March 17 – new schedules
March 17, 2020
Feast of St. Patrick
This morning I have been working on line to organize my E-Mail contacts to the staff, parish council, finance committee, collegians, and local leaders in the parish. In my last letter to the parish I mentioned quite a few restrictions set upon our little home on the hill. I am not optimistic this will be a short lived inconvenience to our parish. It may be longer than two to eight weeks and may go to the length of months. I will keep you updated with the diocesan developments as they come to me.
Now let’s start talking about what we can do.
We are going to initiate some schedule plans.
- Baptisms, Weddings, and funerals will continue to take place but with restricted numbers in attendance for the sacraments.
- The Church will continue to be open 24/7.
- Hopefully the church cameras will be updated this weekend.
- Starting next Monday we will move to hear Confessions each and every day (Including Weekends) at 8:00 AM; Noon; and 7:00 PM. Confessions will take place at the Parish Education Center.
- In addition to the standing Adoration Schedule, Friday Morning to Saturday Morning, starting next Monday Adoration will also take place from Sunday thru Thursday from 3 – 7pm. There will be no Benediction.
- In the coming weeks Fr. Heisler and I will go on line praying the Liturgy Hours each day. Morning Prayer will take place at 9am and Evening Prayer at 7pm. Further details will be coming soon.
- Fr. Heisler will continue his class on prayer… on line. Click here to access the on-line classroom.
- If you are looking to see Mass offered on line please refer to www.mass-online.org
- In my next note I need to figure out how to appeal and receive your donations for the needs of the parish so keep the lights on. God love you, and so do I. Again, let us pray for one another.
- Diocese of Arlington: https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/
- https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/ (from Johns Hopkins)
- https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html (from Johns Hopkins)
- Please pick up a Phone App called “Newsbreak” for Loudoun County updates.
Sad and Discouraging News for our parish:
This news item is all over the news media and involves a former pastor of St. Francis De Sales Parish. His name was Fr. Scott Asalone. He was a Capuchin priest assigned to the parish in the 1980’s. He has been accused of sexual abuse by a former parishioner, Mr. David Grosso. Let us remember to pray for the victims of such tragic events that affect our families, young and old. It is so very very sad. Let us pray for one another.
Click here for Washington Post article