You are invited to safely return to Mass, which is now being held in all 70 parishes in the Diocese of Arlington, subject to the current conditions within the parish. To ensure the safety of our parishioners and clergy we have developed safety requirements and guidelines for the public celebration of the Mass that we ask that you review in advance.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, Bishop Burbidge has, however, retained the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation.

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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

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Reopens Thrift Shop in Alexandria; Proceeds Go to Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Helping Prevent Homelessness

August 4, 2020

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington last week reopened its thrift shop in Alexandria, Va. The thrift shop, located next to its Christ House homeless shelter, food pantry and evening meal site, was the single Catholic Charities program, of 21 overall, that halted service during the last four months, as the organization modified programs to serve the community safely during the response COVID-19...

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Clergy Announcement August 2020

August 4, 2020

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced the following clergy appointment...

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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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USCCB Press Releases

USCCB: Bishop Chairmen Condemn Acts of Vandalism, Destruction at Catholic Sites

July 22, 2020

USCCB: Bishop Chairman Comments on Paycheck Protection Program

July 10, 2020


Arlington Catholic Herald

At moving prayer service for victims of racial violence, Bishop Burbidge announces new advisory council

August 1, 2020

In a moving prayer service titled “Requiem for the Black Children of God,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge called on Catholics to “find the courage to no longer be silent” about racism, but to speak out, and make “the example of our lives reflect reverence for the sacredness of each and every human life.”

Latest News Coverage

Local Private Schools Plan for Hybrid Start: Bishop Ireton High’s Plans for the Fall

FOX5 , July 30, 2020

Catholic Schools Map Plans to Return to School

EWTN , July 29, 2020

Catholic Charities of Arlington provides more than $1 million of food and emergency assistance during COVID-19

WDVM , July 28, 2020

More Than Half of Diocese’s Schools Plan to Return for All Fall Classes, While the Remainder Plan Hybrid Environment

WTOP , July 28, 2020

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington Plans to Get Back in School

WMAL , July 28, 2020

Recent Event Coverage

Coverage and Schedule of 2020 Installation of Pastors

Bishiop Burbidge Blessing of Marian House for the Intellectually Disabled

WorkCamp 2020 Coverage

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Walk through this day mindful of the image the Lord spoke through the prophet Jeremiah: “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.” It will help to alleviate fear, loneliness and distress. “Blessed are those whose help is the Lord our God.”