COVID ALERT – An Important Letter from Our Pastor

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION REGARDING COVID-19 CASE

20 July 2020

Dear Parishioners:

During the ongoing pandemic, our parish has strived to keep the wellbeing of our parish community at the center of all our planning and decisions. As challenging as these times are, we are committed to proper safety measures, transparent communication, and responsibly adapting to emerging circumstances.

It has come to our attention that an individual in attendance at the 9 AM Mass at St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 19, 2020 has since tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our parish has reached out to this individual and understands that they are currently in a non-critical condition and are quarantining. In accordance with the safety precautions required by the parish, the individual remained socially distanced from other parishioners and was wearing a face mask while in attendance at the Mass.

Our parish leadership has been in communication with Archdiocesan officials and the local health department to ensure that all necessary follow-up procedures are undertaken in an efficient manner. The church space will be closed for services on Monday, July 20, 2020 in order to thoroughly clean and disinfect according to best-practice standards, and we will continue to adhere to effective sanitizing after each Mass.

We encourage those who attended the 9 AM Mass on July 19, 2020 at St. John, especially those who fall into a vulnerable category and are at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19, to actively monitor your health and be alert to any of the major symptoms of the virus, including, but not limited to, fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Should any concerning symptoms appear, please do not hesitate to contact your medical professional or, if severe, call 911.

Confidential coronavirus testing is available throughout the Baltimore County area; more information and testing sites may be found on the Baltimore County health department website at https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/. Please know that St. John parish is committed to assisting any member of our community who may require financial assistance to secure a coronavirus test. Should you or a member of your household who were at the 9 AM Mass on July 19 receive a positive coronavirus test, please alert the St. John’s parish office (410-592-6206) so that appropriate action can be taken.

We recognize that this news may generate concern, anxiety, and hesitation for our parishioners, even those who may not have attended the Mass in question. We encourage everyone to wisely assess their own personal situation and to make decisions that will protect the health of all involved. The coronavirus remains a significant public health risk, and each of us has a responsibility to act safely based upon the most current information on hand. Once more, please recall that the Archbishop has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

We ask that our parish community continue to hold in prayer and solidarity all those suffering with COVID-19, most particularly those within our community.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Business Manager, Shawn Blair, at 410-592-6206.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Pete Literal
Pastor