April 4

Saturday, April 4

Good afternoon, Good afternoon,

Our Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, Scott Grimard, yesterday informed me that The Loudoun Medical Group has established a testing tent in the parking lot of the LMG Cornwall Urgent Care center at 211 Gibson St. in Leesburg.  The hours are
10 AM – 4 PM on Weekdays.  Call 800-232-4636. Appointments can be made in ten minute intervals.  If you think you may have the Coronavirus, or been exposed to it you should go to this site.  I leave you with an article in the paper.  https://loudounnow.com/2020/03/23/loudoun-medical-group-opens-drive-through-covid-19-testing/


As we are racing into this Season of Holy Week/Easter allow a moment for the schedule announcements.

MASS, LITURGY OF THE HOURS, AND ROSARY 
Join us via live streaming for all Masses: CLICK HERE
Join us via live streaming of the Liturgy of the Hours and Rosary: CLICK HERE

The priests and seminarians will be Live Streaming the Liturgies with the following schedule:
(All Confessions are heard in the Catholic Education Center)


HOLY WEEK
Palm Sunday
Mass Times – 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Confessions – 12 PM and 7 PM
Adoration – 3 PM – 7 PM

 

Monday of Holy Week
Mass Times – 6:30 AM and 8 AM
Confessions – 12 PM and 7 PM
Adoration – 3 PM – 7 PM

Morning Prayer – 7:30 AM
Evening Prayer – 5 PM
Rosary – 8:30 PM
Night Prayer – 9 PM

 

Tuesday of Holy Week
Mass Times – 6:30 AM and 8 AM
Confessions – 12 PM and 7 PM
Adoration – 3 PM – 7 PM

Morning Prayer – 7:30 AM
Evening Prayer – 5 PM
Rosary – 8:30 PM
Night Prayer – 9 PM

 

Wednesday of Holy Week
Mass Times – 6:30 AM and 8 AM
Confessions – 12 PM and 7 PM
Adoration – 3 PM – 7 PM

Morning Prayer – 7:30 AM
Evening Prayer – 5 PM
Rosary – 8:30 PM
Night Prayer – 9 PM

 

For a text of the Psalms, Readings, and Prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours, CLICK HERE
For a music aid for Night Prayer, CLICK HERE
Liturgia de Las Horas  Liturgy of the Hours in Spanish

 

TRIDUUM
Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 PM
Confessions – 12 PM
No Adoration

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Stations of the Cross – 3 PM
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 7 PM
Confessions – 12 PM
No Adoration

Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil – 8:30 PM
Confessions – 12 PM
No Adoration

Easter Sunday
Mass Time 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Confessions 12 PM
Adoration – 3 PM – 7 PM

 


 

There are all sorts of rumors running fast and loose on what the Diocese is doing, used to do, should do, and/or doesn’t have a clue what to do in Holy Week. Enclosed are the directives I just received today.  I offer it to you so we are all on the same page.

Dear Brother Priests,

Along with Bishop Burbidge, I assure you of my thoughts and prayers as we enter into our celebration of Holy Week during this challenging time.  The Bishop and I greatly appreciate your respectful collaboration and cooperation with his directives.  Many of our diocesan parishioners have expressed their gratitude for the efforts of many of our priests to live stream and use social media to be present to them while the “stay at home” order is in effect.  As we begin to enter this most sacred time with our private liturgical celebrations, I offer the reminders of what the Bishop has requested below:

  • that no “drive-thru” distribution of Holy Communion take place;
  • that palms are not to be distributed this year, even by leaving blessed palms available for pick-up after the liturgy;
  • that during the Triduum:
    • the church should be locked during the celebration of the liturgies and that the 10-person maximum is to be observed (this includes priests, deacons, organists, seminarians, etc.);
    • liturgies may be live-streamed but not pre-recorded so that the faithful can unite in prayer to the liturgy while it is being celebrated at the time required by liturgical law. The live-stream may recorded and made available for re-viewing on the website, social media platform, etc., after the original live-stream has concluded;
    • on Good Friday, a special intercession is to be added after “X. For those in Tribulation.”  This intercession is now provided to you in Spanish (attached).

Also, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments promulgated a decree for a Mass in Time of Pandemicearlier this week.  Please find attached the decree, Mass prayers and readings (in English, Spanish, and Latin). This Mass is classified as a “Mass for Various Needs and Occasions.” Bishop Burbidge has already given permission for the celebration of a Mass for Various Needs on Weekdays during Lent. Therefore, this Mass may be celebrated today and tomorrow (4/3 and 4/4).

  • As noted in the decree, this Mass is not permitted on Palm Sunday (4/5), the weekdays of Holy Week (4/6-11), the Octave of Easter (4/12-19), and Sundays of Easter (4/26, 5/3, etc.), as well as other major Sundays and Solemnities (St Mark 4/25, etc.).
  • This Mass is permitted, at the discretion of the Pastor or Priest celebrant, on weekdays of Easter (4/20-24, 4/27-5/2, etc.)

Fraternally in Christ,


Next week, across the planet the Church will celebrate the annual novena to the Divine Mercy.  I have asked Bill and Connie Talamantes to lead the devotion each day at the three o’clock hour.  You can catch them on the Vimeo Internet channel.  I have joined them a few times in the church during vocal prayers each afternoon at 3 PM. For the neophytes to this very popular devotion I leave you with a few resources for your understanding.  I will be happy to offer the Divine Mercy Celebration at 2 PM on Divine Mercy Sunday.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaplet_of_the_Divine_Mercy

https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet

Reminder:  I will hear Confessions at 10:30 AM on Friday Morning for the seniors of the parish.  Just like this past Friday, I will hear Confessions on the patio behind the school building.  For convenience you should park behind the gymnasium.  God bless one and all.

My mother once told me the story of St. Bernard having an apparition with the Lord.  Jesus said the greatest physical pain endured that day called “Good,” other than the nails and thorns… I presume, was on his left shoulder.  The left shoulder?  As it happened, Christ entered thru the Southern Gate on the Western side of the Temple. As he walked Northward, hefting the Cross he past the Temple as they were sacrificing the sheep for Passover.  He, the True Lamb of God, could see, hear, and smell the commotion taking place at the Temple on his right.  The cross would have to be on his left shoulder so he could look upon the temple as he passed it.

For a context of distance from Calvary to the Temple was the distance from our Cross at the end of the road to the Fire House on the other side of Route 7.

In closing, tomorrow we enter the week we call, “Holy.”  Let us pray for the poor people caught up in the Coronavirus, especially those who may die with the dreaded disease this week.  Let us pray for those who are serving in harm’s way for our health and wellbeing.   Most especially, those serving in the police department, sheriff’s office, and the young ones in the fire department.  Let us pray for the doctors, nurses, and med techs.  Let us remember the president and our governor in our prayers.  None of them asked for any of this but are doing a good job holding things together.

And please know.  I do worry for all of you who are locked down in your homes as we enter our third week, standing back from the virus.  It is a very difficult time and I know there is no small amount of stress experienced by many in the parish. May the Blessed Mother hold you close and angels protect you.  Please know I am very proud of you in example of Faith and Devotion.  Let us pray for one another.

 

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