All 70 parishes in the Diocese of Arlington are now able, but not mandated, to celebrate public Mass with capacity restrictions lifted. If you choose to return at this time, we have developed requirements and guidelines that we ask that you review in advance, to ensure a safe return to the public celebration of the Mass.

Bishop Burbidge will maintain the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation throughout the Diocese until further notice.

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Continue Support of your Parish

Be assured that our priests and I are with you in thought and prayer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our spiritual outreach programs and pastoral ministries are continuing for those in need.

I respectfully ask you to consider prayerfully the ongoing support of your parish, Catholic Charities and the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal at this critical time.

Bishop Michael Burbidge

Featured News and Announcements

Diocesan Press Releases

All 70 Parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington to Move to Phase 3 of Reintegration With Capacity Restrictions on Places of Worship Lifted

June 29, 2020

This Wednesday, July 1, 2020, all 70 parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington are able, but not mandated, to celebrate public Mass with capacity restrictions lifted. This is consistent with Phase 3 of “Forward Virginia,” Governor Ralph Northam’s phased approach for easing public health restrictions associated with slowing the spread of COVID-19...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in South Arlington Works With World Central Kitchen to Feed the Hungry

June 26, 2020

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Our Lady Queen of Peace (OLQP) in south Arlington is working with José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) to feed families in need of food assistance...

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Public Messages

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on Supreme Court Decision on Legal Definition of “Sex” in Civil Rights Law

June 18, 2020

"In this week's decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds and imposed a legal definition which promotes a confused understanding of the nature and design of the human person..."

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Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Preventing Termination of DACA Program

June 18, 2020

"I join with my brother bishops in welcoming the U.S. Supreme Court decision that prevents the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program..."

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Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on World Refugee Day 2020

June 17, 2020

"This observance is an opportunity for all of us to pray, support and welcome men, women and children who have been forced to flee their homelands because of war, persecution, environmental catastrophes or violations of their human rights..."

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USCCB Press Releases

USCCB:U.S. Bishops' Religious Liberty and Catholic Education Chairmen Grateful for Supreme Court's Decision in Blaine Amendment Case

June 30, 2020

USCCB: Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Says Supreme Court Decision Continues Cruel Precedent of Prioritizing Abortion Business Interests Over Women’s Health and Safety

June 29, 2020

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Arlington Catholic Herald

Capacity restrictions to be lifted on churches

June 29, 2020

The Diocese of Arlington announced that as of July 1, all 70 parishes are able, but not mandated, to celebrate public Mass with capacity restrictions lifted. This is consistent with Phase 3 of “Forward Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam’s phased approach for easing public health restrictions associated with slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Latest News Coverage

Catholic Diocese of Arlington gets ready for Phase 3

USA9 , June 30, 2020

Local Church to Feed Thousands

ARLNow , June 29, 2020

All 70 Parishes in Catholic Diocese of Arlington to Move Into Phase 3 of Reopening This Week

FOX5 , June 29, 2020

Catholic Charities Pregnancy and Adoption holds their first Virtual Walk for Life

WDVM, June 27, 2020

Youth Volunteer Workcamp Program Gets Delayed This Year, However Teens Find Others Ways to Give Back

WDVM, June 20, 2020

Hispanic and Latino Populations Turning to the Catholic Church for Aid During COVID Pandemic: Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic Helps Family in Need

EWTN News Nightly , June 19, 2020

“The Heroes Act” Offers No Money for Private Schools Suffering as a Result of Pandemic Related Closures

EWTN News Nightly , June 19, 2020

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While in a boat with Our Lord, the disciples were terrified during a violent storm. They turned to Jesus and he calmed the winds and sea. We are experiencing “stormy waters” these days but remember that Jesus is in the boat with us! So, like the disciples we say: “Lord, save us!”