Public Masses at St. Benedict are currently scheduled to resume on May 30. This is wonderful news, even as we recognize the need for many precautions to assure that the coronavirus is not spread further. 

Our plan is to celebrate the Saturday Vigil at 5:30 pm, and Sunday Masses at 8:30 am and 11:30 am (please note the slightly later time for the latter Mass, which will allow for proper sanitizing and preparation between Masses.) Using social-distancing guidelines, each Mass will have a maximum capacity of 100 people. Sections will be reserved for families and individuals.


While our hope is that everyone can be accommodated, we will be using a lottery system to make sure we can handle the numbers appropriately. We ask that you review the Return to Mass Guidelines. You will be expected to comply with all requirements in order to attend Mass. 

All those as defined by the Virginia Health Department as more vulnerable, i.e., 65+ years of age, those with compromised immune systems, those with underlying health conditions, etc., as well as those who feel safer at home, are strongly encouraged not to attend Mass. Mass will continue to be live-streamed on Sunday at 11:30am. Please remember that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended in the Diocese of Richmond.


An attendance lottery will open each Monday at 9:00am, and close on Wednesday at 9:00pm.  

Once you have reviewed the guidelines, and if you would like the chance to attend Mass, please use the form below. Entering this lottery does not guarantee you a place at Mass. Families and individuals will be selected at random, and assigned a Mass time. Those selected will be contacted via email by the end of each week. You may enter the lottery once per week. Please enter only for the family members residing within your household.

Enter the lottery here.


Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of the Diocese of Richmond to notify civil authorities by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064, and then contacting the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Jennifer Sloan at 1-877-887-9603.