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St. Mary, Mother of the Church

A Message from Father David

May 21, 2020  5:30PM  Ascension Thursday


Dear Parishioners of St. Mary, Mother of the Church Parish,

As you all may be aware, the governor has allowed churches to reopen.  You will see Bishop Zarama's guidelines below.  We will be limited in the number of people who can attend each Mass because of the need for social distancing.  Regretfully, this may mean you are turned away once we have reached capacity. There is no real way to determine or guarantee how many folks will show up for each of our Masses.  We will have a regular Mass schedule this weekend for the Ascension: Sat. 5PM, Sun. 8AM, & 10AM.  Confessions will be available from 3:30PM until 4:45PM on Saturday.

Should you come to Mass, wearing a mask and bringing your own hand sanitizer will help to stay the spread of the virus to others in church.  Both old and young, who have compromised immune systems or who are caring for them, should stay home and continue streaming the Mass via the TV or internet. Our bishop has extended his waiving of the Sunday obligation.

With this in mind, it may be necessary for some folks to alternate Sunday attendance to give everyone a chance to come to church at least 2 Sundays a month for a while.  We will wait and see if this is necessary and let you know.

Please check with Fr. Amaro regarding the Mass schedule for the Hispanic members of the parish.

I pray for all of you who are suffering illness and for everyone I ask God to grant an increase of graces in this difficult time. Be patience and stay close to our Lord.

Blessings and peace,

Father David Chiantella

NB: You are invited to come 30 minutes early to Holy Mass to pray the Rosary: in thanksgiving for God's continued protection from the virus and for those who are suffering from the virus or any illness. Please consider becoming a part of our ongoing Rosary Prayer Apostolate before every Sunday Mass. Thank you.

Guidance from Bishop Luis Zarama for Masses, Parish Ministries and Celebrations of the Sacraments

For Phase 2 of the Reopening

Provided parishes can meet appropriate social distancing requirements and/or logistical arrangements, indoor services can be conducted including Mass, the Sacrament of Penance, Adoration, and individual prayer.

As stated by Bishop Zarama, all of the faithful continue to be dispensed from their Sunday obligation. While this dispensation is applicable to all, the elderly, those sick, those with pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerable people should especially continue to stay at home. 

Outdoor worship services in an unenclosed spaces may continue to be an option for many parishes as it allows more flexibility in following recommendations to promote social distancing and reduce transmission. Arrangements should be made by each parish to provide appropriate parking, spacing, sound systems, etc.  The faithful are not to remain in vehicles during these services and should be encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, etc., as necessary.

Additional precautions are to be taken when distributing Holy Communion including frequent use of hand sanitizer by Eucharistic Ministers.

No Communion from the chalice and/or shaking hands during the Sign of Peace. 

Recommendations to Promote Social Distancing and Reduce Transmission:

  • Maintain at least six (6) feet social distancing from other individuals, with the exception of family or household members.
  • Wear a cloth Face Covering when leaving home and wear it inside all public settings such as grocery stores, pharmacies, or other retail or public-serving businesses. A Face Covering should also be worn outdoors when you cannot maintain at least six (6) feet distancing from other people with the exception of family or household members. These coverings function to protect other people more than the wearer.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you when leaving home, and use it frequently.
  • Wash hands using soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds as frequently as possible.
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces such as steering wheels, wallets, and phones.
  • Stay at home if sick.

Avoid Exceeding Emergency Maximum Occupancy:

The most recent guidance does not prohibit gatherings for worship services but still recommends against holding Mass Gatherings (defined as more than 10 people). Should parishes offer indoor Masses, they should adhere to Emergency Maximum Occupancy recommendations which is the lowest number produced by applying the following three tests: 

  • Limit the number of visitors in the space to fifty percent (50%) of stated fire capacity
  • Or, for spaces without a stated fire capacity, no more than twelve (12) persons for every one thousand (1000) square feet of the location's total square footage, including the parts of the location that are not accessible to visitors.
  • Limit the number of people in the space so that groups can stay six (6) feet apart.

Masses, Sacraments, Ministries Suspended

To view Mass online, see these resources: Online Spiritual Resources

Donate Online

Our parish's online giving tool is WeShare. It's safe, simple, and convenient! Click on the Donate circle to set up your one-time or recurring gift from your debit card, credit card, or checking account. You're welcome to call the parish office at 919-772-5524 or contact customer support at [email protected] if you need help. Thank you for your generosity!

Mass Times

The diocese is livestreaming Masses on its YouTube channel. See for a link to the Masses.

Phase 2: limited to 70 people
Mondays and Wednesdays at noon
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 AM
Saturday at 5 PM (English)
Sábado a 7 PM (Español)
Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM (English)
Domingo a 1:30 PM y 5 PM (Español)

Office Hours

Office hours are suspended during the coronavirus outbreak.

El horario de atención se suspende durante el brote de coronavirus.

Our priests will never send an email or text requesting money or gift cards. Our clergy email addresses end in 

Nuestros sacerdotes nunca enviarán un correo electrónico o mensaje de texto solicitando dinero o tarjetas de regalo.

Bishop's Annual Appeal

The 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal funds more than 40 ministries in the areas of charity, evangelization, and worship.

In addition to the ongoing formation of the Priests and Deacons currently serving in our Diocese, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal funds nearly the entire amount needed to educate our future Priests. There are currently 24 Seminarians in Priestly formation for the Diocese.

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal also funds six college Campus Ministry Centers. College campuses have an average Catholic population of 28%, but receive no funding from non-Catholic institutions. Without the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, there would be no opportunity for our college age youth to practice their religion or learn about the Catholic faith for the first time. This support is incredibly important because participation at these Catholic Campus Ministries is at an all-time high.

Overall, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will provide over $7 million in the upcoming year to help those in physical and spiritual need.

Thank you for your participation in meeting this year's goal.