Bishop Burbidge has dispensed all the faithful of the Diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation during this time until further notice.

There are, however, many ways in which you can grow in faith during this challenging time as the coronavirus spreads. Many parishes are facilitating a live stream or recording of daily and Sunday Mass and some priests are offering spiritual reflections on social media.

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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

Public Messages

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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Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on fifth anniversary of Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home

May 12, 2020

"On May 14, the Church will begin a nine-day global campaign to mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home."

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Diocesan Press Releases

Catholic Charities’ Spanish-language Zoom Session Offered Expert Guidance for the Latino/Hispanic Community on Preventing, Identifying and Dealing with COVID-19

May 20, 2020

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington hosted “La Vida Durante La Pandemia COVID-19” last night, a virtual Spanish information session on the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino/Hispanic population...

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St. Lucy Food Project Re-opens Manassas Warehouse, Front Royal Sites Following Deep Cleaning and Testing

May 18, 2020

Catholic Charities’ St. Lucy Food Project Manassas warehouse and its Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Front Royal have re-opened following deep cleaning of both facilities and a St. Lucy vehicle...

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USCCB Press Releases

USCCB: Renewing the Consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother

May 1, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Urge FDA to Develop Ethical Vaccine for COVID-19

April 17, 2020


Arlington Catholic Herald

Outside Northern Virginia, Parishioners Are Back in the Pews

May 18, 2020

Many of the familiar rituals of Mass were upended by the coronavirus prevention safety measures, but after weeks of quarantine, the parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester were happy to be in the pews again May 17...

Latest News Coverage

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Held an Informational Zoom Session for the Latino and Hispanic Community

WDVM , May 21, 2020

Catholic Charities Working to Help Those Experiencing Homelessness, Impacted by COVID-19

EWTN News Nightly , May 20, 2020

Churches Across the DMV Reopen Sunday to Worshipers; Others Say It’s Too Soon

USA9 , May 17, 2020

Some Church’s Reopened with Modified Services: The New Normal at One Catholic Church/St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

NPR , May 17, 2020

After Weeks of Having On-Line Services, Many Churches Reopen, as is St. William of York in Stafford

NBC4 , May 17, 2020

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Whenever we feel we are losing our strength and perseverance, the psalms assist with our prayers: “A pure heart create for me, O God, and give me again the joy of your help. With a spirit of fervor sustain me.”(Ps. 51). It is God who enables us to go upon the heights!