Note from the Pastor
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
Having dinner with St Mary’s new Pastor, Fr. Evelio, tonite. He is a marvelous priest!
Cardinal Wuerl has appointed Deacon Alton Davis, Jr to a diaconal ministry at St. Matthias Parish effective August 15, 2015. Deacon Davis will assist at Masses as well as serve the ministry of charity and justice to the homebound of the parish. More news in the next bulletin.
God is so good to us. Praise his name in thanksgiving.
tomorrow evening or Sat morn I will disappear from the scene for a few days away from the parish to celebrate with some 45/120 cousins gathering in Ocean City.
On Tuesday Fr Francis will arrive from Nigeria. I am confident some from the African community will invite him to dinner until I return on the 9th.
Be certain to tell him how fortunate he is to be living with me at Ignatius House!!!!!! Most likely I will be the blessed to be living with him.
Have a great holiday!
The African Community welcomes all Mothers (plus spouses and children) to a reception following the 10:30 Mass on Mother’s Day, May 10th. The place: Friendship Hall.
After some years of service to our parish, Mrs. Mary Young decided it was better to separate herself from her employment at the parish.
We are blessed to have volunteers who are helping us to fill in accomplishing the weekly work Mary did for the parish. Mass Cards are being cared for. The bulletin was prepared, sent to the publisher and will be in the church this weekend. Messages are being cared for by volunteers. We could use a few volunteers for several works if you are free.
May God be with you, Mary, in the days ahead. Enjoy your new freedom.
Just learned today that one of Randy Palmer’s brother died recently. Randy flew to England to be with other family members for funeral services where Randy’s brother lived.
Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord. let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.
Randy, our prayers go to God for your brother and his family.
remember in your prayers the brother, Roy Roberts, of Cybil Wilson who died a few days ago. Cybil has flown to Trinidad to be with her family. eternal rest grant to him O Lord.
St Matthias 3rd graders joined a pro
Father of Raymond Ihegbe passed away recently.