**REMINDER: Opening Mass begins at 6:30 p.m.**
Sunday Obligation- Opening Mass on Sunday
Attendance at the 6:30 p.m. opening Mass fulfills the Sunday Obligation.
- Clergy and Seminarian Participation
Bishops and priests are invited to concelebrate the Opening and Closing Masses. Deacons are invited to vest and participate. All are asked to bring their own albs and stoles.
Seminarians are invited to participate in the processional only, and remain in place during the recessional.
Visit the Basilica’s website for detailed instructions for Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Seminarians. Please notify Basilica staff of your participation by contacting staff at email@example.com.
- Seminarian Participation – Holy Hours
Seminarians are encouraged to lead an hour of the Holy Hours of Life, held in the Crypt Church from midnight to 6 a.m. The holy hours are coordinated by Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. For more information, please contact the coordinator, Sean Foggo, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-447-5761.
- Food Times, Free Breakfast
Basilica Cafeteria, Lower Level, 8:30-10:30 PM: Snacks for purchase outside the cafeteria in West Hall
Catholic University's Pryzbla Center, 6:00 AM-8:30 PM: Food court open for purchase
- January 24
Basilica Cafeteria, Lower Level
12:00 -6:00 AM: Free coffee (West hall)
6:30-10:00 AM: Free doughnuts and coffee
6:30-9:00 AM: Hot breakfast, available for purchase
Catholic University's Pryzbla Center
7:00 AM, Convenience Store, lower level, bagels, juice, etc.
7:30 AM, Food court open for purchase
- Overnight Housing for Pilgrims
Catholic University’s Dufour Center is already fully booked the night of Jan. 23. Contact the Archdiocese of Washington at 301-853-4555 or the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia at email@example.com or 703-841-3817 for possible housing leads.
- Transportation and Parking
Parking will be extremely limited at the Basilica. Pilgrims are encouraged to use the Red Line Metro system. The Brookland/CUA metro stop is conveniently located at the Catholic University of America campus, adjacent to the Basilica.
- Data for 2012
Mark your calendars! In 2012, the National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held on January 22-23, 2012.