Public celebrations of the Mass are not taking place in the Diocese of Arlington until further notice. Bishop Burbidge has also dispensed all the faithful of the Diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation while public Masses are suspended.

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

Diocesan Press Releases

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month Catholic Diocese of Arlington Takes to Social Media to Raise Awareness About Protecting Children From Abuse

April 2, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington is mounting an awareness campaign during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, April, to protect children from abuse...

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Diocese of Arlington to Live-Stream Holy Week Masses

March 30, 2020

The Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia has been wired to increase its Wi-Fi capabilities, enabling all Holy Week Masses this year to be live-streamed...

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Public Messages

Statement regarding Society of Saint Pius X gathering in Virginia

March 29, 2020

Based on recommendations from the public health and scientific communities, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge maintains his directive that all public Masses in the Diocese of Arlington are suspended until further notice. We have been notified that the Society of Saint Pius X, which is a schismatic sect and not in full communion with the Holy See, is holding Masses in Front Royal, VA...

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Prayer to Jesus for Healing and Guidance

March 16, 2020

Jesus, Son of God. you were sent by the Father to bear our weakness; be with us in this time of crisis...

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USCCB Press Releases

Media Advisory: USCCB President Calls for National Moment of Prayer on Good Friday

April 2, 2020

USCCB Statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington is mounting an awareness campaign during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, April, to protect children from abuse....

Latest News Coverage

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The Florida Post , April 3, 2020

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The Culpeper Star Exponent, April 3, 2020

For DC Area, April’s Religious Holidays Won’t Look the Same

WTOP, April 3, 2020

Catholic Diocese of Arlington Moving Holy Week Masses to Online

WDVM, April 2, 2020

In Life’s Last Moments, U.S. Clergy Minister to the Sick and Dying via Facetime and Zoom,

Washington Post , April 2, 2020

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On the 15th anniversary of the death of Saint John Paul II, his words speak a powerful message to us in this time of crisis: “I plead with you - never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” Saint John Paul II, pray for us!