Go Red for Women! – February is American Heart Month

Go Red For Women!

February is American Heart Month, and for the past 16 years, the American Heart Association has used this time to draw special attention to women’s risk for cardiovascular disease. “Go Red For Women” isn’t just a slogan; it’s a siren. One in three women die from a heart attack or stroke, and cardiovascular disease is responsible for more women’s deaths than all cancers combined. So, what risk factors do women (and men) need to be aware of? First, know your genetics. Is there a family history of heart attack, stroke, hypertension, or high cholesterol? Even if you lead a “heart-healthy” lifestyle, your genetic components (most likely) cannot be compensated for, and you require routine surveillance and treatment if necessary. Race, age, and a previous personal history of heart attack or stroke put you at higher risk. Modifiable factors you CAN control include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and diabetes. Becoming more active can lower the risk for heart disease significantly, a whopping 30-40 %, and stroke by as much as 25 %. So what constitutes heart-healthy exercise?

30-40 minutes a day of “moderate-intensity aerobic exercise” increases your heart rate. Add in 1-2 days of high-intensity muscle-strengthening weekly, and you are on your way to reducing the likelihood of a cardiac event. If needed, start slow and increase as you go along but “just do it”! In these cold winter months, the Mall is a great place to do some power walking, and there are plenty of YouTube exercise programs available for every age group. So this February, pull out the red and lace up your sneakers. It’s time to set some new exercise goals, decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, and “Go Red for Women”! Your family will love you for it.

Mardi Gras Dinner and WorkCamp Fund Raiser Tickets on Sale on February 5

Helps support our WorkCampers by leaving the cooking to us on March 1! Tickets for this event will go on sale February 5, and we will have eat-in or take out options available to complement your preferred dining experience.

We are hoping to conduct a Silent Auction and are currently sourcing prizes. If you have items or services to donate, or if you know someone who does, please contact our WorkCamp Stakeholder, Nick Buck (bvbuck@verizon.net) for more details.

When: Fat Tuesday, March 1st from 5:30-8:00pm

Where: SJN Auditorium (“to go” options available)

What: A Delicious Fat Tuesday dinner, wine and beer, music, and fellowship

Details: Tickets on sale in the narthex after all masses this weekend or through the Faith Formation office. Proceeds will help send SJN teens & crew leaders to Diocesan WorkCamp 2022.

Silent Auction: we still need goods and services donations.

Seasons of Wellness: Social Engagement; The Key to Healthy Living

ZOOM in on Wednesday February 2, at 10:30am with Parish Nurse Susan Infeld for a warm  visit and discussion on “Social Engagement; The Key to Healthy Living”.  Susan and Dana Rizzo RN from Waltonwood Senior Living will examine how social interaction affects us physically, mentally and emotionally; and how even during these challenging times, we can STILL stay connected!  We also want to hear YOUR creative ideas on how, during the winter doldrums, we can better support one another.  e mail Susan at sinfeld@saintjn.org or call 703-391-2349 to register.

 

COVID-19 Updates

A Word on Masks

Although not mandated by either the diocese or local government, given the current pandemic conditions, we highly recommend all parishioners attending Mass in person wear a mask while at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

We also remind everyone that the obligation to attend Mass in person does not apply to persons who have legitimate concerns regarding their possible exposure to illness because of their own health or the health of those they care for.

We continue to take all reasonable precautions and also continue to livestream our Sunday Masses at 9:30am and 2:30pm (in Spanish) to enable those who cannot be present in person to join us virtually in our spiritual communion with one another. Please join us in praying for those who are ill and for all those who are caring for them.

Unas palabras sobre las máscaras

Aunque no es un mandato de la diócesis ni del gobierno local, dadas las condiciones actuales de la pandemia, recomendamos encarecidamente a todos los feligreses que asistan a la misa en persona que lleven una mascarilla mientras estén en la iglesia católica de San Juan Neumann.

También recordamos a todos que la obligación de asistir a la misa en persona no se aplica a las personas que tienen preocupaciones legítimas con respecto a su posible exposición a la enfermedad debido a su propia salud o a la salud de aquellos a quienes cuidan.

Seguimos tomando todas las precauciones razonables y también continuamos transmitiendo en directo nuestras misas dominicales a las 9:30 y a las 14:30 (en español) para permitir que aquellos que no pueden estar presentes en persona se unan a nosotros virtualmente en nuestra comunión espiritual con los demás. Por favor, únanse a nosotros en la oración por los enfermos y por todos aquellos que los cuidan.

From Our Parish Nurse – Be Vigilant Against COVID-19 Omicron

Please be vigilant at this time of extreme transmissibility of the COVID Omicron variant to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and get vaccinated if you are eligible.

Vaccinations are available by appointment at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Obtaining COVID-19 tests have, unfortunately, become very challenging. Check with your primary healthcare provider first to see if testing can be done in their office. If not, go to
the Virginia Department of Health website at vdh.virginia.gov and on the left-hand side of the page, click on the link“COVID-19 Testing”. Scroll to the bottom of that page and put in your zip code. Call first before visiting any site. Obtaining home tests from online providers such as Amazon are, at this time, shipping two to three weeks out. Please do NOT go to the Emergency Department for a test. They are overwhelmed due to COVID-19 and experiencing huge staff shortages.

