Coronavirus update

Created 3/13/2020

Updated 6/1/2020

Please wear a mask when coming to the Parish Office.  

Daily Mass resumes today.  (Communion Service on Wednesday)  Please follow the guidelines sent out for weekend Mass.  This includes: wearing a mask while in church (to be lowered only when receiving communion), using hand sanitizer, keep social distancing in place for those outside your family, etc...(Watch Video)   Our goal is to bring life at St. Joan of Arc as close to normal as we can while maintaining the safety for all.  Please contact the parish office if you have any concerns or questions.  

Updated 5/26/2020

As we open our doors for Mass this weekend you will see many changes.  Please understand Fr. Willie has made it abundantly clear that he considers the safety and well-being of staff and parishioners paramount to any other consideration. So we will be strictly adhering to recommended practices regardless of what other parishes may be doing.  

Changes include: 

  • Wearing a mask while in church.  (to be removed only when accepting communion)
  • Entering through the designated doors only, and being counted to be sure we do not go over our 1/3 capacity.
  • Offering envelopes should be dropped into the slot of our collection "church" located in the Gathering Space. 
  • No singing.  (Feargal will be providing music with just a bit of song.  Hymnals have been removed from the pews.)
  • The process for receiving Communion will be entirely different.  Please follow the instruction of the Volunteer Mass Assistants.  
  • Communion will be offered in the hand ONLY.  (Not on the tongue)

We will be closely monitoring how these procedures work and will make changes where necessary to keep everything running smoothly while continuing to keep the safety of all as a priority. 

Watch a "Welcome Back" Video on YouTube.

Updated 5/15/2020

Governor Hogan has announced that the Stay at home order will be lifted effective Friday, May 15, at 5:00PM.  
However, St. Joan of Arc will be following the phase one guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  

You can view the short video and read the full Phase One Guidelines by visiting:  www.archbalt.org

We are as anxious as you to get our church open to the faithful, but we must do it in a responsible way to help keep everyone as safe as possible.  The staff at St. Joan of Arc are reading through the guidelines and putting plans in place to meet all of the requirements set forth by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in phase one.  
At this time, we have no additional information to provide for you.  We will continue to share weekend Mass on YouTube along with the prayer service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Rosary on Sunday and scripture study on telecom. (Find details on our parish website).

Fr. Willie will provide additional information for when we expect to allow for our parishioners to return to St. Joan of Arc Church as soon as firm decisions have been made and all safety precautions are in place.  

Updated 4/4/2020/2020

4/4/2020 - UPDATE 

At St. Joan of Arc we continue to reach out to our parishioners in every way possible that continues to ensure the safety of all.  The main connection tool we use is Flocknotes.  If you are not currently signed up to receive Flocknotes, please sign up here.  Search by zip code and choose SJA General Interest.  You can view this weekend's Palm Sunday Mass on Youtube.  

3/30/2020 - UPDATE

Maryland governor issues stay-home order amid coronavirus pandemic.  St. Joan of Arc Church, Parish Office and Good Samaritan Outreach will be closed until further notice.   Read the Archdiocese of Baltimore Press Release.

3/23/2020 - UPDATE

Based on the order put in place today by Governor Hogan and communications from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, effective immediately the office is closed until further notice.  

Additionally,  Join us for a Parish Telecon Prayer Service!!!!

If you'd like to participate....join us each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, call the following number at  9:55 am:  712-432-3900 and when prompted enter the Conf ID:  109563#.  Then put your phone on speaker (mute if possible) and you should be able to participate hands free.   Our SJA Prayer Service will consist of:
-- Reading and short reflection of the daily Gospel
-- Prayers for the Faithful 
-- Prayer of Spiritual Communion and Prayer for Protection in time of a Pandemic
Prayer service will last 20 minutes.  If you have any specific prayer intentions or questions please email Deacon Ray at: rvanpelt@stjoanarc.org.  

3/21/2020 - UPDATE - Fourth Sunday of Lent w/ Fr. Willie at St. Joan of Arc 

Church will be open Sunday thru Thursday mornings for Adoration and private prayer between 8:30 - 10:30AM. Please be conscious of the number of people in the church.  To stay within the CDC guidelines, we can welcome no more than ten people at a time.  We ask that if you enter the worship space and count that there are already ten in attendance, please wait outside until space is available.  

Additionally, the parish office will be open from 9:00AM til 11:00AM from Monday thru Thursday.  Limited office staff will be available to schedule Mass intentions, request Mass cards, accept offertory contributions, etc...  If you have business with a specific person, please call first to arrange for a time to meet.  Leave general messages at 410-272-4535 ext 110 and your call will be forwarded to the appropriate person. 

On Saturday, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 4:15 - 5:00PM.  Again, please be aware of the number of people in the worship space and respond accordingly.  Signs will be in place to assist with direction.  

3/16/20 - UPDATE

Our parish office will be open per normal hours, however we ask that you consider calling prior to visiting and use discretion based upon your health.  Our Good Samaritan Ministry will be open on Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 - 11:00.  Please join Archbishop Lori and the faithful in a Novena Prayer against the Coronavirus.    View prayer at:

Novena Prayer against Coronavirus.


3/14/20 - UPDATE- For Immediate Release Saturday, March 14, 2020

After receiving an update from State officials late today on the current impact of the COVID-19 virus and acting on the advice of medical professionals, Archbishop William E Lori has determined that to safeguard the well-being the faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and to prevent further community spread of the virus, all public Masses are canceled until further notice.
Archbishop Lori will celebrate a private Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen at 11 a.m. Sunday. A livestream of the Mass, along with other spiritual resources, will be available through www.archbalt.org.
The faithful are encouraged to remain connected to their parishes and invited to participate in the Mass via broadcast and livestream.
“My highest priority is the safety and welfare of the people of God of this Archdiocese,” Archbishop Lori said. “I take this step with great sadness, but also with wholehearted determination that we continue to provide for the spiritual well-being of the faithful at a time when their faith is most needed.”

3/13/2020-UPDATE: 

In light of Governor Hogan’s Executive Order and guidance from Archbishop Lori on measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in Maryland, St. Joan of Arc School will be closed for the next two weeks, March 16-27, 2020.  All school-sponsored activities are cancelled. 

During this time, all St. Joan of Arc parish events, activities and meetings (except for daily and weekend Masses) are cancelled.

Subject to change based on recommendations of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the parish office and the Good Samaritan Ministry will remain open per their normal operating schedule.        

Parishioners are reminded that if they are ill, or suspect they are ill with a contagious illness, or are concerned that they may become ill by attending Mass, they are not bound by the Sunday Mass obligation. They should remain at home and return to church when they are well.  Also, if you are coming to the parish office, we ask that you use discretion based upon your health.

We ask all of our parishioners to keep our Nation, our medical and health professionals, and people confronting or suffering from this illness in your prayers. 

We will continue to provide updates to our parishioners via our website, flock notes, Facebook and Sunday announcements. 

3/13/2020-3:00PM-UPDATE-We have cancelled our Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross tonight due to mitigation of the coronavirus.  Please continue to check our website for updates.

3/13/2020-11:00AM-Some changes have been made to events at St. Joan of Arc this weekend. CLOW on Sunday morning and the Parish Mission for Sunday thru Tuesday have been cancelled.  Saturday and Sunday Masses will go on as scheduled. Parishioners should be reminded that if they are ill, or suspect they are ill with a contagious illness, or are concerned that they may become ill by attending Mass, they are not bound by the Sunday Mass obligation. They should remain at home and return to church when they are well.