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March 30, 2020


The Parish office is closed until further notice.  However, the phone system does have a voice mail system that will record your messages.  The messages will be checked at least once a week.  Emails will also be checked at least once a week.


There is now a Parish Drop Box located outside the Parish Office (see attached picture).  It is a secure LOCKED box for any correspondence and envelopes. 

Weekly bulletin and important announcements will continue to be emailed on a regular basis.  Any additional correspondence from Bishop Burbidge or Father Orlowsky will be sent out as needed.  Always check the Parish Website and The Diocese of Arlington’s website for information.


While we are undertaking heroic efforts to quell the spread of the virus, we are still in the season of Lent.  This Lent will be one like none other.  It is still a time when we can make that examination of ourselves and repent of those things we need to repent of.  Perhaps it will be a fuller spiritual season if we take the time to look to what it is that we have been doing and, if something needs to be changed, improved, or removed from our lives, when we are finally able to resume some sense of normality, we can take on those changes and improvements, and leave behind those things we need to remove from our lives.  Perhaps it is a little early to be looking to the future when all of this is behind us but if we get so caught up in the desperation of this time without looking to the future, where is our faith, our hope, our love?


A long time ago, the people of faith were dragged into exile time and again.  Throughout those very desperate times, the people were told that they would see the splendor of God. They were promised the Messiah when it seemed there was no reason to have hope.  Isaiah prophesied in those times about the coming of the Lord: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened:  Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.  Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared.  Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.” (Isaiah 35: 4-6)


Isaiah’s prophesy is fulfilled in Jesus.  In these days, when we are socially distancing ourselves from one another, let us not distance ourselves from the Lord who always walks with us on the journey of life.  Spend some time reading the scriptures.  Keep praying.  Pray for yourself and all who are dear to you.  Pray for the redemption of your souls, in hope of health and well-being, and pray, paying your homage to God, the eternal God, living and true.  (From the First Eucharistic Prayer.)

Please be assured of my prayers for you and I beg you, offer a small prayer for me from time to time.


Father Orlowsky



If you are planning to move out of the area, please notify the Parish Office @ 435.1511, or by email to stfrancis@va.metrocast.net , or by clicking the "CONTACT US" tab at the top of this page!

Sunday Coffees

Please join us for coffee hour on the
2nd Sunday of each month following the
11 AM Mass @  The Hall from September through May.

Those who wish to volunteer may call
Therese Bowen 804.462.0449 or


Join the Women of St. Francis
September - May
2nd Thursdays Activities.
Check the bulletin for schedule
of activities.  9:45 - 12 noon
in The Hall


Knight's Corner
The Fourth Degree Assembly meets on
the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM in De Sales Hall.

The KOC meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6 PM in The Hall
for the monthly business meeting
Check with a KOC for the fourth Wednesday of the month Social! 

The Knights of Columbus are now accepting applications!
  All are WELCOME to attend! 



Prayer List for Those Serving in the Middle East

CPT. Hunter Doliber
SPC Ryan Poole

    and all priests serving in the area.