Lent Begins This Wednesday

Confessions will be heard from the conclusion of the 6:15am Mass until 8:15am & again from 6:30pm until 7:15pm.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. All Catholics from the age of 14 are required to abstain from meat. All Catholics 18 through the conclusion of their 64th year must fast; one regular size meatless meal and two smaller meatless meals not equal the larger meal are permitted. Every Friday of Lent is also a mandatory day of abstinence.
Stations of the Crosswill be offered each Friday at 2:30pm & at 7:30pm.
Our Lenten Soup Suppers begin this Friday at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Please join us for a “sacrificial meal” before commemorating the Stations. Confessions will be heard after the evening stations.

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 Masshas beenheld every day in the school’s multi purpose room.MonsignorMcMurtrie 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.

In 2002, Father Richard M. Guest became Pastor of our church.Since joining the parish, Father Guest has been overseeing the taskof 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.

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.

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