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Pilgrimage 2019 - General Information

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Pilgrimage to:

Washington, D.C.



Click here for detailed schedule


        • We will visit The National Holocaust Memorial Museum (arriving approximately 11:30 a.m.), leave there by 2:15 and then travel to The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to arrive in time for a tour of the church at  3:00 p.m.


        • About Food and Money: We recommend packing snacks and lunch for the bus.  There is a café in the National Holocaust museum but it will take time from our visit and it is pretty expensive. We will stop for dinner on the way home so teens should bring money for their evening meal.  There is a very nice religious store in the Basilica that some participants may want to visit before Mass on Saturday. 


        • Registration is required for this trip NO LATER THAN October 27.  We ask our students to register ASAP so available seats can be made available to our entire community.  This day will be considered Religious Education for the month of November.   


        • Students, in grades 7 – 12, may participate free of charge.  Adults are asked to contribute $30 per person to help cover transportation costs.  


        • Permission/Medical Release forms serve as a registration form for students and should be included even if the parent will be attending with their son or daughter.  Adults should register with a simple registration form (included with this information). 


        • We will attend Mass together as a group at the Basilica at their 5:15 Mass.  This Mass will fulfill the obligation for our weekend liturgy. 




 We ask our students to register ASAP  

 A pilgrimage is a journey a person/pilgrim makes to a sacred place for the purpose of

              • Touch our history that is part of the Christian family story
              • Venerate and pray in a holy place where Christians gather
              • to ask for heavenly aid, and to
              • Ultimately get to know God better



Christian pilgrimages were first made to sites connected with the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Shortly after, pilgrimages started being made to Rome and other sites associated with the Apostles, Saints and Christian martyrs, as well as places where there had been apparitions of the Virgin Mary. In the past, pilgrims would leave their homes, families, and comforts to walk for hundreds of miles with nothing but what they could carry on their backs. Just as the pilgrims from the early centuries, we modern pilgrims also leave our homes, families and comforts in order to journey to sacred places.


Over time, many important holy sites have been designated as Pilgrimage sites – so that Catholic Faithful can visit these holy places have a richer faith experience and to come to know God better.  The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is an important Pilgrimage site for our Country.  It is the largest Church in the United States and names for the Patron Saint of the US, Mary, The Immaculate Conception. 


A pilgrimage can also be defined as the course of life here on earth. The physical pilgrimage we take to a sacred shrine is a symbol of the spiritual pilgrimage we are on throughout our lives. Each day we have the opportunity to encounter Christ through suffering, joys, interactions with others, and through every aspect of our human experience. By taking what we have learned from our pilgrimage we can put it into practice in our daily lives and come to a better knowledge of God.



Pilgrimages include elements of prayer and sacrifice that will strengthen us in our daily struggles.


            • We will not spend the entire trip praying, but we will have planned opportunities for prayer along the way and at the sites we visit.


            • We will be sacrificing one Saturday out of our busy and hectic lives. Perhaps you can offer another sacrifice to enrich your experience?  (maybe refrain from using your cell phone games or give up soft drinks for the day of the trip?)



For more information or to reserve your seat,

please contact:

The Parish Office – 301-689-6767 –

or email Margaret.meyers@archbalt.org


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