Bishop celebrates Mass with Homeschool Children


The most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education shows 1. 7 million children – or 3.4% of the overall K-12 population are home-schooled.



October 26, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va. – More than 1,100 children and their families will attend a Mass and Reception for Homeschool Families at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Gainesville. This is the first time the Catholic Diocese of Arlington has held a Mass of this kind. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will be the celebrant.



When:           Friday, November 3 at 10 a.m.

Where:         Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 8213 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville


The latest report from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows 3.4 percent of children ages 5 to 17 were home-schooled.

In a statement, Bishop Burbidge said, “All parents are the primary educators of their children and I thank the dedicated parents throughout our diocese for their commitment to this responsibility. In addition, I commend and thank those parents who feel called to oversee directly their children’s studies through homeschool education. This is a beautiful calling that for many brings to life the interests and academic talents of their children. As they advance in their studies and scholastic endeavors, I pray that they continue to find their inspiration in Christ Jesus, our Chief Teacher and Source of all Truth.”

The event is sponsored by the Office of Catholic Schools of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.