Dear St. Mary’s Parishioners,
As many of you have heard, the Coronavirus has now reached the DC area. The Rector at Christ Church, Georgetown has contracted the virus and is in stable condition at a local hospital. People who visited the church on February 24th and from February 28th through March 3rd have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Unfortunately, this includes Mother Kate Sonderegger and Peggy Parker, both of whom led yesterday’s Adult Forum. Additionally, Mother Kate distributed Communion at St. Mary’s 9 am service. Mother Kate and Peggy are symptom-free and have not been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. However, they are both complying with health recommendations and are under self-quarantine.
The Vestry will meet tomorrow and the Coronavirus is the first item on their agenda. At this time, St. Mary’s plans to conduct services, as usual, this week and to follow the guidance of government health officials. As a precaution, we will be offering Communion “in one kind” (bread only) for Holy Eucharist until further notice.
These are challenging times but now is the time to stand fast and remain calm. If you would like to pray, please contact me or Father Chris at 703-527-6800. If you become ill, please contact us, your Shepherd, or our parish administrator Elizabeth Bruington — we are here to provide spiritual comfort.
Please continue to follow the advice of our health experts, the CDC (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) and please wash your hands!
May the peace of the Lord always be with you,
The Rev. Andrew T.P. Merrow