Sung Masses, Saturday Morning of Recollection set at St. Thomas Apostle

On Wednesday morning, September 14, a Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross will be celebrated at 7:00 am at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church.

On Saturday morning, September 17, the Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri in Washington will conduct a Morning of Recollection at St. Thomas Apostle Church for the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis Assisi. Saturday morning’s program includes the following events:

  • Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form at 8:30 am, with an opportunity for Confession beginning at 8:00 am
  • Breakfast in the Parish Hall at 9:45 am
  • A spiritual conference in the Parish Hall at 10:15 am
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (with an opportunity for Confession) at 10:45 am
  • Benediction at 11:45 am
  • Mass in the Ordinary Form at noon, followed by the Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for any of the day’s events. Wednesday’s and Saturday’s Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up Woodley Road from the Woodley Park Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue. Limited street parking is available.

Fr. Fields ordination anniversary to be marked Saturday with Missa Solemnis at St. Thomas Apostle

The 30th anniversary of the ordination of Reverend Father Stephen Fields sj will be celebrated this Saturday evening, June 15, at 7:00 pm with a Solemn High Mass at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Father Fields entered the Society of Jesus at Wernersville, Pennsylvania, in 1977. He was ordained a deacon in 1985 and a priest the following year. Since 2000, Fr. Fields has served as Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology at Georgetown University, where he is also the chaplain of the university’s Traditional Latin Mass Community. He is currently a member of the Louvain Studies International Advisory Board and of the Academy of Catholic Theology.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Washington, one block up Woodley Road from the Woodley Park Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue. Limited street parking is available.

St. Barnabus Day Morning of Recollection to be conducted Saturday at St. Thomas Apostle

The Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri in Washington will conduct a Morning of Recollection at St. Thomas Apostle Church in Woodley Park on the Feast of St. Barnabus, Apostle, Saturday, June 11.

Saturday morning’s program includes the following events:

  • Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form at 8:30 am, with an opportunity for Confession beginning at 8:00 am
  • Breakfast in the Parish Hall at 9:45 am
  • A spiritual conference in the Parish Hall at 10:15 am
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (with an opportunity for Confession) at 11:00 am
  • Benediction at 11:45 am
  • Mass in the Ordinary Form at noon, followed by the Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for any of the day’s events.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Washington, one block up Woodley Road from the Woodley Park Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue. Limited street parking is available.

Oratorians, FSSP seminarians to celebrate Vespers and Benediction Sunday at St. Thomas Apostle

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, will conduct their weekly service of Solemn Vespers and Benediction in the Extraordinary Form this Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 pm.

The liturgy will be conducted by Oratorian and secular associate clergy led by community Moderator Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, accompanied this week by visiting seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Assistance to the clergy and seminarians will be provided by the Brothers of the Little Oratory led by Brother Rector Jeff Bedia. Choral accompaniment will be provided by the Vespers schola of St. Thomas Apostle Church directed by Vincent Bury. The public is encouraged to attend and to join in the singing of the traditional evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

St. Thomas Apostle, home of Sunday EF Vespers, to offer Missa Cantata for Corpus Christi

A Sung Mass will be offered for the Feast of Corpus Christi at 7:00 am this Thursday morning, May 26, at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church. While Corpus Christi is not a holy day of obligation in the United States, it is still observed on its traditional date in the Extraordinary Form.

SPN Mass


Every Sunday at 4:00 pm, the office of Vespers is celebrated at St. Thomas Apostle by the Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri according to the 1961 Roman Breviary. The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is one of the few weekly public celebrations of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard. Everyone interested in participating is encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

St. Thomas Apostle, home of Sunday EF Vespers, to offer Missa Cantata for Ascension

A Sung Mass will be offered for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord at 7:00 am this Thursday morning, May 5, at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church. While Ascension Thursday is not a holy day of obligation in the Archdiocese of Washington, it is still observed on its traditional date in the Extraordinary Form.

Ascension Mass 2016

Every Sunday at 4:00 pm, the office of Vespers is celebrated at St. Thomas Apostle by the Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri according to the 1961 Roman Breviary. The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is one of the few weekly public celebrations of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard. Everyone interested in participating is encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

St. Thomas Apostle to conduct traditional Holy Saturday Tenebrae

A traditional Holy Saturday choral celebration of Tenebrae will be held at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church on Saturday morning, March 26, at 10:00 am. The service will include the traditional morning offices of Matins and Lauds sung in Gregorian chant.

The Oratorian Church of St. Thomas Apostle is located at 2665 Woodley Road NW in Woodley Park, one block west on Woodley Road from the Woodley Park Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

Lenten Morning of Recollection scheduled Saturday at St. Thomas Apostle

The Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri in Washington announces that a Lenten Morning of Recollection will be conducted at St. Thomas Apostle Church in Woodley Park on Saturday, February 20.

Saturday morning’s program includes the following events:

  • Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form at 8:30 am, with an opportunity for Confession beginning at 8:00 am
  • Breakfast in the Parish Hall at 9:30 am
  • A spiritual conference in the Parish Hall, “Transfiguration in the Lenten Journey,” at 10:00 am
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (with an opportunity for Confession) at 10:45 am
  • Benediction at 11:45 am
  • Mass in the Ordinary Form at noon, followed by the Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for any of the day’s events.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Washington, one block up Woodley Road from the Woodley Park Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue. Limited street parking is available.

St. Thomas Apostle, home of Sunday EF Vespers, to offer Missa Solemnis for Epiphany

A Solemn High Mass will be offered for the Feast of the Epiphany at 7:00 pm this Wednesday evening, January 6, at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church. Once a holy day of obligation in the United States, Epiphany celebrates the discovery of the Christ Child by the Magi and is the traditional close of the season of Christmastide in the Roman Catholic Church.

Every Sunday at 4:00 pm, the office of Vespers is celebrated at St. Thomas Apostle by the Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri according to the 1961 Roman Breviary. The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is one of the few weekly public celebrations of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard. Everyone interested in participating is encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

A first-century witness for Roman Catholic unity

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon that was preached at the Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington, D.C., by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the feast of Pope St. Clement I, November 23, 2015.

We thank Brother Rector Jeff Bedia of the Little Oratory for the audio file.