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 Our Parish

Dear Parishioners,

Oh, happy day! We have received new Covid guidelines from the diocese. I have copied below the letter sent to our priests on behalf of our Bishop. As you will see, almost all restrictions for Mass will be removed effective May 28. The dispensation is still in effect, which means, if anyone has any fear or concern about covid they do not have the obligation to attend Mass. Also, there will be no need to sign-up for the Masses this weekend, there are no social distancing restrictions or capacity limits for the church. We will continue to provide the radio broadcast to the parking lot and the outside speakers for those who would prefer to stay outside as before. We will also continue to send a YouTube link for one of our Sunday Masses.

Here is the letter I received yesterday, Enjoy! And God bless you,

Fr. Staples

Dear Brother Priests,

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

At this time, the dispensation remains in effect.  Further announcements regarding this matter will be conveyed in the near future.

Schools continue to operate on a separate set of guidelines. For example: All students, teachers, staff, and visitors must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on school property subject (EO 79).

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.
  • 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.

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 The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 

In the Gospel this week, Jesus teaches his disciples a crucial life-lesson: He has full authority, as God, over all the powers of nature and the cosmos. He teaches them not by prose, but by dramatic demonstration:

On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”” (Mk 4:35-41)

How does this apply to us? ... Continue reading by clicking here.

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Our Readers, Eucharistic Ministers Ushers & Altar Servers

Saturday    Reader: Michael Critzer

June  19    Ushers:  John & John Robert Clemente

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

Sunday     Reader: Mary Ann Behnke

June 20   Ushers: Jean MacInnis, Terry McMahon

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

Sunday      Reader/EM: Carol Keeney

June 20  Ushers: Mike DeSimone, Craig Lawson

      11:00 am   Altar Servers: Robert, Peter

Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

 

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Saturday   Reader: Michael Critzer

June 26    Ushers : Patricia Harbin

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

Sunday     Reader Zach Candler

June  27    Mark Hogan, Aubrey Treakle

8:00 am     Altar Servers: Grace, Jaime, Finley

Sunday     Reader: Carol Keeney

June 27   Ushers: Mike DeSimone, Jesse Evans

11:00 am   Altar Servers: Peter, Robert

Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Brad & Carol Comes

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 19, 

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

Sunday, June 20,  Twelfth 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
  • Women’s Ensemble

Monday, June 21,

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

Tuesday, June 22,

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

Wednesday, June 23,

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

Thursday,  June 24,

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

Friday, June 25,

  • 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

Saturday, June 26,

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

Sunday, June 27, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                                                                                           

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