All 70 parishes in the Diocese of Arlington are now able, but not mandated, to celebrate public Mass together at up to 50 percent capacity and consistent with all federal, state and local guidelines (e.g. 6-foot distance) and guidelines issued by the Diocese. 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

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, to Celebrate Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice on Monday, June 8

June 4, 2020

On Monday, June 8, 2020, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will celebrate a Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Va...

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Public Messages

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Regarding the Death of George Floyd

May 30, 2020

Demonstrations and violent protests have broken out in cities throughout the country following the police-involved Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis security guard, father, son, and friend to many...

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Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Regarding Early Phase One Reintegration of Public Masses in the Diocese of Arlington

May 15, 2020

It is great news that we are now beginning to offer public celebrations of the Mass in some areas of our diocese. While we would like to join together as quickly as possible, we must proceed cautiously...

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USCCB Press Releases

USCCB: Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities

May 31, 2020

USCCB: Catholic Communication Campaign Connects Communities in Christ

May 18, 2020

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U.S. unrest: Pope condemns 'sin of racism'

June 3, 2020

During his general audience June 3, Pope Francis condemned the sin of racism and the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. Watch the full video of the message from His Holiness developed by Catholic News Service...

Latest News Coverage

Local Church Leaders Call for Compassion After Violent Protests

WTOP , June 1, 2020

Local Church Leaders Call for Compassion After Violent Protests

NBC4 , May 31, 2020

On This Pentecost, Christians Who Came to Church Were Wary and Grateful

Washington Post , May 31, 2020

Public Mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More on Sunday

FOX5 , May 29, 2020

Diocese of Arlington Set to Reopen All Churches Sunday for Public Mass

WDVM , May 29, 2020

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Our nation can only heal by all of us renewing our promise to follow the greatest of the commandments: to love God with all your heart and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. With the Lord’s help, may we love today as he commands