As we are reopening our churches in the Arlington Diocese and in particular, our beloved Our Lady of the Valley, while still maintaining guidelines of social distancing, I wanted to take this time to applaud your efforts by making the best of the stay at home mandate.
I want to personally thank you for enduring the spiritual, social, and financial challenges we have faced during these unequaled events. I am a grateful witness to you, our parishioners, for your ever-strengthening faith and of your steadfast devotion to Jesus and His Blessed Mother.
A special note of gratitude for your response to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal. Our assigned goal from the Diocese was $21,000. However, the OLV parishioners, in an unprecedented spirit of stewardship, have pledged $22,600. That is 108% of the goal. Thank you, and know that your gifts will be so welcome to the projects and programs supported by the BLA.
I remain so humbled and grateful to you for continuing your very generous weekly contributions.
I know you will continue to be patient as we navigate these new waters of modified gatherings.
My prayers, gratitude and God’s grace to all of you,