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Our Lady of Angels, Woodbridge

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What’s distinctive about your parish? What is your parish’s charism? Our parish has been staffed by the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary since June 2020. Their charism is centered in family life and spiritual formation. They see themselves as priests for the family and their vision is sacramentally oriented. Finding holiness in family life is the center of our parish.

Our parish has a very diverse culture representing several different nationalities.

We also have a St. Vincent de Paul Society pantry that is manned once a month for food distribution to those in need in our community.

What’s the one unique thing visitors to your parish should do or see while there? Our Lady of Angels is one of the largest parishes in the diocese. One unique thing that visitors should see is the 24/7 adoration chapel. It is a beautiful chapel and a great place to pray.

What is a new ministry that you’ve started? Or, alternatively, share some recent activities of longstanding ministries. During the year of St. Joseph, we installed a statue of the Holy Family at the entrance of the church. We have been celebrating a year of St. John Paul II, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. We consecrated the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary June 12.

Is there a special way your parish encourages and supports faith formation? Our priests provide wonderful spiritual direction as well as the sacraments. Confessions are heard every day.

How are you supporting the faith journey of particular cultures represented in your parish? The parish priests hold monthly talks, and Father Armando Marsal, parochial vicar, holds a weekly talk and works with the Spanish Youth Group. Our parish also has celebrations for the feasts of Our Lady of Angels and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Father Alvaro Montero, pastor, invites parishioners to share their heritage in how they dress for special Masses throughout the year.

What would a visitor say about your parish, and how do new parishioners get involved? A visitor would say that our parish is staffed full time by four priests who are regularly available for sacraments and other ministries. Visitors will also note that our parish has a lot of history. Visitors may see the new landscaping and note a care for the creation and a family friendly environment wrapped into one. The beautiful adoration chapel, the welcoming people who greet visitors, and the abundance of sacraments offered regularly, especially confession, tie it all together to give visitors a unique and pleasant experience and the desire to return.

What’s something we should know about your clergy? Because the priests are Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, they share their order’s mission to strengthen families. Although they have been at the parish for less than a year, the parishioners have felt a true connection with them and their new ideas and ways to strengthen our community and our parish family, while fostering and caring for family life.

Is there a standout or longtime staff member or volunteer you’d like to tell us about? Edward Ettner, who turned 100 this year, taught religious education for many years and is an inspiration to all students. His family is local and still attends our parish.

Would you like to share anything else about your parish? Our Lady of Angels Parish was founded by the Stigmatine priests who served and cared for our parish until 1994 when diocesan priests staffed it until June 2020. When the church first opened, the current adoration chapel was the church, but quickly outgrew the space. Then the school gym was used as a church for Sunday and holyday Masses until the current church building was built. While the area around the church has continued to change a lot over the years, the church’s roots, foundation and rich history have remained.

Quick facts

13752 Mary’s Way

Woodbridge

Ourladyofangelscatholicchurch.com

Pastor: Fr. Alvaro Montero, DCJM

Parochial Vicars: Fr. Juan Espino, DCJM; Fr. Armando Marsal, DCJM; Fr. Leopoldo Vives, DCJM

Mass times

Saturday: 5 p.m., 7 p.m. (Spanish)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. (Spanish), 2 p.m. (Spanish), 3:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5:15 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m.
Thursday: 7 p.m. (Spanish)
Saturday: 9 a.m.

Confession times:

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.- 7:30 a.m.
Friday: 6:30 p.m. 

Saturday: 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. 

School:

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School, grades Pre-K-8
Aquinastars.org.

13750 Mary’s Way

Woodbridge

703/491-4447

Principal: Sr. Mary Sheila, O.P.

Year established: 1959

Total parishioners: 15,412 

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