Special bulletin updates on coronavirus: November 13th, 2020
PLEASE call or check our website for ALL schedule changes.
The Parish office is available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 12 noon for drop-offs; all meetings are by appointment only. Please continue to send in your Offertory envelopes by mail, and consider signing up for GiveCentral online giving!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Update on the Parish office
Please note that the Parish office will be available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 12 noon for drop-offs; all meetings are by appointment only as of September 1st.
Friday, August 7, 2020
Revised: Update on Mass attendance/restrictions from yesterday
Please note that restrictions issued by the city on Thursday have been lifted on Friday, thus registration for Mass will continue on Monday online the same as it has for the last few weeks.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Update on Mass for this weekend
The city has just released a restriction on capacity for religious services to 25 people (indoors and outdoors). Because attendance at Blessed Sacrament is under 25, we will still hold public Mass on Sunday at 11:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament for those who signed up (registration is now closed for this Sunday). Livestream Mass at 9:30 AM is open to everyone and can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube (find the links on our website homepage: https://www.stmatthewbaltimore.org/ )
Details on Mass for next Sunday, August 16th at Saint Matthew will be released next week once plans have been made. Thanks for your cooperation and patience!
Monday, July 13, 2020
Beginning this Sunday, July 19th!
CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE for details on dates, registration, requirements prior to entering the church, and more!
You can watch the 9:30 AM Mass LIVE on Facebook and on YouTube every Sunday! Visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch recorded Masses from previous weeks.
Monday, July 6, 2020
Parish reopening letter
As we make plans to open the church for Mass once again, we want to give you some information to read over. Please know that we have taken into consideration keeping the livestream while adding the in-person Mass and therefore times have been adjusted. Remembering we are acting as one Parish with two locations, both Saint Matthew Parishioners and Blessed Sacrament Parishioners are invited to attend any of the in-person Masses. Here is the schedule for July:
July 12 – Livestream Mass (no congregation) from Saint Matthew at 9:30 AM
July 19 – Livestream Mass (no congregation) from Blessed Sacrament at 9:30 AM
In-person Mass (congregation may attend) at Saint Matthew Church at 11:30 AM
July 26 – Livestream Mass (no congregation) from Saint Matthew at 9:30 AM
In-person Mass (congregation may attend) at Blessed Sacrament at 11:30 AM
- Registration is required, as the number of attendees will be limited. A link will be sent to access the registration information.
- Important health screening questions will be included in this registration process. Click here for the questions.
We strongly recommend that you not attend Mass if you or someone in your household is pregnant or has a serious health condition. This is an act of charity and generosity towards your fellow Parishioners, and the Archbishop has granted dispensation for the Sunday Mass obligation for the foreseeable future.
When arriving for Mass, please know that…
1) Everyone over the age of five must wear a face covering that fully covers the nose and mouth and is secured to the person’s head.
2) You will be asked to respond to health screening questions again.
3) “No touch” thermometers will be used to take your temperature before being admitted.
4) Every household will be seated by our trained monitors; you cannot choose your seat (accommodations will be made for those with limited mobility or hearing issues).
Changes to Liturgy:
- Each household will be seated at least six feet from others, and all must wear masks.
- There will be no congregational singing – all Mass responses will be recited.
- No hymnals, Bibles, missals, or bulletins will be available.
- There will be a basket for your offering which you may use on your way to communion.
- Mass will conclude with communion – all receiving communion must receive the Body of Christ in the hand. All need to come forward to either receive communion, receive a blessing or to leave. All congregants must proceed directly out of the church building.
Please note that this message is only for informational purposes. It does not request or require a response.
