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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 of The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 

In this week’s Gospel (Jn 6:1-15), Jesus puts Philip to the test. Jesus seated up on a hill with his disciples sees a large crowd (about 5000 men plus women and children) approaching so he turns to Philip and asks, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” The Gospel narrative explicitly reveals Jesus’ mysterious purpose in asking this question: “He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.” We may wonder: what is the nature of this “test?

       Philip responds, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” He is basically saying, “Jesus, it is impossible!” We know the end of the story. Andrew obtains five barley loaves and two fish from a boy; Jesus has everyone recline and proceeds to miraculously feed the entire crowd from their meager food supply; everyone ate their fill and there were even plenty of leftovers! So, what was the nature of Philip’s “test?” There are a number of possible answers, but I would suggest one in particular: Jesus challenged Philip to accomplish something he could not accomplish in his own power and with his own resources, yet, with the help of Jesus the little the disciples could offer sufficed to accomplish the impossible! In a word, Philip learned what Saint Paul would later learn: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I would suggest, this is a lesson we must all learn and continue to re-learn until our dying day!... Continue reading by clicking here.

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Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Reader: Daniel Strogis

July  24    Ushers:  Patricia Harbin

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

Sunday     Reader: Zach Candler

July 25   Ushers: James MacInnis, Steve Szymczak

8:00 am     Altar Servers: Jaimie, Jackson, Finley

Sunday      Reader/EM: Jesse Evans

July 25  Ushers: Craig Lawson, Mark DeSimone

 11:00 am   Altar Servers: Peter

Counters: Tina & Chris Riley, Carolyn & Brad Comes

 

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Saturday   Reader: Michael Critzer

July 31    Ushers : John & John Robert Clemente

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

Sunday     Reader: Sebatian Dillon

August 1     Ushers: Matthew Kight, Bob McMahon

8:00 am     Altar Servers: Grace, Shane, Joseph

Sunday     Reader: Carol Keeney

August 2   Ushers: Craig Lawson, Jesse Evans

11:00 am   Altar Servers: Peter

Counters: Tina & Chris Riley, Carolyn & Brad Comes

Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 24,

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

Sunday, July 25,  Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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

Monday, July 26,

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

Tuesday, July 27,

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

Wednesday, July 28,

  • Calix – 8:30 am / Zoom
  • Confession – 11:45 am to 12:00 Noon Cancelled
  • Mass 12:15 pm Cancelled
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary 12:45 pm Cancelled

Thursday,  July 29,

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

Friday, July 30,

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

Saturday, August 1,

  • LOM Rosary – 4:30pm
  • Mass – 5:00pm

Sunday, August 2, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                                                                                           

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