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Current Updates re: Our Response to COVID-19

Created: Friday 3/13


Last Updated: Thursday 5/14


Mass Webcast

Mass webcast is available by livestream only (no public attendance) 

  • Monday through Friday at 7am and 5:30pm
  • Saturday at 7am
  • Sunday at 11am

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Thursday 5/14 at 5:30pm:

Greetings, Cathedral families,

After Governor Hogan’s announcements yesterday and Mayor Young’s announcements today, we wanted to reach out and clarify our schedule.

The Archdiocese has approved us to move to the “Archdiocese Phase 1,” meaning Cathedral will be open for private prayer, Confessions, baptisms, weddings, and funerals, as long as the 10-person limit inside the Cathedral is observed.

Starting this Saturday, May 16:

  • Cathedral church will be open for private prayer: 
    • Mondays through Saturdays from 8am to 4pm
    • Sundays from 12:30pm to 4pm.
  • Confessions will be offered on Saturdays from 4pm to 5pm.
  • Masses will continue to be celebrated without the faithful present.
  • Masses will still be livestreamed! See webcast schedule and info here (no updates).

Before coming to the Cathedral, please:

  • Bring a mask. We ask that cloth (or more advanced) masks are worn at all times inside the Cathedral.
  • Take your temperature. If you have a fever, please do not come. If you are feeling sick in any way, please do not come.
  • Use the restroom, to minimize the amount of people sharing this public space.

When you arrive:

  • Please enter through the main doors (in the narthex – back of the church as you face the altar).
  • Wear your mask the entire time.
  • Please listen to the ushers/staff. We do need to adhere to the 10-person limit, until we hear otherwise from city authorities. Ushers may ask you to wait outside before entering, and/or direct you where to go upon entering. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.
  • Confessions will not be held in the Confessionals. For best safety practices, Confessions will be in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (one priest) and the St. Joseph Chapel (second priest). Please wait in the nave (main pews) for an usher to guide you to a chapel.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available in various locations – please use it liberally.

Thank you for your understanding throughout this time. We are grateful for you!
Peace,
Msgr. Woy, Fr. Kevin, and the Cathedral staff



Thursday 5/14 at 1pm:

Dear Cathedral families,
 
The Governor announced that, effective Friday, May 15 at 5 PM, churches may begin holding indoor services up to 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 individuals in attendance while maintaining physical distancing and hygiene (masks, washing hands) protocols.  Preparations are in progress for re-opening the Cathedral. 
 
The Archdiocese is expected to issue guidance shortly on its Phase I Plan for re-opening of churches, which will be in accordance with local government guidelines. There are many factors that need to be considered, including supply availability, differing guidance from the local jurisdictions, preparation of church facilities, etc.
 
Until further notice, the Archdiocese of Baltimore Phase I guidelines remain in effect which state:

"Daily and Sunday Masses will continue to be held without the presence of the faithful during Phase 1. Therefore: 
Archbishop Lori has extended his dispensation of the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Parishes will continue to make Masses available to the faithful through such means as internet live-stream or recording, television, and radio, thereby ensuring that the faithful may maintain a spiritual connection with their local church.
Only wedding and funeral Masses may be held with the presence of the faithful during Phase I..."

Read the full guidelines here.
 
Please stay tuned for specific information as to when the Cathedral will re-open for private prayer, confessions and the public celebration of Mass.  Until further guidance is received and communicated to you, our Masses will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook and You Tube, with no presence of the public.  We will communicate any updates via this email list.

Thank you for your support - we're praying for you!
-Monsignor Woy, Father Kevin, and the Cathedral staff


Monday 3/30:

Today, Governor Hogan issued a “stay-at-home” order, effective 8pm today, to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Effective 8 p.m. 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.

Ways to still connect with us:

  • Mass webcast here 7am and 5:30pm (M-F), 7am (Sat.), and 11am (Su.) - available by livestream only (no public attendance) You can also watch in our app - myParish app! Download myParish app by texting "app" to 88202 or visiting the App store. 
  • Angelus: Fr. Kevin says the Angelus on Facebook and Instagram Live 12noon every day.
  • Rosary: Monsignor Woy is webcasting the Rosary, and we're sharing it on Facebook every day at 3pm. Watch on our YouTube channel playlist here.
  • Stations of the Cross every Friday at 4:45pm webcast here with Archbishop Lori.
  • Additionally, we have Renew, Recharge, Respond, a thrice-weekly email newsletter that supports parishioners continuing to engage with their faith. To sign up, click here or email Beth Mayr at [email protected].

Please know that our staff are still checking emails and voicemails. You may leave a message at 410-464-4000 and our staff will reply to your call. 

Know that we are praying for you and for an end to this pandemic. Pray along with us here.

Blessings,
Monsignor Woy, Fr. Kevin, and the Cathedral staff


Wednesday 3/18:

The Cathedral continues to provide such opportunity for engagement:

  • Mass webcast here 7am and 5:30pm (M-F), 7am (Sat.), and 11am (Su.) - available by livestream only (no public attendance)You can also watch in our app - myParish app! Download myParish app by texting "app" to 88202 or visiting the App store. 
  • Private prayer: The church will be open M-Sa. from 8am to 4pm and Su. from 12:30pm to 4pm for private prayer.*
  • Rosary: Monsignor Woy is webcasting the Rosary, and we're sharing it on Facebook every day at 3pm. Watch on our YouTube channel playlist here.
  • Confessions: The church will be open Saturdays for Confessions in the chapel from 4pm to 4:45pm.*
    • Procedure: Confessions will be held in the chapel, NOT in the Confessionals. No more than 10 people are allowed in the church at any time - this will be monitored by a staff member. Please be kind and listen accordingly for directions on where to go at what time.
  • Stations of the Cross every Friday at 4:45pm webcast here with Archbishop Lori.
  • Angelus: Fr. Kevin says the Angelus on Facebook and Instagram Live 12noon every day.

