I was wondering if anyone know of any Catholic Churches in the area...either NOVA or DC that have contemporary mass. We live in the Falls Church area but we dont mind driving.
Have you tried St. Philips in Falls Church - I usually go there for Holy Days of obligation and we've been to a few Sunday services when we lived in Falls Church. It seems like a really lovely community. I love Holy Trinity in Georgetown, that's my home church. I've been a member for over 10 years and give you a far more detailed run down if you are interested. Many folks love St. Charles in Clarendon. I haven't been so I can't give a first hand account but I am pretty sure they offer contemporary worship. There is a parish in Arlington that is really liberal that a number of my friends go to, I have to look at a wedding invitation to get you the name, but it's over by 395 and might be physically out of your way but it is certain to have contemporary worship too.
There are actually a lot of good parishes in Arlington Diocese, it just takes time to find someplace that feels like home to you. There are some like St. Michael's that have songbooks from the 1800s but there are also many that offer a contemporary and dynamic worship experience. Try a few out and see what fits. If you want to stay local to Falls Church, St. Philips is worth trying. If you're game for going further afield, I highly recommend Trinity and I know St. Charles is often recommended.
Out of curiosity was it St. James that you tried going to? I've gone to weekday services there and a few Sunday. The church is beautiful and the people are really nice, but the worship there doesn't speak to me.
It has been a huge challenge for DH and I to find a parish we're happy with in NoVA...we'll have to check out St. Philips...but for the moment we have been going to Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna--it's not quite what we want, but it's pretty decent. The 9:30am Mass on Sunday has great music and the homilies in general are not CRAZY conservative. The parish is huge...which has it's pluses and minuses...