FAQ: Commonly Asked Questions about the Basilica

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What are the Basilica’s hours of operation?

The Basilica is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and on Sunday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Is the Basilica open for private prayer?

Yes, the Basilica is available for private prayer during our hours of operation.

  • Pews are marked to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Face coverings must be worn without exception.

May I get married or have my child baptized in the Basilica?

The Shrine does not perform weddings or baptisms because it is not a parish church. The U.S. bishops have designated it a national sanctuary of pilgrimage and prayer. The Catholic Church teaches that the sacraments are communal in nature — properly celebrated within the worshiping community, the parish. Please notify us of a wedding or baptism by sending a prayer request. We’ll gladly remember your intention on that important day!

Are there any volunteer opportunities at the Basilica?

There are various ways to serve at the Basilica, and we are always looking for motivated people. This is a perfect chance to be a personal witness to your faith and serve the Church in a meaningful, inspirational way in a beautiful and sacred setting. Please contact Bryan Hayes, Manager of Mission Matters, for more information.

How can I have a Mass said for someone?

Yes. Requests for individual Masses can be made through the Basilica Office.

Is the Basilica taking any extra precautions because of COVID-19?

Yes. The health and well-being of everyone at the Basilica are of utmost importance.

  • Face coverings must be worn the entire time you are in the Basilica, except to receive Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion is available under one species.
  • Some pews have been marked as “Reserved” to preserve proper social distancing.
  • Households should remain at least 6ft from others.
  • When it is time to receive Holy Communion, please follow the directives of the Basilica Staff.