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Attend the First Masses of our newly ordained Priests and Deacons

In most dioceses, the day after a priest is ordained (or soon after), he celebrates the first Mass where he is the main celebrant. He may also celebrate one or more “Masses of Thanksgiving” in churches or chapels of particular significance to him (for example, the chapel of his college campus ministry). 

Due to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, depending on where they are located, these will certainly be different this year.

These Masses are normally open to anyone to attend to give thanks for the new priest, to pray for his fidelity in his vocation, as well as to gain a plenary indulgence, if all the usual conditions are met. (Learn more about plenary indulgences here.)

This year the first Masses for our priests are as follows. Some require reservations, some are not open to the public. All are livestreamed, so you can take advantage of viewing them from home.

First Masses of the priests are scheduled for Sunday June 6:

Fr. Jonathan Fioramonti: 11:30 a.m., All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas
Reservations required; for that and/or livestream, visit the All Saints website.

Fr. John Paul Heisler: 10:30 a.m., St. John the Baptist in Front Royal
Access livestream through parish Facebook page, accessible from their website.

Fr. Jonathan Smith:  2:30 p.m., Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria
Open to the public and livestreamed on the parish website.

Fr. Joe Townsend: 11:30 a.m., Christendom College Chapel, Front Royal.
Open to the public.