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

Diocesan Press Releases

Clergy announcement July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

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

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Deceased priests found credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor by Richmond Diocese

July 16, 2021

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington has been notified that the Diocese of Richmond has recently determined allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against four priests to be credible...

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Public Messages

Bishop Burbidge issues statement for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

July 22, 2021

"I encourage you to call or visit your grandparents sometime during this week if they are living, pray for them if they are deceased, or offer to help an elderly neighbor. They have wisdom to share, and we should extend our respect for their experience and their God-given dignity."

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Bishop Burbidge's Homily on the Dedication of Bishop O'Connell High School's New Chapel

July 16, 2021

Bishop Burbidge delivers a homily to students, faculty, and staff of Bishop O'Connell Catholic High School in Arlington, dedicating the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, in memory of Robert J. and Elizabeth K. Murphy. The chapel is part of the newly constructed Murphy Center for Campus Ministry at Bishop O'Connell...

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USCCB Press Releases

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Respond to House Vote to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortion Overseas 

July 30, 2021

Bishop Chairmen Respond to Extreme Abortion Push in Appropriations Bill

July 13, 2021


Arlington Catholic Herald

Catholic Sports draws young adults for competition and community in Alexandria

July 28, 2021

While some of the world’s best athletes compete in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics this month, Catholic young adults in the diocese are finding their own arena for sports and competition — and a healthy dose of faith and fellowship...

Latest News Coverage

Let’s Get Together in Alexandria: St. Martin de Porres Senior Center reopens; HomeAid Northern Virginia helps in rebuilding lives

Alexandria Gazette Parket , June 28, 2021

Returning to Confession

EWTN News In-Depth , June 27, 2021

Catholics are Returning to Mass this Weekend as Archdiocese of Washington and Diocese of Arlington Lift Dispensation

WMAL , June 27, 2021

Catholics obliged to attend Sunday Masses again starting this weekend

WTOP , June 26, 2021

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington and Dioceses Across the Region Lift the General Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass

USA9 , June 26, 2021

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Saint Peter Chrysologus was known as the “golden-worded.” We should try to earn the same reputation by avoiding evil talk, insults and gossip and making sure our speech is used to praise God; to share our faith; and to encourage, console and inspire one another.