Attending Mass & COVID-19

NEW As of July 1st.

Capacity limits have been removed as a part of Phase 3. We are no longer asking for parishioners to sign up before coming to Mass. Between the Church, Balcony, and Parish Hall we have plenty of room for everyone to return to Mass and maintain recommended physical distance. 

The Celebration of Public Masses resumed on May 15th, 2020. Please refer to this page often so you are aware of changes that are being implemented at Precious Blood for the health and safety of our parish community. All changes and procedures we have put in place are in accordance with the guidance we have received from Bishop Burbidge, Governor Ralph Northerum, and Public Health Officials. 

Mass Attendance

  • Bishop Burbidge has dispensed all the faithful of the Diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation during this time until further notice. The dispensation is still in effect until further notice.

  • Parishioners who are in the High-Risk population (Ages 65 and older, or those with pre-existing medical conditions) are encouraged to join us for Mass via our Live Streams at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM on Sundays.

  • Please stay at home and join us via Live Stream if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, or have been exposed to COVID in the past 14 days

  • As of July 1st, the capacity limit has been removed. However, social distancing guidelines are still in effect.

  • Everyone who comes to Mass is expected to wear a Facemask (medical or cloth) while they are in the church.  Gloves are recommended, but not required. Hand sanitizer will be provided as supplies allow.


Seating for Mass

  • We have set up the Parish Hall with chairs that are spaced 6 feet apart. The Parish Hall will be available for the 11:30 and 2 pm Masses only. Please do not move the chairs!


Missalette / Music Issues

  • Per instructions from the Diocese, we have removed all Missalettes and Music Issues from the Pews. We will have worship aids with the music and readings for mass available as you enter the church. 


  • Offertory donations are being collected using baskets on poles so the baskets are not being passed around. Ushers will come around to collect your donations at the usual time during Mass.

  • You can also make donations of the Church by visiting our Faith Direct link at the bottom of the page, or by mailing or dropping off your donation at the Rectory Office.


Receiving Communion

  • As you come up for Communion you should remove your gloves,  lower your mask to receive the Body of Christ, consume the host, and replace your mask and gloves. 

  • The Precious Blood will not be distributed. Please know that receiving “communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of the Eucharistic grace.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1390)

  • The Bishop has asked that the Faithful of our Diocese who usually receive Communion on the tongue “ prayerfully consider temporary, reverently, receiving in the hand to help reduce the spread of infection.” You retain the right to choose how you wish to receive communion. 

  • As of July 1st, Eucharistic Ministers are now allowed to distribute communion within the church as well as Priests, Deacons, and installed Acolytes. The Parish Office will be giving our Eucharistic Ministers further guidelines.  


Other Changes to the Mass

  • All Holy Water fonts have been emptied and removed.

  • The Presentation of the Gifts by members of the congregation has been omitted.

  • The Sign of Peace has been omitted.


Additional Cleaning Efforts

  • We will be sanitizing all pews and commonly touched areas of the church, like doors and handles following each Mass.

Message from Father Kevin

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Phone: 540-825-8945

Fax: 540-825-8987

114 E. Edmondson St.

Culpeper, Virginia 22701

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