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Catholic Church in Northern VA/MD/DC area

Hello - My fiance and I are currently searching for a beautiful Catholic church within the Northern VA/MD/DC area.  We have found some but they all seem to require that you are within their boundaries or are a member of the church. We like the catholic churches we belong to but would prefer a church that is a little more "wow" than our hometown churches.Many thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Re: Catholic Church in Northern VA/MD/DC area

  • edited December 2011
    Good luck! We also tried but ultimately decided not to get married in the Catholic Church due to the number and types of hurdels we kept running into. FI is not Catholic and most NoVa Churches do require you live within the boundaries. Try the Catholic Board. There are some beautiful churches in DC and there is a Franciscan Monastary you could look at.
  • PressMePressMe member
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    edited December 2011
    Our Lady of Hope in Potomac Falls, VA is beautiful. I'm not sure of your date, but the parish requires that you are an active member three months before the six month pre-cana period.
  • edited December 2011
    We seriously considered St. Peter's Church in Harpers Ferry, WV. It is about a 45 minute drive from Frederick, MD. You can't beat the view and the location. There were a lot of great reception venues available in Frederick, too. GL!
  • edited December 2011
    Holy Trinity in DC is lovely and I think they're flexible about where you live. But it's also a popular church so I don't know how far out you have to book it.
  • edited December 2011
    The Virginia churches are all in the Arlington Diocese which is really strict about boundary requirements. Churches in DC don't care where you live, but you do still have to be a member of the church. There aren't many churches (Catholic or not) that'll let you marry there without being a member. If you're set on a church, it'd probably do you well to just suck it up and join one. St. Matthew's Cathedral downtown is absolutely stunning. It's like stepping off a DC street into a European cathedral. St. Stephen's and St. Aloysius are nice as well, as is Holy Trinity in G'town.
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  • edited December 2011
    OK it's not Catholic but you can use the Universalist National Memorial on 16th St and bring your own priest.  It's really beautiful inside!
  • edited December 2011
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  • edited December 2011
    As most people said, the Diocese of Arlington (Northern VA area) churches are strict about you attending your local church. Diocese of Washington is more flexible on this. I'm getting married at St. Patrick (between Metro Center and Gallery Place), but I live in Arlington. It is gorgeous and the pastor there is great. But you do have to be a parishoner (register with the church) for at least 6 months before you can begin a discussion about getting married at the church. Then you need 6 month minimum for marriage prep (3 sessions w/ priest and engaged encounter retreat). But if you're willing to get married in a year or more, look into it. Beautiful church, nice area and great priests!
  • edited December 2011
    I fell in love with St. Raymond of Penafort in Springfield (just off the Ffx Co. Pkwy).  Fr. Gould is awesome and really goes out of his way to help service people (police, fire, emt, etc) get married in their church.  Ultimately, we did not chose this church because it was too far from our reception (45 mins south on 95 in the summer and no traffic).  But if I could plan differently, I would have used St. Rays and had a different reception venue. 
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  • grigglmgrigglm member
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    edited December 2011
    Thank you all for your responses they have helped a lot. :-)molsedotes - My fiance has been looking into St. Matthews.  We both think it is an absolutely stunning church but I am concerned because it has no parking.  We will have (or hope to have) a lot of out of town guest.  How are you telling people to get to the church? by metro? or are you doing a shuttle service?
  • edited December 2011
    We're actually having our reception about 3 blocks from the church (church: St. Patrick's, and reception: City Club of Washington). We're paying a little extra to have the City Club open up their garage early (at 2:30 for the 3:00 ceremony even though the reception isn't until 5). So people can get into the garage and park, then walk to the church. We're also telling people it's metro and cab accessible. Hopefully that will work ok! (fingers crossed) Have you picked your reception site yet? Some hotels may also shuttle guests to the church if you block off rooms. That might be an option!
  • asha03asha03 member
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    edited December 2011
    Where did you end up having your wedding?  I am looking into St. Matthew's now for my July wedding, but I am not a parishioner.  I don't know how flexible they are with that, but I will find out tomorrow when I call them.  The church is absolutely beautiful and I really would like to have my wedding there, so hopefully it won't be a problem and they will have availability.
  • edited December 2011
    Out of curiosity, does St. Patrick's at least tell you if they have availability on your date / potential dates?  Or do they discuss nothing regarding weddings until the six months have passed?

    Thanks so much!
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