The people of the Diocese of Allentown can walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Pope John Paul II, and Mother Teresa by attending the diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine in Washington D.C. on Oct. 6
Everyone is invited to join Bishop Alfred Schlert for the event. Many schools and parishes are arranging buses.
The pillars of Catholicism named above all have visited the National Shrine – officially the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It 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.
The pilgrimage 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.
Following lunch (participants are advised to bring their own, since no food is available at the church) there will be a guest speaker at 1 p.m., 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 from 2 to 2:45 p.m., and the day will end with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert, and concelebrated by other diocesan priests, at 3 p.m.
For more information, or to sign up to join one of the many bus trips being planned, see your parish bulletin.