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Frequently Asked Questions
General
  • If my address changes, what should I do?
  • How do I obtain information about becoming Catholic?
    • Adults who are interested in becoming Catholic may join RCIA each fall.  It is a nine month journey.  Please visit our RCIA page for more information. 
  • I prefer not to have my picture taken at church events. What should I do?
    • You can download our Opt-Out Form and return it to the office either in person or by email.
  • Is there a social media policy for St. Francis?
Mass Times
  • When is Mass celebrated?
    • We have Mass seven times during the weekend. See our schedule here for specific times.
    • On Holidays and Holy Days, please check the home page of our website, our Facebook page, or the bulletin!
Marriage and Weddings
  • What time and days am I allowed to have my wedding at St. Francis?
    • Our wedding times are 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on Saturdays throughout the entire year, including Lent and Advent. Weddings may be held on Fridays as well.
  • How long before our wedding do we need to begin marriage preparation?
    • We recommend starting marriage prep roughly six months before the wedding. Marriage preparation is a discernment opportunity for the engaged couple to understand more about their vocation to marriage and raising a family together.
  • Why is marriage preparation necessary?
    • Marriage preparation is necessary because the church has learned over the years how crucial it is to give engaged couples the support, formation and instruction they need to meet the many challenges of living out their vocation of married life. We know that the family is the building block of our society and our church, and the foundation of the family is a strong, healthy, and holy marriage.
  • If you need further information, please see our marriage page
Baptism
  • What do I have to do to prepare my child for Baptism?
    • One of the requirements is to attend a baptism preparation session. The preparation sessions take place on one Sunday afternoon each month at 1:15 p.m. Please call the parish office at 703-221-4044 and ask for Marcia.
  • When should I have my child baptized?
    • Parents are encouraged to baptize their child as soon as they are able, ideally between birth and 2 years of age.
  • Do I need to be a member of St. Francis to have my child baptized?
    • Yes, we ask you be a registered member of the parish.
  • How many godparents may I have?
    • You may have two godparents, but only one is required. If one is chosen, he/she must be an actively practicing Catholic. If two are chosen, one must be male and one female.
  • What are the requirements for being a godparent?
    • At least one must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
    • At least 16 years of age
    • Received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
    • If married, it must be a valid marriage within the Church
    • Not be the father or mother of the child to be baptized.
    • The second godparent, if not Catholic, must be a baptized Christian.
  • What if a godparent is unable to be at the baptism?
    • You may have a proxy stand in for the absent godparent. If you know beforehand, please let us know of the proxy’s name. If it happens the day of the baptism, be sure to notify the one of our Friars as they must note it on the documentation.
  • If you need further information, please see our Baptism page or contact Marcia
Religious Education
  • Do you have to be a registered parishioner to have children in RE?
  • I can’t afford to pay. Does that mean my children can’t attend RE?
    • No family is denied Religious Education because of financial issues. Contact the RE office for more information.
  • Can I set up a payment plan?
  • Can I pay with a credit card?
  • My child is older and has not been baptized/received First Communion/Confirmation. What do I do?
    • We have Sacramental Preparation classes for those children who need to “catch-up” with First Communion or Confirmation. For those not baptized, contact the parish office.
  • How long does my child have to be in classes before he/she can receive First Communion or Confirmation?
    • Preparation for First Communion normally is done in lst grade and students receive First Communion in 2nd Confirmation Preparation normally begins in 7th grade and students are Confirmed in 8th grade.
  • I don’t have a calendar for the year, where can I get one?
  • Can I register for RE on-line?
    • The packet of registration forms is downloadable from the website. You must print them out and fill in. They can be mailed to us, personally brought in or dropped in the “catch-all box” in the church.
  • What is the registration cut-off date?
    • We have no official cut-off date; however, students should be registered before classes begin. There is a limit as far as absences are concerned.

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