Mount Calvary and COVID-19 Precautions

BISHOP LOPES SUSPENDS PUBLIC MASSES

The latest instruction from Bishop Lopes suspends the celebration of public Masses:

The Eucharistic liturgy is the source and summit of the Church’s life. As the federal and local governments issue new guidelines, the question of the public celebration Mass of Mass comes to the fore. Priests may celebrate Mass in their churches at the posted times, though with a private character.

Our Sunday Mass will include the choir and servers but are not open to the public.

LIVESTREAM UPDATES

We have been working hard to improve our livestream capabilities. This is especially important given that public Masses for Holy Week and Easter are called into question. We will be posting our livestream Masses on the Parish's Youtube channel here so make sure you subscribe, hit the bell to be notified, and check it regularly.

Podcast and Pastor's Blog

In addition to our YouTube page you can also check out the homily podcast and blog of Fr Scharbach. In addition to homilies we've also had other talks recorded and posted on the podcast including a talk on St Albert the Great by Dr. Lipscomb

SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION 'COMMUTED' WITH SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS

Here is the Bishop’s guidance on Sunday Mass:

The obligation to attend Mass in the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter is commuted on Sunday, March 22 and March 29. This means that the Sunday obligation of the Christian faithful is met through one of the two following pious practices:

1. Prayerful reflection upon the Sunday Scripture readings, concluding that time by the recitation of the Prayer of Humble Access or the Anima Christi;

2. The recitation of the Rosary as a family.

Note that the Sunday Mass obligation is not dispensed: you still have an obligation which can be fulfilled in either of the ways stated.

PRAYER AND SACRAMENTS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

The parish remains a critical role in continuing the flow of prayer and sacraments, which continue to be offered on behalf of all the faithful. Accordingly, I continue to celebrate weekday Masses, though without a congregation.

Let's take to heart these words of Fr. Ousley from our Ordinariate parish in Philadelphia:

"Remember also that while the grace of the Holy Communion is the ordinary way God nourishes us, He is not bound by any limitations. These are extraordinary times, and He will care for us in extraordinary ways."

When you are staying home, you can always make an Act of Spiritual Communion

EVENING PRAYER

An evensong booklet created by Caleb Kortokrax is attached here: Lent2020MountCalvary.pdf. You can also access our form of evening prayer online with your phone at this site created by John Covert. This is a good way to become more familiar with how to say Evening Prayer alone or with your family--and a good opportunity to gather in community while being closed in.

Friday Stations of the Cross cancelled according to guidelines from the Bishop

The Bishop goes on to say: The federal government has asked us to severely limit public gatherings. Until further notice, all such gatherings should therefore be suspended. These include: religious education classes, coffee hour, fellowship after Mass, as well as Lenten events such as communal Penance services and Stations of the Cross.

Online Giving is critical for the parish at this time

We're grateful for those who have moved to online giving and continue their support at this time. When I meet with the accountant today, I'll sign many checks because none of our bills are staying home. I'm thankful that we've received donations to offset the cost of our new video equipment. Please continue to support the parish at a regular level to the extent that this is possible for you. You can give through GiveCentral here.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

In Christ,

Fr. Scharbach

This Week's Calendar

  • Monday - Mar 30
    Monday in Passion Week
    No Public Mass
  • Tuesday - Mar 31
    Tuesday in Passion Week
    No Public Mass
  • Wednesday - Apr 1
    Wednesday in Passion Week
    No Public Mass
  • Thursday - Apr 2
    Thursday in Passion Week
    No Public Mass
  • Friday - Apr 3
    Friday in Passion Week
    No Public Mass
  • Saturday - Apr 4
    Saturday in Passion Week
    No Public Mass
  • Sunday - Apr 5
    Palm Sunday
    No Public Mass
  • Monday - Apr 6
    Monday in Holy Week
    No Public Mass

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Mount Calvary Catholic Church
816 N. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4624

Phone: (410) 728-6140

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Mount Calvary is a Roman Catholic parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The fruit of Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, the Ordinariate is a nation-wide diocese for Catholics from an Anglican/Episcopalian background who seek to preserve their Anglican heritage...


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816 N. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4624

Phone: (410) 728-6140


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