December 6, 2020: Second Sunday of Advent


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 Live Stream while adding the In-Person Mass and therefore times have been adjusted. Remembering we are acting as one parish with two locations, both Blessed Sacrament parishioners and Saint Matthew parishioners are invited to attend any of the In-Person Masses. Here is the upcoming schedule for the next few weekends:


December 6 Livestream Mass (no congregation) from Blessed Sacrament at 9:30 AM

                          In-person Mass (congregation may attend) at Saint Matthew at 11:30 AM

Registration is CLOSED for this Sunday, 12/6.  Registration for Sunday, 12/13 will open on Monday, 12/7!

December 13 Livestream Mass (no congregation) from Saint Matthew at 9:30 AM

                             In-person Mass (congregation may attend) at Blessed Sacrament at 11:30 AM

December 20 Livestream Mass (no congregation) from Blessed Sacrament at 9:30 AM

                            In-person Mass (congregation may attend) at Saint Matthew at 11:30 AM


In-Person Masses

  • 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,

Fr. Joe




  • A Catholic Response to an Epidemic Please note that some of this information was published before all Parishes were closed.
  • Magnificat online – free resources for prayer including each day’s Readings for Mass (weekdays and weekends), Liturgy of the Hours, and more.  To access the Readings for Mass, scroll down to Magnificat online edition, U.S. edition.
  • My Parish App This the Readings and prayers for the Sunday Celebration of the Mass and much more!
  • Find more resources here!



Faith Formation late pick-up of program materials!

Here is how you can pick up the program materials – bring your faith formation bag and pocket folder:

  • Email Dorris ( and arrange for time to stop by her house.  She’s working from home and has the materials at her house.  You can stop by at a time convenient for you.  Once you email her, she will send you her address.


  • Or:  Come to Saint Matthew on Sunday, December 6th (the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas!) between 12:30 and 1 PM for pick-up at the entrance on the Loch Raven parking lot.  Please park and come into the vestibule and wear your mask!




Advent Bible Study!

We are offering an Advent Bible Study on Thursday, December 10th, and 17th!

Join us by Zoom using the following link:

You can also call in at 301-715-8592 with the dial in code 86893786919#.  Feel free to invite family and friends!







Sign up for Christmas flower memorials by Monday, December 14th, by clicking the picture above!








Pick up 2021 envelope boxes at in-person Mass!

It’s that time of year!  Pick up your 2021 envelope box at in-person Mass!  All envelopes must be picked up by the Fourth Sunday of Advent (in-person Mass on December 20th).  Envelopes can also be picked up by arranging a time with Chris (call 410-433-2300 or email during office hours (Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 12 noon).  All envelopes must be picked up by Sunday, December 20th, prior to Christmas!  In case you need a reminder, here are some tips on how to use your envelopes!  Just a reminder that all Parishioners using GiveCentral do not receive envelopes.  It’s never too later to sign up for online giving by clicking here!  Thanks for your continued generosity to Saint Matthew!





Online Rosary – Saturdays at 10 AM:

As covid-19 and other challenges to our society continue to be with us, our prayers and our actions are still needed!  Therefore, you are invited to join us for a chat, share what you are experiencing, and share what you would like to pray for as we pray the Rosary together.

For this meeting we ask you to register, just for an added layer of security. To register click this link and follow the directions:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.  You can register up until Saturday morning at 9:30 AM.



Weekly Bible Study with Deacon Paul from Blessed Sacrament – Thursdays from 8 to 9 PM:

This Bible Study is conducted by phone conference and the conversation concerns the Readings for the coming Sunday.  Anyone is welcome to call in and participate or simply listen.

The number to call is:  425-436-6356 

When asked for the code dial:  698937

The Readings for each week’s Bible Study can be found on the USCCB website at the following link:


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.

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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