General FAQs

General FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Health Precautions for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
All Saints Parish, Manassas, VA—2020

FAQ—Preguntas Frecuentes (en español)

Please note that this information is subject to change.

On March 16, 2020, Bishop Burbidge, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, put into place health precautions for parishes of the Arlington Diocese in light of the national and global crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

General Questions

  1. Why are these restrictions being put into place?
    The Church, medical professionals, and government leaders have a grave concern about the spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These restrictions are being put in place so as to help stem the transmission of the coronavirus in the wider community.
  2. What is social distancing?
    Social distancing is the means of separating two or more people by distance so that transmission of a virus via droplet contact (coughing or sneezing), direct or indirect contact, or airborne transmission is impeded. For our purposes, social distancing should leave about 6 feet between people.
  3. Can the chapel be used?
    No, the chapel may not be used because of the need to maintain social distancing between people at prayer. Instead, the church will be the place in which private prayer may occur.
  4. How many people may be gathered in the church?
    The number allowed in the church is never to exceed the White House recommended 10 persons. A porter (where possible) could be assigned by the Pastor throughout the day to ensure the number is not exceeded (such individuals should not be “at risk” according to the CDC).
  5. How long are these restrictions to remain in place?
    It is hard to tell, but at present, we would expect these to be in force for at least eight (8) weeks. As the conditions of the spread of the coronavirus are changing daily, we will await word as to whether this period of time is to be extended.
  6. Will the parish use social media for helping parishioners to remain connected to the parish?
    Yes, please see our social media/website page for more information.

Mass

  1. Suspension of Public Masses
    See the diocesan website on Diocese of Arlington Response to Concerns of the Coronavirus.  On March 16, Bishop Burbidge announced via a video message that until further notice, all public celebrations of the Mass are canceled throughout the Diocese. All public Masses (including Sunday, Holy Day, and weekday Masses) are suspended immediately until further notice. Priests should celebrate private Masses daily for their parishioners and the intentions of their parish as well as for the relief and assistance to all affected in any way by COVID-19. This means that Masses will not be offered in the church building nor in the chapel.Due to the suspension of public Masses, all the faithful in the Diocese of Arlington have been dispensed from their Sunday obligation. Especially on Sundays and holy days, the faithful are encouraged to devote time to prayer, observe Mass on television or the internet, and prayer the Rosary along with other devotions.
  1. How can I be remotely connected with Mass at the parish, since people will not be able to attend at the church?
    For Sundays: All Saints is currently video recording Mass and making it available on Sundays on our Parish Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and website beginning at 9:30 AM in English and 11:00 AM in Spanish. For Weekdays, Monday–Friday, the parish priests will share God’s word.  This video recording will be posted on our All Saints Parish Facebook page.
  2. Since I cannot receive Our Lord in Holy Communion, what is “Spiritual Communion?”If for some reason one is unable to receive Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, a person may make a “Spiritual Communion.” In making an act of Spiritual Communion we both express our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and ask Jesus to unite himself to ourselves..A sample prayer expressing this follows:My Jesus,
    I believe that You
    are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
    I love You above all things,
    and I desire to receive You into my soul.
    Since I cannot at this moment
    receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually
    into my heart.
    I embrace You as if You were already there and unite
    myself wholly to You.
    Never permit me to be separated from You.
    Amen.
  3. May a priest offer a “home Mass”?
    A “home Mass” is a Mass that is offered in someone’s home. No, the priest is not permitted to do this during this time of health precautions.
  4. I had previously scheduled a Mass intention through the parish office. When will that Mass be offered?
    The priests will be offering a private Mass each day, and the previously scheduled Mass intentions will be satisfied. The private Masses will be in the priests’ residence chapel, but not at the church. For Sunday Masses, some of those intentions may be offered on a different day.

Private Prayer and Devotions

  1. How can the All Saints Church building be used for private prayer?
    Updated 5-April-2020

    During Holy Week, All Saints Catholic Church will be open for private prayer at the following times. For times of Eucharistic Exposition there is a SignupGenius site, Adoration signups.

