Changes in Phase Two

Tomorrow, Friday June 5, Virginia begins phase two of the governor’s plan to reopen the state.

Phase two will not affect the procedures to attend either weekend of daily Mass.

The changes that will take place starting Tuesday, June 9 are:

Live stream daily Masses will be available only on Wednesdays and Fridays  (10:00am).

Fr. Tom will be available in the church commons for confessions only on Wednesdays and Fridays (11:00a-12:30p).

Please keep safe, and pray that we may quickly proceed through successive phases.

Week of May 24-30, 2020

Weekday Masses will be open to the public from now on.  We will continue to live stream all Masses this week, Tues.-Fri. 10:00am.

We ask anyone interested in attending this week to sign up at   (please don’t attend unless you sign up)

We are limiting attendance to 60 persons.

All attendees will need

1.)  wear face coverings

2.)  maintain social distance, including in the pews (six foot front and back, side to side)

3.)  at Communion, after receiving communion, step aside six feet before lowering or raising you face covering to administer the host


Fr. Tom will be available in the commons this week, Wed. – Fri. 11:00am to 12:30pm for those wishing confession or to talk.

Mass this Sunday… May 24, 2020

It looks like the diocese is relaxing the prohibition about persons 65 years and older attending the Mass this Sunday.

If you are 65 years old and older, and have no immune deficiencies, fever, cough and shortness of breath, you may signup to attend Masses this Sunday.  See


We have also posted sign ups for Tuesday and Wednesday daily Masses.  As on Sunday, we will observe social distancing and all participants will need to wear a face covering.

Click here

Video from the diocese about coming to Mass

Signups for Mass this Weekend – May 24. 2020

We are going forward with signups for Sunday Masses this weekend.

If you are considering signing up for Mass this weekend, please read all the following.


In order to maintain the requisite social distance (6 feet) we are limiting signups for each Mass is 120 persons.

A reminder that you should STAY HOME if:

You are 65 years old or older.

Or you have a condition which compromises you autoimmune system.

Or someone in your household has had a fever in the last two weeks.

Or someone in your household has a new cough or shortness of breath.

Of you, or anyone in your household, has come in contact with someone who is positive for COVID19 in the past weeks.


All persons attending will have to

Wear a face covering.

Maintain 6 feet distance from those outside your household group (in the pews, and in lines for entering, communion, and exiting).

Follow all directives of the ushers per the above.


To make sure that we have the proper personnel and procedure, there will be no Saturday Mass this weekend.


The Mass experience will not be like what we are used to before the cessation of Masses.

You can watch my YouTube video concerning Masses this weekend in my prior post.


These directives will be in place for the FIRST PHASE of REOPENING THE STATE, which is schedule for the next two weeks.

When we move on to Phase Two these may be relaxed.




No Public Masses This Weekend May 16-17

The diocese has decided to delay public Masses for one more week.  See the release from the diocese below:

Finally, in light of additional guidance provided by the Governor of Virginia this past weekend and to allow parishes ample time to safely prepare for reopening, the first public Masses in our parishes may begin no earlier than Saturday, May 23, 2020.

As usual, our Live Stream Mass will be available at 9:00am this Sunday, May 17.

We look forward to being able to gather together again, albeit a week later.



I mentioned at Mass this morning that there is a patron saint of the internet.

It is St. Isidore of Seville


Isidore was the first Christian writer to take on the task of compiling a summary of Catholic theology in the form of his most important work, the Etymologiae. Its title was taken from the method he used in the transcription of his era’s knowledge and was similar to a dictionary. This method gave his work a structure similar to that of the database.


Book Discussion


The sessions to discuss the book, SALVATION; What every Catholic Should Know will be broadcast on Facebook.on Thursdays, May 14 and June 4 at 7:00pm.

Chapters 1-5 will be discussed on May 14.  Chapters 6-10 will be discussed on June 4.

You may join the session at this link:

(This link is our Facebook page, the same as you use for viewing Mass).

If you cannot attend the session, a recording will be left on Facebook for later viewing.