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.

St. Patrick

St. Patrick Irish Hooley Benefits Christ House

The Basilica of St. Mary community in Alexandria gathered on a rainy Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 2024 St. Patrick Irish Hooley in the packed basilica school gym March 9. More than 400 people, many dressed in green, showed up to enjoy Irish music, food, drinks, dancing and a silent auction and raffle. Organized by the Frank Herbert-Pat Cady Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Alexandria, the annual event raised a record $11,000 for Catholic Charities Christ House.

St. Patrick

Gaelic Mass Honors St. Patrick

The annual Gaelic Mass in Honor of St. Patrick was celebrated by Father M. Valentine Keveny from County Mayo, Ireland, at St. James Church in Falls Church March 11.

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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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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