Please Note: All Parish activities including weekend and weekday Masses at the Country Church have been suspended out of the care for the health of you, the parishioners of St. Ignatius, until further notice.
The Archbishop has dispensed all the faithful of the Archdiocese from the Sunday Mass obligation; and for parishes where all Masses exceed 10, weekend Masses may be suspended for the next two weekends.
Governor Larry Hogan has mandated a state order at this time of Public Emergency that there should be no public gatherings in
Maryland with over 50 persons in attendance.
Out of an abundance of care for your health, as the parishioners of St. Ignatius Parish, all masses have been suspended until further notice.
If you wish to spiritually participate in Mass for this Sunday, please go to the following weblink: www.e-stignatius.org/mass-videos The Mass video will be available by 5:30pm on Saturdays.
If someone is in need of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please call the parish and I will schedule time to meet with you.
I ask for your prayers for our community and our country, as we respond to the COVID-19 virus.
Michael J. Jendrek
Pastor’s Note March 12 2020
As your pastor, I have been carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our parish. I have been in consultation with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, members of our parish staff, and reviewing statements from public health agencies. Since the virus is spread by personal contact, containment efforts stress social distancing by restricting travel, meetings and other gatherings.
Accordingly, I inform you that I have decided to take the following actions to protect parishioners and our staff members, and visitors to our parish:
- Cancel all personal contact meetings, including Faith Formation Classes, Bible Studies, group meetings at the parish facilities, until further notice.
- Cancel all planned events, where people would gather, until further notice.
There are many ways to continue parish operations without face to face contact, to include:
- Conduct meetings by conference call, Skype, Google Groups or other methods.
- Use a webinar service for large meetings like monthly meetings.
- Use of cell phone, email or text to communicate with parish staff members.
- Use of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) for parish communications.
- Set up call trees to contact parishioners and to ascertain their wellbeing.
- Use of On-line Giving applications for contributions.
Additional up-to-date information is available for you and your family members on the websites of the:
Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov)
World Health Organization (www.who.int)
Remember that those who are 60 years of age or older, and anyone who is medically compromised are highly vulnerable to this disease.
This is a moment to deepen our commitment to Jesus Christ and our commitment to the mission of the Church. There will, no doubt, be many opportunities in coming weeks to live out our call to discipleship within our families, to our neighbors and to larger communities of our fellow citizens. May God bless you and your loved ones. Please know that each of you is in my prayers each day, and please pray for your parish staff during this challenging time.
Rev. Michael J. Jendrek