Public Masses Resume with Precautions Set in Place
In accord with our move into Phase Three in Loudoun County, celebration of public Mass has resumed. Entry into the church should be made through the front doors; all are asked to exit through the transept (side) doors. In order to facilitate proper social distancing, we are utilizing only every other pew. (Pews have been identified with signs: please be respectful of these limits.) As additional precautionary measures, hand sanitizer is available and hymnals have been removed from the pews. The bishop has stated that the faithful are EXPECTED to wear a face mask/face covering and asks all to prayerfully consider receiving Holy Communion in the hand. The clergy will be taking special precautions to insure your health and safety, as well. Bishop Burbidge continues to dispense the faithful from their Sunday obligation, so we will continue to provide live-streaming of Sunday Mass (10:30am). Those who are particularly susceptible to the pandemic should carefully consider the risk to their health.
Confessions will continue at normal times in the transepts.
Live stream through our FB page for Sunday, September 27 at 10:30am Mass click here.
Please note: this link will not work until a couple of minutes prior to 10:30am.
Confirmation Live Streaming – Both Confirmation liturgies were live streamed to the parish’s Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to see this. Below are the links:
St. Theresa Parish is located in Ashburn, Virginia which is approximately thirty-five miles west of Washington, D.C. We are part of the Arlington Diocese. The parish was started in 1991 by Monsignor James W. McMurtrie. For the first several years Mass was held at the local high school. In 1994, St. Theresa School was open and Mass had been held every day in the school’s multi purpose room. Monsignor McMurtrie named the parish for St. Theresa of Lisieux. Theresa was also his mother’s name who raised him and his three other siblings alone after their father passed away when they were teenagers.
Father Richard M. Guest became Pastor in 2002-2020. He oversaw the task of building the new church. A ground breaking ceremony was held on September 30, 2007, and building began in April of 2008. The dedication of the new church was held on November 11, 2009. Since then the parish and school office building project that included an adoration chapel has been completed along with a new rectory. We are very grateful for all that was accomplished during Fr. Guest’s 18 years here.
The parish continues to grow to nearly three thousand families today. Our school boasts nearly five hundred students; our religious education program has another 1,700 students enrolled. Nearly three hundred children make First Communion every year along with another two hundred who are confirmed.
On July 16, 2020, Father James C. Hudgins became our new pastor. We welcome Fr. Hudgins and pray God blesses him abundantly in his work here at our parish!
St. Theresa Catholic Church
21371 St. Theresa Lane
Ashburn, VA 20147