Public Masses offered at the Basilica of Saint Mary


Revised November 16, 2020 

With Northern Virginia implementing Ralph Northam’s “Forward Virginia” reopening plan, the Basilica of Saint Mary is offering public Masses.

Bishop Burbidge is continuing the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. He encourages those who are age 65 or older, as well as those with underlying health conditions, to avoid attending public liturgies. Please refrain from attending public gatherings and liturgical celebrations if you feel sick in any way or are coughing and sneezing frequently.

Mass Attendance Capacity and Responsible Social Distancing Practices

  • Please follow the instructions from our ushers and the posted signs as you arrive to the church. After our Sunday Masses, we ask that you leave immediately after Mass so the church can be sanitized before the next Mass begins.
  • Households and families do not need to be socially distant from each other, but they must remain six feet apart from others in the pew. Because of this, every other pew will be blocked off.
  • Attendees age 5 and older are expected to wear a mask while inside the church and Lyceum.
  • Although the bathroom at the back of the church will be open, please refrain from using it if at all possible.
  • If the church is full upon your arrival for our Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses, you are invited to our Lyceum Auditorium at 313 Duke Street to watch a live video stream of the Mass. At Communion time, come to the Basilica and enter through the front doors to wait for your turn in line. After receiving Communion, exit through the Saint Joseph/Confessional side doors and return to the Lyceum to watch the end of Mass.
  • All public Masses will be live streamed on our website.
  • Confessions will continue to be held at our regularly scheduled times.
  • All social gatherings that are not specifically liturgical, educational, or instructional will be limited to no more than 25 persons. Liturgical, educational, and instructional events in the parish are exempt from Virginia’s mandate not allowing gatherings of more than 25 people. 

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