Parishioners, students, priests, and seminarians from the Diocese of Allentown are traveling today to Washington, D.C. for a day of adoration, devotion, and worship.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage, being led by Bishop Alfred Schlert, is taking place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The day will begin at 11 a.m. with Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis. For more on Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager who died in 2006, click here.
The day also includes a guest speaker, Rev. Mark E. Moretti, a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who is custodian of the relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis.
Confessions, Rosary, and Veneration of the Blessed Carlo Acutis relic will be available as well.
The day will end with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert, and concelebrated by other diocesan priests, at 3 p.m.
The Pilgrimage is in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Diocese of Allentown, which was founded in 1961. The event had been scheduled last year, but was postponed amid pandemic restrictions in Washington.
The National Shrine receives about one million visitors per year. It is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America, and is home to more than 80 chapels and oratories that represent the peoples, cultures, and traditions of our faith. It is affectionately known as America’s Catholic Church.