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Basilica’s 28th Annual Christmas Concert For Charity Will Benefit Hurricane Relief

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having it’s annual Christmas concert for Charity on Friday night December 1st at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 28th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free, but donations are requested for charity. This year the concert will benefit Catholic Charities USA Hurricane Relief and will feature a new composition, “Hush” from CUA doctoral student Valencio Jackson, who hails from St. Croix,U.S. Virgin Islands.  Sounds like a fantastic concert!  Check out more information here. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and Harewood Rd. NE.

Sistine Chapel Choir To Perform At The Basilica This September

We are posting this a little early since we assume this will be a well attended event, so you may want to make your plans now. On Wednesday, September 20  the Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 6:00 p.m. From the event page:

For the first time in more than three decades, the Sistine Chapel Choir returns to the U.S. to perform.

This highly-accomplished group of 30 boys and 22 men sings for the Holy Father’s liturgies under the direction of Maestro Massimo Palomba. Officially called the Cappella Musicale Pontifica Sistina and affectionately known as the “Pope’s Choir,” this group is considered the most prominent and oldest choir in the world, dating back to the seventh century.

While this special event is free and open to the public, we encourage you to consider sponsorship opportunities. Become a part of the Papal Choir’s historic visit to the capital of the U.S.

There is more information about sponsorship levels on the event page. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.

Annual Christmas Concert for Charity This Friday

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having it’s annual Christmas concert for Charity on Friday night December 2nd at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 27th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like a fantastic concert!  Check out more information here. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and Harewood Rd. NE.

Justice Scalia’s Funeral To Take Place At The Basilica Saturday

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

We learned from this NPR article that the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be the location for the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. this Saturday morning. One would guess that this event will have a pretty big impact on neighborhood traffic. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.

Annual Concert For Charity This Friday At The Basilica

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having a Christmas concert on Friday night December 4th at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 26th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like a fantastic concert! The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and John McCormack Rd. NE.

Basilica To Offer Annual Tower Tours On Wednesday

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be offering the public the rare opportunity to tour its Knights’ Tower Carillon and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city. The tours will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis no tickets or reservations necessary. From the Basilica’s website:

Please be advised, visitors must be able to climb 85 steps to reach the Tower Elevator, please ensure you are in good physical condition. Visitors who experience claustrophobia, those who do not like elevators, or anyone who suffers from a condition where riding in an enclosed elevator may be uncomfortable should not attend. Children are permitted but parents should consider the stairs in their decision to bring younger children along. Strollers are not permitted into the Tower and no storage is available at the Basilica. Food and drink are not permitted. Bags, suitcases, camera cases, large purses or other bulky items are not permitted. Photography is allowed but the use of tripods is not permitted. Prohibited items cannot be stored, please leave the items in your vehicle or leave them home.

Click here for more information. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.

Pope Francis To Lead Outdoor Mass This Fall At Basilica/Catholic U

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

In January we wrote about the possibility of Pope Francis coming to our neighborhood when he visits this fall. This story in the Washington Post confirms the following:

The Archdiocese of Washington says the pope will celebrate Mass on Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Organizers say Francis will appear on the basilica’s east portico. The congregation is expected to assemble around the basilica on the university mall.

The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, NE.

Look Busy! Pope Francis Is Coming, To Our Neck Of The Woods

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Looks like our neighborhood will be seriously buzzing this coming fall, assuming reports of Pope Francis’ schedule holds true. From a story by WTOP:

According to the proposed schedule, Pope Francis would arrive in D.C. Sept. 22 and leave on Sept. 24.

During that time, he plans to visit the White House, speak in front of Congress and celebrate mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, NE.