May 26, 2021

Amber Roseboom
Director of Media Relations
Catholic Diocese of Arlington

MEDIA ADVISORY: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese Of Arlington, To Celebrate Mass In Recognition Of Memorial Day At Fairfax Memorial Park In Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 31, At 11 a.m.  

Thanks and Honors Those who Offered the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Freedom 

ARLINGTON, Va. - Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will celebrate a Mass in Recognition of Memorial Day at Fairfax Memorial Park on Monday, May 31, at 11 a.m. The Mass, which will take place in the outdoor Garden of the Crucifix, is open to the public. Light refreshments will follow the Mass.

“On Memorial Day, with humble and grateful hearts, we honor the commitment so many have made throughout our history. We thank those who offered the ultimate sacrifice and their families who had to carry on without them. It is a debt we cannot repay,” said Bishop Burbidge. “We ask Our Lord to bless those who gave selflessly of themselves without asking for anything in return, for those who protected the freedoms we too often take for granted. 'Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.' We pray for comfort, consolation, and healing of those wounded in conflict and for their loved ones, the lives of which are forever changed. And we remember those who are currently keeping us safe in lands near and far. May God bless each one of you, and may God bless America now, and always.”

Mass in Recognition of Memorial Day 2021

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Date and Time:        
Monday, May 31, 11 a.m.

Fairfax Memorial Park
Garden of the Crucifix
9900 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
(In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, located at 3700 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030.)

Media Credentials:  
Interested Media, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or

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Interested media should contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or

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The Catholic Diocese of Arlington was established on August 13, 1974, and is home to 71 parishes and more than 460,000 Catholics. There are currently 276 priests serving in the Diocese and 45 seminarians discerning a priestly vocation. The Diocese has 37 parish (K-8) schools, four diocesan high schools, four independent Catholic schools and five free-standing (not connected with a parish school) pre-schools, serving more than 17,000 students. 

The Diocese includes the seven cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester and the 21 counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland.