Arlington Dioceses COVID 19 Response

English COVID Response – Guide – Vaccine FAQ’s (03.02.2012)

SPANISH COVID Response – Guide – Vaccine FAQs (03.02.2021)

U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

From the Prince William County Service Authority

Dear Prince William County Congregation,

I am writing on behalf of the Prince William County Service Authority to request your organization’s assistance in promoting the COVID-19 Municipal Utility Relief Program.

Through this program, members of your community may be eligible for financial assistance with their unpaid water bills if they or a person in their household has lost income due to economic hardships resulting from the COVID‐19 Pandemic. Perhaps you know someone who has lost a job, closed their business, been unable to work after contracting COVID-19 or faced other devastating financial consequences during the pandemic.

We encourage anyone who may need assistance to apply as soon as possible,
but no later than January 21, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Service Authority customers with unpaid water bills from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020, due to the impacts of COVID‐19 may apply for this program. Customers can apply online at and printable applications are available in English, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Korean on our website at In addition, attached are a program letter and application, in both English and Spanish, in case you wish to forward these documents to anyone.

Customers who prefer to apply by phone can call the Service Authority’s Customer Service Department at (703) 335-7950.

We would greatly appreciate if you would share this information on your organization’s social media accounts, your website or in any other communication vehicles that will quickly reach those you serve.

For additional information about applying for the COVID-19 Municipal Utility Relief Program, visit or contact Customer Service at (703) 335-7950 or at

If you have suggestions about community outreach for this program, please email

Michelle Bouchard CQEP | Education & Outreach

Prince William County Service Authority

PO Box 2266, Woodbridge, VA 22195

P (703) 335-8941 | E

COVID-19 Utility Relief Program Application – English
COVID-19 Utility Relief Program Application – Spanish
COVID-19 Utility Relief Program Letter – English
COVID-19 Utility Relief Program Letter – Spanish

Update from the Most Rev Jamie R. Workman on Governor Northam’s COVID 19 Announcement – 11/14/20

On behalf of Bishop Burbidge, thank you for your patience as we waited for Governor Northam to publish the amendments he announced yesterday afternoon to Executive Order 67, which goes into effect on 12:01am on Monday, November 16.   With this publication, I am able to clarified that the 25 person limit to social gatherings does not apply to religious services.   The number of attendees at Mass and public worship is dependent upon the space available to maintain social distancing.

Please be assured of my continued prayers for you and your priestly ministry.

Fraternally in Christ,


De parte del Monseñor Miguel Burbidge, gracias por su paciencia en esperar para que el Gobernador Ralph Northam publique las enmiendas de la Orden Ejecutiva 67 que anuncio ayer y que comienza el 16 de noviembre a la medianoche.  Con esta nota, clarifico que el limite de 25 personas a reuniones sociales no afectará a los servicios religiosos.  El numero de participantes en la misa y en adoración publica depende al espacio disponible para mantener distancia social.
Asegurense de mis oraciones continuas por ustedes y su ministerio sacerdotal.


June 5, 2020





May 29, 2020

Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Regarding Early Phase One Reintegration of Public Masses in the Diocese of Arlington

May 15, 2020

It is great news that we are now beginning to offer public celebrations of the Mass in some areas of our diocese. While we would like to join together as quickly as possible, we must proceed cautiously, consistent with guidance from state and local officials and health experts, in an effort to continue protecting the health and safety of parishioners, volunteers, staff, clergy and all who serve throughout the Diocese.

As we move forward, portions of the Diocese will reopen at different times as the commonwealth takes a regional approach to Phase One of re-opening.

Governor Ralph Northam originally announced that many areas of the commonwealth will enter Phase One of re-opening on May 15. At the request of local officials in Northern Virginia, the Governor has delayed Northern Virginia’s reopening until at least May 29. The areas impacted are Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties (and those cities located within that area) along with the City of Alexandria.

Parishes in Northern Virginia will not be able to celebrate public Masses at this time. However, all parishes in these Northern Virginia counties are permitted, but not mandated, to conduct Communion services, provided they are done in a manner consistent with existing social distancing protocols and health and safety guidelines. It is left to the prudential judgement of each pastor to determine if his parish is able to move in this direction. Please contact your local parish to see if it will be offering this liturgy.

Beginning May 16, parishes outside of Northern Virginia will be permitted, but not mandated, to resume public celebration of the Mass if the parish’s pastor feels confident that Masses can be celebrated safely and in accordance with diocesan protocols. As such, parishioners outside of Northern Virginia should contact their parish to know if Masses will be publicly celebrated. During this time and due to capacity limits, please do not plan to attend liturgies at any parish other than your own. Parishes will continue to livestream the Mass to the best of their ability.

Guidelines for celebrating the Mass in Phase One include gathering at no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy of the room or facility, ensuring proper social distancing and diligently maintaining cleaning schedules. Additionally, all parishioners are expected to wear face coverings while on parish property. Due to social distancing requirements, not all parishes will be able to accommodate 50% capacity. Pastors of parishes outside of Northern Virginia have the discretion to decide if they can safely enter Phase One. For the health of our priests and in order to allow for thorough cleaning between Masses, not all parishes will maintain a normal Mass schedule.

Until further notice, I am continuing the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. I encourage those who are 65 years old or older, as well as those with underlying health conditions, to avoid gatherings of the general public and attending public liturgies.

In laying out the details of how we move forward, I will continue to be assisted by the Diocese of Arlington’s Reintegration Working Group, which has been meeting regularly and is providing requirements, recommendations and resources to parishes as they begin to hold public Masses.

Key resources have been provided to help parishioners worship safely. In consultation with our pastors, I am confident we are responding to the best of our ability to the spiritual and physical well-being of the faithful and making appropriate progress in upholding with public health and federal, state and local directives. As this situation continues evolving, each phase will allow us the opportunity to take steps in a positive direction in unity and faith.

May we continue to pray for one another and all those who need our prayers, especially at this time.

We will continue to keep the faithful updated as the situation evolves.

The latest updates and resources from the Diocese can be found at