COVID-19 Updates

  • Temporary Closure of Preschool

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    Change is a continual experience within humanity.  Each of us is always developing in mind, body, and spirit.  We are truly grateful for the opportunities we have in a community such as St. Christopher’s parish.  Together we share experiences of all sorts and make a difference in each other’s lives. 

    Our parish has supported and promoted the positive development that children of the preschool age could have in our own Preschool.  Under the direction of Sandra Romanek, our Preschool program has grown from having thirty-four children twenty years ago to having one hundred-nine children enrolled this past year.  Our teaching staff have supplied a remarkable learning environment for the children.  They have made a significant positive difference in these children’s lives while they attended our Preschool.

    This last academic year was interrupted by the pandemic.  Our teachers found themselves in a changed teaching environment and a predicament that was believed to be one that would be short lived.  The year was completed without being able to reopen for the students, just like the regular education classrooms for students in our county. 

    Excited to meet the challenges of a new school year, and learning all of the protocols for keeping learners safe during instruction time, we learned many new regulations and practices that would benefit our children when they returned to the classroom.  Unfortunately, recent changes to the school year opening announced by our local school board has caused many parents to decide to keep their children home.  The decrease in enrollment has made it cost prohibitive for us to open at this time.

    We are anticipating reopening either in January 2021 or next school year and resuming the wonderful program that has been so enjoyed by children these past twenty years. 

    As a parish, we stand in prayer and gratitude for the efforts our teachers and staff of our Preschool have made, and we look forward with hope that in a short time we will be together again in the Preschool.

    Pax Christi,
    Vy. Rev. John B. Gabage, V.F.

  • PRAYER TO GOD THROUGH THE INTERCESSIONS OF SAINT IRENE AND SAINT SEBASTIAN



    Oh, glorious Saint Irene and Saint Sebastian, we beg your intercession on humanity’s behalf to provide the graces necessary to combat with confidence in our Triune God’s power the contagion that currently confronts us.

    Help us to see with eyes of faith the extraordinary graces we possess in the ordinariness of our day.  Help all to know of your assurances on our behalf before the throne of God; enabling us with those special graces to be Our Father in Heaven’s children, Jesus Christ’s brothers and sisters, and the Holy Spirit’s companion in life’s trials and tribulations.

    Oh, Saint Irene grant to us, through your example as nurse to Saint Sebastian, compassion and mercy in dealing with those afflicted in mind or body during this time of contagion. Through your intercession and our prayers, help us to become before each other the example of concern, compassion, and service to the needs of others – exemplifying Christ’s love for all of humanity. Help us in our humility to listen and discern all things well. Guide us in our fears and anxieties that they may be calmed by the reassurances of the matters that occur in Divine Providence.

    Oh, Saint Sebastian grant to us through your example to remain confident in God despite the arrows that afflict us, and guide us to know of the true return to good health which is most importantly spiritual. Guide all as they endure their struggles to remain soldiers for Christ and to impart the confidence that can only exist in the gift of Faith given to humanity.

    Saint Irene and Saint Sebastian protect our medical professionals and first responders to remain in good health. Inspire through the work of God’s grace those who are to glorify God in finding the treatments and cure to what afflicts us at this time. We thank you for your care and for your intercession.

    Pray for us, Saint Irene.

    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Pray for us, Saint Sebastian.

    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Grant us, Oh Lord, we beg you, “to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one” (Eph. 6:16b), who did grant unto Saint Sebastian, the famous Martyr, the defender of the Church, and the repeller of plague to overcome the torments of his arrows. Grant us also to possess the graces and healing touch of words and actions that were endowed in your servant Saint Irene, that we too may be an instrument of resuscitation for those lacking breath in you. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

     Amen. 

  • Online Giving


    During this time of suspension of Masses, please consider using our secure electronic giving program Faith Direct.  Faith Direct will automatically process any offertory or second collection donations of your choosing.
    You can sign up online at www.faithdirect.net using our church code: MD758

  • HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT

    A special enrollment is now available! In response to the coronavirus emergency, you can sign up for health coverage through @MarylandConnect, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov, the “Enroll MHC” mobile app, or call 1-855-642-8572.    

  • ¡UNA INSCRIPCIÓN ESPECIAL YA ESTÁ DISPONIBLE!

    ¡Una inscripción especial ya está disponible! En respuesta a la emergencia por coronavirus, ahora puedes inscribirte para obtener cobertura médica en @MarylandConnect, el mercado oficial de seguros del estado. Visita MarylandHealthConnection.gov/espanol, la aplicación móvil "Enroll MHC", o llama al 1-855-642-8572.