Saint John Neumann Catholic Church
We are a Roman Catholic parish, centered in Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist. Through the grace of this sacrament, we are empowered as individuals and in community to imitate Christ through prayer, outreach, fellowship and education.
Message from Fr. Lewis
Dear parish family,
I apologize for the confusion about opening this weekend. There was simply too many details and too much training to do before we open the doors back up. We will have “real” Mass next Saturday night at 5:00 p.m.
If you are compromised in any way, I beg you to please stay at home! The very last thing we need to do is give the virus to one another!
If you do decide to come, know that seating is very limited. The safety committee has measured off pews and counted available spaces so that we can observe social distancing. The maximum number we can seat is between 75 and 100 people. 20 of those places are taken by ushers, musicians, lectors, people to take temperatures, etc. So we can only seat 55 to 80 people.
You must bring and wear a face mask. We cannot allow you to enter without one…!
If you decide to come you must arrive at least 30 minutes before Mass. We must take your temperature, ask you several questions, gather your contact information and then ushers need to seat you. This will take time! Please arrive at least 30 minutes before Mass…. And please take a “chill Pill” before you come. This is not easy for any of us, we are learning new patterns that we have not needed to observe before. We will need your cooperation and your patience.
Once you are seated, we will review the way you will come to communion. You can see why we need you to arrive early!
Entry will be based upon a “first come, first seated” basis. Once we have reached capacity, as much as I hate to do it, we will lock the doors so that no one else can enter.
Following Mass, we will need volunteers to help wipe the Church down before people can enter again, even for the live streamed Mass on Sunday.
We will follow this schedule for 4 weeks: “real” Mass on Saturday night (which we will live stream), and live streamed Mass on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Why are we being so careful…? The answer is very simple… because people are dying when they aren’t careful. Please realize that I am also the most vulnerable person who will be here. Until I’m certain that we can gather safely, we simply can’t gather and take a risk.
Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for understanding!
Deacon Jim and Jeannie Kennedy have terrific resources to help you and your families during this time.
Bishop Baron is offering daily Mass video beginning at 8:15 AM
The Bishop streams Mass on Sunday. Further details and log-in information can be viewed at www.richmonddiocese.org/livestream.
- We will post here and will send out information via RU In the Loop.
- If you are not signed up for RU In the Loop, you can click HERE. To sign up directly at Constant Contact (fastest method)
Email and voicemail will be picked up and answered even if no one is in the office.
Video of Sunday Mass
Inclement Weather Policy
When Powhatan County Schools are closed, the office and building will be closed. Because Father lives so close, Masses will generally be held; but please do not put yourself in danger to attend Mass. On the weekend, please check here or call the main office for any voicemail updates and news.