Rectory Office Hours

The Rectory Office will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018,  in observance of President’s Day.  There will be one Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Traditional Latin Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes

This coming year, we have planned for the celebration of a Tridentine Latin Mass during each liturgical season. Father Eric Shafer of Sacred Heart Parish in Winchester has joyfully agreed to celebrate these Masses. We will have Latin Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Lent ………............……… March 5, 2018
Easter ……..........…...….. April 2, 2018 

We will keep you mindful of these dates with lector announcements.
Eucharistic Adoration Options

Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held at St. Agnes Parish (1910 N Randolph St, Arlington, VA). Eucharistic Adoration is also held at St. Rita Church (3815 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA) every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a break for the school Mass from 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Perpetual Adoration at St. Agnes Church

St. Agnes in Arlington offers Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All parishioners are invited to visit and participate. Specific hours in urgent need of coverage are always available on at Individuals can register on the site or they can contact the coordinator, Greg King, at or 571-205-8661. Even if you cannot make a permanent commitment, you are still invited to come pray as your schedule permits. St. Agnes is located at 1910 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22207.http://stagnes-adoration.orgmailto:coordinator@stagnes-adoration.orgshapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1
Institute of Catholic Culture

The Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC) is an adult catechetical organization that coordinates guest speakers on topics related to the Catholic faith.  Learn about prayer life, theology, church history, modern day issues, and more in local church venues and in live ICC webinars.  

The Mother of God? Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian Heresy

A lecture by Reverend William Saunders, Ph. D.
Sunday, February 11 | Dinner at 6:00 p.m., Lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit School Cafeteria, 5121 Woodland Way, Annandale, VA 22003. No RSVP required.
“That anyone could doubt the right of the holy virgin to be called the Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to Him!” – Saint Cyril of Alexandria

For a list of events coordinated by the ICC, visit .
Learn More about the Faith

Join the inspiring instructors at Catholic Distance University for a faith-filled journey of discovery. Enroll in an online independent study course of your choice and study anytime, anywhere.  Courses include:

    •  The Catholic School: Identity and Leadership
    •  The Way Catholic Use Scripture
    •  Modern American Catholic History (1908-Present)
    •  Vatican II: Lay Spirituality 

Visit and click the “Continuing Ed” tab to enroll. Parishioners in the Diocese of Arlington pay just $30.When registering, use promo code: CDU15ARLINGTONhttp://www.cdu.edushapeimage_6_link_0
Open Cursillo “Ultreya” at Olol

Cursillo’s Ultreya at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is open. Even if you have not made a Cursillo weekend or are not currently in a group reunion (prayer group), you are welcome. You can learn more about Ultreya by going online to .
Cursillo Movement

Father Berghout invites you to consider getting involved with the Cursillo Movement [cur SEE yo]. Cursillo is a Lay Catholic movement. It’s about friends helping friends grow in Christ and share Christian values in a challenging world. It starts with a weekend of faith sharing and reflection with other people from throughout our diocese. After the weekend, you’ll get connected for weekly faith sharing (we call this “Group Reunion”). This is essentially a small prayer group that roughly follows the Cursillo format of piety - what we do to grow in holiness; study – learning; the bridge between holiness and helping our neighbor; and action – bringing our Christian values to bear in all our environments. Using these three “topics,” we break open our lives at Group Reunion so we can grow from our shared experiences, our successes and failures. This accountability helps us all stay on track. Our goals for a week may be large or modest-sounding. Group Reunion is often the most real conversation we’ll have all week. What’s in Cursillo for you? New friends. A closer walk with Christ. A lot of laughing, some singing, a few tears, and a lot of spiritual growth. For more information, type in any search engine “Arlington Cursillo.”
Volunteer at the MaRiH Center

The MaRiH Center is a pro-life crisis pregnancy service offering alternative to abortion. We are seeking new volunteers to assist pregnant women and their babies. There are many ways to help, with both weekday and Saturday shifts. All training provided. Bilingual volunteers especially appreciated. If you have questions or would like to visit for a tour, please call us at 703-370-4774 and ask for the volunteer coordinator, Beth Whitehead.
Sunday TV Mass for the Homebound

