The parish response to the Coronavirus.

Posted on March 7, 2020

Due to the serious nature of the current health crisis, in consultation with staff and on the advice of public health services, Bishop Michael Burbidge has reluctantly suspended all public Masses. “It is with great sadness that I announce that starting March 17th, I am suspending the public celebration of all Masses in the Diocese of Arlington until further notice.”

The policy is in place to prevent groups of 10 or more to gather, to prevent viral transmission, to shorten the spread of this virus which affects vulnerable populations.

Church remains open for prayer. We are united in prayer.  Adoration continues 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Adoration will be in our main sanctuary, daily, from 9:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. Adoration at night will be in the chapel from 9:00p.m. to 9:00a.m. To prevent virus spread, we strive to have fewer than 10 people at a given time in the church or chapel.  Please try to create space between yourself and others.

Public Stations of the Cross are suspended. We continue pray the Stations individually in the church and at home. The Sacrament of Reconciliation continues.  We will share information about how and when.

The parish office is now closed but office staff is available each day at 540-662-5858 (540-808-2736 for the business office).  Check for updates on our website:  www.sacredheartwinchester.org.

Please see the resources below, or visit arlingtondiocese.org and cdc.gov for further information.

Virginia Department of Health Guidance

CDC Guidance to Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

In Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart,

Rev. Bjorn C. Lundberg
Pastor