• Indian Catholic Communities

Indian Catholic Communities

There are three active Catholic Indian communities within our Diocese, Tamil Speaking, a Roman Rite and a Syro-Malabar Rite.

The Syro-Malabar Rite has an Indian Catholic Mass on a weekly basis at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Clifton, Virginia. The Syro-Malabar Community is led by spiritual director, Father Justin Puthussery. 

The Tamil Community celebrates Mass at St. Thomas á Beckett, on the second Sunday of every month. They recite the Rosary beginning at 3:30 p.m., Mass follows at 4:00 p.m. and a reception concludes each monthly celebration from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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15th Annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Pilgrimage for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics! Partake in Confession, Procession of the Asian and Pacific Island communities, the Rosary and Holy Mass. Donald Cardinal Wuerl will be the principal celebrant and homilist for Mass.

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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