A Letter From The Pastor
Dear St. Margaret Mary Family Member,
Hopefully you have read Archbishop Kurtz’s letter to all the faithful of our Archdiocese in the Record, but I wish to include some words of my own.
As best as I can remember, the last “public” Masses at St. Margaret Mary were on Monday, March 16th. For nearly two months we have learned a new vocabulary and new ways of living under the need for “social distancing.” My own prayer life and ministry have been both desert and oasis experiences. I have deeply hungered to be with you especially in Holy Communion as well as in a public celebration of the Mass. I have felt the greatest pain and pastoral longing on those occasions when I knew there were members of our congregation or their family members in need and I was not allowed to be present with them. You most likely have had the same experience yourselves. During this time, we have lived Lent and we are living Easter. In many ways Covid-19 has not had any impact on that, we are always disciples who journey with Jesus carrying our crosses and celebrating our life in Christ and the promise of eternal life. While the limitations of livestream and recorded Mass (and virtual hugs) is very apparent, the ability to join in prayer and Spiritual Communion remains a blessing.
Below you will find our plans to resume the public celebration of the Mass. Please understand there may need to be revisions after the experience of our first weekend. We all rely on our prayers for one another and for the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit. Let us be patient with one another and serve Christ in one another and for the common good of all.
– Fr. Bill
“Healthy at Worship”
- Even with allowing for the celebration of “public” Mass, Archbishop Kurtz has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for the Archdiocese of Louisville, until further notice.
- Anyone who is sick or living with someone who is sick or who feels vulnerable in any way should stay home. St. Margaret Mary will continue offering livestreamed Masses which would then be uploaded for later viewing, for those who cannot be physically present. Visit our website www.stmm.org or get our weekly email updates. Or you can watch “Mass of the Air” on TV.
- Beginning on Wednesday, May 20, weekday Mass will return and be offered at 8:15 AM and 12:00 noon. Beginning this day, we will cease our 10:00 live streamed Mass and instead live stream the 12:00 noon Mass, then upload it for viewing the remainder of the day.
- Beginning on Saturday/Sunday, May 23-24, we will return to our weekend Mass schedule of 5:00 PM on Saturday, and Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 5:00 PM. We will live stream the Saturday evening Mass, then upload it for viewing later Saturday evening or Sunday.
Plan to Open Safely
If you choose to come to Mass:
- We will provide hand sanitizer at all church entrances.
- You MUST wear a mask or bandana covering your mouth and nose areas before entering the church.
- Please bring your own mouth/nose covering with you, the parish will have a very limited supply.
- The Children’s “Cry Room” will not be available nor will we have the dismissal of children for “Gather the Children.”
- Seating will be limited to allow for social distancing. Except for members in the same household, we must maintain at least six feet between one another.
We will be marking every other pew as not to be used. In some of our longest pews (towards the middle and back of church), it would be possible for a family arriving early to sit in the middle space and still allow another family or individual to sit on either end of the pew with sufficient distance between.
Seating will be on first come first served basis so you might not be able to sit in your “usual” place, but you would gain another perspective on the celebration of the Mass!!
- We will be suspending passing the collection baskets, but we will have boxes by the doors to receive any offerings We will also suspend having a family bring up the “gifts” of bread and wine.
- The exchange of peace among the assembly will be expressed through gestures that do not involve physical touching.
- We will have hand sanitizer available in the sanctuary and will require Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to use it prior to distributing Communion.
With people seated in every other pew, the Communion Ministers will come to you so that we will avoid people in close proximity which would happen if we were still having Communion lines.
- We will continue to suspend distribution of the chalice other than to the deacon who will use a second chalice.
- At the end of Mass dismissal will need to be a few pews at a time to avoid a major gathering of people trying to get to and through the doors at the same time. Please be patient waiting your turn to safely leave the church.
- Before Mass begins, we plan to take the temperatures of all ministers participating in the Mass.
- OUR GREATEST NEED WILL BE VOLUNTEERS to wipe down the wooden edges of the pews and all hard surfaces after every Mass as well as door handles on those weekends when the weather does not permit us to leave the doors open. We will be using a solution of regular detergent and water. To sign up please click here and/or you can just stay after Mass and pitch-in.
- If you have an email address you regularly check and you have not been getting regular emails from us, please notify the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org so we may include you in our distribution email list.
to the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Community!
Enjoy browsing what we have to share with you. We are a large community with an abundance of happenings, activities and interests to meet your spiritual and communal needs. Who we are and what we do rest upon our mission in the Roman Catholic tradition – To be disciples who know, love and serve God.
To become a member of our parish, please call our parish office at (502) 426-1588 for further information, or stop by to pick up a Membership Packet. You can find a home in this community of faith. Come, Catch the Spirit.
Parishioners! Please know that Fr. Bill Hammer (or any other SMM employee/parishioner) will NEVER email you or text you requesting gift cards or money!
If you receive one of these texts or emails, please do not respond! You may contact the parish office (502) 426-1588 if you are unsure! Don’t fall victim to these scams!
Fr. Bill will NEVER contact you personally asking for gift cards or money via a text message or an email! Any communication from the parish will always be from an email account ending @stmm.org. This is easy to check, simply look or click on the sender’s name if it does not have @stmm.org, you can guarantee it is scam. Thank you!
Saturday: 8:15 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. (Sunday Vigil)
Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12-Noon & 5:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. Communion Service
8:15 a.m. Mass
12:00 Noon Mass
Holy Days: As Announced
ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES: 8:15 a.m., Noon & 7:00 p.m.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or by appointment