Friday, February 22, 2019

Changes coming to Religious Services Office


There will be changes to Fort Belvoir religious services, beginning May 27.

Some of the services will change times or locations to better support the Fort Belvoir community on limited resources.

Belvoir’s religious services program has grown over the past several years, said Chaplain (Col.) Joseph Melvin, Belvoir Garrison chaplain. However, they have a personnel cap that limits the amount of people they have on hand to support the office and the services it provides.

“We make it as effective as possible for the chaplains who are providing and performing religious rite in support exercise of religion,” Melvin said. “All sacraments, rites, and rituals of the religions and churches that were offered before this change will continue.”

Melvin added that the chapel community has been able to add a Greek Orthodox Service, since it now has a Greek Orthodox priest.

Their mission is to support active-duty Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their families.

Sunday morning Catholic Masses have been consolidated to 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Belvoir Chapel.

“This shift in worship service start times will not change the broad coverage of sacraments, rites, and rituals historically provided at Fort Belvoir. By performing and providing the rites and sacraments of the religions, the chaplains, directors of religious education, and religious affairs specialists will continue to work ardently to ensure support for the community.

The new service schedule is:

5 p.m. Saturday - Catholic Mass - Woodlawn Chapel
9:30 a.m. Sunday - Catholic Mass - Belvoir Chapel
11 a.m. Sunday - Catholic Mass - Belvoir Chapel
8 a.m. Sunday - Collective Protestant - Belvoir Chapel
10 a.m. Sunday - Chapel Next (Protestant) -Woodlawn Chapel
11:30 a.m. Sunday -Gospel (Protestant) -Woodlawn Chapel
Greek Orthodox 9 a.m. - Sunday - Woodlawn Chapel

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