Weekend Adorers?

Thank you to everyone who has committed to an hour or more to Adore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. It has been tremendous to witness as a priest.

As we go forward, can we see if we can regularly have adorers for the weekend hours? Presently, we have a good many hours open on Saturday mornings, afternoons, evenings and Sunday mornings. One can see the open hours through the SignUpGenius on this blogspot. Please consider spending an hour in Adoration over the weekend.

God bless

FRVW

Corpus Christi

Thank you to everyone who spent an hour (or two) with Jesus last weekend!  Please again, can I ask that you consider looking at the SignUpGenius on this blogspot for open hours this weekend?  Adoration will be in our chapel through the weekend until 1pm on Monday.  As we celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday, spending time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration would be a tremendous way to celebrate – in addition to Mass.

Over the last two and a half months you noticed two young men at our Masses, Holy Communion Outside of Mass Rites and the daily Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Rosary.  Ricky Malebranche and Ray Goins both finished their first year of the seminary while with us.  Almost all of our seminarians were placed in parishes when the seminaries shut down in late March.  Each would continue his studies online until exams in mid-May.  Ricky and Ray were extremely helpful.  As you saw, they were always available for Masses and other liturgical functions.  When we were quarantined, they were the ones troubleshooting and setting up for live streamed Masses, Chaplets and Rosaries from the rectory.  They were quarantined when Fr. Carr had COVID after Easter.  They helped with meals.  We had some great conversations throughout those two and a half months.  I am grateful they were assigned at Holy Trinity for the time they were.  As of this past Monday, they began their summer assignments at other parishes.  Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to follow Our Lord’s call.

This Sunday is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ).  The feast dates back to the 1260s following a Eucharistic Miracle.  A young priest, Fr. Peter, implored Our Lord in his prayers to help him have a deep faith in Jesus’ Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.  In the midst of one Mass, as Fr. Peter completed the Consecration of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, the Host actually began to bleed.

Fr. Peter wrapped the Host in the corporal and walked a few miles to the next town, Orvieto, where the Pope was living.  The Pope was given the news of the miracle and met Fr. Peter outside the city walls.  He knelt before Our Lord in the Eucharist then brought the Eucharist to a church in the town.  He soon pronounced the Solemnity of Corpus Christi to be celebrated.  In Orvieto, you can still see the Blood-stained corporal in the cathedral built for It.  Ever since the Miracle there has been a yearly Eucharistic Procession throughout the town with Jesus in the Host followed by the Corporal that is stained with His Blood.  Our Corpus Christi Procession takes its roots from Orvieto’s Eucharistic Procession.  Our altar on the front steps for Benediction mirrors the Benediction at the end of the Eucharistic Procession in Orvieto.

Finally, on July 4th our new music director will begin his work at Holy Trinity.  Mr. Trevor Rowland comes to us from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hagerstown, Maryland where he has worked in the music ministry for the last nine years. He and his wife, Bebhinn, and their baby daughter are happy to be in his wife’s native state!  Mr. Rowland is humble and a gentleman.  He comes to us with a love for the Mass as well as a love and knowledge of liturgical music in the tradition of the Church.  I look forward to working with him at Holy Trinity.

God bless

FRVW

New WorkCamp Options!

Holy Trinity will have two WorkCamp options available to all current high schoolers this summer — for all those in the high school classes of 2020 through 2023! We will have three info meeting options this week, so click “continue reading” below (or just keep scrolling down) for meeting details, and plan to join us for one of those meeting options to learn more!

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Public Masses Begin on Pentecost Weekend

March 16, 2020 will be a date notched in my brain for a long time – some of you who know how forgetful I am may question that statement!  It was the last time we had public Masses in our church.  Thankfully, we will again have public Masses at Holy Trinity.  May we never be without THE GREATEST ACTION in history again!

Beginning this Friday, May 29, 2020 we will offer public Masses.  We will go back to our former schedule for weekdays (9:00 and 12:00) and weekends.  (The one exception will be a 6:30am Sunday Mass instead of 7:00am.  This change will allow for cleaning the church between Masses.)

Please know the Bishop still extends the dispensation from Sunday obligation at Mass for all Catholics in our diocese.  Also, if we are feeling sick, have a fever, sore throat and/or cough, we are strongly encouraged not to come to Mass or the church.

We may only enter through the main front doors.  Ushers will need to seat people.  Please be patient as you enter the church.

Non-family members should maintain six feet distance from each other upon entering, in pews and upon exiting the church.  Every other pew will be kept empty.

Holy Communion will be similar yet different than a normal Sunday Mass.  In short, each section will receive at a time; only one line to/from Holy Communion.  When a section is finished, the next section will approach the priest for Holy Communion.  Our goal is that people do not cross paths walking to/from Holy Communion.  Again, please be patient and follow the guidance of our ushers.  It will take time – good opportunity for recollected prayer!

Only priests will distribute Holy Communion.  Recall that we will have 91% rubbing alcohol to purify our fingers during Holy Communion.

Realistically, we are looking at about 300 people or so who will be in the church at a time.  I could be overestimating or underestimating.  It is first come, first serve.

We will also be able to use the hall for some overflow.

For those who are unable to make it to Mass for whatever reason, we will offer Holy Communion Outside of Mass at 3pm on Sunday, May 31st.  This ritual will be offered outside the doors of the Adoration Chapel.  Each car drives up; communicants step out and walk to Father who will administer Holy Communion.  After receiving, please spend some time in silent adoration.