Peace and love,
Friday, July 3, 2020
Important updates on in-person public Masses that will resume on Sunday, July 19th
Next Sunday, July 12th, we will have a livestream Mass from Saint Matthew at 9:30 AM (PLEASE NOTE that this is a new time). In two weeks, on Sunday, July 19th, we are beginning our new experience of opening the church for indoor public Mass. There will not be a Saturday evening Vigil Mass at this time. On Sundays, we will have a livestream Mass at 9:30 AM (with no public attendance) and a public Mass with a congregation at 11:30 AM. Saint Matthew and Blessed Sacrament are working together on the Mass schedule, so we will have one Mass each weekend at each Parish, one being livestream only and one being with public attendance. The locations will alternate each week for which will be livestream and in-person, but the 9:30 AM Mass will always be only through livestream and the 11:30 AM Mass will always be open to the public. When you come to the church, someone will meet you at the door, ask you a series of questions, take your temperature, and take you to your seat. You probably will not be sitting where you usually sit and everyone must wear a mask in order to enter the church and must keep it on the entire time you are anywhere inside the building. You will NOT be permitted to enter the church if you don’t have one and wear it. There will be instrumental music during Mass, but no congregation singing.
The schedule for Mass on Sunday, July 19th:
9:30 AM livestream Mass without a congregation at Blessed Sacrament and
11:30 AM Mass with a congregation at Saint Matthew.
We will try this schedule for a few weeks and see how it goes. We are open to changes and flexible as we go down this road and we will continually evaluate this schedule. We pray for caution, patience, peace, and understanding. We are taking careful steps to make sure our congregants and visitors are safe, and feel free to worship without fear or worry as they return to Mass. The Parish staff and Pastoral Councils of both Parishes have worked on these initial steps for reopening. Please let us know how you feel about these developments so we can make improvements as we proceed forward. Thanks so much for cooperation in this process. This is a trial and error method, so please continue to be extremely patient!
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Parish updates for Saint Matthew to active Parishioners
As of this writing, Baltimore City remains under a Stay-at-Home order and our churches (St. Matthew / Blessed Sacrament / NECC) are not yet open to the public While we make preparations to re-open in the future, adherence to CDC and Archdiocesan guidelines for health and safety will be critical. As a result, our masses will look a little different than they looked before Covid 19.
Some of the changes include:
– The number of parishioners admitted to attend mass will be limited.
– Everyone must wear mask and will be seated at a safe distance from others.
– There will be no congregational singing or exchanging the sign of peace.
We have a system in place for cleaning/sanitation of the facility, and will take every precaution to keep everyone safe. Nevertheless, you may decide not to attend mass for your own health and peace of mind. The archbishop’s dispensation from the obligation to attend mass remains in place and, be assured, we will continue to livestream weekly masses online for the foreseeable future.
As we look forward to re-opening our doors, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. Our goals are:
- To assess the approximate number of people who are inclined to attend mass on site.
- To verify contact information for each person/household in the parish.
Please reply via email concerning these 2 items to Chris in the Parish office: email@example.com
1) Let us know if you/your family are inclined to attend mass when services resume in the church
2) Confirm (or update) your email address
Your prompt response is crucial, and we ask that you reply no later than Sunday, June 28th.
Thank you for helping us to stay connected and to effectively accommodate our worship together once again. We will be in touch soon regarding the next phase of this process.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Reopening Our Parishes: A message from Archbishop Lori
Dear Friends in Christ,
Back in March, when we first had to suspend public Masses due to the coronavirus pandemic, I envisioned that perhaps by Divine Mercy Sunday or even Pentecost, we could all join for a large celebration of our faith. Sadly, that was too optimistic.
We are all eager to return to church and to the sacraments.
I am happy to announce that some of us, at least, will be able to return to Mass for the feast of Pentecost, though only at one-third the seating capacity of our churches.
There are two main considerations determining whether our parishes can open. First, it must be allowed by each local jurisdiction, who have different timelines due to the uneven number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Secondly, each parish must evaluate whether it is ready to open for public Masses.
There is a great deal of preparation our parishes must follow to keep you safe, since they will need appropriate resources and supplies to adequately clean and sanitize the church between services and sufficient staff to guide and direct those who attend Mass. Please be patient with your pastor and his staff during this time.
As we know by now, the effects of the virus and its spread are not in any way consistent. We also know that the threat has not passed. For the sake of those prone to the most severe effects of the coronavirus, we have an obligation to abide by those guidelines. We remain committed to being vigilant and diligent in our efforts to mitigate the risk of exposure for all.
All along, we have balanced public health concerns and pastoral concerns – and although the two go hand-in-hand, it has not always been easy. It’s not a very pastoral thing to put people in harm’s way.
