Starting this weekend, Saturday, May 30, 2020 we will resume public Masses. Below is information and a detailed video from Father Zuberbueler (English and Spanish) on the guidelines for returning to public Mass.
Read the information carefully and watch the detailed video from Father Zuberbueler.
Phase 1: Returning to Public Masses (español)
Due to distancing restrictions, our church has a temporary capacity of 152 persons.
If you arrive for Mass and find the maximum capacity has been reached, please consider another Mass time. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended in our Diocese, so you may choose to attend Mass on any other day of the week.
Persons who are particularly vulnerable to the virus should seriously consider remaining at home. We will continue to offer online Masses. As well, we will have a brief Communion Service on the courtyard at the church at 9:00 AM Monday—Saturday and at 10:00 AM on Sunday.
We will follow the usual Mass Schedule with one change: Saturday evening Spanish Mass will be at 6:30 PM.
Confessions will be heard at all the usual times. In good weather, we will offer confessions in the courtyard. We are also using the meeting rooms 8, 9, and 10 to the right as you enter the vestibule.
Should crowds become too large we will offer alternate means of organizing Mass attendance (possibly by online sign-up or lottery or alphabetically).
Please review the Returning to Mass Safely video. Por favor vea el video Regresando a Misa de Forma Segura:
You can still worship online via our website or Facebook page if you are not able to attend the public Masses. The Masses that can be viewed online (as well as being public) are noted with two asterisks (**).
- Monday through Friday
- 7:00 am Mass**
- 12:00 pm Mass
- 7:00 pm Mass (Spanish)**
- 8:30 am**
- 4:30 pm
- 6:30 pm (Spanish)
- 8:30 am**
- 11:00 am
- 1:00 pm (Spanish)**
- 3:30 pm (Spanish)
- 5:30 pm
Please read this information from the diocese on the guidelines of returning to public Masses.
FEDERAL HOLIDAYS MASS SCHEDULE
On federal holidays, there is only one Mass in English at 8:30 a.m. The parish office, gift shop, and school are also closed on federal holidays.
SNOW / INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSINGS
Mass is never canceled due to bad weather. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, including the religious gift shop, follows Fairfax County Public Schools policy regarding closings and delays due to inclement weather. We do not want parishioners to feel obligated to attend Sunday Mass during severe snowstorms, icy conditions, or other dangerous weather conditions. Use your judgment and do not endanger yourself or others.
Baptized Catholics are expected to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. There are circumstances that may excuse a Catholic from this obligation. Being ill, homebound, or severe weather conditions are samples of situations that may affect your safety or the safety of others. The Church recommends you make a spiritual Communion and spend time in prayer.
Sunday TV Mass allows those who are homebound to spiritually participate in the Catholic Mass. The Mass airs on Sundays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. on the WDCW (The CW). To check which channel the Mass airs on in your location, visit the Arlington Diocesan site, click here or EWTN’s Daily Readings.
- All parish activities, except Mass, will be canceled when Fairfax County cancels its school and/or activities. Please monitor local TV stations, radio stations, or via your phone.
- If there is a two hour delayed opening on the weekdays, the office and gift shop will open two hours late as well. Click here to see parish office hours, click here.
- Visit FCPS’ site on closings and delays, click here.
Our parish strives to be the Body of Christ. At each Mass, we acknowledge our need for the Lord’s forgiveness and we are nourished by His Body and Blood. We give God thanks and praise for the Supreme Gift of His presence in the Word, the Eucharist, and the worshipping community. From Mass, we are then sent forth in Peace to Love and serve the Lord.