Finally, we will need help cleaning the church and bathrooms after every Mass.  We have set up a SignUpGenius that will be accessible via our parish blog: holytrinityupdates.com – some may be there already!  We will need ten (10) families after each Mass on Saturday and Sunday.  All cleaning supplies will be provided.  Would you consider spending fifteen minutes after Mass to clean Our Lord’s house?  Specifics will be provided.

Adoration will continue, please check the Schedule Page for information.

Thank you again to all of you who have helped, and continue to do so in the parish.  It has been humbling once again.

God bless

FRVW

Sunday: Holy Communion Outside of Mass

Thank you again to everyone who waited patiently to receive Jesus in Holy Communion last Sunday! It was a true testament to our Faith and very humbling for the priest.

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 24, we will have Holy Communion Outside of Mass two times: after our 9:00am Ordinary Form live streamed Mass – probably around 10:00am; and, after our 11:30am Extraordinary Form live streamed Mass – probably around 12:30pm.

We will have two (2) stations for Holy Communion tomorrow: outside the chapel entrance – same as last week – and one in front of the church under the main arch.

Please follow the guidance of our parking lot ‘ushers’ so that Holy Communion can be received reverently and safely – never thought I’d need to say ‘safely’! The lead-foot drivers should probably not be at the wheel in the parking lot tomorrow!!

All good? Now, on to read a little more about St. John Paul’s 1979 Pentecost visit to Poland. Wonder what the Holy Spirit has in mind for the world this Pentecost!

God bless

FRVW

An Angel’s Jealousy?

Dear Holy Trinity Parishioners!

Please forgive my tardiness in getting out information to all of you regarding our status at Holy Trinity.

Bishop Burbidge has asked us, along with all the parishes in Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria to wait two more weeks before we consider having public Masses.

The Bishop is very aware of our desire for public Masses and reception of Jesus in Holy Communion.  Therefore, he has extended the option to administer Holy Communion outside of Mass.  Yes, Mass is the Holy Sacrifice of Christ re-presented in time.  Yes, It is the greatest Action in history.  We pray that we will soon be able to participate at Mass in person.

St. Maximilian Kolbe once remarked: If angels could be jealous of man, they would be for one reason: Holy Communion.

Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th we will offer Holy Communion within the Rite of Holy Communion Outside of Mass.  Immediately following our 9:00am live streamed Mass each day, the priest will conduct a brief Holy Communion Service at the outside Adoration Chapel doors under the archway.  Parishioners in the state of grace will be able to walk up to Father to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.  You can then return to your car to make your thanksgiving after Holy Communion until Father gives the closing blessing.  Examples of Thanksgiving Prayers after Holy Communion would be:

Soul of Christ: https://jesuitprayer.org/custom/cards/anima-christi.pdf

Litany of Humility: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/litany-for-humility-391

Prayers of the Angel of Fatima to the shepherd children: http://www.fatimacentennial.com/fatima-prayers

As we have further access to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist we are asked to consider the following reminders – for complete details please see the diocesan website www.arlingtondiocese.org and Bishop Burbidge’s announcement at http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/coronavirus/:

Dispensation from obligation to Sunday Mass remains for everyone

Those vulnerable are encouraged to avoid public gatherings

Those sick and/or coughing are asked to avoid liturgical celebrations

We are asked to maintain 6 foot distance between persons

10 person group limit (inside the church)

Face coverings are expected

Disinfecting one’s hands before receiving Holy Communion is expected

Each communicant has the right to receive Holy Communion in the manner he chooses – on the tongue or on the hand

The faithful are asked to prayerfully consider reception of Holy Communion in the hand

No one may receive Holy Communion while wearing gloves

Please know that it will be a joy to offer you Our Lord, really, truly and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist!

May our reception of Jesus increase our love for Him and His Church; increase our love for each other; and increase our peace and joy in these times.

God bless

FRVW

Re-integration 2020

Dear Holy Trinity Parishioners!

Let us thank Our Lord through Our Lady for His many graces!

How is life going in the family? I am wondering about certain opportunities of grace between husbands and wives. For example, how many husbands, who are spending more hours at home than they previously did, are more appreciative of their wives’abilities around the house – especially when left home with the children?! Or, when asked, ‘Where are you going?’, wives aren’t so quick to complain that their husbands work outside the home?! Ah yes, the two shall become as one.

In light of our Governor’s announcement today, our Bishop has written an open letter to all Catholics of the Diocese of Arlington and a video on re-opening our parishes for public Masses to begin on May 15th. His letter and video can be found on the diocesan website: arlingtondiocese.org.

The Bishop mentions the following:

Churches can operate at a maximum of 50% capacity – unless a local jurisdiction determines otherwise.

There will still be a need to provide for proper social distancing and regular cleaning at each parish.

The Bishop is working with a team to help plan for reintegration. He will have guidelines for us this coming week.

The Bishop also reminds the faithful that the dispensation for anyone who has any concern about attending Mass is still in effect.

Please continue to ask Our Lord through His Mother – in this month of Our Lady – for a further opening of the sacraments to our people; prudence for our Bishop and Governor; as well as mercy and healing for those suffering from COVID-19.

God bless

FRVW