Become a Member
A warm welcome is extended to new parishioners!
We are so glad that you are interested in becoming a member of St Anthony of Padua!
We encourage all baptized Catholics who live within our parish boundaries to become registered members of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
If you register as a member of our parish, we will be able to serve your needs more completely. Members can receive their sacraments here, enroll in our school or religious education programs, receive tuition assistance if needed.
If you are not baptized or are baptized in another faith and have questions about becoming Catholic, please email at email@example.com or call 703.820-7111.
If you are NOT currently receiving monthly offertory envelopes from us, please contact us, as this may mean that you are NOT registered at the parish.
New members can register at the parish office during office hours (12 pm – 5 pm Monday-Friday plus Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 pm – 5 pm). Parish registration is important and is also a great way of learning about the parish as well as supporting the parish in its ministries.
- A parishioner is that person who belongs/is a member of a particular parish. Membership in a parish is determined solely by where you live per Canon Law. Can. 107 §1. Through both domicile and quasi-domicile, each person acquires his or her pastor and ordinary.
- A Parish is not a church building, but a territorial location – again Canon Law states: Can. 518 As a general rule a parish is to be territorial, that is, one which includes all the Christian faithful of a certain territory.
- Registration is an American concept that aids administration in large parishes where a pastor cannot personally know all the people who live there. Registration is not canonical and has nothing to do with membership in a parish.
Pastors appreciate when their parishioners register. With so many parishioners it can be hard to keep track of everyone in the parish without utilizing a database. Among other things, registration allows the parish to have contact information on file, to contact the parishioners about special events, to send offertory envelopes, and to keep track of offertory donations.
Membership for Parishioners:
Membership forms can be found in the book rack in the back of the church and can be turned into the parish office either by putting them in the collection basket. At the bottom of this page, you can find an electronic form.
Registration for Non-Parishioners:
On occasion, a person who is a parishioner of another parish would like to register. In order to register, a non-parishioner must gain the permission of his or her pastor as well as the pastor of the parish at which he or she is seeking to register (in this case St. Anthony of Padua). If this permission is granted, a non-parishioner will be registered on the books of St. Anthony of Padua. This means contact information will be kept and envelopes for offertory will be sent. However, registration at St. Anthony of Padua will have no bearing upon membership (and canonical rights) in the non-parishioner’s actual parish, that is he or she remains a parishioner in the parish in which he or she lives and retains all the rights of a parishioner in that parish.
Canon Law also specifies that the obligation for attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation may be fulfilled anywhere. Can. 1248 §1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass. Therefore, no person is canonically required to attend Mass at his or her own parish and may worship at St. Anthony of Padua if desired.
View the English version of the Parish Membership Form – English Parish Registration
To sign up for Electronic Giving (E-Giving), please fill out the form – Click here
Please fill out both pages of the form in detail and either drop it off at the Parish Office in person or mail it to:
Attn: Parish Office / Membership
3305 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
Membresia en la Parroquia
Sabemos que cada domingo son muchas las personas que atienden a nuestra Iglesia por primera vez, de aquí surge la necesidad de explicar algunos de los beneficios que ustedes adquieren por el hecho de registrarse en ella. Dicha registración es necesaria para recibir los sacramentos de Bautismo, Confirmación y Matrimonio, así como cartas para ser padrinos o para confirmar su asistencia a nuestra Iglesia, – cartas de Inmigración u otras semejantes -. Es también una forma de enterarse más acerca de la parroquia y de sus actividades, así como el poder ayudar a la sostenimiento de la misma y sus ministerios. No existe ninguna razón para no hacerlo, incluso si es una persona indocumentada. El estatus migratorio no tiene que ver nada con la pertenencia a la Iglesia, ni le perjudicará en absoluto, al contrario, serán muchos los beneficios que usted tendrá si lo hace. Puedes hacerlo en la Oficina de la Parroquia, la cual está abierta de 12 pm a 5 pm de lunes a viernes o sábado y domingo de 9:30 am a 5 pm. Si tienes acceso al Internet puedes hacerlo a través de este medio, buscando en la página de la parroquia la forma de registración que está al final de la misma.
Ver la Forma de Membresia en Español – Formulario de Registracion
Favor de llenar la forma detalladamente y entreguela en la Oficina Parroquial o en la Caja de Formas Parroquiales dentro de la Iglesia. Tambien la puede enviar por correo a:
Attn: Parish Office / Membresia
3305 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041