Today, March 16, 2020, Bishop Burbidge announced restrictions for the prevention of and in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The press release can be found at arlingtondiocese.org/press-releases/2020/updated-Diocese-of-Arlington-Response-to-concerns-of-the-coronavirus.
With active cases of coronavirus present in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia, the Diocese is taking additional precautions to protect the health and safety of those who serve in or are served by the diocese, as well as the broader public, all in an abundance of caution.
There are a number of outcomes from this, the primary one being that “until further notice, all public celebrations of the Mass are canceled throughout the Diocese.”
Bishop Burbidge has asked pastors to keep churches open to the public, so that those who choose to pray, are welcome to do so in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord, while keeping a safe distance from one another and not exceeding the 10-person limit.
In order to plan for how the church can be open for private prayer, Fr. Lee will meet with parish staff on Tuesday. Further announcements will be made following this meeting and as adjustments become necessary.
Also, we had previously scheduled our routine quarterly carpet and pew cushion cleaning in the church and chapel on Wednesday, March 18, so the church will be closed on Wednesday for that purpose, and for some other precautionary cleaning. Note that the chapel will also be closed.
You can find our new Confession schedule here.
Please pray for those who have contracted the Coronavirus, for their families, health care professionals, our parish and Church, for our nation, and the world during this global crisis.
Further details will be forthcoming in the days ahead. May God bless you.