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 Our Parish

Mass Reservations

Reservations for the Weekend of May 8th and May 9th:
 
5:00pm Mass Saturday, May 8, 2021:
 
8:00am Mass Sunday May 9, 2021:
 
11:00am Mass Sunday, May 9, 2021:

Email reservations must be in by 12 Noon Thursday for weekend Masses, If you miss the deadline, call the parish office by 1PM Friday. Otherwise, come to Mass and ushers will try to seat you. Thank you for all your help and support.

Dear Friends,

General Reminder:

  • When inside or outside the Church, EVERYONE MUST ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES

Outside the Church:

  • 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.
  • After distributing communion to those inside, Father will go outside near the main entrance of the church to distribute communion to all who attend the Mass outside.

Inside the Church:

  • Risk Management for the Diocese of Arlington has informed us that FACE COVERINGS ARE STRICTLY REQUIRED INSIDE THE CHURCH. The only exception is for very small children. If possible, please bring your own mask. If for some reason you come without a mask we may be able to provide one for you. Some of our generous parishioners have made and donated extra masks, you are welcome to take one as long as supplies last. 
  • A map is provided with the location of your reserved seats. If this is confusing, ushers will help you find your place. 
  • The flow of the Mass will be normal. You will go to communion as usual, but social distancing must be kept in mind at all times. Markings are placed on the floor to help you keep socially distant. Even those who are not receiving communion are asked to exit the pew and follow the path of the communicants in order to avoid having to be stepped-over by others returning from communion. 
  • During the dismissal from Mass, ushers will dismiss the back rows first in order to allow everyone to safely exit the church.  
    • You can also exit the side doors in the Church. They will be open at all times during and after Mass.

Please call or email if you have any questions.

Please remember the bishop has dispensed the faithful from their obligation to attend Mass, and that dispensation will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.  That means absolutely no one HAS to attend Mass.   

 All questions, concerns, suggestions are welcome.

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Staples

Pastor’s Reflection of Sixth Sunday of Easter, 

In this week’s Gospel (Jn 15:9-17), Jesus expresses his desire to fill us with HIS joy – divine joy! He tells his disciples, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete.” The truth is, our joy can never be complete unless it participates in Jesus’ joy which is the joy of God. This is just another way of saying what St. Augustine famously said many years ago: “Our hearts are restless, until they rest in God.” We, as human beings created by God and in his image, are made to live in communion with God, nothing else can fulfill this basic human need; nothing else can “complete” our joy.

                Everyone is looking for joy just as everyone is looking for love; but, as the old Waylon Jennings song says, many today are “looking for love [joy] in all the wrong places.”  Pope Paul VI wrote,

“Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the occasions of pleasure, but finds great difficulty in giving birth to happiness. For happiness has its origin elsewhere: it is a spiritual thing. Money, comfort, hygiene, material security etc., may often not be lacking, but nevertheless, despite these advantages, boredom, suffering and sadness are frequently to be found supervening in the lives of many people.”

The question arises: where do we find this illusive “complete” joy that Jesus promises? Let us look at three clues from today’s Gospel and try to discover how they may teach us the path to divine joy:... Continue reading by clicking here.

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Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Readers: Daniel Strogis

May  8    Ushers:  Patricia Harbin

                Sanitizing Team: Lin Harris, Yvonne Wood

5:00 pm    Altar Server: 

Sunday     Readers: Reader : James Dillon

May 9  Ushers: Aubrey Treakle, James MacInnis

               Sanitizing Team: Ashley Candler , Bill Buono

8:00 am     Altar Servers:

Sunday      Readers/EM: Carolyn Comes

May 9   Ushers: Mark Primeau, Mike DeSimone

              Sanitizer Team: Carolyn & Brad Comes

      11:00 am   Altar Servers:

Counters: Carol & John Keeney, Jesse Evans

 

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Saturday   Readers: Michael Critzer

May 15   Ushers : Patricia Harbin

5:00 pm     Altar Servers:

Sunday     Readers: James Dillon

May  16   Ushers: Steve Szymczak Mathew Kight

8:00 am     Altar Servers:

Sunday     Readers: James Dillon

May 16   Ushers: Jesse Evans, Craig Lawson

11:00 am   Altar Servers: 

Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 8, 

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

Sunday, May 9, Sixth Sunday of Easter 

  • Mass – 8:00 am /Reservations/ Mary Crowning / First Communion
  • Mass – 11:00 am / Reservations 
  • Drive Thru Confession – 7:15 am to 7:45  – 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Monday, May 10,

  • Mass – 8:30 am
  • Drive thru Confession – 8:00am to 8:15 am

Tuesday, May 11,

  • Mass – 8:30 am
  • Drive thru Confession – 8:00am to 8:15 am
  • Women of Grace – Cancelled 
  • RCIA – 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 12,

  • Calix – 8:30 am / Zoom
  • Drive thru Confession – 11:45 am to 12:00 Noon

Thursday,  May 13,

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

Friday, May 14,

  • LOM Rosary – 11:45 am
  • Drive thru Confession – 11:45 am to 12:00 noon
  • Mass – 12:15 pm
  • Adoration – 1:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 15

  • LOM – 4:30 pm
  • Mass – 5:00 pm
  • St. Isidore Celebration

Sunday, May 16, 

  • Drive Thru Confessions – 7:15 am – 7:45 am – 10:15am – 10:45am
  • Mass – 8:00 am /First Communion & Mary Crowning /Reservations
  • Mass – 11:00 am/Reservations