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.

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

 

Some Christmas Eve Mass Notes

We will celebrate the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord on Friday, December 24, with seven Masses. There will be three Masses at 4:00pm – one in the Church, one in the de Sales Chapel, and one in the Auditorium (the Children’s Choir will sing in the Church). We will also have Masses in the Church and Chapel at 6:30pm, and in the Church at 8:30pm, and 10:30pm.

If you are joining us for Mass on Christmas Eve, we do ask two things:

  1. Our Knights of Columbus will be directing traffic in the parking lots. This will ensure that everyone gets a parking space and that none of the parking occurs in the fire lanes – which must be kept clear at all times. We ask for your cooperation and patience as the Knights will be working hard to make sure parking is an enjoyable experience for all.
  2. With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 making its worldwide appearance and the Delta Variant still lingering, we strongly encourage all who are coming to Masses this Christmas season to wear a mask. At this time, we should all do all we can to ensure a healthy and safe, virus-free Christmas and New Year for all of our family, friends, and fellow parishioners.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on these two important matters. We hope that your Christmas will be blessed and merry!