Following updates from the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia, every church in the Diocese of Arlington can now celebrate Mass and other liturgies at full capacity and with no social distancing limitations.

Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks. Those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to wear masks for the time being. No one will be asked about his/her vaccination status and no one will be restricted from entering a church or inhibited in any way for not wearing a mask.

Featured News and Announcements

Public Messages

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, on Religious Freedom Week 2021

June 21, 2021

“Each year, during Religious Freedom Week (June 22–29), millions of Catholics across America join in taking a stand for the freedom on which this country was founded: the freedom to live out our faith publicly...”

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A Father's Day Message from Bishop Burbidge

June 18, 2021

As we observe Father’s Day, the Church also continues its celebration of the Year of Saint Joseph, our Lord’s foster father and the patron saint of fatherhood...

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Diocesan Press Releases

This Week, More Than 600 Young People Across the Catholic Diocese of Arlington Are Volunteering to Repair Homes in Their Communities as Part of an Annual Workcamp Program

June 21, 2021

Effort Lends Helping Hand to Those in Need After Difficult Year, Teaches Young People Service to Neighbors...

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Clergy Announcement June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments and changes of residence...

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USCCB Press Releases

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman on the Observance of World Refugee Day (June 20)

June 18, 2021

Bishop Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Protecting Freedom to Serve

June 18, 2021


Arlington Catholic Herald

Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic agency in foster case

June 17, 2021

In a unanimous decision June 17, the Supreme Court said that a Catholic social service agency should not have been excluded from Philadelphia's foster care program because it did not accept same-sex couples as foster parents...

Latest News Coverage

Catholic Diocese's WorkCamp Program Attracts 600 Teen Volunteers

Patch , June 21, 2021

FOX 5 Zip Trip Ballston: Hometown Team, Bishop O’Connell Softball Team

FOX 5 , June 19, 2021

LGBTQ Community and the Church

EWTN News In-Depth , June 11, 2021

Bishop O’Connell grads prepped to take on whatever life hurls at them

InsideNova, June 4, 2021

Archdiocese of Washington and Baltimore Province Reinstate Sunday Obligation

National Catholic Register , June 2, 2021

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