• Multicultural Choral Concert

    Join us for our 3rd Annual Multicultural Choral Concert at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Bishop Ireton High School

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  • Diocesan Multicultural Mass & Fair

    Join Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in worship and celebration on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church. All are welcome!

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News, Events and Activities

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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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Check Out What's Going On with the Catholic Church around the World

Learn more about the advancements with the Catholic Church in countries all around the world, from the Americas, to Europe, to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Vatican Radio website provides such information, keeping Catholics across the world up-to-date with the Catholic Church.

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Taizé Contemplative Series

All are welcome to join the Taizé Contemplative Series, which includes Adoration, reading of scripture, and spiritual reflection with music by Heartsongs: Tâm Tình Ca. All events will take place at St. Philip Catholic Church in Falls Church, VA. The first event is entitled, "Jesus, Are You My Savior?" and involves Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. The second event will take place on Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m., entitled "Via Dolorosa" and includes the Stations of the Cross. The third and final event, "Jesus, Are You My Salvation?" is another Eucharistic Adoration at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. The Taizé Contemplative Series is open to everyone and is free of charge.

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Caribbean Catholics of North America Lenten Retreat

The Caribbean Catholics of North America invite you to join them for a Spiritual Renewal this Lenten Season. All are welcome at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Silver Spring, MD for this retreat. The retreat is from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

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Annual Gaelic Mass in Honor of Saint Patrick

All are welcome at the Annual Gaelic Mass in honor of Saint Patrick at the St. Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 N. Cathedral Lane, Arlington, VA. The celebrant will be Reverend Gerry Creedon, Pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church and originally from County Cork, Ireland. Music will be provided by a choir directed by John F. Theiman. The choir will sing Sean O'Riada's Mass in its original Gaelic with organ and harp accompaniment.

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Women's History Month Program

Join Sisters in the Spirit for their Women's History Month Program at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 711 N. Columbus Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. C Vanessa White, renowned speaker, educator and evangelist. This program will also include prayer, song, spirit-filled fellowship and award presentations. All are welcome!

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Islam and Christianity: How do we relate?

All adults are welcome to Theology on Tap at Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge, Virginia to discuss the hot topic of, Islam and Christianity: How do we relate? Fr. Michael Calabria, o.f.m., Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University. This is a rare opportunity to lean from a leading expert in Christian-Muslim relations. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Talk starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Lenten Retreat

The Filipino Ministry of Northern Virginia invites you to a Lenten Retreat at Missionhurst in Arlington, Virginia. The retreat is open to adults, young adults (18+) and youth (7th - 12th grade). The adults will meet from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., while the youth and young adults will meet separately from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Guest Speaker for the adults and young adults will be Fr. Mel Portula, CICM, Pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church. The Guest Speaker for the youth will be Mike Panlilio, DRE, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This event is free.

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Annual Mass Celebrating the Feast Day of San Pedro Calungsod

All are welcome to join in Holy Mass in honor of St. Pedro Calungsod, a Filipino Roman Catholic martyr who was killed while doing missionary work in Guam in 1672. He is the patron saint of Filipino youth, altar boys, the Philippines and overseas Filipino workers. Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna.

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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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The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress Meets July 2017!

Join the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, FL for a weekend of spiritual growth, historical awareness, social justice issues, human life, marriage and family life, youth and young adults engagement. The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress theme is: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: Act Justly, Love Goodness & Walk Humbly with God. Listen to a variety of renowned speakers and enrich your faith through prayer and worship.

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78th Annual Tekakwitha Conference

Join us for a conference in honor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint! This year's conference theme is 'Loving One Another through the Spirit of St. Kateri.' The conference will be held in South Dakota from July 19-22, 2017.

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Native American & African American Youth Ministers Retreat

Explore issues and topics within Catholic youth ministry distinct to African American and Native American cultural traditions, including: cultural inclusion in Catholic faith and worship; the intersection of faith, family, race and culture; developing and sustaining youth leaders in the community; alcoholism, violence and drug abuse among young people; suicide causes, prevention and spiritual accompaniment; evangelization of both active and disconnected young people.

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2nd Annual Korean American Vocations Conference

Join us for workshops in Korean and English, with Korean American clergy and religious, to explore and deepen your Catholic faith through vocational awareness. More information coming soon.

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International Cultural Festival

Save the date for the International Cultural Festival! The festival will be at Bishop O'Connell High School from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Watch cultural performances, try various ethnic cuisine, participate in arts and crafts and check out the many vendors that will be present at this event. Admission is free. All are welcome!

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Learn to Read the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish

Learn to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish, with fellow Polish American Catholics from the Diocese of Arlington. We will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet in English followed by learning the Chaplet in Polish -- plus learn how to incorporate the meditation and meaning of the four wounds of Christ while saying the Chaplet.

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