: Tres Noches de formación, por Padre Frank DeSiano, CCP, y Diacono Paolo Puccini, CSP. Hughes Center. Noviembre 9, 16, 23, 8:00 -9:00 PM. Durante estas noches, pueden explorar la exhortación “La Alegría del Evangelio” y descubrir nuestro encuentro con Cristo, su mensaje, y como formar una parroquia misionera.
BE MISSIONARY DISCIPLES: Three Nights of formation, by Father Frank DeSiano, CCP, and Diacono Paolo Puccini, CSP. Hughes Center November 9, 16, 23, 8:00 -9: 00 PM. During these nights, you can explore the exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” and discover our encounter with Christ, his message, and how to form a missionary parish.
The Parish Multicultural Festival will be held Saturday, October 19th, from 12:00-4:00 PM. Festivities will be both indoors and outdoors here at St. Matthias. Discount cards for a variety of area businesses and restaurants are available for purchase after Masses this weekend. We look forward to seeing you! To volunteer for this event, contact Thad Ereme at 301-459-4814 x 207.
Father Jack Kennealy, pastor, and Father Canice Enyiaka, resident at St. Matthias Parish, joined a group of parish & school volunteers and members of the Knights of Columbus to staff a concession stand at the stadium for a recent soccer game. For information about volunteering, contact Thad Ereme at 301-459-4814 x 207.
The Office Will Be Closed Thursday, July 4th & Friday, July 5th In Observance Of Independence Day
The Parish Office and School will be Closed Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day
Daily Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 AM
Confessions will be heard 7:00-8:00 PM
Adoration & Benediction WILL NOT BE HELD
Vigil Mass Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 PM
Mass in Spanish at 7 :00 PM
Regular Sunday Schedule, April 14 at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 6:00 PM
Monday, April 15: Daily Mass at 8:30am | Adoration 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Confessions 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 16: Daily Mass at 8:30am
Wednesday, April 17: Daily Mass at 8:30am | Student Presentation of the Last Supper 2:00pm
Holy Thursday, April 18
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm
Eucharistic Adoration Following Mass
Confessions 9:00-11:00 AM
Stations of the Cross 12:00 PM
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion with
Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion 7:30 PM
Holy Saturday April 20
Blessing of Easter Food and Baskets 12:00 PM
Easter Vigil 8:00 PM
(No 5:00 PM or 7:00 PM Masses)
Easter Sunday April 21
Masses at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM (Spanish)
(No 6:00 PM Mass)
Please note that the parish office will be closed Thursday through Monday, April 18-22. The parish office will re-open Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00am.