Feast of St. Anthony of the Desert
Were it not a Sunday today we would be celebrating the Father of Christian Monasticism: St. Anthony of the Desert. He was born in Egypt about the middle of the third century. His wealthy parents died when he was twenty years old. Instead of keeping his inheritance, Anthony gave it away and dedicated himself to a life of prayer and penance.
Long before this it had been usual for Christians to practice asceticism, abstain from marriage and exercising themselves in self-denial, fasting, prayer, and works of piety; but this they had done in the midst of their families, and without leaving house or home. Later on, in Egypt, such ascetics lived in huts, in the outskirts of the towns and villages, and this was the common practice about 270, when Anthony withdrew from the world.
Watch Mass Online
Each weekday's 9 a.m. Mass will be broadcast as well as Sunday's 10:30 and Noon Masses.
If you already have a Facebook account, be sure to join "Friends of the Beloved" Facebook group because, as of this morning, you can watch all our live broadcasts on the group page.
If you do not have a Facebook account, you still can watch on Livestream for free. Just click on https://livestream.com/StJohnMcLean. If you would like to receive automatic notifications of upcoming live events, you can create a Livestream account. Be forewarned, this creates a publicly visible social media account. If you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with others being able to see the accounts you follow and with others following your account even without your consent, do not create an account. If you still decide to do so, you will be directed to "Continue With Facebook" or "Continue With Email". When you choose the latter you will be prompted to provide your name and email address and to create a password (which you should write down, by the way, so that you do not forget it).
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Once you are in Livestream just search for "Beloved" among the accounts and "St. John the Beloved Catholic Church" should appear at the top of the list. After having signed in, once you click on https://livestream.com/StJohnMcLean it should take you directly to our parish channel. You can see "Live & Upcoming Events" as well as view "Past Events".
Mass Intentions, Sacraments, etc...
Wednesday confessions take place in the church back in the original choir niche near the Divine Mercy image. On Saturday mornings and afternoons confessions are heard both in the Church and in the upper Parking Lot near the gymnasium.
If you desire Confession at a time other than during those hours listed above, please feel free to call the rectory emergency line 703-835-2808 to request a confessor meet you in church or al fresco.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament now is an everyday occurrence at St. John!
Sundays (2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Wednesdays (9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
All Other Days (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
A Funeral, Wedding, or Baptism may interrupt or delay the start of Adoration.
NEIGHBORS IN NEED
Many parishioners have volunteered to help deliver groceries or otherwise render assistance to neighbors who are not able to leave their homes. Please call the parish office either to alert St. John the Beloved about someone who needs help or to volunteer.
Eternal rest grant unto them...
Michael N. Clemente
Rev. Msgr. Robert Avella
Rev. Michael Dobbins
John Joseph Himpler, Sr.