Music Program Overview
"When I am at Mass at St. Veronica's, the music takes me up to get a glimpse of Heaven. It keeps me focused on Jesus coming down upon the altar. I can envision the angels singing with y'all!" -From a parishioner
Welcome to the music program at St. Veronica! The liturgy is "the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10), and so it is at the heart of our parish. We strive for excellent liturgy and seek to follow the example of the Holy Father.
Prior to becoming pope, Benedict XVI wrote about the theology of liturgical music in The Feast of Faith and A New Song for the Lord. He reminds us that all artists have been called by God to see the world from His perspective, communicating this special insight through their art. The liturgical musician has a privilege and responsibility beyond that of any other artist, because in the liturgy, music bears not just words, but the Word of God. It is therefore vital that the music used at Mass is worthy to bear Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. Here, the musician is called to work alongside the Holy Spirit, who, through the saving mysteries of our faith, transforms the faithful into the Body of Christ.
We have a vibrant music program at St. Veronica. If you like to sing and feel called to share your gift, please join one of our choirs! No musical experience is necessary, only the ability to match pitch. Cantors are selected by audition with the music director. If you have any questions, please contact Julia Atwood, Director of Music, at email@example.com or 703-773-2009.
Follow the links below to learn more about our choirs.
Director of Music
Julia Atwood is the Director of Music at Saint Veronica, where she directs the adult choir, youth choir, and children's choir and is the principal organist of the parish. She has served as the cantor for Arlington Diocesan Masses, such the Diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Mrs. Atwood received the Master of Music in Sacred Music degree with an emphasis in choral music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in residence there, she performed with the elite Choir of Seventeen that welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to Catholic University in 2008; was both a Dom Mocquereau and Centennial scholar; and studied conducting, chant, voice, and organ. Mrs. Atwood also has an extensive background in orchestral music. In her home state of Alabama, she played the oboe and English horn with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and graduated magna cum laude from the from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Arts in music.
Music at Weekend Masses
- Saturday 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass - cantor and organist
- Sunday 8:00 a.m. Mass - no music
- Sunday 9:30 a.m. Family Mass - youth choir or children's choir and organist
- Sunday 11:15 a.m. Solemn Mass in Latin with adult choir
- Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass - cantor and organist
New Latin Mass Setting
At our 11:15 a.m. Solemn Latin Mass, we have introduced a new chant Mass setting for ordinary time: the Missa cum jubilo (Mass IX). We will begin using this new chant Mass again after Christmas this January, so please click on the links below to practice:
The other parts of the Mass still have the same, familiar melodies below:
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