If you are vulnerable, sick or simply apprehensive about gathering with others at this time, consider staying at home. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will remain in effect through Phase II of our reopening. Many locations will continue to offer Masses online for the time being.
Most importantly, I urge you to demonstrate charity, continued patience and understanding, as together we adapt to these circumstances, and continue to be mindful of the risks that are still very real.
We have produced a video that explains “What to Expect When You Return to Mass.” We also have a lot of resources including the official archdiocesan guidelines, pastoral resources, answers to frequently asked questions and information on practicing your faith at home on our website at archbalt.org/coronavirus. The Catholic Review continues to provide fresh news coverage about the church’s response to the pandemic; please subscribe to the free, twice-weekly e-newsletter for the latest updates.
I also encourage you to download the myParish App, since many parishes will be using resources within the app for “hymnal-free Masses” with the readings and prayers for the Sunday celebration of the Mass. Whether you are in church or at home, the resources are useful.
As we make our way through this process, please keep in mind that the Lord is still with us. He still loves us. We are still being guided by His provident care for us. The Lord has guided us in the Church and whole societies through difficult times in the past. He will not fail us now. If ever there was a time when we needed to strengthen our faith, to cling to our hope and to deepen our love, it’s now.
We cannot do all – or any – of this through our efforts alone. It’s something the Holy Spirit does in us, and the Holy Spirit will work through us. As we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, let us welcome the Holy Spirit into our homes and our churches so as to renew in us a deep sense of faith and hunger for the Lord.
We must be people of hope, but also a people of kindness and generosity. If ever there was a time to practice Christian charity in its fullness, it’s now.
I will keep you in my prayers, and I ask that you keep your priests, parish staffs and me in yours.
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore
Archbishop Lori has recorded three separate video messages in anticipation of reopening for Parishioners, Eucharistic Ministers, and Ushers.
- Reopening Our Parishes: A Message from Archbishop Lori to Parishioners: https://youtu.be/cqFhDP3Gx4w
- Reopening Our Parishes: A Message from Archbishop Lori to Eucharistic Ministers: https://youtu.be/MFBsMg2vNkM
- Reopening Our Parishes: A Message from Archbishop Lori to Ushers: https://youtu.be/yRi_dsconSo
The Archdiocese of Baltimore and myParish app received permission from the USCCB to create a digital worship aid – including the Readings – in the app for each Sunday through the end of the Liturgical Year (November 22nd, 2020). This will help Parishes enable a “hymnal-free Mass” and will be updated weekly. Everyone is encouraged to please download the app http://www.myparishapp.com/ – available on Apple iOS and Google Android – and bring their smartphone to Mass. This can be a useful tool for those who come to church or continue to watch Mass online, since the Readings and prayers are all in one place in the app.
Friday, May 15, 2020
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced that Churches will reopen for Baptisms, Confessions, funerals, private prayer, and weddings as part of Phase One of the reopening process at the discretion of each Pastor for each Parish as to when they will begin to open for these Sacraments. The limit of individuals in any Church buildings will be 10 people. All Masses will still be Celebrated privately and will continued to be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Phase Two will take effect the weekend of May 30th and 31st (Pentecost Sunday); public Masses can resume at this time, but will be very different from how they were prior to the pandemic outbreak. A video with detailed information on how it will look when you return to Mass is posted on our website as well as articles written by Archbishop Lori on the reopening process. Stay tuned for more very important details on how Saint Matthew will begin its process of reopening. We might not open as soon as Pentecost Sunday depending on if we feel we are ready to do so safely. Updates will be shared via our electronic bulletin, Flocknote email list, social media, and our website. Thank you for your continued prayers, cooperation, and patience as we work through these very challenging times together.
Check out the following articles: #1 ; #2.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
Monday, May 4, 2020
An update from Archbishop Lori on plans for reopening:
Dear Friends in Christ,
I know how difficult it has been for so many of you over these last several weeks to be physically separated from your parishes and the sacraments. It has been difficult for the clergy and religious of our Archdiocese who also wish very much to be together for Mass and to be present to you, especially at this difficult time.
