Special Announcements / Anuncios especiales

A message from our pastor, father Danny/Mensaje de nuestro parroco el padre Danny

The Diocese has directed us to follow the current CDC and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidance regarding COVID-19.  Since we are in an area of high transmission (as of this writing, virtually all of Virginia is), we are taking the following steps:

– You are *encouraged* to wear a mask at Mass, whether you are vaccinated or not.  Ministers of the Eucharist are *required* to wear masks while they are distributing Communion.

– For Christian formation, all catechists, aides, and children will be *required* to wear masks.  Parents are also *required* to wear masks if they are in the building to drop their children off or pick them up.

A Greeting From Our Pastor

Welcome to St. Gerard Catholic Church!

St. Gerard’s has an inspiring history of welcoming people from different backgrounds.  Originally an African-American parish, it opened it’s arms to accept new arrivals from Latin America, and then to help new families from Africa.  We speak English, Spanish, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, and sometimes Swahili together at our Masses.

Our faith in Christ unites us, as we make our pilgrim way together.  Hopefully you will find the information here on our website helpful.  Father Jaime Guardado and myself, our staff, and all our parish volunteers, stand ready to help in any way we can.

We have entered into an exciting new phase of our history as a parish.  As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we give thanks to God for bringing us together, and for giving us a share in His divine love.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Danny Cogut, Pastor

Daily Reading

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading I 1 Tm 6:2c-12 Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.…