February 8, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. –In honor of World Marriage Day, February 12, 2017, Father Thomas Ferguson, Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a special Mass, offering words of reflection for married couples. The Mass will include a special Blessing of
are the details:
When: Sunday, February 12, 2017
Where: Saint Agnes Church
1910 N Randolph Street
reception will immediately follow Mass.
The Office for Family Life Diocese of Arlington coordinated this event.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, released the following statement regarding World Marriage Week:
February 7–14, dioceses across the United States will celebrate World Marriage
Week, in which World Marriage Sunday on February 12 holds special prominence.
This time offers us a wonderful opportunity to thank God for the countless
blessings He has bestowed upon His people through the gift of Matrimony.
Where love and life abound in holy marriages, society flourishes. As our
Holy Father Pope Francis has said, “The
sacrament of Marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the
outward sign of a commitment. The sacrament is a gift given for the
sanctification and salvation of the spouses” (Amoris Laetitia, 72). I am
grateful to the married couples in the Diocese of Arlington who serve as
faithful witnesses of Christian matrimony, and I pray that the Lord may
continue to bless them. May Our Lord Jesus also inspire those who hear
His call to the vocation of marriage to prepare worthily and to rely on His
The Diocese of Arlington is home to more than 600,000 Catholics living in 21 counties and seven cities in central and northern Virginia. Parishioners live out their faith at 69 parishes and five missions, and 17,600 students attend 44 Catholic elementary and high schools.
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