Church is Open!
We are now back on our normal summer Mass schedule. We hope you will join us for worship.
Saturdays: 4PM at the Lake Center
Sundays: 9AM at the Church, and 11AM at the Lake Center
Please review the important health and safety guidelines in Father Tom's letter (below), as well as in Archbishop Lori's video:
IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING MASS AT THE LAKE CENTER, PLEASE BRING A FOLDING OR PORTABLE CHAIR WITH YOU.
Outside seating may be required depending on the number of attendees. Thank you!
June 10, 2020 (updated June 30, 2020)
Grace and peace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I am happy to announce that as of June 27th and 28th, our Church has reopened! St. Peter the Apostle Parish is once again celebrating Masses at our Church in Oakland and our Lake Center in McHenry. Our summer Mass schedule (see above) is in effect through, and including, Labor Day weekend.
I am deeply grateful to God for enabling us to get to this point in dealing with this pandemic, and also thankful to all of you who have prayed and financially supported us and volunteered in countless ways in response to this challenging situation. In a special way, I thank our neighboring Mountain Maryland Priests and Pastoral Staffs and our dedicated staff who have worked diligently since mid-March to help our parish not only survive, but thrive in making gains in the midst of the pains we have had to endure.
We have all been very good about following directives about what NOT to do, so now let’s be good about following Archdiocesan directives about WHAT to do.
** Prior to attending Mass, check your temperature and if you are not feeling well, remain at home.
** Plan to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before Mass begins.
** Masks must be worn at all times inside the building and a 6-foot physical distance must be maintained between those not in your family.
** Be prepared to follow entrance and exit directions.
** Follow instructions given by the ushers for entering, seating, Communion, and exiting.
** Guidelines prohibit singing at this time and the exchange of peace will be a simple bow.
** For reception of Communion, wait for the ushers to direct you with your mask in place until you approach the Priest or EM, then remove your mask to place Communion in your mouth and then replace your mask.
** Please place all financial offerings in the baskets located at the entrances/exits.
** After the final blessing, remain in your seats until the ushers dismiss you and proceed directly to your vehicle without socializing.
Thank you for your cooperation in following these directives so that we may remain healthy and safe as we reunite in our love of God through our celebration of the Holy Eucharist. While Father Paul and I have missed you, and look forward to seeing you, keep in mind that the Archbishop has extended the Dispensation from the Obligation to attend Mass for the foreseeable future.
Your loving Shepherd,
Father Tom Gills
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Worship with Us - Mass, Reconciliation, and Adoration (6/11/20)
Weekend Masses: Saturday, 4PM at the Lake Center, Sunday, 9AM at the Church, Sunday 11AM at the Lake Center
Daily Mass: PENDING
Reconciliation: Wednesday, 4:30PM in the Chapel in Oakland
Adoration: Wednesday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM in the Chapel in Oakland
> Rosary at 7:30PM
Church Office: 301-334-2202
Church Fax: 301-334-9006
Church and Office Address: 208 S. 4th Street, Oakland, MD 21550
Lake Center Address: 1140 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD 21541
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00AM-4:00PM (closed on Fridays)
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General inquiries: Info@GarrettStPeter.com
Bills, Invoices, Statements, and Receipts: Billing@GarrettStPeter.com
> If sending by mail, please send to "Attn: Business Manager"
Parish Corporators - Officers of the Parish: Mrs. Carol Gregg and Mr. Bill Meagher
Parish Staff Listing & Contact Information
Father Tom Gills - Pastor (Pastor@GarrettStPeter.com)
Msgr. Paul Byrnes - Weekend Assistant
Brother Art Wolf - Pastoral Assistant
Mrs. Patricia Hines - Office Manager (Secretary@GarrettStPeter.com, ext. 4)
Mrs. Diane Wolfe - Receptionist (Receptionist@GarrettStPeter.com)
Mrs. Kelly McDonagh - Coordinator of Religious Education (ReligiousEd@GarrettStPeter.com, ext. 6)
Mrs. Betsy Nickel - Business Manager/Finance/HR (BusinessManager@GarrettStPeter.com)
Mr. Neil Krebs - Music Director (Music@GarrettStPeter.com)
Maria Hines - Sacristan
Mr. Fred Gregg & Mr. Bill Ewing - Head Ushers
Mrs. Dolores Gloeckl - Lake Center Coordinator
Dave McKenzie - Maintenance (Maintenance@GarrettStPeter.com, ext. 7)
Maria and Robbie - Housekeeping (Housekeeping@GarrettStPeter.com)
Most Holy Trinity