Advent and Christmas 2020 at SJN

Originally published in BKSA18C, Liturgy Training Publications. Advent decorative banner; Mountains/ white road from the Yucatan

This page will be updated regularly throughout Advent and Christmas. All in-person events are subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actualizaremos esta página web periódicamente durante el Adviento y la Navidad. Todas las actividades en persona están sujeto a cambios durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Parish activities


Young Adult Ministry virtual Advent series, 7:30 p.m. beginning Dec. 1; email Eric Muñoz at for details


Weekly bulletin reflections: Read a reflection each week of Advent and Christmas (Nov. 29-Jan. 10) in the online SJN bulletin

Livestreamed Taizé (Dec 1, 7:30 p.m.): more information to come

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass (Dec. 12, 7-8 p.m.): Sign up to attend in person

Livestreamed Lessons and Carols (Dec 13, 7:30 p.m.): more information to come

Parishioner-written booklet of Christmas reflections, sponsored by the Liturgy Committee: Sign up to write a reflection for a particular day; reflections due Dec. 4

Monthly Prayer Vigil, looking ahead to the 8th anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, and pray for an end to gun violence (Dec. 5, 4-4:45 p.m., in the chapel); email Ken Fredgren at or Bob More at

Christmas Mass

Please call the parish office at 703-860-8510 to sign up for Christmas Mass (9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday) before the office closes on Dec. 23. Be prepared with how many people will attend, your Mass time preference, and if you need an accessible seat. The only way to sign up for Christmas Mass is to call the parish office.

December 24 December 25
3 p.m. 9 a.m.
5 p.m. 11:30 a.m.
7 p.m. 2 p.m. (español)
9 p.m.


Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Family of Man Council (Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in the auditorium): Sign up online using the sponsor code STJOHNNEUMANNVA

Angel Gifts Drive: Support the children at the Laurel Learning Center; deadline Dec. 6. Learn how to sponsor a child.

Fair Trade Sale, online Nov. 21–30 and in person at the farmers market on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, supporting the Care for Our Common Home Ministry

Diocesan activities

#JustOneYes Diocesan Advent Campaign (Nov. 29 through Jan. 6): Commit to a daily prayer, act of service, or something else. Sign up online.

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe with Bishop Burbidge for Couples Struggling with Infertility, Miscarriage and Infant Loss (Dec. 4-12): Text “novena2020” to 84576 or sign up online to receive the novena each day; email personal intentions to the bishop at

Lessons and Carols in the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.): Sign up online to attend in person (attendees must follow COVID-19 protocols) or watch the livestream on YouTube.

At-home resources

Virtual Advent retreat, “In Her Heart,” led by Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ (Nov. 29-Dec. 2 with videos available online and on social media)

Advent activities for families from Strong Catholic Family Faith

Advent resources from the USCCB, including printable Advent calendars in English and Spanish, prayers, Living the Faith reflections, December saints, and Facts of Faith

Activities, books, prayers, inspiration, and more from Loyola Press

“A Thrill of Hope” newsletter: Sign up for “a collection of Advent and Christmas devotionals focused on bringing peace and hope to the holiday season”

Welcome Reception for New Parishioners

For new parishioners and those who would like to learn more about the parish, we invite you to join us for a Welcome Reception to meet members of our staff and parish councils and also learn about the many liturgical, faith formation and volunteer activities we have available. Please join us on Sunday, November 18, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the auditorium for coffee and pastries. RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Many Thanks to Our Kairos Bakers!

The SJN “Blessed Bakers” baked over 600 dozen cookies for use in the recent Kairos weekends. That’s incredible! Please know how much your support means to us and the incarcerated men and women you help us serve. The Men’s Team was scheduled to go into Sussex1 State Prison, Thursday, October 25. However, that evening there was an emergency lockdown for the institution and the men’s Kairos weekend was canceled.

Your cookies went to five other institutions including the Virginia Correctional Center for Women (VCCW), Deep Meadow and Lawrenceville, having its first-ever Kairos Weekend. The Women’s Kairos Weekend was held as scheduled at VCCW, November 1–4.

Religious Christmas Cards

The Knights of Columbus Family of Man Council #7566 strives to Keep Christ in Christmas. In today’s society, this seems to be more and more difficult. Please join the Knights in their effort by supporting their annual sale of Religious Christmas Cards.

Did you miss the card sale last weekend? The Knights will be available after every Mass again this weekend, November 11–12, to help you make your selections. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase this year’s Christmas cards that share your faith with a spiritual message. Also, you can mail your cards with beautiful religious stamps now available at the post office!