Ladder Safety in the Parish

The Diocese has had all parishes under go a Risk Assessment protocol. We have completed many of the requirements identified in the risk assessment report. Several such as door replacements are on going and hope to be completed this next fiscal year. Fencing will be done around unsafe areas. Signage has been posted where needed. A security system is being installed shortly.

ladder safetyAs we think about workers and volunteers around the church, we have been asked to come up with a ladder use policy in hopes of preventing an accident on the property.

Here is our new Ladder use Policy.

Ladder Policy

A Note from Father Perez

Dear Parishioners:
It has come to our attention that a scammer is again sending emails impersonating Father Perez. Be assured Father Perez is not asking for gift vouchers or anything through email or text messages. Any email that has a suspicious address should be ignored.

Official emails from OLV parish and the Diocese of Arlington will have our domain name, ourladyofthevalley@comcast.net or arlingtondiocese.org.

• If the email address ends in Yahoo, or Gmail, or Hotmail (or any other provider), it is not an official email from Father Perez or Our Lady of the Valley.
• The current fraudulent email is as follows:seniorpastor1x@gmail.com Fraudulent emails often include grammar and spelling errors and awkward wording.

If you receive a suspicious email:
1. Do not reply to the email.
2. Report it as spam to your email provider (there is usually an option after you select the email; for instance, in Gmail, the option is identified by a symbol with an exclamation point in a stop sign).
3. Do not send money, gift cards, or personal information to an unverified entity. Forward the email to ourladyofthevalley@comcast.net.

It is also a good idea to change the password on your email account.

We have reported this incident to the Diocese and are working with them.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to call the parish office, 540-743-4919 or email us at ourladyofthevalley@comcast.net.

Thank you for your concern and prayers.

May God bless you in your compassion and generosity,

Father Perez

From Father Perez

Dear Parishioners:

I hope this finds you well and in good health.

We have been blessed during the past few weekends, to once again have travelers and visitors from afar join us for Holy Mass.

With the gradual opening up of businesses and other activities, I, too, have traveled to Fairfax and Prince William Counties in the last few days.

Keeping this in mind and given the current situation with CoVID-19, I have personally increased the use of my face coverings while offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a precaution to keep you safe and healthy; as well as our visitors.

As per diocesan guidelines, the use of a nose and mouth covering is highly encouraged. There are, of course, exceptions for those who are unable to wear masks due to health conditions.

In the meantime, we will continue to pray for those affected by CoVID-19 and maintain the minimum six-foot social distancing. If we exceed capacity meaning the six-foot distancing cannot be main- tained ( the phase 3 limits 250 persons) we will ask people to sit outside.

As a reminder we reiterate here the guidelines from the Arlington Diocese and Bishop Burbidge for the safe and reverent offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:

For Those Who Are Vulnerable · If you or those for whom you care are “vulnerable” to infection or the serious effects of coronavirus, please avoid gatherings of the general public. Those who are “vulnerable” are over the age of 65, have existing heart or lung conditions, have diabetes, &/or are otherwise immuno-compromised

Face Coverings · You are highly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering or disposable face mask. Please bring your own.

Social Distancing –

If the number of participants exceeds the limit, the priest or a minister will have to ask individuals to leave. Please avoid putting our beloved priests & ministers in this unfortunate posi- tion. Above all, exercise charity! Social Distancing · The Diocese requires every parish to ensure so- cial distancing with due respect for the reverent enactment of the sacred rites. Kindly follow the direc- tions of ministers, as well as posted signs & markings.

As always, I am grateful for our parish family, and ask God’s continued blessings and grace to you and your families.

Father Perez

From Father Perez

Dear Parishioners:

I write to you with much gratitude for your generosity over the last few months as we endured the pandemic, and I thank you for your patience, kindness and your understanding as we have been limited in our capacity regarding the use of the main church and the adjoining annex at Sunday Masses.

Now we have some good news to share:

  • Parish activities will resume this month on a limited basis as per diocesan guidelines.
  • We will have to maintain the six foot distancing directive as well as the Commonwealth’s current mandate on face coverings (which include exceptions for health reasons).
  • There is a capacity limit of 50 persons, but our groups fall well under that number
  • At present we will use the annex for our meetings so that we may observe the social distancing required by the diocese.
  • We have resumed the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet after daily Mass and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help prayers after Saturday morning Mass.

May the good Lord bless you and keep you in good health,
Fr. Perez

Pastoral Prudence & Parish Security

No! Not another housekeeping message!
It is not my intention to write another article regarding what was sent out by Flocknote on Thursday, February 27, but the importance of this message necessitates a repeat.
Our bulletin provides another way to reinforce and update what I said at all Masses last Sunday.

1. The cold and flu season
2. The missing items from the church

During this influenza season, we are asking parishioners with known symptoms of flu to refrain
from attending Mass and other parish activities for the duration of their illness and up to 24 hours after the symptoms abate. Contagious illness excuses one from the obligation to attend Mass.
We have suspended the exchange of handshaking during the Sign of Peace until further notice.

For further reading on this topic, here is a web address to an article from the Archdiocese of Denver website written by one of their deacons: https://denvercatholic.org/qa-deacon-rob-lanciotti-former- cdc-virologist-shares-coronavirus-tips/

Regarding parish security, over the past few months, before I arrived as your pastor, several items have disappeared.

1. The Icon of Our Lady of the Valley, which was in the meeting room, was the first item taken off the wall a few weeks before my arrival in late-June and has not been seen since then.
2. The smaller red glass fixtures for the votive candles have diminished in numbers over the last few months.
The latest items disappeared sometime Tuesday, February 25:
1. A set of reading lamps on the piano.
2. A small brass candle snuffer.
3. Two more small red glass fixtures from the votive candle stand.

4. The antique set of altar bells.

A police report was given last Monday morning (March 2), and security measures are being con- sidered.

I intend to keep the church open so that people can pray and visit Our Lord in the tabernacle, but
the church will be locked up about thirty minutes after sundown, which is a change from 9:00 PM.

As we are in the great season of Lent, please come to the church to pray to the Lord.

May the good Lord bless all of you, Fr. Perez