Updated 5/24/2020

As much as we all want to return to Mass here at St. John Neumann, we will not do so until we are prepared to do so safely. For that reason, the celebration of public Mass at St. John Neumann parish will not begin next weekend (5/31).  We will still be recording the Mass and posting it on the website.  As soon as the parish Reintegration committee has determined the dates and finalized the process for celebrating Masses safely, we will post it on the website and send an email to parishioners.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


  • Northern Virginia will not begin Phase 1 of the “Forward Virginia” reopening plan until at least May 29th.
  • All public Masses will continue to be suspended at SJN until further notice.
  • All the faithful of the Diocese of Arlington are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation until further notice.
  • While Bishop Burbidge has allowed communion services (with social distance practices in place) in Northern Virginia, at this time SJN will not be holding communion services.
  • You can read the latest statement from Bishop Burbidge here. See Fr. Joe’s letter to parishioners below:
Letter from Fr. Joe Brennan (updated 5/16/2020)

Dear Parishioners,

On Wednesday, May 13, Governor Northam announced that the earliest Northern Virginia would begin Phase One of his “Forward Virginia” reopening plan would be Friday, May 29. St. John Neumann, like the Diocese, has formed a Reintegration Committee to develop its plan to provide public Mass while observing the essential need to adhere to safe practices.

The SJN Re-Integration Committee consists of the Department Heads; the Parish Administrator; Parish Nurse; Deacon Atanacio Sandoval and Deacon John Wagner; Chair of the Pastoral Council; Chair of the Finance Council, Fr. Heet and Fr. Brennan.

Please be patient as we communicate new guidelines for Mass attendance and community gatherings. The bishop has clearly stated that each parish will need to assess what will work best for their parish to determine how and when they can safely and responsibly open. The committee will be working closely with the diocesan directives and guidelines, while recognizing the needs and limitations of our own particular parish. With this in mind, we encourage you to check periodically the SJN website and our Facebook page for updates. I would also suggest you check the Diocesan Website (www.arlingtondiocese.org).

I cannot emphasize enough that the safety and health of everyone are of utmost importance. Please remember:

  •  All the faithful of the Diocese of Arlington are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation until further notice.
  • We will continue to have Mass available on-line.

Live Jesus,
Fr. Joe


All events & activities at SJN are also cancelled until further notice.

Bishop Burbidge has asked pastors to keep churches open to the public, so that those who choose to pray, are welcome to do so in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord, while keeping a safe distance from one another and not exceeding the 10-person limit. St. John Neumann’s de Sales Chapel will be open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday and 8am-12pm Saturday-Sunday for our community to come and pray.

With public celebrations of the Sunday Mass canceled, the faithful are encouraged to devote time to prayer, observe Mass on television or the internet, and pray the Rosary along with other devotions.

The Diocese co-sponsors a televised Sunday Mass with the Archdiocese of Washington. It takes place at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and is available at 10:30am on Sundays on two local TV stations as well as online. Go to ArlingtonDiocese.org/TVMass for more information or to view the Mass.

The priests at SJN will continue to offer private Masses and remember the intentions of parishioners.