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.

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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

MEDIA ADVISORY: Catholic Diocese of Arlington to Host “Arise! A Diocesan Family Celebration” This Saturday in Chantilly, Welcome Diocese’s More Than 460,000 Catholics Fully Back to Mass and Parish Life

June 23, 2021

The event is designed to celebrate nearing the end of the pandemic and to welcome the Diocese’s more than 460,000 Catholics, some of whom have been awaiting a time to return to Mass, back to Mass and larger parish life. ..

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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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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

Stand up for religious freedom, says Bishop Burbidge at Mass for solemnity of St. Thomas More

June 22, 2021

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass June 22 for the solemnity of St. Thomas More, the patron saint of the diocese and a champion of religious freedom, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington...

Latest News Coverage

Youth from Catholic diocese spend week helping others

InsideNova , June 23, 2021

Celebrate freedom to live faith publicly, work to protect it, says bishop

Catholic News Service , June 22, 2021

US Catholics urged to practice ‘solidarity’ on religious freedom

Catholic News Agency , June 21, 2021

Volunteers fan out across region to make home repairs

Potomac Local News , June 21, 2021

Catholic Diocese's WorkCamp Program Attracts 600 Teen Volunteers

Patch , June 21, 2021

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Sadly, in these days, you may have to pay a price for bringing your faith into your workplace and community. Ask St. Thomas More for his help so you may imitate his courage; never compromise who you are and what you believe; and remain God‘s servant first!