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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. Lenten Reflection: Take up your Cross and Follow Me: St. Francis of Assisi and the Stations of the Cross

    February 20 @ 5:15 pm

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

  2. Second Sunday of Lent

    February 25

    We invite you to join us for the Second Sunday of Lent. Saturday, February 24 Time: Location and additional information:…

  3. Lenten Reflection: Faith and Family: Practicing Gratitude

    February 28 @ 5:15 pm

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

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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.

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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.