• Resources for Pastors and Parish Staffs

Resources for Pastors and Parish Staffs

The Office of Divine Worship works closely with Pastors and Parish Staffs to prepare for liturgical celebrations, especially liturgies at which the Bishop of Arlington presides. For general inquiries and to obtain the requisite forms and guidelines for liturgies with the Bishop, please contact the Office of Divine Worship well in advance of the liturgy. Preparatory documents should be submitted to the Office of Divine Worship at least one to two months prior to the celebration. For information, forms, and guidelines for major annual liturgical celebrations, please see the resources given below.

The Office of Divine Worship also offers pastoral and liturgical formation for the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Arlington. The Office of Divine Worship hosts annual workshops for liturgical ministers, offers workshops and talks on liturgical topics, and works closely with the Office of Catechetics to promote evangelization and ongoing faith formation. For information about major formation opportunities offered by the Office of Divine Worship, as well as selected opportunities from the Office of Catechetics, please see the resources given below.

Photo Credit: Joe Cashwell (Arlington Priesthood Ordination 2018)

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News and Events from the Diocese

Read about recent liturgies, news, and events happening around the diocese.

Divine Worship News and Events

Read updates on liturgical announcements from the Diocese, USCCB, and Holy See, as well as check in on upcoming events.

RCIA: Rite of Election and of the Call to Continuing Conversion

Read information and updates on the annual Rite of Election and of the Call to Continuing Conversion.

Confirmation: Parishes

Read information, guidelines, and updates on the celebration of Confirmation in the Diocese of Arlington.

Confirmation: Adults

Read information and updates on the annual celebration of Confirmation for adults who have been baptized and received First Communion in the Catholic Church.

Confirmation: Extraordinary Form

Read information and updates on the annual celebration of Confirmation according to the Roman Pontifical of 1962.

Ministry Formation: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Find information and updates about formation workshops for new and continuing Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Continuing Formation: Liturgical History, Theology, Practice, and Spirituality

Learn about the presentations and workshops offered by the Office of Divine Worship for clergy and lay faithful of the Diocese.

Continuing Formation: Diocesan Speakers Bureau

Request a speaker for your parish or school event.

Celebrations and Ministries for Persons with Disabilities

Explore resources for Masses with sign language interpreters, sensory-friendly Masses, and other information for persons with disabilities.

Diocesan Liturgical Commission and Documents on Liturgy

Learn about the work of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and find guidelines governing liturgy in the Diocese.