Saturday Vigil Masses RESTART

We are restoring the 5:30pm Saturday evening Masses at St. Olaf beginning Saturday, September 5. 2020

We will be following the same procedures as Sunday Masses.

Please register to attend the Mass here

All attendees should present themselves at the parish hall doors (near the food pantry) no later than 25 minutes before the start of the Mass.

Face coverings  are required of all attendees at Mass.  Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times.

Social distancing (six feet between individuals and household groups) must be maintained at all times.

Ushers will seat attendees from front to back.   Attendees will be dismissed at the end of Mass from back to front.

The collection basket will not be passed during offertory.  Please place your contribution in the basket on the table in the commons.

Do not attend if:

a. If anyone in your household has a new cough of shortness of breath
b. If you or anyone in your household had a fever in the two weeks prior to attending the Mass
c. If in the two weeks prior to the attending the Mass, you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to the COVID 10 virus.

Help us to help in maintaining the health and safety of all present by following the above rules.


Look forward to offering Mass starting this Saturday.



August 2, 2020 Poem from this morning’s homily

…it depends whose hands it’s in…

Author Unknown

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGwire’s hands is worth about $19 million.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Venue Williams’ hands is Championship Winning.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy.
A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s hands will feed thousands.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.
Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce salvation for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it’s in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in.
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears,
your hopes, your dreams, your families and your
relationship in God’s hands because…

It depends whose hands it’s in.

July 30, 2020 COVID19 Restrictions

As of midnight this morning, the governor reinstated restrictions in Hampton Roads, of which St. Olaf is a part.


Do continue to sign up to attend Sunday Masses so that we can assure we have enough room for social distancing.

Please continue to wear face coverings when ever you are in the building.

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.