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Golden Jubilee Pilgrimage

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Join us for the Diocesan Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC, on Oct. 5, 2024, His Eminence Cardinal Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio to the Holy Father, presides.

Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, invites you to join him at the final celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Arlington by participating in a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 5th.

After what has been an exciting three years of preparation, we will continue to focus on our theme of Renew as we prayerfully gather as one diocesan family within the Shrine devoted to Our Lady.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event! Many parishes are organizing groups to attend together, so contact your parish office for more information. Individual pilgrims and families are welcomed to participate on their own and there is no registration required to attend.

The cafeteria at the Shrine will be available to purchase lunch, there are local restaurants, or visitors can bring their own bagged lunch and leave it in their vehicle until lunch time.

The Shrine is wheelchair accessible and there will be sign interpreting in ASL for the deaf. For more information about the Shrine, feel free to visit their website.

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  • 9:00 a.m. Opening Music
  • 9:30 a.m. Arrival and Reception of Pilgrims, Welcome Remarks
  • 9:45 a.m. Seated Overview Tour (20 min)
  • 9:45 a.m. Family “Seek & Find” activity, Confessions begin
  • 10:45 a.m. Spiritual Reflection (English in main Church by Fr. Keith O'Hare, Spanish in Crypt by Fr. Matthew Zuberbueler)
  • 11:30 a.m. Mass (celebrant Apostolic Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre, Homilist Bishop Burbidge)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:45 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration and Procession
  • 2:30 p.m. Blessing of Religious Articles

For information about the pilgrimage, please contact your parish pilgrimage captain, or Cristina Catterton or (703) 841-2559.


October 5, 2024

Start: 9:30 a.m.
End: 2:30 p.m.

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