Around the Diocese


Updated August 9, 2018

RETREAT FOR PERSONS FACING A SERIOUS ILLNESS -- A Retreat for Persons Facing a Serious Illness will be held at the San Damiano Spiritual Life Center in White Post, Virgina  October 5-7. The retreat focuses on the Love of God and the peace and joy the Truth of His Love brings.  The retreat begins Friday at 1:30 PM and ends on Sunday at 2:30 PM.  Fr. Bob Cilinski and Fr. Jack O’hara will serve as Spiritual Directors along with a retreat team of doctors, nurses and helpers.  The retreat is a ministry of Catholic Charities. The cost of the retreat is free for all retreatants.  If you are facing a serious illness please consider attending! To register for the retreat and for more information, call Catholic Charities at 703 841-3830  or email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  [Exp 09.15.18]

“HUMANAE VITAE & FIFTY YEARS:  Saturday, September 8th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at St. Raymond Catholic Church -  A serious look at the impact of this profound encyclical by Pope Blessed Paul VI on marriage, the family, and the nation.” St. Raymond of Peñafort Distinguished Guest Series Presents a Conference on Humanae Vitae for the 50th Anniversary of the Papal Encyclical of Pope Blessed Paul VI. Featured Speakers: Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, PhD. (Director of Education, National Catholic Bioethics Center and annual speaker at St. Raymond's parish on life issues),  Dr. Robert Royal (Founder and President of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and Editor-in-Chief of The Catholic Thing), Mr. Robert Laird (Former Director of Family Life, Arlington Diocese and currently Vice President for Program Development at the Cardinal Newman Society) and Mrs. Gerri Laird (Former founding director of Project Rachel and Gabriel Project for Arlington Diocese and national speaker and writer on marriage and family.) Morning Conference includes: Mass at 9:00 a.m. followed by conference from 9:30 to 2:00 p.m. Box lunches and continental breakfast will be available. All are Welcome to Attend. Please RSVP at Conference Location: St. Raymond Parish Hall, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield, VA 22153. For more information, contact St. Raymond’s Parish Office 703-440-0535 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From Friday, August 3, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018, the weekly Call to Prayer will be adapted as a nine-week Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants are encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intention of the novena.   Participants will also be provided with weekly opportunities to learn more about Roe v. Wade, and share that information with their representatives. Call to Prayer materials will be accessible at Those wishing to join this nine-week prayer effort can sign up at to participate in this and subsequent Call to Prayer initiatives via email or text message. Media Contact:  Judy Keane  202-541-3200 (For August  5 through September 23 Bulletins) [Exp. September 29, 2018]

 RISE: A 30 Day Challenge beginning this Fall for men around the world designed to help them craft a battle plan for life. Designed by Chris Stefanick and Bill Donaghy, RISE is a powerful series of short daily videos and practical content which provides men with tools they can implement each day. The goal is a renewal of families, parishes and communities at-large. On September 17th, men from around the world will RISE together and step-up to the challenge of becoming the men God is calling them to be. RISE is a personal journey for each individual man, but is designed to work in a parish and for existing men's groups. Leaders are given the tools needed to run a very effective challenge for the men in their parish and not just for those who are already a part of a men's ministry. While you may offer a meeting-time and run a group, many other men in the parish can still do RISE on their own.  Pastors and parish leaders can review RISE at no cost. More information can be found here:

HELP US SAVE BABIES! PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES - You are invited to an evening of appreciation! A Woman’s Choice Pregnancy Resource Center, with offices in Herndon & Falls Church, helps 100’s of pregnant women in crisis each year, and has saved dozens of babies from abortion each year. Join us for our Advocates for Life Benefit Dinner on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Waterford in Fairfax from 6-10 pm. Mrs. Kathleen Wilson, founder of Mary’s Shelter, will be our featured speaker. For more info or to buy tickets, call 571-599-2002 by 9/14/18. Come hear how you can help save lives! [Exp 09.30.18]

Recovering Origins - Healing Retreat for Adult Children of Divorce - Come for a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and its effects and experience a new path to hope and healing. For more info and to register, please visit: Event Date: September 7-9, 2018  [Exp 09.10.18]

Gifts for the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund (SEEF) -- Please support our seminarians and SEEF, a permanent endowment fund established in 2011. SEEF’s income provides funding for annual seminarian expenses such as room, board, tuition, health insurance and books, which total almost $40,000 per seminarian. Please give generously. To donate, make checks payable to: “Foundation for the CDA – SEEF.” Mail to: The Foundation, 200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 811, Arlington, VA 22203. Contact Gretchen Koch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (703) 841-3819 with questions.                                    

Future with Hope Women’s Conference (for Catholic Women 40+) Oct 12-13, 2018 – St. Agnes Catholic Church, Arlington Speakers, Mass, Confession, Small Group Discussions, Shopping.  Learn more at Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or Call 703-863-3940  [Exp 09.15]

26th International Week of Prayer & Fasting, September 29 – October 7, 2018. Opening All-Day Vigil – Saturday. September 29th Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C [Exp. 09.28.18]






Sacramental Schedule

Mass Schedule:

8 am 10 am 12 Noon*
*Novus Ordo Latin Mass

Saturday: 8:30 am & 5:30 pm Vigil Mass

Weekdays: 8:30 am

Holydays (except Christmas):
8:30 am & 7 pm

Sacrament of Penance:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:45 am – 8:15 am
Saturday afternoon: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Expanded schedule for Advent and Lent

24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration
Every Wednesday: 9 am through Thursday morning, 8:30 am
Every First Friday: 9 am through Saturday morning, 8:30 am

Contact Us

Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
Direct non-emergency cell: 703.638.8451 (Preferred)
No text messages please; contact the office for administrative questions.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm 
Closed on Federal Holidays

Saint Catherine of Siena Church
1020 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22033
Have a question? Have a comment? Please contact us!
Phone: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753


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St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

1020 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066

Parish Office: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753
Religious Education: 703.759.3530
Siena Academy: 703.759.4129