Whether it’s by bus, train or in their cars, parishioners of all ages and from all corners of the Diocese will be headed to Washington, D.C., Nov. 12 where they will join Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for the diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Highlights of their time in the Basilica, affectionately known as “Mary’s House,” will include praying the Angelus at noon; taking the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation; tour the numerous chapels that are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her various titles, and join Bishop O’Connell for the celebration of Mass at 2:30 p.m.

Young pilgrims can look forward to participating in the “Pilgrim’s Passport” activity. Upon their arrival, children will be given a passport with a list of various Marian chapels that they will be asked to visit and hear a presentation by a diocesan staff member. Once their visit to a chapel is complete, the children will receive a stamp on their passport.

Because the cafeteria in the shrine remains closed due to pandemic concerns, pilgrims are encouraged to bring their own food. Buses are expected to make stops while en route to and from Washington. 

Staff and freelance partners from The Monitor Magazine will be on location to cover the pilgrimage. Be sure to check TrentonMonitor.com and our Facebook page for updated posts throughout the weekend.