We limited the celebration of Mass to private offerings without the physical presence of the faithful as a way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping you and all our fellow Marylanders safe during this time of crisis.
Although many of our priests and parish leaders have done a wonderful job providing for livestream Masses, I know how deeply our people yearn to come to Mass and receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament or find forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.
We all long for a return to face-to-face fellowship, faith sharing and community.
To that end, we have begun the work of developing a plan for the careful and gradual reopening of our churches.
Over the last several weeks, I have been meeting via videoconferences with groups of priests and laity from across the Archdiocese of Baltimore. I have listened to their concerns and sought their input on the best ways of reopening our parishes.
I have also consulted with the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the Presbyteral Council and parish catechetical leaders. In addition, I have received regular updates from civic leaders and public health officials and the Archdiocese has a representative on the Governor’s advisory group of faith leaders.
A subcommittee on the archdiocesan coronavirus taskforce is now in the final stages of developing plans for how we will reopen our parishes as soon as it is safe to do so. I can report to you now that the plan will place the safety of everyone in our community at the forefront of everything we do.
Our actions will be informed by Gov. Larry Hogan’s three-stage process for reopening the State of Maryland. We will also work in concert with other dioceses in our region to provide a coordinated and consistent approach.
In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, our first step will be to reopen churches for private prayer. The number of people gathering for private prayer, such as for eucharistic adoration, will be strictly limited at first and there will be social distancing requirements in place.
Also in the first stage of reopening, confessions, weddings, funerals and baptisms will resume – all with limits on the number of people present and with social distancing practices in place.
Public Masses will most likely resume in a second stage of reopening, again with social distancing practices in place and limits on attendance.
Even when public Masses begin again, not every parish will be able to make them available. Some of our larger parishes may find it difficult to limit attendance at Mass and may choose to delay offering public Masses. Know that pastors will work with regional vicars to collaborate with other nearby parishes to make Masses available regionally. Eventually, Masses will be made available without limitations on attendance.
Once Masses begin, the obligation to attend will initially remain suspended, understanding that people may not immediately feel comfortable gathering in large groups. Anyone who is ill or is vulnerable due to an existing health condition will be asked not to attend Masses. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to Mass.
Our public Masses will look different from our liturgies prior to the pandemic because of social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. You will notice that the Sign of Peace might be omitted or limited and that we will not be offering the Precious Blood during the distribution of the Eucharist. Our priests and deacons might not be able to greet you before or after Mass and there may be some changes in how we line up to receive the Blessed Sacrament. There will also be mandatory spacing of families and individuals in pews and a requirement for the masking of faces.
Once plans are finalized, we will share detailed guidance for our parish leaders and our entire faith community. The details of those plans will be made public in the days ahead on the archdiocesan website, www.archbalt.org.
While I believe the first phase of our plan will be able to be safely implemented relatively soon, I do not have an exact timeline for when this will take place. We will move forward when it is safe, relying on the informed guidance of health and state officials. I ask for your continued patience as we will navigate what will be a complex and challenging process for all of us.
For all the latest concerning the pandemic and news of our Archdiocese, please sign up here for the Catholic Review’s free enewsletter that is distributed twice a week via email or text messages.
I’m looking forward to the day when I can celebrate Mass with you again. To be able to celebrate the Chrism Mass, when we will bless the holy oils used in the sacraments, and to be able to ordain new priests for our Archdiocese will be special moments of joy for me and the entire Archdiocese.
Until then, you and your families remain in my prayers.
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore
Monday, March 30, 2020
Today, Governor Hogan issued a “stay-at-home” order, effective 8 PM today, to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Effective 8 PM today, all Catholic Churches will be closed until further notice. This prohibits private prayer and confessions of any kind at churches in the Archdiocese. Every Parish is now a virtual church and will continue to use technology and other resources to stay connected to Parishioners and to enrich their faith lives as we approach Holy Week and Easter, the Holiest Days in the Church calendar.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Dear Parish communities of Saint Matthew and Blessed Sacrament,
Following Governor Hogan’s press conference yesterday and the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s guidelines on non-essential businesses closing, the Parish office at Saint Matthew and Blessed Sacrament are both CLOSED until further notice. Please continue to send in your Offertory envelopes by mail as we still rely on your generosity to pay our bills, including staff salaries. If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing up for GiveCentral online giving (Saint Matthew only). This ensures that your gifts will be received by the Parish throughout this crisis while we are not able to offer public Masses. If you need to contact Fr. Joe or anyone on the Parish staff, we will still receive calls and emails remotely.
