New Mass Times Do Not Take Effect Until Jul 10-11

Please note, that our new Mass times here at St. John Neumann WILL NOT start UNTIL the weekend of July 10-11. Starting that weekend, we will offer Masses at 5:00pm on Saturday, and then at 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:00pm (Misa en español) and 5:00pm on Sunday.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue through this period of transition.

Tenga en cuenta que nuestros nuevos horarios de misa aquí en St. John Neumann NO COMENZARÁN HASTA el fin de semana del 10 al 11 de julio. A partir de ese fin de semana, ofreceremos misas a las 5:00 pm el sábado, y luego a las 5:00 pm del sábado, y luego a las 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:00pm (Misa en español) y 5:00pm el domingo. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión a medida que continuamos a través de este período de transición.

Campamento Vocacional

Sunday, June 27, 2021

“El Maestro está aquí y te llama.” (Juan 11:28)

¿Qué es? Un campamento vocacional en español e inglés para jóvenes de 9 al 12 grado. Habrá reflexión vocacional, contacto con la naturaleza, deporte, amistad y convivencia, oración, testimonios personales de sacerdotes y seminaristas, y más.

Fechas: El 27 de junio al 1 de julio de 2021

Lugar: Hunting Ridge Retreat. Salida del parroquia All Saints el domingo a la 1:00, regreso el jueves a los 4:00.

Registrate aqui.

Contacto: Padre Mauricio Pineda, 703-393-2154, o la Oficina de Vocaciones (se habla español)

Fecha limite para registrarse: el 20 de junio.

 

 

Women Giving Back Clothing Collection – June 19/20

Donation Opportunity: Women Giving Back

Women Giving Back provides clothing and other necessities to women and children as they rebuild their lives after leaving situations/ homes of domestic violence.  Women Giving Back serves over 700 women and children a month and is continuously in need of donations as their outreach has spread throughout the Greater Washington Metro area. This 501c3 non-profit organization supports women and children in crisis and serves as the first step towards stability by providing quality clothing at no cost, assisted by a caring and committed community.

What: Please consider donating washed, gently used women’s and children’s clothing and shoes (medical scrubs and maternity clothing are especially needed).

 When: Saturday, 6/19/2021 and Sunday, 6/20/2021

 Where: Drop off donation items in The Women Giving Back labeled box in the church hall lobby. The box will be collected on Sunday (6/20/2021)                                                                                       evening.

***Please do NOT donate: car seats, strollers, toys, furniture, adult books, event- specific t-shirts, used swimwear, used socks or underwear, bedding, men’s clothes.

 

 

Changes to Masses in the Days and Weeks Ahead

May 27, 2021

Dear SJN Parishioner:

Bishop Burbidge has adjusted diocesan guidelines concerning the conduct of Mass in the age of COVID-19. The diocese has made these changes using the best available scientific data and guidance from both the Governor’s office and the Centers for Disease Control. Please note that at the present time, the dispensation from the Sunday Obligation remains in effect out of concern for the particularly vulnerable. When this dispensation is lifted, we will notify you.

When you arrive for Mass on the weekend of May 29-30 this is what will be different:

1. Fully vaccinated individuals* are no longer required to wear masks. If you are not yet vaccinated but five years of age or older, you are encouraged to continue wearing a mask.
2. Holy Water fonts will be uncovered.
3. The Presentation of the Gifts by laity will return.
4. We ask all who are receiving Holy Communion to consider doing so in the hand at this time. If you wish to receive Communion on the tongue, please receive from the priest as he will be the
only minister to distribute either in the hand or on the tongue. All others distributing Communion will do so in the hand only.
5. The porters will no longer guide the dismissal process. When the Recessional hymn concludes, you are free to depart on your own accord.

Daily Mass will return to the Chapel starting on Monday, May 31.

Starting next weekend, June 5-6, we will add these changes:

1. You no longer need to sign-up for Mass attendance. You will be free to come to the Mass of your choice.
2. Spacers will be removed and all pews will be reopened. You will be welcome to sit wherever you wish and the Cry Room will be available.
3. Hymnals will be returned to the pews.
4. The Collection will be taken in the pews.
5. The Sign of Peace will be permitted, though those who do not share the same household are asked, for the time being, to exchange the Sign of Peace with a wave or a bow rather than a
handshake or a hug.
6. Communion will be distributed in one species only (the Body of Christ). Distribution to the faithful of the Blood of Christ will not yet be reinstituted. Communion will be distributed from
four locations. Please follow the usher’s directions during Mass.

