Arlington Diocese to hold Special Mass for World Marriage Day


 February 8, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va.  –In honor of World Marriage Day, February 12, 2017, Father Thomas Ferguson, Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a special Mass, offering words of reflection for married couples.  The Mass will include a special Blessing of Rings.


Here are the details:


When:                     Sunday, February 12, 2017 
                                5–8 p.m.


Where:                    Saint Agnes Church
                                1910 N Randolph Street


A reception will immediately follow Mass.


The Office for Family Life Diocese of Arlington coordinated this event.

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, released the following statement regarding World Marriage Week:

From February 7–14, dioceses across the United States will celebrate World Marriage Week, in which World Marriage Sunday on February 12 holds special prominence. This time offers us a wonderful opportunity to thank God for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon His people through the gift of Matrimony.  Where love and life abound in holy marriages, society flourishes.  As our Holy Father Pope Francis has said, “The sacrament of Marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the outward sign of a commitment. The sacrament is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses” (Amoris Laetitia, 72).  I am grateful to the married couples in the Diocese of Arlington who serve as faithful witnesses of Christian matrimony, and I pray that the Lord may continue to bless them.  May Our Lord Jesus also inspire those who hear His call to the vocation of marriage to prepare worthily and to rely on His amazing grace.       





The Diocese of Arlington is home to more than 600,000 Catholics living in 21 counties and seven cities in central and northern Virginia. Parishioners live out their faith at 69 parishes and five missions, and 17,600 students attend 44 Catholic elementary and high schools.



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