Sacred Liturgy & Music

“Christ…always associates the Church with Himself in this great work wherein God is perfectly glorified and men are sanctified. The Church is His beloved Bride who calls to her Lord, and through Him offers worship to the Eternal Father….  From this it follows that every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of His Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others; no other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree.  In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims….  The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows.  For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord's supper….  From the liturgy, therefore, and especially from the Eucharist, as from a font, grace is poured forth upon us; and the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God, to which all other activities of the Church are directed as toward their end, is achieved in the most efficacious possible way.”  Second Vatican Council Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, 7-8, 10


The celebration of the Mass and the other sacred liturgies is the center of our parish life.  These celebrations are supported by the liturgical ministries and services listed below.  For more information, a list and description of our choirs, or to volunteer, please call or email Madelaine Mentyka, Director of Sacred Liturgy and Music, at 703.527.5500 or


Liturgical Ministries:

  • Musicians - Instrumentalists, Choir Members, and Cantors serve Masses weekly. Younger parishioners are invited to join our children's choir which sings at Mass once a month!
  • Lectors 
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Serve at Mass itself or take Holy Communion to the infirmed and home bound. Interested volunteers must attend a diocesan training, held each spring.
  • Altar Servers - youth especially are encouraged to aid the priests during Mass.
  • Ushers
  • Sacristans - Clean and organize the church and sacristy areas during the week, giving special attention to the sacred vessels and linens.
  • Sacred Art & Furnishings - Prune church flowers during the week, sew banners, and care for sacred art. Extra hands are always needed at Christmas and Easter times for more extensive church decorating.