This information will be updated with modifications as the circumstances change. If you know of anyone who would like to receive these updates, please have them call or email the Parish office and leave their contact information. If you have changed your address or phone number, please call or email us. Please join our Parish Flocknote email list to automatically receive these updates if you haven’t already done so: https://stmatthewbaltimore.flocknote.com/ A page on our website has been created with links, videos, and other resources for continuing your faith journey at home and ONE weekend Mass will be livestreamed. A link to both of these is located on our website’s homepage: www.stmatthewbaltimore.org
Please continue to pray for each other.
Fr. Joe Muth, Saint Matthew, and Blessed Sacrament staffs
We will livestream ONE weekend Mass each week until public Masses resume. Check our homepage for the specific time each week. You can view the Mass live on Facebook and on YouTube. Visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch recorded Masses from previous weeks. Feel free to share these links with others who might be interested in watching!
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Dear Parish communities of Saint Matthew and Blessed Sacrament,
We recognize that many people are anxious, concerned, and worried about the coronavirus crisis. We understand and are keeping everyone in prayer. Here is the latest information for Saint Matthew and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. More updates will follow as we see a need to respond. The coronavirus has caused all groups to cancel and postpone events. We are submitting this information to you to help clarify the situation for our Parishes.
During the coronavirus crisis, both Parishes are following the instructions of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the State of Maryland. The Church building and the chapel are off limits for the duration of the crisis and will not be available for Masses or private prayer. No large group meetings are allowed. If you need to visit the office for any reason, you must have an appointment by calling 410-433-2300 or email the specific staff member you wish to visit. The office is not operating on a normal schedule for the duration of this situation, so at any point in time there might not be anyone on the property. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We realize that some people may feel isolated at this time. If you want a prayer partner to pray with and talk to, please contact the office.
This information will be updated with modifications as the circumstances change. If you know of anyone who would like to receive these updates, please have them call or email the Parish office and leave their contact information. If you have changed your address or phone number, please call or email us. Please join our Parish Flocknote email list to automatically receive these updates if you haven’t already done so: https://stmatthewbaltimore.flocknote.com/ A page on our website has been created with links, videos, and other resources for continuing your faith journey at home. A link to the page is located on our website’s homepage: www.stmatthewbaltimore.org
Pray for each other and keep your distance. If you feel ill, please stay at home.
Fr. Joe Muth, Saint Matthew, and Blessed Sacrament staffs
Masses Cancelled in the Archdiocese of Baltimore
For Immediate Release
Saturday, March 14, 2020
After receiving an update from State officials late today on the current impact of the COVID-19 virus and acting on the advice of medical professionals, Archbishop William E. Lori has determined that to safeguard the well-being the faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and to prevent further community spread of the virus, all public Masses are canceled until further notice.
Archbishop Lori will celebrate a private Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen at 11 a.m. Sunday. A livestream of the Mass, along with other spiritual resources, will be available through www.archbalt.org
The faithful are encouraged to remain connected to their parishes and invited to participate in the Mass via broadcast and livestream.
“My highest priority is the safety and welfare of the people of God of this Archdiocese,” Archbishop Lori said. “I take this step with great sadness, but also with wholehearted determination that we continue to provide for the spiritual well-being of the faithful at a time when their faith is most needed.”
Please check this page for all Parish updates, including event cancellations. All information here will also be sent out via our Parish email list (click here to sign up for the list), posted on our website homepage, and will be on the recording on our phone system. A page on our website has been created with links, videos, and other resources for continuing your faith journey at home and ONE weekend Mass will be livestreamed. A link to both of these is located on our website’s homepage: www.stmatthewbaltimore.org
In addition, please visit the Archdiocese’s page on this situation which will be updated in detail as more developments take place and more information becomes available.