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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. Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    July 28

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saturday, July 27 Time: Location and…

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    2024 Summer Organ Recital Series – Ralph Hotzhauser

    July 28 @ 6:00 pm

    Join the Basilica for the fourth performance in our 2024 Summer Organ Recital Series on July 28 at 6:00 PM…

  3. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    August 4

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saturday, August 3 Time: Location and…

Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi

Rector’s Welcome

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

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A Celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 15, 2024

Each year on July 16, the faithful celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, remembering the gift of…


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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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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.

basilica visitor lights candle

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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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.