MESSAGE FROM REV. MSGR. CHARLES POPE, PASTOR
Although the Mayor of Washington DC has begun to move forward with Phase 1 of re-opening and is lifting the stay-at-home order on May 29th, we are awaiting confirmation and instructions from the Archbishop of Washington. In the meantime, our parish will continue to NOT celebrate a PUBLIC Mass until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Thus, ALL weekday and weekend Masses remain cancelled until futher notice. ALL meetings, rehearsals and large gatherings are still cancelled until further notice or have been confirmed by the rectory staff.
I will still hear confessions on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15pm. More hours for confessions will also be made available (see below). Unfortunately, I am unable to distribute Holy Communion to anyone at this time. Please know that I privately celebrate the sacrifice of the Holy Mass every day and will offer that Mass for your intentions during this time.
You are still free to come to the parish to pray from 8am-8pm (the center doors to the church are unlocked) but please practice safe social distancing efforts (hand sanitizer is provided in the rear of the church) and do not come if you are sick or at risk. I will leave that up to you and your prudential judgements.
I want you to know that I love you all and will miss seeing you at Mass. Please keep the Archbishop in prayer as I know he had to make a very difficult decision. Please also know that as I get more information I will pass it on.
Please check this website daily for updates and stay in touch via social media (MyParishApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube). Our parish app (MyParishApp) is an easy way to send you quick notifications so please download it to your mobile device and allow notifications. Also, visit our other pandemic information website page at https://hcscchurch.org/parish-communications/ where I have links to videos of the recorded Mass and other pastoral video messages.
Lastly, visit the Archdiocese of Washington website https://adw.org/coronavirus/ for links to a variety of Daily Mass sites, scripture readings and other very important liturgical and Catholic resources.
HCSC RECTORY OFFICE
Until futher notice, please note that our rectory office will be closed on the weekends and we will have limited hours on weekdays (Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri – 10am-4pm) depending on the availability of the rectory staff. We do want to consider their health in determining who will be in the office and when we will be available to provide service. Please call the rectory office (202-546-1885) before coming. Most of the staff will have access to their emails, so you may be able to reach us via this form of communication.
Deaths/Funerals: Please call the office (202-546-1885) and leave a message if no one is available to answer. We will return your calls as soon as possible. You may also send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org if there is a death in your family.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Msgr. Pope will be available as long as he is able to hear your confessions in the church. Until further notice, confessions will be heard:
Sundays: 7:30-8am, 10:30-11am & 6:30-7pm
This is a very difficult time for everyone both spiritually and financially. If you are able to send your tithes, please know that you can submit it electronically and securely through Faith Direct. Visit faith.direct/DC59 or call 1-866-507-8757 to begin eGiving or to make a one-time donation.
If you are unable to use electronic tithing, you are welcome to drop them off at the rectory office (please do not leave in the church if clergy or staff is not present) or mail them to
1357 E. Capitol St., SE, WDC, 20003.
Thank you for your support and generosity.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON
For updated announcements/instructions/prayers/Mass readings. etc. from the Archdiocese of Washington, click here: https://adw.org/coronavirus/