Ongoing Response to COVID-19 - Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

Ongoing Response to COVID-19

Our Lady of Hope, Coordinator

703-433-6770, Co-Coordinator


Resuming Public Masses at Our Lady of Hope

Updated 5/25/2020

As the region moves into Phase 1, public Masses will resume at Our Lady of Hope, with accommodations in place to ensure the health and safety of our parish family. Please read the “Masses and Adoration” and “What to Expect in Phase 1” tabs carefully before joining us in person.

General Information


If you or those you care for are vulnerable to infection or the effects of COVID-19, please avoid gatherings of the general public, including liturgical celebrations. Those who are vulnerable include those who are over the age of 65, have existing heart or lung conditions, have diabetes, and/or are otherwise immuno-compromised.


If you feel sick in any way, or if you are coughing or sneezing frequently, please avoid public gatherings, including liturgical celebrations. Please join us from your home for one of our live streamed Masses.


A dispensation from Bishop Burbidge is in effect until further notice. This dispensation lifts the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. The allowance for the public celebration of Mass in no way intends to place an undue burden on the conscience of those, who out of concern for their own safety or the safety of others whom they regularly encounter, choose not to attend Mass while the dispensation is in effect.


We will continue to live stream Masses as we are able. A current schedule may be found on the “Masses and Adoration” tab.

If you are vulnerable to infection, sick, or concerned for your safety or the safety of those you regularly encounter, please continue to unite yourself prayerfully to the Mass via live stream.

The following precautions are still in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

*Holy water fonts are empty.

*All hymnals, missals, and Bible have been removed from pews.

*Those showing common symptoms of illness and their families (fever, cough, body aches) have been asked to self-quarantine according to CDC guidelines.

Until further notice, Bishop Burbidge has granted dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation for all parishioners within the diocese until further notice. If possible, devote time to prayer, observe Mass on television or the internet, and/or pray a Rosary. While nothing can replace attending and participating in Sunday Mass or receiving Holy Communion, observing the Sabbath with another holy devotion and prayer demonstrates good will and sincerity. A complete statement from the Diocese of Arlington may be found here.

Masses and Adoration

While public Mass is now permitted, Bishop Burbidge has still lifted the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. This means that if you or those you have regular contact have health concerns, you are not committing a sin by staying at home on Sunday. For those who would like to attend Mass in person, please abide by the guidelines found in the “What to Expect” tab. Your understanding, patience, and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Vigil)

The following Masses will offered via live-stream at

Monday through Saturday: 8:30 a.m. (Daily Mass)
Sunday: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

All scheduled Mass intentions will be fulfilled with the offering of private Mass.


Each Thursday, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with Benediction at 7:45 p.m.

What to Expect in Phase 1


The pews will be sanitized between Masses by our cleaning staff. Please do not use hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, or other cleaners from home on the pews. We are blessed to have beautiful pews, and the cleaning staff is equipped with supplies that will protect both our parishioners and the finish on our pews.


The current person-per-gathering limit allows us no more than 50% capacity. Every other pew will be blocked off, and households should maintain a social distance of six feet. If the number of participants exceeds the limit, the priest or minister may have to ask individuals to leave. Please be respectful of the limits and seating restrictions, and avoid putting our beloved priests and ministers in this unfortunate position. Above all, exercise charity and patience!


All those attending Mass should enter through the front doors of the church. The entrances to the transepts will be locked. Please don face coverings before entering the narthex.


Those over the age of ten should wear a cloth face covering or disposable face mask while in the church. Face coverings will not be provided–please bring your own. You will need to remove your face covering when receiving Holy Communion. Please be aware that some members of the congregation are unable to wear masks due to private health conditions. In charity, we will respect this.


Please ensure social distancing, with due respect for the reverent enactment of the sacred rites. Please be mindful of maintaining six feet between households, including when entering and exiting the church, and when receiving the Eucharist.


Those attending Mass are expected to disinfect their hands when entering the church, and are encouraged to do so again immediately before receiving Communion. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, which should contain at least 60% alcohol.


The Presentation of the Gifts by members of the assembly will be omitted.


We are so grateful for your continued support of our parish in continuing God’s work.

Poor boxes will be placed in the narthex. Please place all offerings (offertory, debt reduction, etc) in the poor boxes as you enter the church, using your offertory envelopes. Alternatively, weekly offerings mailed to the parish office, or parishioners may use Faith Direct to make their offering online.


The invitation, “Let us offer each other the sign of peace,” and the exchange of peace that follows will be omitted.


Only the priests and deacon will distribute Communion. Please be patient, as this will take more time.

All present who are in a state of grace, having made a Sacramental Confession, and fasted for one hour prior may receive Communion. Those who have health concerns are not obliged to receive, and may make a spiritual Communion from their pew.

Please maintain six feet of social distancing between households during the Communion Procession.

You may decide whether to receive on the tongue or in the hand. You are encouraged to disinfect your hands immediately before receiving Communion using personal sanitizer.

It is not permitted to receive Communion in the hand while wearing gloves. If you are wearing gloves and would like to receive Communion in the hand, please remove your gloves before you reach the priest for the reception of Communion.


Following the dismissal, please exit the church in an orderly fashion, maintaining social distance between households. Please do not linger for private prayer after Mass, as the church needs to be aired out and sanitized before the next Mass. If you would like to talk and spend time with someone, please do so outside the church. We appreciate your patience and charity during this difficult time.


The church will be open for private prayer each day from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The office staff will be available to assist parishioners between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For the health, safety and well-being of our priests, parish family, and office staff, please consider contacting us via phone or email before coming into the office.

A pick-up/drop-off station has been set up outside the office. Items such as sacramental workbooks, registration forms, etc. may be placed in the “Drop Off” basket in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother.

Financial contributions of any kind may be placed in the poor box outside the office door. The box is secure and emptied throughout the day. Please be sure your donation is clearly labeled as weekly offering, debt reduction, WorkCamp, etc.


Confession and Anointing


Priests will be available for the Sacrament of Penance on Saturday mornings beginning at 9:00 a.m. The priests will be in their normal confessionals.

For everyone’s safety, penitents must remain behind the screen. Face-to-face confession will not be available during this time. Social distancing should be maintained by those waiting in line. Confession is also available by appointment for those with serious health concerns. Please call the office at (703) 433-6770 to schedule an appointment with either priest.

Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of Anointing is still available for those who are in great need. Please call the office to arrange for the sacrament.


A Message from Fr. Saunders

During this time, open your hearts to great graces through prayer, spiritual reading, and charitable works. Oftentimes we take everything for granted, and we do not realize how blessed we are until we no longer have it.

Please remember your elderly neighbors.

Please pray for your priests, who bear this cross in a way only they know.

Remember the words our dear Lord spoke at the Ascension: “Do not be afraid. I will be with you always, until the end of the world!”

St. Paul said, “God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him.”

Be prudent! Stay healthy! Keep calm and carry on!


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