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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 First Sunday of Advent

Happy Advent! As we begin a new liturgical year, our Lord beckons us to immerse ourselves in the spirit of Advent. Advent is a sacred time. It empowers us to exercise the great virtue of Hope as we anticipate the coming of the Lord. At Christmas we will find ourselves once more with our Blessed Mother welcoming the Child Jesus with heartfelt gratitude, wonder, and love. At the same time, the virtue of hope will come to life within us as we are reminded that our Lord will come again in glory at the end of time and every one of our tears and trials will be turned to joy! Is that not reason to rejoice and renew our strength?

Advent is also a season of repentance. In the Gospel (Luke 21:25-28; 34-36), Jesus exhorts us to prepare ourselves to meet the Lord: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” In the Second Reading (1 Thes 3:12-4:2), St. Paul offers a beautiful prayer and admonition which I hope we can all take to heart today:... Continue reading by clicking here.


Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Reader: Michael Critzer

November 27  Pat Harbin, Ben Lee

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

Sunday     Reader: James Dillon

November 28    Ushers: Terry McMahon, Jean MacInnis

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

Sunday      Reader/EM: Jesse Evans

November 28  Ushers; Craig Lawson, Mike DeSimone

 11:00 am   Altar Servers: Robert, Peter, Jackson

Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Caroly & Brad Comes



Saturday   Reader: Michael Critzer

December 4  Ushers : John Clemente, John Robert Clemente

5:00 pm     Altar Servers:  TBA

Sunday     Reader: Zack Candler

December 5 Ushers: Aubrey Treakle, Steve Szymczak

8:00 am     Altar Servers:  TBA

Sunday     Reader: Karen Primeau

December 5  Ushers: Jesse Evans, Mark Primeau

11:00 am   Altar Servers: TBA

Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Brad & Carolyn Comes

Upcoming Events


Thursday, November 25,

  • Office Closed
  • Mass – 10:00 am
  • Thanksgiving Feast – 11:00 am

Friday, November 26 ,

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

Saturday, November 27,

  • Confession – 4:15pm to 4:50pm
  • LOM Rosary 4:30pm
  • Mass – 5:00pm

Sunday, November 28,  The First Sunday Of Advent

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

Monday, November 29,

  • Mass – 12:15 pm  
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary – 12:45 pm 
  • Confession – 11:45 am to 12:05 pm
  • Ephesians Bible Study 9:30 am and 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 30,

  • Social Club Committee Meeting
  • Mass – 12:15 pm
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary – 12:45
  •  Confession – 11:45 am to 12:05pm 
  • RCIA – 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 1,

  • Calix – 8:30 am 
  • Confession – 11:45 am to 12:00 Noon 
  • Mass – 12:15 pm 
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Rosary – 12:45 pm
  • LOM – 3:00 pm
  • Women’s Ensemble – 6:30 pm
  • K of C Council – 6:30 pm

Thursday,  December 2,

  • Office Closed

Friday, December 3,

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

Saturday, December 4,

  • First Saturday Mass – 9:00 am
  • Rosart – 9:30 am
  • LOM Rosary – 4:30 pm
  • Confession – 4:15 pm – 4:50 pm
  • Mass – 5:00 – pm

Sunday, December 5,  The Second Sunday of Advent                                                                                                               

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