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Dear Parishioners,

Statement of the Bishops of the Province of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington

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, or 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 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 

Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory 
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Washington
Most Reverend William E. Lori 
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Baltimore 
Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge 
Bishop, Diocese of Arlington 
Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout
Bishop, Diocese of Richmond
Most Reverend Mark E. Brennan 
Bishop, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Most Reverend William Francis Malooly
Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Wilmington


On behalf of Bishop Burbidge, thank you for your perseverance during the past fourteen months.  By God’s grace, we are near the end of this pandemic as the total number of new cases in Virginia was only 236 – down from a height of 10,000 in January.  Because of these significant improvements, the Commonwealth is lifting nearly all of it guidelines on May 28th

Executive Order (EO) 79 provides guidelines on masks in accordance with the CDC’s recent modification for those who are vaccinated. The Executive Order also terminates EO 72 (7th amendment), which had extensive guidelines for various sectors. The termination of EO 72 effectively eliminates social distancing and occupancy restrictions. 

In response to these significant changes, Bishop Burbidge is lifting various guidelines enacted across the Diocese effective May 28. The changes are as follows:

  • Bishop Burbidge encourages all parishes to return to pre-COVID schedules for Masses, Adoration, and access to the Parish
  • No occupancy limits on Mass attendance
  • No social distancing
  • No disinfecting or cleaning between Masses as expected during the pandemic
  • At the pastor’s discretion, live-streamed Masses may still be offered out of solicitude for the homebound 
  • As for face coverings
    • Fully vaccinated persons no longer need to wear a mask in any setting
    • Unvaccinated persons are encouraged to wear face coverings per EO 79
    • Priests should not inquire into the vaccination status of parishioners
    • Priests should not bar parishioners not wearing masks from entering church buildings or the Mass
  • At this time, Communion should continue under the Precious Body only
  • The use of full Choirs may return to Mass
  • The following liturgical elements that were suspended during the pandemic may now be reintroduced:
    • Holy water
    • Procession
    • Collection
    • Offertory procession
    • The sign of peace (without physical contact between non-family members)

If a parishioner has any concerns regarding these changes and/or timeline and wishes to make a particular exception, please contact me. 

Additional details will be provided in the updated guidelines. 

Again, we are thankful to God for the imminent return to normal.  There will be many questions as we make this transition.  We ask for your patience as we work through this together. 

The Mass audio will be played through the exterior speakers of the church. You can sit anywhere within 100 feet of the church and still clearly hear the Mass, so feel free to bring some lawn chairs and celebrate Mass outside.

  • The Mass audio will also be broadcast around the church on 105.1 FM. 
    • The reception in the parking lot is good overall, but there are spots where it is not. Test your reception as you find your parking space. We ask that the front parking spaces be reserved for those who are attending Mass from their car.

Please call or email if you have any questions.


 All questions, concerns, suggestions are welcome.

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Staples

Pastor’s Reflection for The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus teaches his Apostles what it really means to be great:
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us
whatever we ask of you.” He replied, “What do you wish (me) to do for you?” They answered him, “Grant that in
your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” Jesus said to them, “You do not know what
you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
They said to him, “We can.” Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with
which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for
whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus
summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it
over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather,
whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the
slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(Mark 10:35–45, NAB)
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Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Reader: Michael Critzer

October 16   Patricia Harbin, Ben Lee

5:00 pm    Altar Servers: Isaac, Adrian, Vince

Sunday     Reader: Mary Ann Behnke

October 17   Ushers: Jean MacInnis, Terry McMahon

8:00 am     Altar Servers: Daniel, Michael, Finley

Sunday      Reader/EM: Caro Keeney

Octoberber 17   Ushers: Mike DeSimone, Mark Primeau

 11:00 am   Altar Servers: Peter, Robert

Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans



Saturday   Reader: Daniel Strogis

October 23  Ushers : John Clemente, John Robert Clemente

5:00 pm     Altar Servers: Eric, Matthew, Shane

Sunday     Reader: Zach Candler

October 24 Ushers: Steve Szymczak, Aubrey Treakle

8:00 am     Altar Servers:  Daniel, Michael, Finley

Sunday     Reader: Jesse Evans

Octoberber 17  Ushers: Mike DeSimone, Craig Lawson

11:00 am   Altar Servers: Robert, Peter

Counters: Chris & Tina Riley

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 16,

  • Rosary Rally 12:00 Noon
  • Confession – 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm
  • LOM  Rosary – 4:30 pm
  • Mass – 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 17,  The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Mass – 8:00 am 
  • CCD – 9:30 am
  • Mass – 11:00 am
  • Confession – 7:15 am to 7:45  – 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Monday, October 18,

  • Mass – 8:30 am 
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary – 9:00 am 
  • Confession – 8:00 am to 8:15 am 
  • Knights of Columbus 6:30 – 
  • Ephesians Bible Study 9:30 am – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, October 19,

  • Mass – 8:30 am
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary – 9:00 am 
  •  Confession – 8:00am to 8:15 am 
  • RCIA – 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 20,

  • Calix – 8:30 am / Zoom
  • Catholic Homeschool Co-Op – 11:30 am 
  • Confession – 11:45 am to 12:00 Noon 
  • Mass 12:15 pm 
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary 12:45 pm
  • Youth Choir 5:45 pm

Thursday,  October 21,

  • Legion of Mary – 3:00 pm
  • Office Closed

Friday, October 22,

  • Confession – 11:45 am to 12:00 noon
  • Mass – 12:15 pm
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary – 12:45pm
  • Adoration – 1:00 pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, October 23,

  • Sisters of St. Maria Yard Sale – 7:00 am – 1:00pm
  • LOM Rosary – 4:30pm
  • Mass – 5:00pm
  • Youth Group 7:00pm

Sunday, October 24, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                                                                                           

  • Mass – 8:00 am
  •  CCD – 9:30am
  • Mass – 11:00 am 
  • Confessions – 7:15 am – 7:45 am – 10:15am – 10:45am