Palm Sunday Masses will be at the usual weekend times.  (Sat. 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.; 10 a.m., 12 Noon Latin Novus Ordo)


Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord's Supper Holy Thursday Mass will be at 7 p.m.

Good Friday:  The Seven Last Words reflections will begin at 12 Noon on Good Friday.

The Good Friday Passion of the Lord Service will be at 3 p.m.

Easter Vigil:  The Easter Vigil will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday night.


There will only be two Easter Sunday Masses, 10 a.m. and 12 Noon.


Confessions (one priest) during Holy Week will be Monday, Tuesday, 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, and 10 a.m. sharp on Holy Saturday morning.

Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent at 7:30 pm preceded by a fish dinner in Parish Hall sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. All are welcome.

Confessions (in addition to the regular schedule) at 6:30 pm every Wednesday of Lent (except Ash Wednesday).  

Bishop's Lenten Appeal Updates:

The Bishop's Lenten Appeal (BLA) goal for Saint Catherine's this year is $310,000.  We are hoping to widen participation this year.  May God reward your generosity. Check this site for updates as the fundraising thermometer rises to meet our goal.

So far:  $254,900 or 82% of goal pledged with 1 in 5 households participating.  We're off to a good start.  We need the 4 out 5 households who have not participated to consider pushing us over the finish line..  Thank you for your generosity.

Lenten Fast and Abstinence Regulations:

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.

All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.

Fasting means eating only one full meal with two smaller meals, which together do not equal the full meal. No snacks or eating between meals allowed. Fasting obliges all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59.

Abstinence means eating no meat, and no soup or gravy made from meat. Abstinence obliges all Catholic over the age of 14. Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, etc. automatically excuse a person from these obligations. Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that these are serious obligations. In cases of doubt or question, the priest who hears a person’s confession should be consulted.


Help Fight Fairfax County School's Obscene "Family Life Education" (FLE) Program:

Sex Ed lessons ("Family Life Education" or "FLE") have changed dramatically in recent years. Schools have NOT informed parents about the changes.

Much of the content undermines Catholic moral teaching on the human person and subverts the moral sensibilities of our children. Visit http://parentandchild.org to see exactly what your child will be taught this year in FLE.


Opt-out forms can be found at  http://parentandchild.org

Want to help make things better for kids in the public schools? Contact parishioner Cathy Ruse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The following website is very well done:

Take a look at what your children must endure:  George Mason High School in the City of Falls Church brought in Nutt, a Washington Post reporter, to lecture students on her book Becoming Nicole, about a boy who "identified" as a girl as a toddler, had his puberty suppressed as a child, and was castrated as a teenager. Nutt's lecture hit all the usual notes. Your gender is "assigned at birth" by people who might get it wrong. Toddlers can be transgender. Moray eels change sex and female reef fish produce sperm when there are no males. "Gender is a spectrum," everyone must get "comfortable" with new gender language that is "changing every day." Asking a biological boy to use the teachers' rather than the girls' restroom is "bullying." The full assembly can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lE37XMl3gHE The sponsor of the event was the Falls Church Education Foundation: http://www.fcedf.org/blog/fcef-gmhs-ptsa-present-amy-ellis-nutt

New Office Hours:

Rectory office hours have changed:  9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays.  At times the office will be closed due to unforeseen circumstances.Thanks for your understanding.

Link to Pastor's "private" website (some essays on his blog):

 Here is a link to the Pastor's personal website for parishioners and friends.  It is still under construction.  Amateur hour, but better than nothing!







Sacramental Schedule

Mass Schedule:

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

8:30 am & 5:30 pm Vigil Mass

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