The Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is the only African-American Basilica in the United States and the cornerstone of Catholicism in Tidewater. Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, regardless of race, language or culture. Nourished by the Eucharist, we seek to accomplish this by drawing on our rich African-American heritage of Spirit-filled worship, Christ-centered service, and fellowship that recalls our common Father. This is our call. This is our mission.

Weekend & Weekday Masses

Saturday Mass 5:00 PM
Sunday Mass 9:00 AM & 12 Noon
Sunday Masses are live-streamed on our Facebook page
You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to view our livestream events.

Weekday Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:10 in the Church.

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Parish Pastoral Council

Meet Your Parish Council 

Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception


Fish Fries – Fridays February 16, March 01, and March 15 --- 6: PM – 8:00 PM (Woman's Ministry)

Station of the Cross Every Friday starting from February 16th to March 22 @ 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Lent Retreat – February 24, 2024 @ 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Day of Reconciliation in the Deanery is Wed March 13, 2024





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Office Hours

Monday-Friday:10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Office Address:
1000 E City Hall Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-4487

Church Address:
232 Chapel Street
Norfolk, VA 23504


Holy Days of Obligation

Holy days of obligation are days set aside by the Church when the faithful attend Mass. In addition to Sundays, the days observed as holy days of obligation in the United States are:

  • January 1st – Mary, Mother of God
  • May 26th – Ascension of Our Lord
  • August 15th – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • November 1st – All Saints
  • December 8th – Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass held on these days will be at 12 Noon and 7:00 pm 

  • Christmas Eve*: 7pm and Midnight Mass
  • Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ:10 am Mass


*Not a Holy Day of Obligation

Office of Safe Environment

Nazia Shafi - Safe Environment Director

Karen Loper - Victim Assistance Coordinator

Wendy Henderson - Safe Environment Coordinator

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