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St. Mary Catholic Church Becomes First Basilica In Northern Virginia

January 15, 2018

The Vatican issued a decree granting St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria the title ‘minor basilica,’ making it the first basilica in Northern Virginia, the first in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and the 84th in the United States. The 223-year-old Roman Catholic church will officially be named “The Basilica of Saint Mary.”

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Alexandria Celebrates Chanukah

December 19, 2017

Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington hosted a community-wide grand Chanukah celebration last night at the Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria. Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown was honored with lighting the center candle of the six foot Menorah. 

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Filipino Community Celebrates 500-year Christmas Tradition

December 15, 2017

Each year, the Filipino community in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington participates in ‘Simbang Gabi’ (Filipino for "Night Mass”). It is a long-treasured Philippine tradition where worshipers attend Mass for nine consecutive days from Dec. 15–24 in preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Bowling Green To Have 500+ Acres Hindu Retreat

December 4, 2017

An over 500 acres of serene and vibrant Hindu spiritual retreat has reportedly been planned near Bowling Green in Virginia, which is expected to open in the summer of 2019. Known as Devasya and run by global charitable group International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization, it reportedly plans to spend over $7 million just on improvements of the existing heavily wooded property which has an open-water lake.

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Police Chief To Light City’s Largest Menorah

December 4, 2017

Chanukah -The Festival of Lights- for many of us brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew our sense of identity.  The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria.

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St. Lucy Project Collects A Record 20,000 lbs. Of Food For The Needy

November 21, 2017

On Sunday, Nov. 19, St. Lucy Project, a food distribution project with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, collected an estimated 20,000 lbs. of food.

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Living Homeless

November 15, 2017

On Saturday, Nov. 18, at least 100 people—including high school students—are expected to sleep in boxes outside Good Shepherd Catholic Church in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.  ‘Homeless for a Night’ campout raises awareness for homelessness.

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First Homeschool Mass For Children In The Catholic Diocese Of Arlington

November 9, 2017

More than 1200 homeschool children and their families packed Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville November 3, for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s first ever Mass for Homeschool Children. 

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All Souls Day Mass At Fairfax Memorial Park

November 3, 2017

More than 440 people attended Mass at Fairfax Memorial Park Thursday, Nov. 2, for All Souls Day.

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Alexandria’s Christ Church To Remove Washington, Lee Plaques From Sanctuary

October 31, 2017

The Vestry of Alexandria’s historic Christ Church voted unanimously earlier this month to remove two marble plaques dedicated to the memories of George Washington and Robert E. Lee from the wall of the church’s sanctuary.

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