“Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: from the local community to the particular Church and to the Church universal in its entirety….Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Deus Caritas Est, 20
ADMINISTRATION: Stewards of His Love

The Church is not an institution, but a Body, a communion of persons. At St. Ambrose, this reality is reflected in the way we approach the stewardship of the Lord's life and love. In communion with Bishop Burbidge, Pope Francis and the rest of the Universal Church, we are called to lead, manage and make prayerful decisions for the good of all.

Parish Registration

It is very important to register your family at the parish.  Registration cards are available in the vestibule of the Church and at the Parish office.  There are several reasons why this is beneficial.  If you live within our parish boundaries, St. Ambrose is responsible for your sacramental life.  If you are unable to attend Mass on Sunday due to illness, we can add you to our homebound list and a Priest or Eucharistic Minister can bring you Holy Communion.  In addition, without being officially registered, it is difficult for the parish and the Pastor to verify that you are a practicing member of the parish, should you ever need a sponsor certificate of eligibility to be a Godparent or sponsor.  Moreover, many find it helpful for the parish to provide information on donations for tax purposes.

If you are not sure if you reside in the parish boundaries, the staff will be able to assist you in determining your designated parish according to Diocesan Boundary guidelines. We’d love to hear from you! 

Please call the Parish Office at (703) 280-4400.

Faith Direct

St. Ambrose offers parishioners a way of making offertory contributions by direct deposit from your checking account or credit card.  Your electronic payments give St. Ambrose the regularity in fulfilling your commitment to assit the parish in its material needs, even if for some reason you are unable to attend Mass at our parish on a particular Sunday.  Please click here for more information and to securely enroll online by using our parish code:  VA401


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Happenings at St. Ambrose

Please visit the Photo Gallery to see pictures of some of the exciting things happening at St. Ambrose

Small gestures of love, of tenderness, of care, make people feel that the Lord is with us. This is how the door of mercy opens.

-Pope Francis


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Prayer for the Church

O Mary, powerful Virgin, you are the mighty and glorious protector of the Church; you are the marvelous help of Christians; you are terrible as an army set in battle array; you alone have destroyed every heresy in the whole world. In the midst of our anguish, our struggles and our distress, defend us from the power of the enemy and at the hour of our death receive our souls in paradise. Amen.

-St. John Bosco (1818-1888)

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