Updated 4/1/2020: Response to Concerns of the Coronavirus | Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

Updated 4/1/2020: Response to Concerns of the Coronavirus

Updated 4/1/2020

In light of Bishop Burbidge’s decision to suspend public Masses, Our Lady of Hope is making the following changes:

Hours

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

For the health, safety and well-being of our priests, parish family, and office staff, we are closing the parish office to the public. The office staff will be available to assist parishioners between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, either over the phone or via email.

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.

Masses

In accord with the Bishop’s mandate, public Masses have been cancelled until further notice. Bishop Burbidge has also lifted the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. This means that you are not committing a sin by staying at home on Sunday. In fact, staying home is an act of obedience to our bishop and the other authorities who are working hard to end the current pandemic.

Mass will offered via live-stream at ourladyofhope.net/stream as follows:

Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

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

Weekly offerings should be mailed to the parish office, or parishioners may use Faith Direct to make their offering online.

Confession

Priests will be available for the Sacrament of Penance on Saturday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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 for confession.

Adoration

Each Thursday, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with Benediction at 7:45 p.m.

In addition, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar for adoration during our 40 Hours Devotion. These times are as follows:

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

More information about Father Morey’s talks may be found under “Special Events.”

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.

Stations of the Cross

Public Stations of the Cross have been suspended; however, booklets will be available in the back of the church on Fridays for those who wish to pray this devotion privately. Please be sure to return your book to the proper bin when you are finished praying, so that others may also pray.

Special Events

The following events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice:
*Padre Pio Relics Visit (postponed until May 28)
*Beloved Marriage Enrichment (postponed–TBD)
*Shroud of Turin Talk (TBD)
*Women’s Lenten Retreat (cancelled)

We are blessed to be able to continue to come together virtually as a parish family. The following events will be offered via live-stream for parishioners to view from their homes. They are not open to the public. 

*Into the Breach Men’s Conference (details to come)
*St. Joseph’s Day Vespers (Vespers will be live-streamed at 7:00 p.m.)
*40 Hours Devotion: We will being our 40 Hours Devotion on Sunday, March 22. Fr. Morey will preach the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. live-streamed Masses. His talks will be live-streamed at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

A Message from Father 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!

 

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

*Holy water fonts are empty.

*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.

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