Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., stands with pilgrims from a bus that arrived Nov. 4 from St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, during the diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Mauro photos
They came from the four corners of the Diocese, many of them up before the sun to board nearly four dozen buses with one destination: the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Some snuggled into jackets and toted stuffed-animal carrying children and lunch bags, while others shared smiles with family, friends, fellow parishioners, deacons and priests as they set off for the nearly four-hour drive to “Mary’s House” for the biennial diocesan pilgrimage Nov. 4.
From the time they boarded the buses in the early morning hours of Nov. 4, straight through their return ride home that evening, the daylong diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception provided participants of all ages an opportunity to immerse themselves in various forms of prayer experiences.
To aid the estimated 2,000 pilgrims in the recitation of the Rosary en route to and from the shrine in Washington, D.C., as well as throughout the day, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council provided a generous gift to the Diocese of Trenton in the form of some 2,500 silver-plated finger Rosary rings, along with prayer booklets that included instructions on how to say the Rosary. More ... Thursday, November 16, 2017
In the Great Upper Church at the noon hour, faithful took their places in the pews and a prayerful silence prevailed as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., led the Angelus. The traditional devotion recalls when the Angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she was to become the mother of Christ. More ... Thursday, November 16, 2017
For one hour Nov. 4, a section in the Basilica’s Memorial Hall became a chat room of a sort.
As part of the itinerary during the diocesan pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., and much to the delight of pilgrims, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., led an informal forum during which he shared highlights of his priesthood, appointment as Bishop of Trenton and current initiatives taking place in the Diocese. The Bishop also entertained a number of questions and concerns from his flock.
On the apse wall of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a 3,600-square-feet mosaic of Christ seated in Judgment, flames appearing above his furrowed brows. On the wall opposite rests a 780-square-feet marble image portraying people of various ethnicities, stages and walks of life being drawn toward the Holy Spirit. In between sit God’s people, called to holiness.
Soaring nearly 160 feet above the nave in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., is the Trinity Dome, an artistic wonder which holds a unique status. More ... Thursday, November 16, 2017
Down through history, beautifully embellished church domes have served as a bridge between heaven and earth for faithful who stood or knelt in prayer beneath them. And even in this age, when humans routinely traverse the skies, these celestial gateways remain a great source of wonder, drawing the eye, moving the heart and compelling praise from all who view them.
Listen carefully to the hum of prayers, conversations and camaraderie in both the upper and lower chambers of “America’s Catholic Church,” and those visiting the basilica in the nation’s capital Nov. 4 could also hear the squeak of tennis shoes as hundreds of excited children made their way from shrine to shrine. More ... Thursday, November 16, 2017
Among the faces greeting the hundreds of pilgrims as they stepped off buses that had departed the Diocese of Trenton early Nov. 4, was Cara Trost, greeting the faithful and handing out information on the Basilica and day’s schedule of events. More ... Thursday, November 16, 2017