If you experience upper respiratory symptoms such as dry cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, or headache and cannot get a COVID-19 test, err on the side of caution and assume it is COVID-19. Discuss this with your healthcare provider and treat your symptoms as directed with over-the-counter analgesics. Isolate three to five days after your symptoms disappear. Check the CDC website for updates on the latest suspected COVID-19 quarantine and isolation criteria. Stay safe, mask up, and stay home if you are not well.

Free COVID-19 Test Kits Available

The United States Government is offering each residential household in the United States four (4) free COVID-19 testing kits. To claim yours, click here.

Kits de prueba de COVID-19 gratuitos

El Gobierno de los Estados Unidos ofrece a cada hogar de los Estados Unidos cuatro (4) kits de prueba de COVID-19 gratuitos. Para reclamar el suyo, haga clic aquí.

De nuestra enfermera parroquial – Esté atento al COVID-19 Omicron

Por favor, esté atento en este momento de extrema transmisibilidad de la variante COVID Omicron para usar máscaras, practicar el distanciamiento social, lavarse las manos, y vacunarse si usted es elegible.

Las vacunas están disponibles con cita previa en la mayoría de las farmacias y tiendas de comestibles. Desgraciadamente, la obtención de las pruebas de COVID-19 se ha convertido en un gran reto. Consulte primero a su proveedor de atención médica primaria para ver si las pruebas pueden realizarse en su consultorio. Si no es así, vaya a
el sitio web del Departamento de Salud de Virginia en vdh.virginia.gov y en el lado izquierdo de la página, haga clic en el enlace “COVID-19 Testing”. Desplácese hasta el final de esa página y ponga su código postal. Llame primero antes de visitar cualquier sitio. La obtención de las pruebas en casa de los proveedores en línea como Amazon son, en este momento, el envío de dos a tres semanas de distancia. Por favor, NO vaya al Departamento de Emergencia para una prueba. Están desbordados debido al COVID-19 y experimentan una gran escasez de personal.

Si experimenta síntomas de las vías respiratorias superiores como tos seca, congestión nasal, secreción nasal, fiebre o dolor de cabeza y no puede obtener una prueba de COVID-19, sea precavido y asuma que se trata de COVID-19. Hable de ello con su proveedor de atención médica y trate sus síntomas como se indica con analgésicos de venta libre. Aíslese de tres a cinco días después de que desaparezcan sus síntomas. Consulte el sitio web de los CDC para obtener información actualizada sobre los últimos criterios de cuarentena y aislamiento por sospecha de COVID-19. Manténgase a salvo, con mascarilla, y quédese en casa si no se encuentra bien.

From the Parish Nurse – Be Vigilant About COVID-19 Omicron

Please be vigilant at this time of extreme transmissibility of the COVID Omicron variant to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and get vaccinated if you are eligible.

Vaccinations are available by appointment at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Obtaining COVID-19 tests have, unfortunately, become very challenging. Check with your primary healthcare provider first to see if testing can be done in their office. If not, go to
the Virginia Department of Health website at vdh.virginia.gov and on the left-hand side of the page, click on the link“COVID-19 Testing”. Scroll to the bottom of that page and put in your zip code. Call first before visiting any site. Obtaining home tests from online providers such as Amazon are, at this time, shipping two to three weeks out. Please do NOT go to the Emergency Department for a test. They are overwhelmed due to COVID-19 and experiencing huge staff shortages.

If you experience upper respiratory symptoms such as dry cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, or headache and cannot get a COVID-19 test, err on the side of caution and assume it is COVID-19. Discuss this with your healthcare provider and treat your symptoms as directed with over-the-counter analgesics. Isolate three to five days after your symptoms disappear. Check the CDC website for updates on the latest suspected COVID-19 quarantine and isolation criteria. Stay safe, mask up, and stay home if you are not well.

 

Monthly Prayer Vigil for World Peace – January 8

Please join us on Saturday, January 8, for our parish Prayer Vigil for Peace, Life, and Justice, sponsored by the Pro-Life Ministry this month. We’ll mark the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion, by praying for the safeguarding of all life from conception to natural death. The vigil is from 4:00pm to 4:45pm via Zoom. We’ll pray the Scriptural Rosary for Justice and Peace, reflect on God’s Word in Scripture, and offer our intentions to our merciful Savior. For more information, contact Bill Eager at artbyeager@gmail.com or Ken Fredgren at fredgren.k@gmail.com.

SJN Faith Formation K-5 Classes Will Be Virtual From January 2 Through January 14

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising numbers in Fairfax County, the K-5 Faith Formation program at SJN will revert to online classes starting tomorrow, January 2. They will remain virtual at least through January 14. An email will be coming soon from the Faith Formation Office explaining the procedures for classes during this period. Please keep on the lookout for it. Also, please pray that this Pandemic will depart in due haste.

Movie Night for Adults on January 14 Has Been Cancelled

Due to ongoing concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and in consideration of the health and safety of all parishioners, we have canceled the Movie Night for Adults on January 14. We will reschedule another movie night when it is safer to do so. We thank you for your understanding. We also ask for your prayers for an end to the pandemic and the health of all those at St. John Neumann.

SJN bell tower against a blue sky