The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation welcomes you. The Basilica is open for prayer at any time of day or night.   Please note the schedule for Masses, Devotions and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the right hand column of this page.  Come and experience the consolation of our Blessed Mother’s intercession.


Lent is rightly a time of penitence, but it is not simply for the sake of penitence itself.  Repentance literally means “change.”  The acts of penance we might do to show God our true desire to repent are not for show (as Ash Wednesday’s Gospel proclaims) or for their own sake.  They are to be out of a response to the love God has already shown to us.  His desire is that we love as he loves us. 

Our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, whether it is done in Lent or any other time of the year is the response of a heart being changed by the love of God, so that it becomes more like God’s heart.  Whenever we act in a loving way, whether that is by praying for someone else’s good, giving to those who are less fortunate than we are or fasting for the sake of the Kingdom of God, we are showing our love for God as we act more lovingly to other people.  Jesus invites us to do these acts of penitence in secret for the sake of our relationship with God and for the love of our brothers and sisters.

Stations of the Cross

We Adore You, O Christ,
and We Praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross,
You have Redeemed the World.

Fridays during Lent at 7:00 pm
Upper Basilica

viligil light altar

Light a Vigil Light

Here at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, vigil lights burn throughtout the upper and lower Basilica. Each burning flame represents the faith and prayers entrusted to Our Lady's loving intercession.


Please note:  our weekday Masses and Adoration move to the Lower Basilica on Monday, November 1 for the winter, unless a large pilgrimage group or funeral. 




Upcoming Events

Every Sunday Shrine Devotions
Hymn to the Blessed Mother,

Confraternity Enrollment,
Litany, and Prayers for Healing
and Blessing with the
Relic of the True Cross

Stations of the Cross


Saturday, April 22
Hope & Healing Mass - 11 AM
with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5 PM

Sunday: 9 & 11 AM

Daily Masses
Monday through Saturday: 11 AM
*(May-Oct in the Original Shrine Church)
*(Nov-April in the Lower Basilica)
*Unless a Funeral, t
hen Upper Basilica)

Tuesday through Friday: 7 AM
(May-Oct in the Original Shrine Church)
(Nov-April in the Lower Basilica)

Saturday: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Lower Basilica

Sunday Shrine Devotions
Immediately following the
11 AM Mass
(Hymn to our Blessed Mother,
Enrollment into the Confraternity
of Our Lady, Litany,
Individual Prayer with the
Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross)

Rosary at the Shrine Altar:
Thursdays at 6:30 PM

Day of Adoration
Tuesdays 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Family Rosary:
Tuesdays at 4 PM