Please also note the following:
1. Rest assured, we will continue to sanitize high-touch surfaces.
2. We will continue to live stream the 5:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass and the 2:00pm Sunday Spanish Mass.
3. Over time, we anticipate more and more of our parishioners returning to Mass. We will continue to offer the current schedule of Masses until the weekend of July 10-11, when we will add the
7:30am and 5:00pm Sunday Masses, while we move the 9:00am Mass back to its traditional 9:30am time.

Also, as we move forward, we will need additional ministers at the Sunday Masses. Please prayerfully consider donating your time to a ministry.

These changes are significant – when compared to where we have been – and are a considerable step towards the resumption of “normalcy.” Some will be ready to make all of these changes; others may not yet be ready – we will work together in a spirit of charity, community, and love to make these changes easy for everyone. Be kind, be sensible, and be safe during this season of transition. Let us give thanks to God for guiding us and giving us this season of renewal.

Blessings,
Fr. Joe

*SJN will not require proof of vaccination, nor will we inquire about your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated and would like to continue wearing a mask, please do so. We understand that not everyone feels comfortable being maskless in public, and not everyone is eligible to be, or desire to be, vaccinated. However, if you are not fully vaccinated please keep wearing a mask and practice protective behavior.

Knights of Columbus Family of Man Council’s Blood Drive on June 4

The Knights of Columbus Family of Man Council’s quarterly Red Cross Blood Drive at Saint John Neumann will be Friday, June 4th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Brown-McCarthy Auditorium. Donors can register online at www.redcrossblood.org using the sponsor code STJOHNNEUMANNVA. You can also call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 to register or get answers to eligibility questions.  You may call John Moran of the Knights at 703-303-5272 if you need help with the process.  You can accelerate your check-in by going online on June 4th before you come, and using the RapidPass function to do your pre-readings and questionnaire.  

June 25 Screening of “Selma” With our Racial Justice Ministry

Selma: The Struggle For Voting Rights and Racial Justice

Come join the Racial Justice Ministry for a showing of the Oscar-nominated film, Selma, on Friday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This film depicts a milestone in the long struggle in our nation for voting rights and racial justice, the dramatic march to Selma and other events leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It also provides essential context for the recent upsurge in attacks on voting rights in a large number of states. For anyone interested, we will have a follow-on discussion of the film on Sunday, June 27, at 7 p.m. via Zoom, and we plan to have a speaker presentation later this summer on the current state of play in this threat to our democracy. To register for the film and/or discussion, email racial.justice.sjn@gmail.com by June 24.


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St. John Neumann’s Rectory Offices Closed on May 28 and 31

The St. John Neumann Rectory Offices will be closed on Friday, May 28 and Monday, May 31, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, June 1 at 9:00am. We wish everyone a safe holiday. Please pray for all those who have given their lives in the defense of our nation.

“God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons
and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen”

Seasons of Wellness – “Take a Breath”: COPD and Other Respiratory Disorders

Join our Parish Nurse Susan Infeld RN and Dana Rizzo RN from Waltonwood Senior Living on Wednesday June 2, at 10:30 am for another great health
education event via ZOOM! This year our nation’s focus has been on how even a “simple virus” can lead to respiratory failure.  Wearing a mask to prevent the inhalation or spread of diseased respiratory droplets became our shield. Suddenly in the United States and around the world, safeguarding our lungs was front and center.

Oxygenation can be enhanced or limited by many factors, even weight gain. Sleep apnea, which many adults struggle with, if left untreated, can lead to cardiovascular problems, glaucoma, and stroke. Asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema are all Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD). They can be hereditary or environmental, or the result of smoking or secondary smoke. Even if you don’t suffer from a “typical” or “atypical” respiratory problem, you won’t want to miss this great one-hour learning  (and connecting with fellow parishioners) opportunity! sinfeld@saintjn.org to register.