750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone - 703-880-4300
Fax - 703-880-4320
9:00am - 3:00pm
Vigil Masses: 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM,
11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM (Spanish), & 5:00 PM
Monday - Saturday
6:30 AM & 8:00 AM
St. Joseph's parish has recently uploaded "Bringing the Word Home" - a weekly reflection in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. It is a wonderful tool for families and individuals to encounter the Sunday readings as well as to grow in the faith. See January's postings here at the new faith alive on-line.
St. Blaise was the Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia who suffered martyrdom under Licinius about A.D. 316. While in prison, he miraculously cured a small boy who was choking to death on a fishbone lodged in his throat. By the sixth century, St. Blaise's intercession was invoked for diseases of the throat in the East. As early as the eighth century, records attest to the veneration of St. Blaise in Europe, and he became one of the most popular saints in the spiritual life of the Middle Ages.
In memory of St. Blaise, we will have the Blessing of the Throats at all the Masses next weekend, January 31 - February 1st. Eucharistic Ministers scheduled for the Masses will be asked to assist the priest with the blessings. Please call the parish office if you have any questions or concerns.
The Blessing of the Candles - Simeon called Jesus “a light to the nations.” The light to Jesus’ presence in the world has been celebrated on this day, February 2nd, for many centuries. The Presentation of the Lord, “Candlemas” is a feast of light. Traditionally, on this feast, or close to the feast, enough candles are blessed to last the whole year.
On the weekend of January 31 - February 1, you are invited to bring a candle from home to represent all candles in your home to be lighted on birthdays, baptismal anniversaries, first Holy Communion, and in sickness. You are asked to place your candle near the basket in front of the altar before Mass. Please remember to collect your candle after Mass.
St. Joseph Church follows the Fairfax County School closing schedule for all Church related activities, i.e., such as the closing of our school, C.C.D. Classes, Scouting events, etc. Thus, if Fairfax County cancels schools there will be No school at St. Joseph’s, No Religious Education (C.C.D.) classes and all meeting rooms are cancelled. If Fairfax County cancels school events (or extra-curricular activities) on Saturday because of bad weather, there will be No Religious Education (C.C.D.) classes, scouting events, C.Y.O. basketball, etc. Notice: During inclement weather, all reasonable attempts will be made to open and celebrate the week day Masses at regularly scheduled times. In order to avoid risking your personal safety, while experiencing severe weather conditions, please use wise discretion. You may check for cancellations at www.fcps.edu.
This month Bishop Loverde will send a mailing regarding the 2015 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA). The theme for the 2015 BLA is “Stewards of Christ Sharing Gospel Joy!” After reflecting upon the many blessings that God has given you, please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial pledge of support to this important appeal that funds many programs and ministries that serve thousands of people in our diocese. When we join together as one Body in Christ, we can do so much for so many!