Letters from Fr. Dale

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This past week end we re-entered into the weekend Mass schedule. We had an 8am and 10:30am mass on Sunday. It was wonderful to be back and all went well. However, we all look forward to seeing everyone back-we miss you all! I want to thank all our volunteers who made our re-entering events with the weekend masses a success. They prepared the way for all of us with their careful attention to details and generous hospitality and service.

 

This coming weekend, June 13 and 14th we will have a 4pm. mass on Saturday and 8am and 10:30am in the hall. Of course, we will continue to practice the social distancing, we all have become accustomed too as well as wearing face masks. We will also be offering an 8:15am mass on Monday 6/15; Wednesday mass on 6/17 at 6:30pm. and Thursday mass at 8:15am. All this will be in the hall.

To sign up for any of these masses, please see the information listed below. We are using Sign up Genius as our host site for registration. In addition, adoration will be Tuesday and Thursday 6/16 and 6/18 respectively from 12-3pm. I will hear confessions Thursday 6/16 from 12-1pm, underneath the canopy. No registration in required for adoration or confessions.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Dale

 

 

Hi everyone,
 

I wanted to write to you to give an update on where we stand as a parish community.

First, as St. Paul stated in writing to Timothy (a bishop of the church of Ephesus in the first century) “I pray for you constantly night and day….” I want you to know that is what I do for you: pray for you constantly-night and day! We can never underestimate the power of prayer.

Secondly, we plan for re-entry of parish masses this weekend: We will be in the hall for this gives us our healthiest venue to gather.  Masses will be on Sunday June 7 at 8:00am and 10:30am.

In following current guidelines, we will have a limited number allowed at each mass. We ask that you register and print your ticket for the mass you want to attend.  For registration instructions, please contact Marge Fair at margretta.fair@archbalt.org. We ask you to wear a face mask and stay home if you are not feeling well. We will have ushers and greeters at the entrance way of the hall to give you directions.  The seats will be sanitized after each gathering. Please remember you are dispensed from Sunday mass obligation by Archbishop Lori for the foreseeable future. You do not need to attend Sunday mass if you feel the time is not right for you. I will continue to make available on our web site a recorded mass for the weekend.

Thirdly, we will be holding weekday mass on Monday June 8 at 8:15am in the hall. Also, Wednesday night at 6:30pm. in the hall.  For registration instructions, please contact Marge Fair at margretta.fair@archbalt.org. In addition to this, adoration will be on Tuesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 11, 12-3pm. in the hall. Confessions will be heard on Thursday 12-1pm. outside underneath the canopy. There is NO need to register for confession or Adoration. As always, proper social distancing and wearing of face masks is required at all times on our premises at any event we are holding. This is for the foreseeable future.

My intention is to build our Sunday and weekday mass schedule a little each week throughout the month of June into July. This is contingent on CDC, Archdiocese guidelines and the availability of cleaning supplies. We are also in need of volunteers to help sanitize seats after each mass (weekend and weekdays). As we gather the volunteers, we can expand our activity level. If you would like to volunteer to help sanitize, please contact Marge.

I will be releasing a 5-minute video on our web site this Wednesday that will give a description of our re-entering process and what you can expect at our masses on weekends. Please look for it. In addition, please see the web site for the Daily word and bible studies I will putting up there throughout the summer.

Thank you for your patience with this whole process. Needless to say, all our plans listed above are subject to change depending on the health conditions. We will keep you updated through mailings, Myparish app, email blasts and our web site.

 

Finally, I would like to continually thank you for your generous giving to us. It continues to sustain us and help us in ministry. Let us remember in prayer our nation as it goes through yet another crisis with the death of George Floyd. Let us pray for peace in hearts, calmness in our cities, an end to all racial discrimination and opportunities to share the good news of Christ with those in need.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Dale
 
 
 

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you some of our tentative plans for beginning to re-open.

Starting Thursday, May 21st, we will begin with confessions 12-1pm. by the Blessed Virgin Mary’s statue. There will be markers for where to sit on a bench.  I will be on a chair at least 7’ from you. We hope to have a canopy over us in that area.
 

Confessions will be: May 21st, May 26th and 28th, 12-1pm. Please remember to wear a mask and remain social distanced from others. If you are not feeling well, please remain home.

Private prayer in front of the Blessed sacrament will be available following this schedule: May 21st, May 25th, 26th and 28th from 12-3pm in the parish hall.  We will be using the two doors facing the convent for separate entrance and exit.  Please enter through the propped open door closest to Pennington Avenue and exit through the propped open door closest to the rectory garage.

 

Wearing a mask into the building keeping it on, even if you are alone in prayer, is required.  When you enter the building there will be a table with hand sanitizer and laminated seat signs.  Please take a sign to your seat and when you leave your seat leave the sign on the seat, so we know the seat needs to be sanitized before use again.  There will only be 10 chairs set up to sit in. Only 10 are allowed at a time to be in the hall.
 
