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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-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel (Mark 9:30-37) carries us into the middle of a private conference between Jesus and the twelve Apostles. Jesus is teaching his Apostles a very crucial lesson about life. He is teaching them the way to live a truly great and meaningful life. At the same time, he is teaching them what it means to be leaders in the Church. This “teaching moment” occurs when Jesus overhears his Apostles arguing over who is the greatest among them. He sits down, calls the twelve to gather around Him and He says, “If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain the last one of all and the servant of all.” Then, to demonstrate his point, he brings a child into their midst puts his arms around him and says, “Whoever welcomes a child like this for my sake welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me but the One who sent me.”

What is Jesus saying? In those days a child was considered the lowest, the weakest, the most powerless and needy member of society. Jesus’ point is clear: greatness is achieved not by counting oneself superior to others, but by becoming the servant to ALL – especially the very least in the eyes of society. Furthermore, Jesus implies that the way we treat the least among us is the way we treat both Jesus and God the Father who sent him! Jesus shows affection for the child by putting his arms around him and making him feel welcomed, loved, and cared for. He then exhorts his disciples to consider the radical truth: what we do to the least we do to him! In loving and serving the least, we are loving and serving Jesus himself!

In the Second Reading for today’s Mass (James 3:16-4:3), St. James recounts the devastating effects of NOT living as Jesus taught:…. Continue reading by clicking here.


Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Reader: Michael Critzer

September 18   Ushers: John Clemente, John Robert Clemente

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

Sunday     Reader, Zach Candler

September 19   Ushers: Terry McMahon, Jean MacInnis

8:00 am     Altar Servers: Jamie, Joseph, Jackson

Sunday      Reader/EM: Carol Keeney

September 19   Ushers: Mike DeSimone, Mark Primeau

 11:00 am   Altar Servers: Robert, Peter

Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans



Saturday   Reader: Daniel Strogis

September 25  Ushers : John Clemente, John Robert Clemente

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

Sunday     Reader: Sebatian Dillon

September 26  Aubrey Treakle, Mark Hogan

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

Sunday     Reader: Jesse Evans

September 26  Ushers: Craig Lawson, Mark Primeau

11:00 am   Altar Servers: Robert, Peter

Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Carol & Brad Keeney

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 18,

  • Wedding – 2:15
  • Confession – 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm
  • LOM  Rosary – 4:30 pm
  • Mass – 5:00 pm
  • Youth Group 6:00pm

Sunday, September 19,  The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Mass – 8:00 am 
  • CCD – 9:30
  • Mass – 11:00 am
  • Confession – 7:15 am to 7:45  – 10:00 am to 10:45 am
  • Fall Parish Picnic – 3:00pm

Monday, September 20,

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

Tuesday, September 21,

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

Wednesday, September 22,

  • 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

Thursday,  September 23,

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

Friday, September 24,

  • 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, September 25,

  • Rosary – 9:30 am
  • LOM Rosary – 4:30pm
  • Mass – 5:00pm
  • Youth Group 6:00pm

Sunday, September 26, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                                                                                           

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