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Covid-19 Update

January 8, 2021

We have received the unfortunate news that a family in our parish community has recently been diagnosed with Covid-19, and that they attended church events in the days before their diagnosis. If you or anyone you had contact with attended the Friday, Dec. 18, Grupo de Oración meeting in Hayden Hall (cafeteria), we urge you to monitor your health. If you show any Covid-19 symptoms or have any concerns, please contact a healthcare professional.

Masses, Confessions, Adoration, Funerals, Weddings, and Baptisms will continue as planned. We will continue our strict safety procedures. These include physical distancing, requiring masks, sanitizing surfaces, and increased ventilation.

However, out of an abundance of caution and to protect our parish community, we are implementing mitigation efforts recommended by the Diocese of Arlington and county and state health departments.

Effective immediately and through January 24, 2021:

  • All meetings, practices, and gatherings scheduled to take place in smaller spaces (meeting rooms, classrooms, and Hayden Hall) are cancelled.
  • This includes Religious Education classes for children and adults.

These gatherings are scheduled to resume after January 24, if there are no other reports of Covid-19 cases within our St. Philip community. The stricter safety rules recently mandated by Governor Northam will be required.

  • Meetings and events in these rooms, including prayer and worship gatherings, will be limited to 10 persons.
  • Groups with membership larger than 10 persons will be encouraged to rotate the participants weekly, so that all who desire may participate while not going over the 10-person maximum.
  • Choir practices and Mass musicians/cantors, etc. will be limited to 2-3 persons.
  • Religious Education classes, which are exempt from the 10-person limit, will continue the required physical distancing and sanitization plans that have been in use since classes began in October.

Special Precautions for the Hispanic Community

  • There will be no practices for the 2 pm and 4 pm Choirs through January 24.
  • There will be no music at the 2 pm and 4 pm Masses through January 24.
  • Once music at the 2 pm and 4 pm Masses resumes, choir practices and Mass musicians will be limited to 2-3 persons.
  • Lectors and monitors will review their materials before Mass in the hallway outside sacristy, rather than in the sacristy.
    • The Lectionary and the monitor binder will be on a table in the hallway right outside sacristy.
    • Lectors and monitors will not participate in the Entrance Procession, but rather will start Mass seated in their places. So, after reviewing their items, the lectors and monitors will go into the church and sit down, as is the case with the lectors and cantors at the English Masses.

We have done well at limiting the spread of Covid-19 at St. Philip Parish over the last ten months, and we want to continue this good record. We ask everyone to be even more diligent about wearing masks, physical distancing, and hand washing. And please, if you are ill or have been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to or diagnosed with Covid-19, do not come to any event at St. Philip. 

While it is heartbreaking not to be able to meet with friends here at the church, it’s the right thing to do to protect our St. Philip community.

Thank you for your support, understanding and prayers as we continue to deal with this pandemic.

Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph

Starting this past December 8, Pope Francis decreed the start of a Year of St. Joseph (December 8, 2020-December 8, 2021) "to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal." (cf., Pope Francis, Patris Corde)

For more ways to observe the Year of Saint Joseph, including prayers, devotions, and additional resources, visit arlingtondiocese.org/YearofStJoseph or download the information here.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church -- pray for us.

Be an advocate during the 2021 VA General Assembly Session!

Our state legislature convenes beginning January 13. Your voice will be critical as state senators and delegates consider legislation on a wide range of issues impacting life and dignity and the poorest and most vulnerable among us. Visit www.vacatholic.org, click “Join Us!” and sign up for the Virginia Catholic Conference email advocacy network to receive alerts and updates.

Alerts come with pre-drafted messages that make it quick, easy and effective to communicate with your legislators before they vote on important issues. One early-filed bill the VCC supports seeks to abolish Virginia’s death penalty. To receive alerts and updates on this issue and others that are sure to surface in the days and weeks to come, please sign up now!

Take Note

Sunday Outdoor Communion Services End

Due to the cold weather and other difficulties in conducting outdoor Communion Services, our parish Communion Services ended on January 3. We look forward to the warmer weather when those not able to enter the church building because of Covid-19 can attend Mass on chairs in the breezeway. Online Sunday Masses continue to be available on Facebook. Mass in English in live at 10am and Mass in Spanish is live at 2pm. The Masses are also archived and available to watch throughout the next week.

Philip and St. Ambrose Young Adults

Sts. Philip and Ambrose Young Adults will meet Saturday, Jan. 16, for Adoration at 7pm at St. Ambrose. Contact Fr. Will for more information.

Life is VERY Good Evening of Prayer

Help your family to prayerfully participate in the March for Life! Come to the Life is VERY Good Evening of Prayer at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More on Thursday, January 28 from 7:30-9 pm. Bishop Burbidge will lead a time of Eucharistic Adoration and will be joined by keynote speaker Ennie Hickman and musician Steve Angrisano. All ages are welcome. No cost to attend. Visit tinyurl.com/LIVG21 for more information or to register. (Note: capacity limitation in effect).

Food Pantry Donations Update

There are three ways you can donate to the St. Philip Food Pantry:

  • Drop off non-perishable goods in the box in the church hallway
  • Mail a check to St. Philip and note "Food Pantry" in the memo line or in a note
  • Order online via our Amazon Wish List and the food will be delivered directly to St. Philip.

Current needs are jelly (plastic bottles; no glass), cooking oil, condensed and hearty soups, Mac 'n Cheese, and cereal. Please note: We appreciate all donations of food, however, we can't accept re-packaged foods, like rice and beans, unless they are vacuum-sealed. Also, we need donations of supermarket grocery bags, however, please don't send bags with holes. Lastly, we will happily accept donations of reusable bags and tote bags. 

Tax Savings Through a Gift of Stock

Consider a gift of stock as a donation to our parish or diocese. In exchange for a gift of long-term, appreciated securities (stock), you can receive an income tax deduction and avoid capital gains taxes on the gift. Call (703) 841- 3819 or see arlingtondiocese.org for more information.

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Have you signed up for your free Formed.org account? Formed has movies and videos, online books, podcasts, Bible studies, material for children, all with a Catholic view, in English and Spanish. You can watch it on your computer, phone, or smart TV. Go to Formed.org to sign up for your free account.

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The Rectory Office will be Closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for MLK Day and Wednesday, Jan. 20, for Inauguration Day 

Mass Schedule

Daily Mass

Monday - Friday: 8am and 7pm
Saturday: 8am

Vigil Mass

Saturday at 5:30pm

Sunday Mass

8am, 10am & 12pm in English
2pm & 4pm in Spanish

Communion Services 

Please Note: Due to the winter weather, we are no longer offering outdoor Sunday Communion Services.

Masses Live on



10am (English); 2pm (Spanish) 

Confession Schedule

(English and Spanish)
Sunday: 1:30pm
Monday: 7am
Tuesday: 4pm
Wednesday: 7am
Friday: 8:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm (with Adoration)
Saturday: 8:30am & 4pm

Updated: Health and Safety Procedures at St. Philip | Procedimientos de salud y seguridad en St. Felipe

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Friday Adoration

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February 5-6

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Spiritual Communion Prayer

To be prayed when you cannot attend Sunday Mass

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart ...

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. 





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