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 persons are not required to wear a mask, but may choose to do so. 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

Public Messages

Statement by Bishop Michael Burbidge on the Afghanistan humanitarian crisis

September 17, 2021

"Many of us have seen tragic images and heard harrowing stories of violence, brutality, death and, recently, threats of starvation in Afghanistan, following the United States withdrawal..."

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Message from Bishop Burbidge for Catechetical Sunday

September 17, 2021

"Allow me to welcome you back to begin another year of Religious Education. Today, we commission those who are to share in the teaching mission of the Church..."

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Statement by Bishop Michael F Burbidge on Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

September 15, 2021

Each year from September 15 through October 15 the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a national celebration to commemorate the profound influence of Hispanic Americans and the contributions made by their ancestors from Latin American countries...

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Statement by Bishop Michael Burbidge on National Migration Week (Sept. 20 - 26, 2021)

September 15, 2021

"This week the Catholic Church in the United States observes National Migration Week, culminating in our Sunday observance of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees..."

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Diocesan Press Releases

St. Joseph Parish Volunteer Arrested

September 16, 2021

This past week, the Herndon Police Department announced that Jonathan Danilo Santos has been charged with two counts involving alleged inappropriate conduct with a minor. He is now being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond...

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Celebrates National Migration Week Beginning Monday, September 20

September 15, 2021

Migration Week Events Include Session on Immigration Law, Virtual Job Fair and Winter Clothing Distribution for Refugees and Immigrants (All Clothing Distribution Participants Must Be Pre-registered)...

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USCCB Press Releases

Act Now to Stop Most Extreme Abortion Bill Ever

September 20, 2021

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

July 30, 2021


Arlington Catholic Herald

Diocese will join pope’s new 7-year plan to act on teachings of Laudato Si’

September 8, 2021

It’s been six years since Pope Francis released his groundbreaking environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home” — and most Catholics are just beginning to unpack what it means to truly care for God’s creation...

Latest News Coverage

Many Afghan Refugees are Resettling in Northern Virginia

WMAL , September 21, 2021

Catholic College Boom: Smaller Institutions Thrive as National Enrollments Take a Hit

National Catholic Register , September 21, 2021

Housing, educational challenges face groups helping Afghan refugees settle in Northern Virginia

InsideNova , September 21, 2021

2 sets of Arlington siblings again lead backpack effort

InsideNova , September 19, 2021

Afghan refugees in D.C. area face their next hurdle: An affordable housing crunch

The Washington Post , September 17, 2021

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In a world filled with darkness, the Lord calls us to let our light shine through our holiness, the living of our faith, and our works of charity. With God’s grace, may you help “to brighten” the lives of those you encounter this day.