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Hours of Operation

6:00am-6:00pm daily

Daily Masses

7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 5:15pm

Saturday Masses

7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 4:30pm (Sunday Vigil)

Sunday Masses

7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am,
12:00pm, 2:30pm (en español),
and 4:30pm

Upcoming Events

  1. Third Sunday of Lent

    March 3

    We invite you to join us for the Third Sunday of Lent. Saturday, March 2 Time: Location and additional information:…

  2. Lenten Reflection: What is the True Meaning of Sacrifice?

    March 5 @ 5:15 pm

    The season of Lent is a time to reflect on the solemnity of the Lord’s sacrifice and prepare our hearts…

  3. 24 Hours for the Lord: 40 Hours Devotion

    March 7 - March 9

    In observance of Pope Francis’ annual Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord,” the Basilica of the National Shrine of…

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Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR

Rector’s Welcome

A word of welcome to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — America’s Catholic Church.

Most Recent Blog Posts

Preparing Our Hearts for Lent: Reflections, Prayers, and More

February 27, 2024

Lent is a time of reflection, a time of repentance. It is a time to examine our hearts and begin…

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Basilica Insider: The Making of America’s Catholic Church

February 26, 2024

The making of the National Shrine spanned nearly a century, from the placing of the foundation stone in 1920 to…

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The 2024 Lenten Reflection Series Schedule

February 15, 2024

Each Lent, we turn our hearts to reflect upon Christ’s sacrifice for us and repent of our sins as we…

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VISIT US

Tours

Learn about the Shrine’s history, architecture, sacred art, and more, through our audio and guided tours. Reserve tours for large groups.

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AMERICA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

The History of the National Shrine

Although its foundation stone was laid in 1920, this great shrine seems to have been conceived of as early as 1846, the year the Bishops of America declared the Blessed Virgin Mary the patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

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ENROLLMENTS & DEVOTIONALS

Light a Candle

Lighting a candle for loved ones or personal intentions is a longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church. We invite you to join us in this tradition by lighting a candle at the Basilica.

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statue in great upper church
Allow Mary’s Shrine to pray for you

Enrollments & Devotionals

Mary’s Shrine is a living place of prayer and worship. The prayers we offer for you, your family, and your friends are one of the many ways that we fulfill our important mission as a national sanctuary of prayer and pilgrimage.

Each day we pray for people from across the United States and around the world and present their needs to the confidence and loving intercession of Our Lady.