Sacrament of the Eucharist

“In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’ ‘This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1374

Holy Communion for Homebound Parishioners

Sick and homebound parishioners should call the Parish Office at 703-280-4400, to arrange for a visit from an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

First Holy Communion

Students customarily receive their First Holy Communion in May of their second grade year, upon the completion of a special two-year program which begins in the fall of their first grade year.  The program also prepares them to make their First Confession prior to their First Holy Communion.

Adults who are in need of the sacrament of the Eucharist should contact the Director of Religious Education, or one of our priests, for more information on preparing to receive this sacrament.

For more information on preparing to receive First Holy Communion at St. Ambrose Church, contact Therese Ryan, Interim Director of Religious Education, online here or at 703-280-1122.

Fr. Fisher

Parish Office Contact Information

Donna Vasilakos



Religious Education Office Contact Information

Therese Ryan
Director of Religious Education, Interim



Important Dates for First Communion 2022

First Communion Rehearsal

  • Friday, May 13, 7:00pm, School Gym
  • Attendance is mandatory for all children

First Holy Communion

  • Saturday, May 14 
  • 9 - 9:45am | Individual photos will be taken in the St. Ambrose School annex; a parent must accompany each child for this. Order forms available upon arrival.

  • 10am: Check- in for all First Communicants  in the St Ambrose School foyer

  • 11am: First Holy Communion Mass

First Communion Forms