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A Guide to November Events at the Basilica

From a special concert by the Choir of the Basilica on All Souls Day to the first-ever Mass of the Americas, November is an eventful month at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Take a look at the events that are taking place and consider joining us in worship this month.

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November 1 – Solemnity of All Saints Mass at the Basilica

All Saints Day provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the faithful who have gone before us. This day is important as we remember those who have passed, directing our gaze to Christ and what waits for us beyond this world. Join us on Friday, November 1 for the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. View Mass schedule.

international day of prayer and fasting

November 2 – International Day of Prayer

Join us for this year’s International Day of Prayer from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to the recitation of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Eucharistic Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the day-long program will feature an amazing lineup of guest speakers to include: Abby Johnson (whose true story was made into the movie Unplanned), Kristan Hawkins (President of Students for Life), Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, (author of After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them), and Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, (author of Forgiveness Makes You Free). View event information.

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November 2 – Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Choral Concert

At 7:00 p.m., the Choir of the Basilica will perform a special concert for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). Held in the Crypt Church, this concert is free and open to the public. If you are unable to join us in person, the concert will be broadcast live on EWTN and livestreamed on the Basilica’s YouTube and Facebook pages. View event information.

mass of the americas

November 16 – Mass of the Americas

The Basilica is looking forward to hosting the first-ever Mass of the Americas in the Extraordinary Form on November 16, which will be celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Richard Sparks will conduct the Benedict XVI Choir as they lift their voices in worship. This event will be broadcast live by EWTN. No tickets are necessary, but the faithful are highly encouraged to RSVP. RSVP today.

night of witness

November 23 – Vespers for Christian Martyrs

Aid to the Church in Need and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will join together on November 23 at 6:30 p.m. for prayer and reflection on today’s Christian martyrs and those suffering for the faith around the world. Special guests from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines will share the struggles of their people so we can know how to better pray for believers around the world. In solidarity, the Basilica’s south façade and tower will be lighted in red. View event information.

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November 28 – Thanksgiving Day Mass

On Thursday, November 28, we invite you to join us on the Thanksgiving holiday for Holy Mass.

Please note that on Thanksgiving Day, there are no confessions, no tours, and no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will close at 3:00 p.m. View the Thanksgiving Day Mass schedule.

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