St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church -- 271 Winchester St. Warrenton, VA 20186
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Rev. Charles C. Smith, Pastor


Rev. Henry Rivera,
Spanish Apostolate

If you have not yet registered with our parish and would like to do so, please fill out our Parish Registration Form completely, and bring it into our Parish Office. When you move away from our parish, please contact the parish office and let us know.

Parish Registration is required before the parish can issue a sponsorship certificate for those asked to be sacramental sponsors or godparents.
     You must be a registered, contributing member for at least three months before a certificate is provided.

     We require a week's notice for a Certificate of Eligibility to be issued.

 News & Events (Click links below for more information)

 Inclement Weather Policy and Cancellations

Our summer seminarian, Andrew Clark,

invites Parishioners who are High School and older
to join him for a talk on
Worship, Friendship, Contemplation,
and Other Useless Things

The talk will be held in Mercy Hall on
Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00pm.
Social distancing requirements will be implem

Pastor’s Corner

updated June 4, 2020

The 12:30 Sunday Mass update:  Beginning this weekend, June 7th will be set aside as a mask or facial covering and receiving in the hand Mass.  There are a number of individuals who are elderly and concerned about the possible devastating effects of the virus, who are staying away from Mass due to a less than 100% use of facial coverings or those receiving in the hand.  At all Masses, mask or facial covering is expected and receiving in the hand is strongly encouraged.  The 5:00 pm Saturday, the 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am, and 5:30 pm Sunday will continue with this expectation.  However, we’re asking individuals who attend the 12:30 pm Mass on Sunday to wear a mask or facial covering, and only receive in the hand.  This will give some of our parishioners a Mass where they feel comfortable attending.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Anyone unable to wear a mask or facial covering, or not prepared to receive in the hand are asked to attend another Mass.


Please be patient, kind, and understanding in following the directions of all ministers, volunteers and staff.


May 19, 2020

Mass Schedule:  The wonderful news is that our mass schedule has returned to normal for daily, and starting this weekend the 23rd and 24th, for Sunday mass.  However, every other pew has been closed off and unrelated people are asked to continue to social distance (6 feet).  This means that our normal 900 plus seat capacity will probably only accommodate 250 to 300.

1)  The dispensation from mass given by the Bishop remains in effect for those over the age of 60, and those who are immune compromised or taking care of someone who may be endangered.  Please remain home and follow the mass on YouTube.  Search by typing St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton.

2)  Everyone is expected to observe good hand hygiene and wear a face covering in the church.  Out of respect for one’s fellow parishioners, please comply.

3) Please limit restroom use.  Consider a visit to one’s restroom at home prior to coming to mass.

4)  Following communion and the end of mass, please exit the church in an orderly fashion without lingering for a thanksgiving.  The church needs to be aired out and sanitized between masses.

5)  All hymnals and booklets have been removed from the pews.  Music accompaniment to the mass will be an organist and cantor.

6)  Holy Communion is strongly encouraged to be received in the hand.  The communicant should lower their face covering and respond "Amen".  Self-communicate immediately upon receiving and prior to turning to walk away back to your pew.

7)  All the faithful are encouraged to use Faith Direct, however collection baskets will be available at the exit doors. Ushers will not take up a first or second collection.

8)  Parish activities, events, group meetings, remain canceled until further notice.

 The above procedures will remain in effect throughout Phase 1 of reintegration.


Again, please be patient, kind, and understanding in following the directions of all ministers, volunteers and staff.


Oremus pro invicem.

Fr. Charles Smith

IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Parish Office is closed to the general public who walk in.  Office staff will check phone and email messages Monday through Friday.  Click here for a listing of our staff.

Our parish mass Link is:

Daily masses should be uploaded by 10:00 am daily, Sunday masses by 10:30 am. 

Further information on live stream Masses, prayers and other resources may be found at:

Ongoing Communication:  Future communications from the parish will be uploaded to our web site at:  and on our Facebook page:

The diocesan website also contains periodic updates to encourage and assist you at the following link: 

Parish Operations and Offertory:  Please know of my continued gratitude for your support of our parish in these uncertain times.  Our parish has continuing operating needs and our offertory is the main source of income to meet our expenses.  I recognize that some may have less income due to the virus and it’s many ramifications, as well as family individual family circumstances.  However, many others still have regular income.  Please give generously according to your capability.  Know that sustaining our financial support is so necessary to maintain payroll, parish operations and outreach during these difficult times.

Our parish online giving link:   

Our parish number is:  VA99

We have also set up a Pay Pal account for your convenience.  PayPal Link:

Or you could drop your envelope in the mail.  St. John the Evangelist, 271 Winchester St., Warrenton, VA  20186.  Thank you.