Additionally, we have Renew, Recharge, Respond, a thrice-weekly email newsletter that supports parishioners continuing to engage with their faith. To sign up, click here or email Beth Mayr at [email protected].


Monday 3/16:

The Cathedral is open from 8am to 4pm (Mon - Sat.) and Sunday from 12:30pm to 4pm for personal prayer. There will be no public acts of worship other than those that are livestreamed, all of which are taking place without the physical presence of the faithful. Individual personal devotions of any kind are welcome at this time when prayer is so necessary, provided that proper social distancing is maintained. Please clean your hands upon entering—restrooms are located in the narthex, and downstairs at either end of the Church.

If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from entering. This is an act of charity to safeguard the wellbeing of your fellow parishioners. You are welcome to join our community online. Both the 7AM and 5:30PM weekday Masses will be livestreamed. Info here: www.cathedralofmary.org/webcast.
 
God bless you during this difficult time.


Saturday 3/14: 

Masses in the Archdiocese are cancelled effective immediately. Learn more: https://www.archbalt.org/masses-cancelled-in-archdiocese-of-baltimore/

Watch our webcast of Masses here: https://www.cathedralofmary.org/about/webcast


Friday 3/13:

Dear Friends,

You never know what challenges life will present to you. Certainly, the current coronavirus outbreak is impacting us in ways we could never have imagined just 2 weeks ago. Following the governor’s press conference on Thursday afternoon, parishes across the Archdiocese of Baltimore have enacted several important changes to proactively limit the spread of the disease, principally, by reducing in-person social contact to the extent possible. 

Our primary goal in the coming weeks is to look out for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of all parishioners and those we encounter, especially the at-risk and vulnerable. Our hope is to continue to foster the sacramental life of the parish with as little disruption as possible, always in keeping with federal, state, and Archdiocesan mandates. 

To that end: as of this writing, all daily and weekend Masses will continue to be celebrated publicly. The Sacrament of Confession will remain available on Saturdays from 4pm to 4:45pm and by appointment. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will still be offered after weekend Masses in the St. Joseph Chapel, and in the event of emergencies. 

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has declared that all members of the faithful are dispensed of the Sunday Mass obligation until further notice. I want to re-emphasize – if you are sick or have symptoms of the flu, you are not obliged to attend Sunday Mass.  In fact, it is an act of charity to stay home lest you endanger the health of others. Remember, Sunday Masses and 7am daily Mass are webcasted live from our webpage, www.cathedralofmary.org/webcast. We also offer daily email reflections from parishioners throughout Lent. 

With the long-term economic and social impact of this situation, we also encourage parishioners to please sign up for electronic giving through FaithDirect, in order to make sure the parish can operate not just in these coming weeks, but in the months to follow. Our ability to offer activities and formation opportunities relies solely on the continued generosity of our parishioners. 

Regarding the formational and social life of the parish, please be aware of the following changes as of this writing:

  • The CRS Meal Packing event, scheduled for March 20, is postponed. 
  • The Lenten Mission, scheduled for March 23-25, is postponed. 
  • The Sunday 5pm Mass offered throughout Lent will be held in the Main Church. 
  • Stations of the Cross, held on Fridays during Lent at 10am and 4:45pm, will be held in the Main Church. 
  • All parish group meetings: RCIA, faith formation groups, prayer groups, Bible studies, Casserole Club, etc. will be cancelled through March 28.
  • All youth activities: Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Middle School Issue Nights, Confirmation service opportunities, etc. will be cancelled through March 28.
  • The Parish Office will be closed until March 30. Staff will be working from home, with access to calls and emails at their respective extensions. Calls to the main parish number will still be received.

Finally, please pray for our students, parents, faculty and staff, as the School of the Cathedral will be closed from March 16-27, and all school-related activities during that timeframe either postponed or cancelled.

The need for such measures has not been seen in our lifetimes, but if the Church can teach us anything, it is the power of our resilient faith to withstand any storm. As in past times of great trouble, we have the opportunity to exhibit those virtues which bring out the best in ourselves, even in the midst of fear.

While many group-related activities had to be halted, we nevertheless continue to journey towards Easter together. The Lenten call to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, applied practically, and always with a view towards bearing spiritual fruit, is now more important than ever. Consider this: the CARES food pantry and Our Daily Bread continue to serve the needy in Baltimore, even as many other businesses are shutting down. Make it a goal to spend these two weeks wisely—make a casserole (drop it off in the Undercroft after 9:30am Mass on Sundays). Continue to bring in non-perishable food items (to the narthex [back of the church as you face the altar] or ship directly to CARES at 5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 - deliver to the back). This week's collection is peanut butter and jelly. With the money saved from not going out socially, make a contribution to the poor. Good things can still come out of the darker moments of life.

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully, and we will make common-sense adjustments Please check the parish webpage regularly for the latest event status and information.  Let us pray for a speedy containment of the virus which is having such negative impact on people’s lives.  Let us remember especially those sick from the disease.  

May God’s peace reign,
Msgr. Woy and Fr. Kevin