Construction Updates

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Dedication of an Altar

Sunday, June 23 at 12pm

You are cordially invited to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Dedication of an Altar celebrated by Bishop Burbidge. There will be a reception to follow.

Mass and Veneration of the Relics of St. Oscar Romero and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Friday, June 14 at 7pm (Bilingual Mass) in the church, followed by veneration of the relics until 9pm

As we near the completion of construction in our Sanctuary, we’ll have a celebration of Mass and the veneration of the relics of St. Oscar Romero and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton which will be placed in our new altar, and in the altar in our chapel. The bilingual Mass will begin at 7pm in the church and will be followed by veneration of the relics until 9pm. Click here to learn more about venerating relics.

Blessing of the Chapel and Meeting Spaces: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

On Tuesday, April 16, Bishop Burbidge blessed our new chapel, Our Lady Queen of Peace and the St. Teresa of Calcutta Faith Formation Center. 

Construction Updates: Thursday, April 11, 2024

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Construction Updates: Thursday, March 28, 2024

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Construction Updates: Thursday, March 14, 2024

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Construction Updates: Thursday, February 29, 2024

Construction Updates: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Construction Updates: Thursday, February 15, 2024

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Construction Updates: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Construction Updates: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Construction Updates: Thursday, January 18, 2024

Construction Updates: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Construction Updates: Thursday, January 4, 2024

Cross Installation: Thursday, December 20, 2023

New Cross on the Bell Tower

Installation Wednesday, December 20

A new cross with lights will be placed on the outdoor bell tower in the morning on Wednesday, December 20. 

Construction Updates – Thursday, December 7

Construction Updates – Thursday, November 30

Construction Updates – Thursday, November 16

Construction Updates – Thursday, November 9

Construction Updates – Thursday, November 2

This week included exciting progress, including brick being laid and the cornerstone being placed on the chapel exterior. Take a look at some of the pictures to see our new meeting spaces coming together. We look forward to seeing the progress next week!

Construction Updates – Thursday, October 26

Construction Updates – Thursday, October 19

Construction Updates – Thursday, October 12

Scheduled Power Outage Information

Week of October 9 – 13
Due to upgrades we are making to our electrical system during construction, parts of the building will be without power during Monday, October 9 – Friday, October 13.

The church will not be impacted, and Mass, Confession, and Adoration will continue as normal.

The office will be open during regular hours, 9:30am – 5pm.

All activities in the classrooms and Creedon Hall are cancelled.

For current updates during this week, please check out this page.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Construction Updates – Thursday, October 5

Continued cold-formed metal framing work and spray fireproofing at the Chapel. Completed interior storm line work and second phase concrete pour at the meeting spaces. Final grading at bioretention areas in the front field began. For your safety, please do not access any fenced area in the front and back of the building, and please do not walk or play in the new bioretention ponds area.

Construction Updates – Thursday, September 28

Construction Updates – Thursday, September 21

This week the steel structure for the meeting rooms was erected and metal decking was installed on the roof of the chapel! Today, materials were developed to start building the walls of the chapel next week.

“Topping Off!” – Thursday, September 14

We were so excited this week to watch the installation of the beams signed by parishioners, staff, and our construction team, onto the structure of our chapel! Check out these awesome pictures from the “Topping Off” ceremony. Stay tuned for the installation of the steel for the meeting rooms next week. 

Thursday, September 7

Sign the Beams!

Wednesday, September 6 – Tuesday, September 12 in the Commons

The steel beams for our construction project will be delivered this week and all parishioners are invited to sign two of the beams which will be a part of the chapel.

Parish Meeting

Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30pm

Join us for a parish meeting where we’ll share important information on the timeline of our construction project, a financial update, and ideas for potential renovations of the sanctuary here in our church.

Construction Updates – Thursday, August 24

Concrete is Poured – Thursday, August 17

Despite the rain, good progress was made on construction this week! Waterline work continued, with an expected completion next week; footers were excavated and concrete was poured.

Construction Updates – Thursday, August 10

Waterline work continued in the front of the church while grading and levelling continued in the front and back as we prepare to pour concrete foundations in the next few weeks! 

Construction Updates – Thursday, August 3

Step one of construction can be checked off – demolition and grading in the front and the back have been completed! Waterline work has continued and there are an exciting number of construction vehicles around the construction sites!

Demolition Continues – Thursday, July 27

Demolition continued this week in both the front and the back of the church! The brick wall was removed and sidewalk removed in both the front and back. Work has begun on the water lines in front of the church. Please watch your step as you use the front entrance as there are metal sheets covering the construction area when they’re not in use. Check out these awesome aerial shots of the construction sites and stay tuned for more pictures of demolition next week! Thank you, as always, for your continued prayers, patience, and support!

Construction Updates – Thursday, July 20

You may notice some changes around the front and back of Good Shepherd this week! For the safety of the construction workers and our parishioners, fencing has been put up around our major construction zones, including the part of field, the back, and the patio where the chapel will go. Demolition continued in the chapel area – the narthex wall was finished, the windows in the parlor lounge were removed, and some of the sidewalk was removed. We look forward to seeing more progress next week!

Trees Come Down and Equipment Rolls in – Friday, July 14

Trees were removed from the front of the property and church. While we are sad to see some of our trees go, the wood will be reclaimed for interior projects, and we look forward to incorporating our history into this exciting new chapter of our parish!

Construction equipment is beginning to make its way to Good Shepherd – including a backhoe on the field! You may also notice on your way into Mass that a safety wall has gone up in the narthex as we look forward to work in the front of the church. Stay tuned for those updates next week!

Construction Begins! – Friday, July 7

Fairfax County has approved the permits required for construction to begin and construction is set to begin on Monday, July 10 but preliminary work has already begun. The field and perimeter of the church have been marked off; two of our sheds have found a new home at St. John the Beloved in McLean; and the dumpsters have been moved to the front parking lot.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Thank you to all who joined us Sunday, April 23 for our groundbreaking Mass and blessing! “A major milestone in our parish’s history … breaking ground for a new chapel and meeting spaces!” – Father Tom.

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