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Queen of Apostles Church, Alexandria

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What’s distinctive about your parish? What is your parish’s charism? Queen of Apostles is distinctive, perhaps more than anything, for its diversity. We have communities represented here from across the globe. Their vibrant presence reminds us of the church’s universality, and Christ’s great commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.”

What’s the one unique thing visitors to your parish should do or see while there? Of most interest is perhaps the well-known Eucharistic adoration chapel in our vestibule. Though the pandemic temporarily prevented us from providing perpetual adoration, this break allowed for a beautiful repainting of the chapel, which we enjoy during adoration which has resumed Wednesday through Saturday morning. We also have a new bookstore in our parish office, where anyone can buy small religious goods and cards, as well as devotional literature, among other things.

Is there a special way your parish encourages and supports faith formation? Perhaps it’s related to sacramental preparation and RCIA. Our parish provides faith formation equally in English and Spanish, with opportunities to learn directly from the clergy, and according to one’s place in life, whether through the various parish ministries, our men’s and women’s groups, our young adults group, religious education, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or our parish school.

How are you supporting the faith journey of particular cultures represented in your parish? Queen of Apostles provides all sacraments, as well as programs and instruction, in both English and Spanish for our two largest language communities. The Ghanaian community also uses the parish buildings for a weekly Sunday Mass, as well as occasional baptisms. Additionally, this academic year, the St. Isidore Virtual Academy is offered through Queen of Apostles School.

What’s something we should know about your clergy? Queen of Apostles parish is very fortunate to have two wonderful priests. Father Alexander Diaz, our pastor, is a native of El Salvador and came to Queen of Apostles as pastor last June. His leadership, enthusiasm and faithfulness to his mission is reflected in the wonderful things he has accomplished at Queen of Apostles since his arrival. Father Joseph M. Rampino, our parochial vicar, came to Queen of Apostles from Marymount University in Arlington where he served as the chaplain. Father Rampino is currently the chaplain of Queen of Apostles School. (Despite) the transition in the midst of the pandemic, Father Diaz and Father Rampino have been very committed and active in the parish, serving, shepherding and guiding this beautiful community. Despite the challenges, they have been a light of hope for our parishioners.

Is there a standout or longtime staff member or volunteer you’d like to tell us about? Jim Bailey has been a longtime volunteer/parishioner at Queen of Apostles. He is a person who inspires the community with his faith, hope and commitment. He is a very mature man, has been a sacristan for many years, is a faithful member of the Legion of Mary, catechist for a long time, and has collaborated with the Vacation Bible School program. He inspires new generations with his commitment and service to the parish. He is a volunteer that we are pleased to have with us.

Quick Facts:

Queen of Apostles

4401 Sano St.

Alexandria

703/354-8711

queenofapostles.org

Pastor: Fr. Alexander Diaz

Parochial Vicar: Fr. Joseph M. Rampino

DRE: Clarisa Meza

Youth Ministries:

Emmaus for high school youths

Nazareth for middle school youths

Mass Schedule:

Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m., 5 p.m. (English vigil), 7 p.m. (Spanish vigil)

Sunday: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. (Spanish), 3 p.m. (Ghanaian)

School: Queen of Apostles Catholic School

St. Isidore Virtual Academy

4409 Sano St.

Alexandria

703/354-0714

queenofapostles.org

saintisidorevs.org

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Principal: Kristie Meyers

Social Media: Facebook @QofAChurch

Year Established: 1963

Total Parishioners: 1,626 households

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021