The Diocese of Arlington, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington, produces a weekly Sunday TV Mass filmed in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Viewers can watch the TV Mass every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the DCW50 network. It is a wonderful ministry for those members of our Catholic family who are unable to be physically present with a local worshipping community for the Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy. For more information, visit: .
Rite of Christian Initiation

Not Catholic? Never Confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) began September 18, 2017. Classes are held Monday nights from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Lourdes Center/Parish Hall. A special invitation is extended to all those who would like to become Catholic, Catholics who have not yet been Confirmed, as well as to those who would like a thorough refresher on their faith. Please register by contacting Father Melmer at or (703) 684-9261.mailto:fathermelmer@comcast.netshapeimage_11_link_0
Pray the Weekly Rosary With Us
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

Please join the Pro-Life Committee in praying the Rosary every Tuesday evening in the Grotto at 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
830 23rd Street South, Arlington, Virginia 22202
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Time and Talent at Our Lady of Lourdes

No parish can operate without volunteers. Please consider making a gift of your time and talent to Our Lady of Lourdes.
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Traditional Latin Mass at St. Rita Church

Each Sunday,  St. Rita Parish in Alexandria offers the traditional Latin Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Each Tuesday and Thursday,  St. Rita Parish offers the traditional Latin Mass at 7:30 p.m. Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes are most welcome to participate in these nearby Masses.
Sacrament of Confession

“Sin offense against God” and “damages communion with the Church” (CCC 1440). Have you been distanced from the Lord and Church? Don’t forget the Sacrament of Confession is available at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays immediately following the 12 Noon Mass, Saturdays at 4:00 p.m., and privately by appointment. Our Lord is offering you healing, forgiveness, and grace. Will you come to meet Him?
Five First Saturdays in Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

One of the requests Our Lady of Fatima made known to Sr. Lucia was that the faithful make “communions of reparation” on five consecutive first Saturdays of the month. This has become known as the “First Saturday Devotion,” and its intention is to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the many ungrateful offenses she endures from mankind. 

The Five First Saturdays devotion is based on the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sister Lucy on December 10, 1925:

I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall receive the sacrament of Confession, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to my Immaculate Heart.
Wednesday Lenten Confessions
Every Wednesday during Lent, 6:30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

This Lenten season, each Catholic parish (including Our Lady of Lourdes) in the Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington will have Confessions available every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,  beginning the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday:  February 21, 2018.
If you have been reluctant to come to the Sacrament or have been away for some time, this is a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with Christ and His Church. Come to confession and prepare your heart for Easter!
Eucharistic Adoration and Stations of the Cross during Lent
Every Friday during Lent

Adoration will be extended from 12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Friday throughout Lent (except Good Friday). Join us as you are able to pray, listen, and spend time with Our Lord. If possible, please consider committing to a particular time on the Adoration sign-up sheet in the vestibule.  

Immediately following Adoration, one of our priests will lead the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. every Friday throughout Lent (except Good Friday). 

Young Adults: Parishioners ages 21-39 are invited to join young adults to pray the Stations of the Cross, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
40 Days For Life Campaign
February 14 – March 25, 2018 

A focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, bringing an end to abortion in our city and beyond.

Peaceful Vigil:  Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Abortion Clinic 
Pro-Life Rosary:  Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes

Catholics throughout the area are invited to take part in our local 40 Days for Life Campaign this Lent from February 14 – March 25, 2018. During this time, we ask that parishioners please pray for an end to abortion in America. Pray a weekly rosary with the pro-life group on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., or choose your own devotion, such as fasting or attending daily Mass. Every prayer helps!  

Please consider praying with fellow parish pro-lifers outside of the abortion clinic at 2839 Duke Street in Alexandria each Wednesday throughout the Campaign from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. A carpool will leave from the Our Lady of Lourdes parking lot at 3:30 p.m. Attend any or every Wednesday. Your participation will promote the sanctity of life!