301-898-5111

St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church

Libertytown | 9190 Church St, Union Bridge, MD, 21791

 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


Adoration - in the main Church, Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 7 pm

Confessions (Sacrament of Reconciliation) - Wednesdays 7 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays 2 pm to 3 pm

Weekly Mass will begin on Wednesday only starting  June 24th at 8 am

Regular weekend Mass schedule - Vigil Mass, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 8 am and 11 am.  

Remember to please see the guidelines before coming.


Food Pantry Hours:  Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm


Procedures and Instructions for Return to Mass During Phase One - June 13/14

As we are able to resume Mass with the participation of the Faithful, we remind you that the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass is still active.  If you are 60 years old and/or have a health condition including, but not limited to, COPD, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or if your immune system is compromised in any way, we are asking you to stay home and continue to watch Mass on the live stream.  If you are still uncomfortable being around larger crowds, please stay home.  If you cannot or are uncomfortable wearing a mask for the entire time you are in church (children two and under are exempt), please stay home.  Live streaming of the 8 AM and 11 AM Mass will be available.

We are only allowed to have approximately 250 people in church for Mass, and people who do not live in the same household are asked to stay about 6 feet away from others.  You will see pews marked off with blue painters tape to assist with this, as well as tape on the floor to mark distance for going to communion.

Except for the Sacristan, Ushers, Lector, Musicians and Eucharistic Ministers assigned to the Mass, the doors of the church will be closed until 15 minutes prior to Mass (that is 4:45 PM on Saturday and 7:45 and 10:45 AM on Sunday.)  We will only be using the main doors facing the parking lot on the church side of the street. Ushers will be counting people as they enter, and helping people find seats.  When we reach capacity, the doors to the church will be shut.  So, if doors are shut, don’t come in.  If doors are open there is still space left. At 5 PM and 8 AM Mass, if we have reached capacity, you can come back for a later Mass or watch Mass on the live stream.  At the 11 AM Mass, we will have overflow in Sullivan Hall to watch the live stream and Holy Communion will be brought over to you.

Masks must be worn at all times in the church or hall.

We ask that you use the rest room at home before you come to church, and limit your use of the rest room here.  We ask that only one person at a time use the rest room (or a parent with a child).  Please use the wipes provided to wipe down any spaces you have touched while in the rest room.

While there will be limited music at Mass, there will be no congregational singing until further notice.   A digital worship aid will be sent out via Flocknote and made available so that you can bring and use your phones, tablets or other devices to view the readings & prayers.

There will be no Entrance Procession, Procession with the Gifts or Recessional Procession.  There will be no passing of collection baskets.  Instead there are baskets placed at the front of church for you to drop your contribution in on the way back from Holy Communion.

Please follow the direction of the ushers for Holy Communion.  There will be three Communion stations.  The lines will form single file from the back, keeping 6 foot social distance spacing.  In the center aisle, the ushers will alternate sides.  In the side sections, people will go forward in the aisles by the windows.  All Communicants will return by the inside side aisles with appropriate spacing from each other.  Holy Communion will be given at the end of Mass, after the Closing Prayer and Blessing.  We are asking everyone to leave immediately after receiving Holy Communion.  There is no gathering in the narthex or in Sullivan Hall to socialize.  Perhaps spend silent time in your car with the Lord before driving home.
It is strongly encouraged that you receive Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue.  The following is a statement from the Archdiocese concerning Communion:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against reception of Holy Communion on the tongue. More importantly, in response to God’s command to love our brothers and sisters, and out of special concern for the vulnerable and our sacred ministers, communicants who normally receive on the tongue are respectfully asked to make a sacrifice of personal preference.  Please prayerfully consider the reverent act of receiving in the hand.

No one will be refused Holy Communion on the tongue, but again we ask that you prayerfully consider receiving on the hand for the time being.

When coming up for Communion, please leave your mask on.  The Minister will say, “Body of Christ,” and place the Host in your hand.  You reply “Amen.”  Then step to the side, pull down your mask, and reverently consume the Host.  Then replace your mask.  If you are receiving on the tongue, do not lower your mask until after you have said, “Amen.”  Then please hold your breath while the Minister places the Host on your tongue.  Immediately replace your mask.  Eucharistic Ministers will immediately sanitize their hands after anyone has received Communion on the tongue.

If you are in Sullivan Hall at 11 AM Mass, the Mass will be live streamed.  A Eucharistic Minister will come at the end of Mass to bring Holy Communion.  Again there will be one line starting from the back and with appropriate spacing.  A basket will be available for your contributions and we ask that you leave immediately after receiving the Eucharist.

In these strange and difficult times, I ask for your patience and your charity.  These are temporary measures and will hopefully be rescinded in the near future.

~Fr. Chuck

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Sunday Mass will be livestreamed from St. Peter's at 8:00 am, but it can be watched later by going to the St. Peter's website and following the same procedures you would for watching the livestream shown below.


Instruction for watching St. Peter’s live streams:

1. Log onto www.stpeter-libertytown.org.

2. Click on the “f” on the right hand side of the page.

3. Scroll down to posts and click onto the Mass from St. Peter’s.

You can use a computer, iPad, tablet or phone to watch the live stream.

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Please see the YouTube video for a message from Archbishop Lori on the current reopening procedures:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZTfBWeRfks&feature=emb_rel_end


Please be assured of the staff's continued prayers for all of you and for an end to this pandemic.  If you find yourself in need, please contact the parish office at 301-898-5111, x12.

 


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ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH

We the people of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Community are called by our Lord Jesus Christ to grow in the faith, celebrate hope, and experience His loving presence in our midst. Drawing our life from the Eucharist and guided by the Holy Spirit, we seek to follow God's Word by supporting one another, continuing our faith formation, promoting social justice, reaching out in service, and inviting others to share in our journey.


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  • I've been a parishioner for over 20 years. This church is very welcoming, active, and thriving. Through hard times, St. Peter's has provided my family with love and support. If we ever move, we plan to remain members.



    I've been a parishioner for over 20 years. This church is very welcoming, active, and thriving. Through hard times, St. Peter's has provided my family with love and support. If we ever move, we plan to remain members.


    Cheryl Stanley

  • St. Peter's has been my home parish for 22-1/2 years. I am close enough to walk to another Catholic Church, but love belonging to St. Peter's. We are blessed to have amazing Priests and Deacons. I have made lifelong friends here. St. Peter's is my second home. I have learned so much from our knowledgeable Adult Religious Education leaders, and our social functions are the best!



    St. Peter's has been my home parish for 22-1/2 years. I am close enough to walk to another Catholic Church, but love belonging to St. Peter's. We are blessed to have amazing Priests and Deacons. I have made lifelong friends here. St. Peter's is my second home. I have learned so much from our knowledgeable Adult Religious Education leaders, and our social functions are the best!


    Janet Sheckells Mulvey

  • I became a Catholic after being married to one for almost 30 years. It was the love of God, the friendliness of the people I met and the kindness of the Knights of Columbus wives that made St. Peter the Apostle my "forever home."



    I became a Catholic after being married to one for almost 30 years. It was the love of God, the friendliness of the people I met and the kindness of the Knights of Columbus wives that made St. Peter the Apostle my "forever home."


    Debbie Evans Madison

Office Hours

Monday  9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED

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ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH

9190 Church Street,

Union Bridge, MD 21791

Phone. 301-898-5111

Fax: 301-898-0465