Please remember to remain social distanced from each other and if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
 

This is a beginning for us. Our effort is to begin re-opening but to make it as safe as possible for everyone.

Fr. Dale

 

Hi brothers and sisters,

Greetings in the name of the Lord. I hope and pray you are well and full of peace in this time.  Good news from Governor Hogan this past week, the state of Maryland is beginning to re-open.  And so are we as a church!!! At this present moment, we can begin to re-open in measured ways.  The Archdiocese has stated that in Stage 1 there are no public masses, but there can be gatherings for weddings, baptisms and funerals. For details on the Archdiocese Plan for Phases One reopening go to https://www.archbalt.org/wpcontent/uploads/2020/05/PhaseIGuidelines.pdf.
We will respect the social distancing policy, hand washing, sanitizing and wearing of masks. Confessions will begin next week with the proper social distancing and hygiene protocol.  We will be opening the hall for private prayer next week as well. Please play attention to My Parish app as well as the web site for times for confession and for times of private prayer in the hall, all starting mid to late next week.  We are at the beginning of this re-opening.  Our measures are in alignment with the guidance of the Archdiocese and the local, state and federal authorities. They are cautious with the goal of keeping us all safe as possible.  We look forward to seeing you real soon. Until then, may the Lord guide us, give us wisdom and continue to protect us with His favor and love.

  

Fr. Dale

 
 
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
Let me begin by wishing all our mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day.
For all your love, sacrifice, and unseen heroic acts of selfless service to us:  We say THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU! Only heaven and eternity will unveil to us all your acts of love and their effects in shaping our lives. For all our mothers who have passed away we remember them in prayer in a special way this day that the Lord would draw them into His embrace of peace.

Many thanks to all of you who continue to support St. Patrick’s parish financially in this time. You enable us to continue to serve and minister to others.  We are eagerly making plans for re-opening for the various stages we will undoubtedly have to walk through. Though this time is challenging to all of us and is filled with darkness of human suffering and loss, we draw on faith in Christ and the promises of His word for hope and vision. I would encourage you to not let the time go by without seizing the opportunity to let change come to you for the better. For people of faith and good will, no dark cloud is without its silver lining. What is your “silver lining” in this time? Often in times of darkness and challenge, we want to ask “why”. It is an answer that at best will be elusive. I would encourage you to ask: “Lord, what do you want to teach me in this time?” 

Yours in Christ
 
Fr. Dale
 
 

Hi brothers and sisters in Christ, 

 

Needless to say, we continue into this Coronavirus pandemic with greater intensity as a nation, state and world. Many of us are thinking and saying that “we have never been through anything like this before, certainly not in our lifetime.” 

 

One can only feel burdened by the loss of life, the great concern for frontline health care workers and the frustration of not knowing when it will “be over with.” In the midst of all these anxieties and uncertainties, we can do what 1Peter 5:7 states: “Cast all your cares on the Lord for he cares for you.” This is when faith gives rise to hope and empowers charity. For such a time as now, we are born into and for such a time as now we can make a difference with our faith. 

You will find on St. Patrick’s web site, helpful tools to build your faith in this time under: Daily word and Bible study called: Living free of anxiousness. 

 

The Church will remain closed indefinitely by orders of Gov. Hogan’s “stay at home” orders and by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. We encourage you to use this time for prayer, reflection on the Lord’s word and being sensitive to those in need around you. 

Many thanks to those who have given financially to us in this time. Your remembrance of us is encouraging and very helpful to us to sustain ministry in this time. You may always give through the mail, by sending the offering to 615 Congress ave. Havre de Grace, Md. 21078 or through online giving through the Archdiocese of Baltimore (see below) for more information. 

In this time let us remember, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). 

 

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Dale 

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Let me begin by wishing all our mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day.
For all your love, sacrifice, and unseen heroic acts of selfless service to us:  We say THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU! Only heaven and eternity will unveil to us all your acts of love and their effects in shaping our lives. For all our mothers who have passed away we remember them in prayer in a special way this day that the Lord would draw them into His embrace of peace.

Many thanks to all of you who continue to support St. Patrick’s parish financially in this time. You enable us to continue to serve and minister to others.  We are eagerly making plans for re-opening for the various stages we will undoubtedly have to walk through. Though this time is challenging to all of us and is filled with darkness of human suffering and loss, we draw on faith in Christ and the promises of His word for hope and vision. I would encourage you to not let the time go by without seizing the opportunity to let change come to you for the better. For people of faith and good will, no dark cloud is without its silver lining. What is your “silver lining” in this time? Often in times of darkness and challenge, we want to ask “why”. It is an answer that at best will be elusive. I would encourage you to ask: “Lord, what do you want to teach me in this time?” 

Yours in Christ
Fr. Dale