Giotto, Entry into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday, Lauds and Vespers

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday, April 5
8:00 a.m. Sung Extraordinary Form Mass broadcast from the Church via Livestream
10:00 a.m. Holy Mass (Propers in English/ Ordinary in Latin) broadcast from the Church via Livestream
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration

Monday, April 6
8:00 a.m. Low Extraordinary Form Mass broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration
9:30 a.m. Holy Mass (English/Latin) broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
10:30 a.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot
11:00 a.m. Holy Mass (English) broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
6:00 p.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot

Tuesday, April 7
8:00 a.m. Low Extraordinary Form Mass broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration
9:30 a.m. Holy Mass (English/Latin) broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
10:30 a.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot
11:00 a.m. Holy Mass (English) broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
6:00 p.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot

Wednesday, April 8
8:00 a.m. Low Extraordinary Form Mass broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
9:30 a.m. Holy Mass (English/Latin) broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hourly Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot
11:00 a.m. Holy Mass (English) broadcast from the Rectory via Livestream
8:00 p.m. Tenebrae broadcast from the Church via Livestream

Holy Thursday, April 9
6:00 p.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot
8:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Propers in English/ Ordinary in Latin) broadcast from the Church via Livestream
10:00 p.m. - Midnight Altar of Repose in the Church

Good Friday, April 10
10:30 a.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot
3:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion broadcast from the Church via Livestream
6:00 p.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot

Holy Saturday, April 11
10:30 a.m. Confessions in both the Church and the Upper Parking Lot
8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass broadcast from the Church via Livestream

Easter Sunday, April 12
8:00 a.m. Sung Extraordinary Form Mass broadcast from the Church via Livestream
10:00 a.m. Holy Mass (Propers in English/ Ordinary in Latin) broadcast from the Church via Livestream

Watch Mass Online

During the coronavirus pandemic, all celebrations of the Holy Mass at St. John can be viewed online. If you already have a Facebook account, be sure to join "Friends of the Beloved" Facebook group because, as of this morning, you can watch all our live broadcasts on the group page.

If you do not have a Facebook account, you still can watch Livestream for free by signing up. Just click on https://livestream.com/StJohnMcLean. You will be directed to "Continue With Facebook" or "Continue With Email". When you choose the latter you will be prompted to provide your name and email address and to create a password (which you should write down, by the way, so that you do not forget it).

If at any point you are prompted to provide a credit card number, please STOP and start over. That means you are about to initiate a paid subscription. You do not want to do that. Your contributions have already paid for the parish's subscription.

Once you are in Livestream just search for "Beloved" among the accounts and "St. John the Beloved Catholic Church" should appear at the top of the list. After having signed in, once you click on https://livestream.com/StJohnMcLean it should take you directly to our parish channel. You can see "Live & Upcoming Events" as well as view "Past Events".

Mass Intentions, Sacraments, etc...

With extra priests in the rectory all Mass Intentions as listed in the bulletin are being fulfilled.

With so many priests under the same roof, you have the advantage of getting a Mass Intention fulfilled without the usual wait of (gulp) ten months. Please contact the parish office if you would like to take advantage of the parish's current clergy colony.

Confessions in Church and in the Parking Lot

During Holy Week you should be able to find a priest confessor both in the church (back in the original choir niche near the Divine Mercy image) and also in the upper parking lot (under the tent).

If you desire Confession at a time other than during those hours listed above, please feel free to call the rectory emergency line 703-835-2808 to request a confessor meet you in church or al fresco.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Monday through Saturday (9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Sunday (12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
A Funeral, Wedding, or Baptism may interrupt or delay the start of Adoration.
On Good Friday and Holy Saturday the tabernacle lays empty.

Anointing of the Sick for Beloved Parishioners

Pastoral Visits at home may be made only to those in danger of death. Call the rectory emergency number 703-835-2808 to contact a priest.

