European Catholic Communities

Our office ministers to various European communities that are established in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Annually in March, we offer a traditional Mass in Gaelic for Irish Catholics. Our Polish Community holds a monthly prayer group called Jezu Ufam Tobie, meaning 'Jesus, I Trust in You.' They pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in both Polish and English. 

We also offer pastoral services in Italian, German and French, although no organized Masses are being held in these languages at this time. Please contact our office for more information.

Hungarian Ball

Hungarian Charity Ball (Postponed! Check Back For Updates)!

15TH HUNGARIAN CHARITY BALL ON 2 MAY 2020. FOR MORE INFORMATION: ERIKA FEDOR, (202) 497 1166 | EFEDOR55@GMAIL.COM

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Parade-goers Don Green for St. Patrick’s Day

The 39th annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by the Ballyshaners, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and preserve Irish heritage, was held March 7 along King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

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2020 Saint Patrick Irish Hooley

2020 Saint Patrick Irish Hooley

Adults and children of all ages are invited to our Saint Patrick Irish Hooley, hosted by our Ancient Order of Hibernians (St. Mary’s Basilica in Old Town), on Saturday, March 14, at 6:00 pm in the school gym. Join us for a lively evening as we honor and celebrate our Irish heritage with music, singing and dancing. The evening will feature performances by Pat Garvey, the Boyle School of Irish Dance and a visit from Saint Patrick himself! Traditional Irish fare, including shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage will be catered by Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub. Admission is $25 for adults and $5 for children.

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Ancient Order of Hibernians

Ancient Order of Hibernians

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is America’s oldest Irish Catholic fraternal organization, founded in 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. The AOH promotes Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Find out more about the Alexandria, VA Division.

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Third Annual Irish Hooley

Third Annual Irish Hooley Raises $8,000 for Christ House

Irish music and merriment flowed out of the Basilica of St. Mary School gym in torrents March 10 during the third Annual Irish Hooley, a party celebrating Irish music and culture. The sold-out fundraiser, organized by the Alexandria Ancient Order of Hibernians, drew more than 400 people, most in green and gold finery.

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Irish Dance Is A 'Sister Act' at Boyle School

Irish Dance Is A 'Sister Act' at Boyle School

When Alannah Sweeney needed to help pay for her tuition as a senior at Seton School in Manassas, she turned to a skill she picked up as a child: Irish dance.

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Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary dedicated

Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary Dedicated

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging Mary as the "mother of all nations, but especially of us," Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, joined Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl in dedicating the new Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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Learn to Read the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish

Learn to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish, with fellow Polish American Catholics from the Diocese of Arlington. We will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet in English followed by learning the Chaplet in Polish -- plus learn how to incorporate the meditation and meaning of the four wounds of Christ while saying the Chaplet.

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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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