Native American, South American, Migrant and Hearing Impaired Catholic Communities

We have a small Native American Community within the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, however there are many events offered for those of Native American descent. Contact our office for more information on the diocesan Native American Community.

While many Catholics from various South American countries reside within the Diocese of Arlington, our most prominent South American community is the Brazilian Catholic Community. Our Brazilian Community celebrates Mass in Portuguese on the third Sunday of each month at Missionhurst in Arlington. They additionally have CCD and Youth Group, and hold several events and fundraisers throughout the year.

Our Migrant Catholic Community is also quite small, but still present in the Diocese of Arlington. One of our larger migrant Catholic communities is our Caribbean Community. For more information on the diocesan Caribbean Community, please contact our office.

We offer regular monthly ASL (American Sign Language) and CART (Captioned) Masses for our Deaf and Hearing Impaired Ministry within the Diocese of Arlington. The Mass schedule changes on a monthly basis, so please check our Multicultural Mass Schedule for the available monthly Masses. 

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Bishops Approve Canonical Step for Sainthood Cause for Lakota Catechist

The U.S. Bishops have approved by voice vote the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Sought by Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota, the voice vote is in keeping with the Episcopal consultation process as a step in the Catholic Church’s process toward declaring a person a saint.

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Cross and Feathers

From the Tekakwith Conference, this newsletter highlights important and upcoming events in the Native American Catholic Community.

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Learn about the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

Many historians say the history of the Mardi Gras Indians go back to when African slaves would run and hide in the bayous around Louisiana. It was there that the Native Americans would take in the escaped slave and thus this tradition came about.

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Thank You, Father Dias!

On behalf of the Brazilian Catholic Community and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, we want to thank Father Rosimar Dias for all that he has done for our diocese and for the Brazilian Catholic Community and Portuguese Catholic Community. We are deeply grateful for his service and dedication to our Brazilian Catholic Community and he will be deeply missed. Thank you for all you have done, Father Dias!

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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Justice for Immigrants

Justice for Immigrants (JFI) is the Catholic campaign for immigration reform, established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The primary objectives of Justice for Immigrants are to educate the public, especially the Catholic community, about Church teaching on migrants and immigrants; to create political will for positive immigration reform; to enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the U.S. bishops; and to organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants in obtaining benefits of the reforms.

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