• Indian Catholic Communities

Indian Catholic Communities

There are three active Catholic Indian communities within our Diocese, Tamil Speaking, a Roman Rite and a Syro-Malabar Rite.

The Syro-Malabar Rite has an Indian Catholic Mass on a weekly basis at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Clifton, Virginia. The Syro-Malabar Community is led by spiritual director, Father Justin Puthussery. 

The Tamil Community celebrates Mass at St. Thomas á Beckett, on the second Sunday of every month. They recite the Rosary beginning at 3:30 p.m., Mass follows at 4:00 p.m. and a reception concludes each monthly celebration from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Good Health

20th Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni

The Indian American Catholic Association invites you to the 20th Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September 9. Events begin at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule or to learn more, please view the event flyer.

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API Pilgrimage Dancers

Did You Miss the 15th Annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage?

This year's Marian Pilgrimage took place on May 6, 2017 and was attended by thousands of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics. The day included a cultural procession, traditional performances, the Rosary, and Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl. If you missed this joyous event, take a moment to read Cardinal Wuerl's homily.

Read Cardinal Wuerl's Homily
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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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