    • Monday
      7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      3:00 PM – 8:00 PM (with Eucharistic Exposition)
    • Tuesday
      7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      3:00 PM – 8:00 PM (with Eucharistic Exposition)
    • Wednesday
      7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      3:00 PM – 6:00 PM  (with Eucharistic Exposition)
    • Thursday
      7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    • Good Friday
      7:00 AM — 8:45 AM (early closing so that the church may be used for Confessions).

    Important Note:
    No more than 10 persons may be in the church during a given prayer period. Please cooperate with the porter/monitor (doorkeeper) who will be allowing admission into the church building. Only the main entrance will be open.

  2. Will there be Stations of the Cross or other public devotions during Lent?
    No.

Confessions (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

  1. Will confessions be available?
    Please note the following Confession schedule for Holy Week 2020. The Confession line will form outside on the sidewalk and one penitent at a time will be admitted into the church or chapel.  Please maintain six feet of social distancing.Monday, April 6
    9:00 -11:00 AM – Chapel
    6:30 – 8:00 PM – ChapelWednesday, April 8
    9:00 – 11:00 AM – Chapel
    6:30 – 8:00 PM – Church

    Good Friday, April 10
    9:00 – 11:00 AM – Church

    Note that on Good Friday, the morning church visitation time will be 7:00 – 8:45 AM, in order for us to prepare for Confessions.

    Monday, April 6
    9:00 -11:00 AM – Chapel
    6:30 – 8:00 PM – ChapelWednesday, April 8
    9:00 – 11:00 AM – Chapel
    6:30 – 8:00 PM – ChurchGood Friday, April 10
    9:00 – 11:00 AM – Church

    Note that on Good Friday, the morning church visitation time will be 7:00 – 8:45 AM, in order for us to prepare for Confessions.

Baptisms

  1. What about Baptisms?
    If you have an Infant Baptism that you have already scheduled through the parish office, please contact Linda Gaynord (lgaynord@allsaintsva.org).In order to schedule a  Baptism for an infant, there are limits on how many people may attend the Baptism. Please contact Linda Gaynord (lgaynord@allsaintsva.org).

Weddings & Convalidations

  1. What about weddings?
    All weddings should continue only if absolutely necessary, with the attendance limited to immediate family members. Previously scheduled wedding or convalidations, please
    contact the priest or deacon who is preparing you. Newly engaged couples should contact the parish wedding intake coordinator Linda Gaynord (lgaynord@allsaintsva.org).

Funerals

  1. Can I have a funeral Mass for my family member?
    Yes, under certain conditions and limitations. All funerals should continue only if absolutely necessary, with the attendance limited to immediate family members. It is important that you speak with the parish funeral coordinator Linda Gaynord (lgaynord@allsaintsva.org) in order to explore the options available at this time.

Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying

  1. Who among the sick may be visited?
    Pastoral Care of the Sick should be limited to those who are dying and those seriously ill. Communion should not be brought to any other parishioner who is homebound other than as Viaticum (Communion to the dying).
  2. May a deacon or a lay minister take Holy Communion to the sick?
    Deacons and lay volunteers should not be visiting the sick in any official capacity. No. Currently, per the diocesan directives, only a priest may do so.

Holy Week and the Easter Triduum

  1. Will Masses be held for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum (The Three Days)?
    The Holy Week and Easter Triduum plans will be determined at a later time. Sacraments of Initiation
  2. What will happen for those in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for those who were to be baptized, confirmed, and/or receive Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil?
    The Religious Education office will be in contact with those who are candidates for Sacraments of Initiation.

Religious Education (RE) and Sacramental Preparation

  1. When will my child in 2nd grade make his/her reception of First Holy Communion?
    We will make a determination about this at a later date. Sacrament of Confirmation
  2. When will my child in 8th grade receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?
    All Confirmation liturgies are suspended until further notice.
  3. When will a High School student who has been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation receive the Sacrament?
    All Confirmation liturgies are suspended until further notice.

Prayer at Home

  1. How can I pray at home?
    We will provide links to resources on the parish website.

St. Gabriel Mission, Manassas Park

  1. Is the Mission open?
    St. Gabriel Mission will follow the same practices as All Saints Parish, suspending Masses, etc.
  2. When will Fr. Juan Puigbó return?
    Fr. Juan was on retreat at a monastery in Spain. He is still there due to restrictions on travel in that country.