Here is the latest news from the Diocese, live stream info, prayer guides, and more:

click here for the

"Diocese of Arlington Response to Concerns of the Coronavirus"

Please keep checking the Parish Website, Flocknotes and Facebook Page for any updates.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,

I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.


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All 2019-2020 Religious Ed (RE) classes will no longer be held for the year

Parents are encouraged to continue to review the remaining class text materials for the last few classes.
Please refer to the
Parent's Page for RE Classes for additional reference aids.

2020-2021 Religious Ed Registration Forms were mailed to those families enrolled this past year. If you would like an  RE Registration Form mailed to you, please email &
one will be sent.

Easter Vigil and
First Holy Communion:

Practice & reception of Sacraments are postponed at this time.

Families will be contacted when we are able to reschedule

Thank you for your patience!

Let us pray that this crisis ends soon.  Stay healthy,
safe and well.
May God bless you & yours!

In his Motu Proprio, Pope Francis institutes a Sunday of the Word of God. "Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasure of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world." (Aperuit Illis 2)

Click HERE for a Lectio Divina passage from the Diocese.

The practice of lectio divina as a way of praying the Scriptures has been a very powerful way to grow in relationship with Christ for many centuries and is strongly recommended by the Church.  The Word of God is alive and active and will transform each of us if we open ourselves to receive what God wants to give us through the Scriptures.


Need a gift for a Wedding, Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation or Birthday?

St. John the Evangelist  Ornaments are now available in  the Parish Office

Each ornament makes a perfect gift and features our own parish church and Saint

Each ornament is solid
.02" brass which is gold-plated.

Approximate ornament size is
2-5/8" by 2-3/4". Only $20 each.

Limited Supply!


Our pantry is low on a few staple items.  If you would like to add a few things to your shopping cart, we can use:



Laundry Detergent

Dishwashing Liquid

Spaghetti/noodles (16 oz. pkgs.)

Spaghetti Sauce

Coffee (1 lb.)

Snack Crackers


Pancake Mix

Pancake Syrup


You may place your donations in the bin located near the rear entrance of St. John’s Parish office building.

St. Vincent de Paul needs your help

Remember, you may make a donation of unused household items and gently-worn clothing to St. Vincent de Paul at the White Elephant Store located at 484 Blackwell Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186  (540) 349-0666.  Income from the sale of these items directly benefits our ministry.  Thank you for thinking of us as you clear out closets and storage spaces!

Volunteers Needed:  We welcome any and all who are interested in growing in faith and love of Our Lord through service to those in need. No prior experience required! Contact Paul Cocuzza for details. 540-809-9838 or

Please pray for the poor and suffering.

Thank you for your continued support of our ministry.  We will most gratefully share your generosity. 

Looking for other ways to enrich your Catholic Faith?

Click on the images below for available seminar and course listings:

Institute of Catholic Culture


Catholic Distance University



Implementing the Church's mission of social justice in the Diocese of Arlington in ways that strengthen individuals, families, and communities.

Click here to visit Arlington Catholic Charities to read how you can help those in need.

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The Arlington Diocese Office of Vocations presents



"To know your vocation: ask God in prayer; ask one's spiritual director; ask oneself, knowing one's own inclinations."

 - St. Gianna Molla


Click on the logos to visit the Diocesan Vocational pages.

"Quo Vadis" means "Where are you going?" 

and its members are young men in high school who desire to grow in faithful discipleship and personal holiness to be better able to discover their own vocation invitation from our Lord, whatever that might be.

''FIAT'' is a Latin word for 'Let it be done'.

It was Mary's response to the angel Gabriel when she was asked to become the mother of Jesus. 'Let it be done unto me according to Your Will' refers to Mary's 'Yes' to God. The members of FIAT are young women in high school who desire to grow in faithful discipleship by modeling their personal holiness on that of our Lady. By doing so they hope to be better able to discover their own vocation invitation from our Lord, whatever that might be and make their own "fiat" or "yes" to Him.

Altar Servers
Eucharistic Ministers

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For Information about Applying for Papal Blessing Parchments Click Here

Pro Life Web Sites

Human Life International:

Priests For Life:

The Miracle of Life:

Description of the Development of the Fetus by Week Throughout Pregnancy:

Culture of Life:

Catholics Come Home

is an evangelization website dedicated to answering your questions about the Catholic Faith.

If you used to be Catholic and would like to come home,

If you are not Catholic and would like to learn more.

If you are Catholic and would like to grow in your faith and help others to come home.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association

 The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), an agency of the Holy See, was established by Pope Pius XI in 1926 and supports the churches of the East.  For additional info please click here:  CNEWA


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