Candle Ministry

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“In the Catholic church, light has always had a special significance because it represents Christ. John 1:4 says: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” In our churches today, we light candles before a statue or sacred image of our Lord or a saint.

The light signifies our prayer, which is offered in faith, entering the light of God. It also shows reverence and our desire to remain present in prayer even as we continue on our day. These candles are seen as an offering that indicates we are seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. “

Participating in the Candle Ministry includes replacing the votive candles in the vestibule after the 9:00 a.m. weekday Mass, providing the 5-day votive candles upon request, and cleaning the glass holders and stands as needed. The stands are usually cleaned about every 3 months, and candle supplies are ordered on a monthly basis.

Coordinator: Nenita DeGuzman

Phone: (703) 354-8711 ext. 18


Coordinator Since: November 2011

If you can commit 15 hours per year, you will...

Serve as a back-up and replace candles if the coordinators cannot get to the church! (e.g., out of town or early morning appointments)