From the Pastor

Information Concerning the COVID 19 Vaccine


 Click Here to read the complete note from the Congregation For the Doctrine of The  Faith


Racism in America: How we Respond as Catholics

“As you know, Bishop Burbidge established an Advisory Council on Racism (our own Beverly Carroll is a member!)   He is firmly committed to addressing the issue of racism with love, respect, and prayer.  I have asked our parish council to discuss the issue of racism as well and they have been very receptive. 

I want to share this podcast with you from our Office of Communications titled Searching for More.

I happen to know both of the guests on this podcast, Deacon Gerard Marie-Anthony and Mrs. Melissa Rihl.  I have worked with both of them in previous parishes and ministries.  They are both faith-centered people and work very hard to promote peace and justice.  As well, I invite you to watch this other video of Rev. Scott Woods giving a powerful talk in our diocese, see the second video below.

More than ever, let us pray to promote racial harmony and to build a more just society. 

Saint Martin de Porres, pray for us…”



Explanation from Dr. James Starke in the Office of Divine Worship regarding modified requirements for plenary indulgences for November 2020

On October 22, 2020, the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree in response to the coronavirus pandemic to modify plenary indulgences applied to the deceased during November 2020. The plenary indulgence normally obtained by visiting a cemetery between November 1st and November 8th can be obtained on any day in November 2020 and even by those who visit a cemetery “even if only mentally.”

Similarly, the plenary indulgence attached to All Souls’ Day, normally obtained by devoutly visiting a church or an oratory on November 2nd (or the preceding or succeeding Sunday), can be obtained on any day in November 2020 at the determination of each member of the faithful.

The usual requirements of a plenary indulgence still apply: complete detachment from sin, Sacramental Confession, Holy Communion, and prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions. Those who are unable to receive Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion because of the coronavirus must have the intention of completing these requirements.

The decree concludes by asking priests to make the Sacrament of Confession generously available and to make Holy Communion available to the sick. All priests are invited to offer three Masses on All Souls’ Day.

Details on the decree are available by Clicking Here


National Vocation Awareness Week

This week we celebrate National Vocation Awareness week.  It is a reminder that each of us is called by God to a vocation.  While most people are called to the married life, some are called to serve in the Catholic Church as a priest, a deacon, or a religious brother or sister.  Bishop Burbidge has written a brief, but beautiful reflection on vocations here:

Statement from Bishop Michael F Burbidge for 2020 National Vocations Awareness Week

Did you know we have a representative for vocation here at Holy Family.   His name is Emanuel Munoz.  A little about him according to his words: 

                                                                “I am a parishioner of Holy Family since 2001. I am a catechist for religious education.

                                                                I am one of the coordinators for the hispanic adult youth group Ágape. I am also a lector

                                                                as well. An alumnus of George Mason University. I am the oldest of three brothers.”


Thank you, Emanuel, for serving the Catholic Diocese of Arlington in such important work.  If you have questions about your vocation, you can reach Emanuel at


Esta semana celebramos La Concientización sobre Las Vocaciones.  Es un recordatorio que cada uno de nosotros somos llamados a una vocaciòn.  Aunque es cierto que la mayoria de nosotros somos llamados a la vida matrimonial, algunos son llamados para servir la Iglesia Catolica como sacerdotes, diaconos, o hermanas y hermanos consagrados.  El Monseñor Burbidge ha escrito un mensaje muy lindo sobre esto en el enlace que coloqué arriba.

¿Sabés que tenemos una persona que nos representa aqui para las vocaciones?  Es Emanuel Munoz.  Aqui el habla de si mismo:

                                                                “Soy un feligres de la Sagrada Familia desde el 2001.  Soy catequista para el programa de

                                                                  educación religiosa.  Soy uno de los coordinadores del grupo Ágape.  Soy un lector también.

                                                                  Me gradué de la Universidad de George Mason.  Yo tengo trés hermanos.


Gracias, Emanuel, por servirle a la Diocesis de Arlington en este trabajo tan importante.  Si tienen alguna pregunta sobre su vocación, pueden mandarle un correo electronico á

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