We are thankful and rejoice in the opportunity to return to in-person Mass each week. Beginning the weekend of July 10 and 11, we invite you to continue tuning into one of our two Nativity Live Streamed Masses, 7:30 pm Spanish Mass on Saturday and 11:00 am on Sunday. We rejoice in the gift of the Eucharist and the opportunity to share in these Live Stream Masses together as one community while many continue to stay safe at home. We will continue Live Streaming the Tuesday and Thursday Noon daily Masses. – Father Bob Cilinski, Pastor
Preparing to resume public Mass: reminders & guidelines
Bishop Burbidge has given a dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass into the future. All who are over 60 years of age, those with health conditions, those who are sick or have symptoms of illness, those caring for someone who is sick, and those who determine it is not safe and too high a risk to attend Mass should stay home.
Sunday Mass will continue to be Live Streamed at 11:00 am into the future. Join our live stream Masses & other celebrations on YouTube!
We have been given permission in Northern Virginia to begin Phase 1 opening. Public daily and Sunday Mass will be resumed this weekend, May 29 & 30, for those who choose to attend.
Please review the new Mass Schedule. This will remain our new Mass schedule for the near future as it allows us time to sanitize the church after each Mass.
Overflow will be held in the Father Martin Center (FMC) and cafeteria where Mass will be viewed by Live Streaming and Communion will be distributed by a priest.
Only priests and deacons will give out Communion.
We are allowed up to 50% capacity. Please be sure to use the restroom before leaving home as public restrooms are a higher health risk at this time.
We understand that because of safety concerns for those most at risk many will continue to watch our Masses from home via Live Stream and there should be room for all who wish to attend.
Rules For Entering Church
Everyone must wear masks when entering the church, during Mass, and are to sanitize hands when entering and leaving the church. All are encouraged to bring personal hand sanitizers to use before and after receiving Communion. All are encouraged to receive Communion in the hand. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the church and overflow in the cafeteria and Fr. Martin Center. Priests will bring Communion to these places. There will be no holding hands or exchange of the sign of peace permitted.
The faithful are asked to return to their cars after Mass WITHOUT stopping to socialize in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
We will not be passing the baskets for the offertory collection. A basket will be placed in the lobby of the church to drop-off your offertory envelope or you may donate online anytime.
Please take a moment to read the Guide for the Lay Faithful as it outlines what to know & expect.
All these efforts allow us to share in the Mass together with hyper caution and respect for each other. Please be kind, supportive and patient with one another, especially the ushers / porters who will be providing guidance ensuring the CDC, state, and Diocesan guideline are followed. We are so grateful for their assistance in this new ministry!
Let us continue to be united in our hearts, prayers and acts of kindness each day.
Updated: May 13, 2020