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

46th Annual Gaelic Mass In Honor of St. Patrick

All are welcome to the 46th Annual Mass in Gaelic in Honor of St. Patrick, to be held on Monday, March 11, 2023 at 7:00PM. at St. James Catholic Church. The Mass is organized and hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). Contact Alex Wilson at ajwilzn@gmail.com with any questions.

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Saint Patrick Irish Hooley Raises $9,000 for Christ House

The 2023 Saint Patrick Irish Hooley was a big hit as a sell-out crowd of more than 400 people, many dressed in green, showed up at the Basilica School of St. Mary gymnasium in Alexandria March 12 for a celebration of Irish music, food, drinks, dancing, and a silent auction and raffle. The event raised a record amount of money for a local charity.

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Polish Connections Lead To Big Fundraising Efforts

For several years, a priest from the Diocese of Sosnowiec, Poland — Father Karol Nędza — was in residence at St. Rita Church in Alexandria while working on his doctorate. Now back in Poland, Father Nędza and his diocese are doing what they can to serve the more than a million Ukrainian refugees who are seeking safety in Poland. He also recently traveled to Lviv, Ukraine, with Sosnowiec Bishop Grzegorz Kaszak to provide aid to the Ukrainians there.

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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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