Parish Changes in Response to COVID-19

Public Mass will begin May 30/31. Please read this page for details.

General

In accordance with Diocese of Arlington and CDC guidelines, all public masses have been cancelled. Note that the Church will remain open for private prayer. Scheduled Mass intentions will be fulfilled by the offering of a private Mass. We are also reminded that those that are not feeling well or showing signs of illness should remain home for more than 24 hours after symptoms are gone.
All the faithful in the Diocese of Arlington have been dispensed of their Sunday obligation. We are encouraged to devote time to prayer, observe Mass virtually, and pray the Rosary along with other devotions. We thank you for your understanding as we all work maintain the health and safety of everyone. For more information please view the Diocese press releases here, the Bishop’s response here, and view the information from the CDC here.

Offertory Collections/Donations

We thank you for your continued generosity! Offertory checks should be mailed/dropped off to the Parish Center. You can also set up contributions electronically with our vendor Parish Giving, here on our website.

Canceled Events

  • All Masses
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Boy Scout Meetings
  • Religious Ed & Youth Ministry (RE will be moving to virtual instruction)
  • Lenten Soup Suppers
  • Spaghetti Dinner/Pancake Breakfast

Rescheduled Events

The following are events that have been rescheduled. Keep posted as circumstances can change and dates may have to be adjusted.

  • Mark Forrest (Now moved to 4/20)
  • Padre Pio Relics (Now moved to 5/26)
  • St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance (Now moved to 6/20)

Weddings & Funerals

Weddings and funerals will generally still be held, but are limited to immediate family only. Thank you for understanding. As always, look out for any updated information from the coordinators of these events as the situation may change.

Eucharistic Adoration

Starting March 23rd, from 10am until 8pm, Monday – Friday. We need a minimum of two people to sign up for each time slot in order to begin! Sign up using this link.

A Holy Hour will be offered on Friday from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

We still have all night Adoration on First Friday. Taize Holy Hour is canceled for April.

Only ten people are permitted in the Worship Center at one time. If your whole family is attending adoration, please register each family member! If you arrive and there are already ten people inside, please remain in the foyer or return at another time. Thank you!

Confession

All confessions are heard in the Worship Center at the following times:

  • Mondays: 10 am
  • Wednesdays: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
  • Saturdays: 3:30 pm

Up to ten people are allowed in the Worship Center at once. Screens and curtains are set up at each confession station for privacy and as a protective barrier for the priest AND penitent. Please remember to practice social distancing while in line as well.

Homebound Visits

All homebound visits are cancelled until further notice. Priests will still visit for last rites.

Assistance

For those in need of assistance:

The St. Mary’s Food Pantry volunteers continue to supply donations to community food banks. At this time, the St. Mary’s pantry is providing food to families in need on a limited basis by appointment only. Please contact christinab@stmaryofsorrows.org. No food is distributed from inside the main foyer and appointments must be made in advance. Unfortunately we cannot serve walk-ins. Thank you for understanding.

St. Mary of Sorrows provides financial support to Fairfax County’s Britepaths program. If you are in need of financial support for basic needs, contact Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880.

For those that wish to help out:

A Letter from Father Barkett

My dear Parishioners,

During this unprecedented time, our Bishop has taken the steps to suspend all public Masses for the foreseeable future.  This temporary measure was taken in order to minimize the risks associated with the spread of the coronavirus.  While this is taking place, we will still have the Church open for people to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  The Bishop has also asked that during this time people make a daily Spiritual Communion where you ask Jesus to come and visit you in your heart and soul to dwell with you while we await the ability to once again receive Him in Holy Communion.  We should also be taking the time to reading the Scriptures and praying especially the daily rosary.  While all public Masses have been suspended the priests will be praying private daily Masses for the intentions that have been offered.

I know that all of this is happening at a very fast pace and it can be somewhat confusing and scary as we face this challenge.  Yet I would like to remind you of our Lord’s promise to remain with us.  We will continue to keep you all informed of what is going on and to assure you of our daily prayers.  I know there will be more information coming out soon especially in regard to Holy Week and Confirmation and First Holy Communion.  In the meantime, let us pray for one another.

In Christ through Mary,

Fr. Barkett

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and I unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.”

Virtual Mass

Nothing can replace attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion, but in circumstances such as these, observing the Sabbath in an alternative way demonstrates good will.
The Parish has started to offer a Mass recording along with other content and reflections and can be found here.

Also check out resources from:

The Diocese of Arlington

The USCCB

Catholic Current