All 70 parishes in the Diocese of Arlington are now able, but not mandated, to celebrate public Mass with capacity restrictions lifted. 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

All 70 Parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington to Move to Phase 3 of Reintegration With Capacity Restrictions on Places of Worship Lifted

June 29, 2020

This Wednesday, July 1, 2020, all 70 parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington are able, but not mandated, to celebrate public Mass with capacity restrictions lifted. This is consistent with Phase 3 of “Forward Virginia,” Governor Ralph Northam’s phased approach for easing public health restrictions associated with slowing the spread of COVID-19...

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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 Chairman Comments on Paycheck Protection Program

July 10, 2020

USCCB: USCCB Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Preserving the Religious Liberty of Little Sisters

July 8, 2020

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Arlington Catholic Herald

Capacity restrictions to be lifted on churches

June 29, 2020

The Diocese of Arlington announced that as of July 1, all 70 parishes are able, but not mandated, to celebrate public Mass with capacity restrictions lifted. This is consistent with Phase 3 of “Forward Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam’s phased approach for easing public health restrictions associated with slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Latest News Coverage

Catholic Churches in Virginia Move Forward With Capacity Restrictions Lifted

WMAL , July 5, 2020

World Central Kitchen Partners With Arlington Church to Provide Free Meals,

ARLnow , July 2, 2020

Partnership Helps Arlington Church Make Food Available to Needy

InsideNova , July 2, 2020

Church and World Central Kitchen Give Thousands of Bags of Food for People in Need

WDVM , July 1, 2020

José Andrés, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church serving free meals to families in need in Arlington

WUSA9 , July 1, 2020

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Jesus says: “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” Take time today to reflect upon all the gifts you have received from the Lord. Express your thanks by spending yourself in service of others. Do so joyfully and generously and without counting the cost!