August and Everything After in Arlington

This week, as we prepare for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we meditate on her motherhood and, in a special way, her role in the Passion, Death and Resurrection of her Son.

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

August means many things to the People of God in Arlington. For some, it’s the winding down of summer and preparing for the return to school. For others, it’s the anticipation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to the U.S. next month. And for others, it means drawing more attention to Mary, whose Assumption we celebrate this weekend. Whatever your August entails, the Diocese of Arlington has got you covered.


Be sure to check out Encourage and Teach next week and the August 27th edition of the Arlington Catholic Herald for Back-to-School pieces and posts.

ACH studentsFourth-graders from St. Bernadette School in Springfield complete an assignment following a tour of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


Pope Francis has been busy this week. He announced that September 1 will be the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. He’s also revealed this year’s World Day of Peace theme: “Overcoming Indifference to Win Peace.” In case you missed it, Bishop Loverde has written on both topics here and here.


Because the Assumption falls on a Saturday, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation in the diocese. However, as one priest has said, it is a “Holy Day of Opportunity.” Mass times can be found on our diocesan website in the parish locator.



Yesterday marked the 41st anniversary of the Diocese of Arlington. We’re a young diocese, but our numbers and our fervor are growing at an unparalleled pace. As I like to say, “Good job, God.”

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As Bishop Loverde has said, “If you’re heading on vacation, be sure to take God with you.” An easy way to do that is with our 2minutes2virtue series, sponsored by the Office for Family Life. Take a few minutes to read each Sunday’s Scriptures, and then watch a 2-minute video reflection and challenge from our priests. You can have them sent straight to your inbox each Sunday.

A blessed last few weeks of August to you!

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