Neighbors in Need

Many parishioners have volunteered to help deliver groceries or otherwise render assistance to neighbors who are not able to leave their homes. Please call the parish office either to alert St. John the Beloved about someone who needs help or to volunteer.

Praying in Church

The Church opens at 6:30 a.m. and remains open until about 10:00 p.m. Please respect the limit of no more than ten (10) people in the Church at a time. During Masses, Funerals, Weddings, and Baptisms the church will be closed to the public.

Staying Faithful at Home

Read the Holy Bible. Reading the Bible well is critical. During this Holy Week please make use of "The Paschal Mystery: An Intertextual Account", which Fr. Pollard compiled so we can read all four Gospel synchronously. Our Director of Youth Ministry Michael Jacobeen posts a Daily Gospel Reflection on our parish YouTube channel.

When you are assisting at Mass from home, the PRAYERS OF THE HOLY MASS page on our website will prove useful, especially Prayers in Preparation and Thanksgiving for Mass, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - A Biblical Prayer (Fr. Pollard's partially plagiarized account of the Scriptural origins of the Mass), The Mass of the Second Vatican Council (Latin-English), Latin-Español para la Santa Misa Tradicional, and "Latin-English Missal for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite" by All Saints Catholic Church.

The PRAYERS page on our website has resources for How to Pray the Rosary, Rosary to End Abortion, and Scriptural Meditations on the Mysteries of the Life of Christ: The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Beyond the rosary we can deepen our prayer with and for God's people by praying the Liturgy of the Hours. iBreviary on our iPad or smart phone lets us pray the same prayers offered by every bishop, priest, deacon and religious sister throughout the world. Our Music Director James Senson has prepared YouTube recordings as well as booklets for personal and family praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, which you can download from the DIVINE OFFICE page on our website.

The PRAYERS page on our website also has resources for Making an Act of Spiritual Communion, Litany of St. Joseph and Litany of Patron Saints for Family and Clergy, Stations of the Cross at St John the Beloved (a copy of which now hangs outdoors on the fence along our back parking lot), and Seven Penitential Psalms in English (which are prayed especially during Lent).

There is no end of resources online. Our parish subscription to FORMED.org will be especially helpful with movies, documentaries, audio books, spiritual talks, Bible Studies and more. Go to https://formed.org/ and sign up with the parish subscription code X8DEVW to take advantage of it.

Donation Appreciation

Thank you to all you who are mailing in your donation envelopes or giving online through Faith Direct!

Please also remember the Bishop's Lenten Appeal. Be sure to indicate "St. John the Beloved" as your parish.

Diocesan Covid-19 Precautions

UPDATED: March 16th, 2020

Effective March 16, 2020 at midnight all public Masses are suspended in the Diocese of Arlington.

  • This suspension will also encompass Holy Hours and Stations of the Cross.
  • Pastoral and communion visits may only be made to the dying.
  • Churches will remain open for personal prayer. But no more than 10 people may be in the church at a given time.
  • Adoration may take place. Similarly, no more than 10 people may be in the church at a given time.
  • Confession times will remain but we should not employ the confessionals.
  • To ensure that everyone maintains a safe distance, we will set up confessional stations in the back sections of pews.

Those coming to church are asked to maintain a minimum safe distance from each other and to refrain from entering if there appear to be 10 people already in church.

In Testimonium...

Palm Sunday

Ordinary Form, Sunday Gospels
Matthew 21, 1-11
Matthew 21,14-27,66

Extraordinary Form, Sunday Gospels
Matthew 21, 1-9
Matthew 26,1-27,66

Kiss of Judas
Scrovegni Chapel, No. 31
Giotto di Bondone (1304-06)
Padova, Italy

Read Fr. Pollard's article

Eternal rest grant unto them...

Annamaria Visich

Charles Giuffra

Edith Probus

Gustavo Rossi

Cynthia Cotter

Anne Darr

Nazhet Ol-Molouk Safi Shahi

John Joseph Sheehey III

Rosie Mullins

Ray Komajda

Mildred Hallinan

Dylan Willette

Anne Maum McLaughlin