Please pray for each other.
This announcement will continue to be updated as needed.
OLGC is taking additional precautions to protect the health and safety of those who serve in or are served by the Community, as well as the broader public, all in an abundance of caution.
Update - March 27, 2020 3:00pm
With no community Masses, we are in uncharted territory, but one thing has not changed, We are still a community of faith.
Please visit www.olgcva.org/live for Mass & other recordings.
No more Fish Frys - OLGC Fish Fry made it on the front page of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
March 28th - 27th Annual Auction Gala visit us at www.bidpal.net/love2020. The online auction will start at 12:00 noon Friday, March 27 and bidding will close at 10:00 pm on Saturday, March 28. We were to raise the paddle to help fund the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We will have an option to support them online. Please do consider them, as they will need our support even more during this time as they continue their mission to serve those in need within our greater community. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Schlanger at email@example.com.
- Please continue to pray for one another. The Faith Formation office has created a sign up for anyone who is interested in joining an online group www.signupgenius.com/go/904084baead2fabf58-olgc.
- Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 1pm, this may change as time goes on. All staff have access to email & voicemail while working remotely.
- The Oblates are saying private Masses for all intentions that were scheduled. The bulletin has these intentions listed so that all may pray for them.
- Church is open Monday - Friday from 7am - 5pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am - 12noon. Please use the front main doors of the Church from the bell tower or the door closest to the Administration Building. All other doors will be locked. Please DO NOT park in the circle.
- OLGC Mass & Prayer reflection recordingswww.olgcva.org/live. Visit the Diocese's website for a listing of local Live stream Masses, prayer guides and more! https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/covid19resources/.The other opportunities to view Mass online are daily Mass www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass, and Spanish Masswww.ewtn.com/espanol/magtv.asp.
- Daily readings are available online www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031920.cfm.Diocese's list of resources www.arlingtondiocese.org/covid19resources/.
- The weekly Prayer of the Faithful is listed online www.olgcva.org/liturgy-worship/liturgical-ministries.
- The bulletin is still being published. Some printed copies are available in the Narthex. The bulletin is posted online www.olgcva.org/about-us/communications or you can sign up to receive it via email https://discovermass.com/church/our-lady-of-good-counsel-vienna-va/.
- The Candle stands have been moved into the Church for you to light a candle and say a prayer.
- Assistance: We are in communications with our homebound, but if at any time you are in need of assistance or want to volunteer to help others, please contact Amy Schlanger, 703.896.7424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. She is making a list of volunteers and those who need assistance. See below for resources from Fairfax County.
- Confessions will be available in the Church on Wednesdays March 25 and April 1 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm and on Saturdays March 28 and April 4 at 9am.
- Stations of the Cross we invite you to pray the stations individually in the chapel from 7am – 5pm on Fridays, books will be available. Click for a video of the Youth Ministries Shadow Stations.
- Click here for the Diocese of Arlington's Updates
- OLGC parishioners have the opportunity to view online Catholic media in the form of programs, e-books, movies, audio sources for FREE through our parish subscription to Formed.org. Parishioners can experience several hours of watching, reading and listening to the best of Catholic content. Use Code VGXJ7X.
- Emails - If you or you know of a parishioner who is not receiving emails please have them check their spam folder or have them email email@example.com.
- Electronic giving a sure and consistent way to support your church during this uncertain and changing time through Faith Direct https://membership.faithdirect.net/enroll/VA875. Text to Give is another option, simply text the dollar amount to 703.810.7674. Please think about enrolling for future collections.
- All parish and school buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during this time.
- Prayer – Continue to pray for all those affected by this virus; pray for the doctors and researchers, those who have been exposed to the virus, those who have contracted the virus, and those whose lives have been changed by the death of a loved one as a result of this virus. We also pray for a calm and peace amidst the uncertainty of these times. Here is a prayer that Bishop Burbidge wrote to bring you hope and relieve any anxieties. Jesus, Son of God, you were sent by the Father to bear our weakness; be with us in this time of crisis. Merciful Savior, heal and comfort the sick, so that, with health restored, they may give you praise. Divine Physician, accompany our caregivers so that, serving with patience, they may heal wisely. Eternal Wisdom, guide our leaders so that, seeking remedies, they may follow your light. Christ, the Anointed, protect us in body and spirit, so that, freed from harm, we may be delivered from all affliction. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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All Children's & Adult Faith Formation activities, including CCF, CGS, Children/Teen RCIA, Emmaus, and High School Confirmation classes, Youth Ministry, Bible& Book Studies and Adult RCIA are postponed. Please see Amy W & Amy M's emails regarding lessons, elearning and resources.
Our Lady of Good Counsel School is closed. eLearning began on Wednesday, March 18th.Parents are receiving emails from Mrs. Jewett and their teachers.
All OLGC activities and events are canceled until further notice.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the best source of information is directly from the www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the FCHD website www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus.
- All are asked to stay home with a fever (100.4F or higher) for at least 24 hours after the last fever. All must be fever-free without using the medicine for a full 24 hours before trying to activities. A fever is the body's way of communicating it is fighting an infection (virus or bacteria), and it needs time to heal and fight the infection.
- The Holy Water fonts have been removed. Holy Water is available by coming to the Admin Office.
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.
- Make sure all are washing hands frequently, or using hand sanitizer when you cough or sneeze. Containing the cough/sneeze in their elbow also helps to decrease the spread of the virus. Good hand hygiene significantly decreases the spread of all diseases. We encourage these actions during the school day.
- Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC's Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC's Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
Fairfax County's COVID-19 website. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19/ This week, the county created one website to house the various aspects related to COVID-19: operating status, count information, health department updates, updates for the schools, and how one can help at this time.
- You can also view the emergency blog, and stay in touch using the County's social media platforms and through text messaging (Text FFXCOVID to 888777 to receive updates).
- The Health Department has a dedicated phone line that residents can call if they have questions 703-267-3511 (9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends).
- If you need support please call Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays). Residents can also visit the Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hsrg/ , an online, searchable guide to available health and human services resources in Fairfax County.
- An updated list of community-based resources for food assistance and donations can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources. Residents who want to contribute are
- Fairfax County Assistance and Resources
- The Department of Family Services announced that our Financial and Medical Assistance lobbies at each of our locations (Fairfax, South County, Annandale, and Lake Anne) will be closed to walk-in visitors starting Friday, Mar. 20, 2020. Get assistance from a distance. For more information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
- Assistance from a Distance for older adults and adults with disabilities: Access DFS Services Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/assistance-from-a-distance
- The Census is happening now. https://2020census.gov/en.html Homes will begin receiving their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online. You can fill out the Census by phone, mail, or online.