April 7

Tuesday, April 7

Dear Folks,

Now, once again.  Everyone needs to take a step back for a new adjustment to the parish schedule.  Today the contractors for the new church confessionals had a meeting explaining the upcoming work schedule that starts, this Monday, the Day After Easter.  I am enclosing the notes that were offered to me in our meeting. Click here for the meeting notes.

The bottom line is that the project will take place over a 3-4 week period.  The work day is 6 AM and finishes at 2 PM.  Monday thru Friday.  That impacts the 6:30 and 8 AM weekday Masses in the Church.  We will move to the chapel and the internet connection for the chapel brought in with Fr. Heisler’s wonderful computer.  To access the chapel camera you will need to go to the parish website saintfrancisparish.org/changes-to-church-calendar-and-events-during-covid-19/  and look for “Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, and Rosary” tap on the button for Streaming Masses, “Click Here.” 

The construction project may possibly impact our adoration time period, 3-7 PM… but we can flex if there is a delay by having adoration in the chapel for a short time period and switching back to the church.  If we need to use the chapel we would like to limit the number of adorers to five. 

On Monday morning a number of the Knights of Columbus will help in the removal and storage of four of the Stations of the Cross.  The four stations will be placed in the conference room of the office space. 

This project is a long time coming and it is not without many heroes.  God bless the many who donated to the project.  Without them we wouldn’t be writing about the Confessionals.  What was originally thought to be a fifty-five thousand dollar project turned out to be a seventy-five thousand dollar project.  In reviewing the drawings for the confessionals, from Peter Edivan, Bishop Burbidge took all of five minutes to approve the project.  That may be a record for all the construction programs in the history of the diocese.  The bishop has been most encouraging for the parish in this project.  The oversight from the diocese is Mr. Michael Thornton, USN ret.  He has been terrific and complimented with the financial oversight from Mr. Tim Cotnoir with the diocesan finance office. 

Peter Edivan was masterful in running the meeting with the contractors today.  He reminded me of the great conductors at the Kennedy Center.  Top notch all the way.  Please know he has also been working on the Angel Wall, soon to be set in the front foyer of the church.  Diane Waller offered a beautiful touch to the statue that matches the statues of Mary and Joseph in the front of the Church.  Many thanks to one and all.  Let us pray for one another.


Allow a special note from the Knights of Columbus on the Car Raffle they have been promoting. 

The 5 Car Raffle drawing is still on for Saturday, April 25th.  If at all possible, please purchase or sell your tickets and return them to All Saints as soon as possible.  Early returns will assist in even volumes for processing.  As nice as it is to have a “burst” towards the deadline, it is even better for our volunteers who are counting and processing tickets to have most of the returns before the last couple of weeks. 

 Many thanks to those who have already purchased or sold their tickets and to those who have picked up additional tickets.

Additional tickets can be purchased by sending a check made payable to All Saints Catholic Church for  $5/ticket, along with a note with name(s), address and phone number. Address is 9300 Stonewall Road Manassas, VA 20110. Make it to the attention : Car Raffle. If you would like a stub returned, enclose a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope), although this is not necessary to claim your prize.

Scott Grimard
Grand Knight, 11136
St. Francis Council
https://www.facebook.com/knights11136/


Please don’t forget the Divine Mercy Novena starts this Friday. Friday’s chaplet is said privately as we have the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 3 PM this Friday. The devotions will be held at 3 PM each day afterwards until Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19th.  Please join on the church camera each afternoon at 3 PM.

I have asked Bill and Connie Talamantes to lead the devotion each day at the three o’clock hour.  You can catch them on https://vimeo.com/event/31282 

 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 2:00 on Divine Mercy Sunday. 

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

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

 For Holy Week/Easter Services we will work with the Vimeo website.  https://vimeo.com/event/31282

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:

Holy Thursday night:  7 PM Fr. Heisler
Good Friday:  3 PM Stations; 7PM Services Fr. Gould
Holy Saturday:  8:30 PM Fr. Gould
Easter Sunday: 8:30 AM   Fr. Gould; 10:30 AM Fr. Heisler

Confessions:   Holy Week:  in the Education Center.
Monday –  Wednesday  12 noon and 7 PM
Thursday   12 noon
Friday  12 noon
Holy Saturday:  12 noon
Easter Sunday:  12 noon
Easter Week:  7 PM Every night, including Saturday.

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 800-232-4636Appointments 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/

Let us remember our daily prayers for our First Responders.  There are currently over 188 people in Loudoun County with the Coronavirus, two of them who may be parishioners from St. Francis De Sales.  May the angels watch over all of them.   Let us pray for one another.

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