Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church

50 Alexander Ln · PO Box 560 · Solomons, MD 20688

Protocol for Attending Mass

General Dispensation to End June 26 - 27

With permission from state and local authorities and the Archdiocese of Washington, we have loosened many of the restrictions previously in place.  

As of May 28 & 29th:

  • We do not require any sort of ticketing or registration to attend Mass here​
  • ​Vaccinated Individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in the sanctuary.  Those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated should continue to wear a mask out of concern for others.  This is completely on the honor system as we are in no way inquiring about your personal vaccination status. 
  • Social distancing of 6 feet is no longer required so we have reopened all pews.  If you would prefer distanced seating, we have two sections (one by the music pit and one by the sacristy door near the altar) to use.  
  • Members of the congregation are invited to share a gesture of peace that could include a nod, wave or other gesture.  Please refrain from shaking hands. 
  • Holy Communion will be given to the people through one substance until further notice (i.e., the Precious Blood will not be given to the people.)



Lifting the General Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass We, the Catholic Bishops of the Province of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington, give thanks to Almighty God for the progress our country has made in curbing the coronavirus pandemic. The average number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to decline due to the observance of safety protocols and the increase of the availability of the vaccine. At this time, many places in our region are enjoying a return to some sense of normalcy.

Therefore, we are lifting the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Dioceses of Arlington, Richmond, Wheeling-Charleston, and Wilmington and reinstating that obligation beginning on Saturday, June 26, 2021 and Sunday, June 27, 2021. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith (cf. Code of Canon Law, canon 1246-1247 and Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2180).

This obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus, another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions. One should consult his or her local pastor if questions arise about the obligation to attend Mass (Canon 1245 and the Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2181).

Safety protocols and other liturgical directives in each diocese remain in effect until modified or revoked by the respective Diocesan Bishop.

Let us continue to be united in prayer for one another and for an end to the global pandemic.

Given on June 2, 2021

Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church
P.O. Box 560 (Mail)
50 Alexander Ln (Physical)
Solomons, MD 20688

Phone: 410.326.3535
Sacramental Emergencies: 202.251.0199
​Fax: 410.326.3679
Office Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm (closed for lunch 12:30pm-1:00pm)