St. Veronica’s Church – Arlington Catholic Herald
What is special about your parish? What is the charism of your parish? The Sainte-Véronique church has always been oriented towards the transmission of the faith. We have been fortunate to have priests who clearly understand and teach the faith through the Mass and the sacraments. Parishioners and visitors often remark that they are very impressed with the teaching homilies they hear and are delighted to hear the faith explained so well.
What is one unique thing that visitors to your parish should do or see during their stay? The focal point of our sanctuary is its beautiful new tabernacle and altar with the Veil of Saint Veronica positioned in front. However, most of our parish was originally built using decorations from older churches that had been closed. Our beautiful century-old crucifix, lovingly restored by Deb Lockwood, our former art teacher, is the center of our sanctuary.
Opposite the crucifix is our magnificent Saint Veronica stained glass window. We have several inspiring statues adorning our church as well as large antique Stations of the Cross. The pews came from the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore and were restored before being placed in the church. One of the pews is a second-class relic because Saint Mother Teresa prayed there when she was in the cathedral. An original feature of these benches is that they are numbered. They are not in sequential order as they had to be retrofitted and could not be installed in order.
What is the new ministry you have started? Our Ministry Saint Mother Teresa Outreach along with our Knights of Columbus provide regular support to a parish in Madison County, in the southern part of the diocese. The ministry provides food, gifts and gift cards to the less fortunate, prepares packed lunches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston, and collects backpacks and school supplies for low-income students.
Is there a particular way in which your parish encourages and supports faith formation? The reverence shown to the Blessed Sacrament at St. Veronica is spiritually inspiring; using our new communion rails allows anyone who wants to kneel to do so. Our priests offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation five times a week and three times on the first Friday. They do an excellent job of encouraging and supporting faith formation in all that they do, day to day in preaching and through the traditional methods of Bible study groups and RICA.
How do you support the faith journey of the particular cultures represented in your parish? We have shared our church with the Vietnamese parish, Our Lady of La Vang Mission, for 10 years. Their community uses St. Veronica to celebrate Mass and the sacraments in their native language on a weekly basis until they can build their own parish. They also organize their youth activities and other cultural celebrations at our facility.
What would a visitor to your parish say and how do new parishioners get involved? Visitors to our parish services would see the loving devotion shown by our parishioners during the sacraments. They would see the frequency of confessions offered and the long lines that show a devoted congregation that takes the faith very seriously.
What should we know about your clergy? We have been blessed with wonderful priests who are living examples of Christ’s call for his shepherds. They are very spiritual individuals who inspire the faithful to follow their example of holiness. They work diligently to bring faith to parishioners spanning not only our church, but also Fair Oaks Hospital and four nursing homes.
Is there a notable or long-time staff member or volunteer you would like to tell us about? It would be difficult to single out one person among our very dedicated staff and volunteers. The facilities staff stand out for keeping the parish in top condition. Volunteers serving the Knights, 24-Hour Adoration, Legion of Mary, Blessed Mother Teresa Outreach, Choir, Readers, Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion work tirelessly to offer spiritual opportunities. There are a few volunteers who stand out in the tireless support of St. Veronica:
Deb Lockwood is responsible for most of the artwork in our church, including restoring our crucifix, creating plastic stained glass windows of the sacraments, painting our statues, repairing broken statues, and painting English verses on our Germanic Stations of the Cross.
Linda Loch is an angel to many of our sick parishioners. She organizes our 24-hour worship chapel, visiting Our Lord several times when other worshipers have not been able to meet the scheduled time. She also taught in our kindergarten.
Gina McCue is our sacristan who attends and attends most masses. Prior to accepting this position, she was the head of our Saint Mother Teresa Outreach.
Would you like to share anything else about your parish? If you want to learn your faith and see it put into action, there’s no better place than St. Veronica.
3460 Centerville Road,
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Saturday: 5 p.m., 7 p.m. (Vietnamese)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m.
Sunday (Vietnamese): 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
Schedule of daily masses:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday and first Friday evening: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.
Monday and Friday: 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-10 a.m., 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
First Friday of the month: after mass from 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Prof. Dennis W. Kleinmann
Prof. Richard E. Dyer
J. Paul Ochenkowski
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