Following Maryland and Archdiocesan regulations concerning COVID-19, our parish and school doors are closed until further notice. Please know that we are united in prayer. Our parish staff and our seminarians are praying for you! Here’s how you can stay connected to IHM:
***Important Information About Reopening IHM***
Dear IHM Parishioners,
We continue to take into consideration the directives of Governor Hogan and the guidance of the Archdiocese of Baltimore about how to safely reopen our parish once again for public worship. As Archbishop Lori has reminded us, every measure taken is out of pastoral love for your safety and the safety of others.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced its plan to resume Masses with the presence of the faithful on the weekend of Pentecost, May 30/31, 2020. At that time, Mass attendance will be limited to the number of people that can maintain proper physical distancing within each parish church. Also, the dispensation from the obligation for Sunday Mass will remain in effect until further notice. More information about how we will resume public Masses at IHM will be forthcoming. Until then, Masses with the presence of the faithful remain suspended, and we will continue to record and broadcast Sunday Mass on Facebook and YouTube. Please note that our parish must abide by all Archdiocesan, State, and Baltimore County directives to determine when it will be safe to resume public Masses.
With the Stay at Home order being lifted on Friday, May 15, it is possible for us to again offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the Joan Avenue parking lot. Fr. Jim Proffitt will hear confessions beginning at 4:30pm this Saturday, May 16. He will be seated in his car. Please follow the cones and the direction of our staff for proper social and sacramental distancing. If there is more than one person in the car, all others need to leave the car while the penitent is making their confession. Please note that once public Masses resume, the time for Saturday confessions may need to be adjusted based on the number and times of Saturday Masses.
While it is now possible for churches to open for private prayer, given the necessary sanitation requirements, we have decided that our church will remain closed until it has been professionally cleaned and public Masses once again resume.
When public Masses resume, we will need a team of dedicated parishioners to help us make this possible. This team’s responsibilities will include: directing people to the appropriate door(s) to enter the church, ushering people into and out of the church to maintain proper social distancing, disinfecting the church between Masses by wiping down high-contact areas, such as the pews, etc. The team will work very closely with our parish staff to ensure that the necessary protocols are diligently followed. Team members must be in good health and should not be high-risk for severe illnesses, including COVID-19. If you are interested in potentially serving on this team, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Because of the nature of the situation, the team will be finalized by our parish staff. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Please know that we continue to pray for you, and we look forward to worshiping together again in our parish church.
Deacon Charlie Hiebler
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