Weekend Mass

Saturday Vigil: 5 PM (Confession 4:15 PM or by appointment)
Sunday: 9 AM & 12 Noon
Weekday Mass - Tuesday to Friday 12:10 (St. Joseph Chapel)


Dear Family and Friends of the Basilica,

This Sunday we will begin our most sacred time of the year, Holy Week. Beginning with Palm Sunday, Holy Week includes the celebration of the Holy Triduum (Latin for “Three Days”). It includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

Although we are not able to be together for this sacred time, we are still able to celebrate our Spiritual Communion with each other remotely. After all, if the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus was effective enough to open the Gates of Paradise and bridge the distance between Earth and Heaven;  sinner and Saint then surely it can bridge the distance of a few miles. Our schedule for live streaming these Holy Days were selected to correspond with the schedule of our earthly shepherd, His Excellency Bishop Knestout. In this way we can engage in a deeper and larger sense of communion with the entire diocese. The schedule is as follows:

Palm Sunday:                    Sunday April 5 at 10am

Last Words of Jesus:      Wednesday, April 8 at 4pm

Holy Thursday:                 April 9 at 6pm

Good Friday:                     April 10 at 3pm

Easter Vigil:                        April 11 at 8pm

The live streams can be viewed from our Face Book Page (https://www.facebook.com/basilicaofstmaryoftheimmaculateconception/) and will remain available to be viewed.

Palms for Palm Sunday have been blessed and are available for pick up at the office from 10am to 2pm Monday through Thursday. You can also pick up a helpful printout of resources to help you fully engage the liturgies from home.

You may also pick up blessed Palms and the printout at any time from the rectory located at 3634 Peake Road in the Ingleside neighborhood of Norfolk. Palms will remain on the front porch until next Monday.

Please plan to join us as we celebrate the power of the Cross and the Victory of love over hate, courage over fear, action over complacency, life over death and health over illness.

In His Name,

Fr. Jim Curran

[(757) 622-4487]  [email protected] www.basilicaofsaintmary.org

Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception | 1000 Holt Street, Norfolk, VA 23504


2020 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 - New Years Day Mass will be @ 10 AM
  • May 21st – Ascension of Our Lord
  • August 15th – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Abrogated
  • November 1st – All Saints
  • December 8th – Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • December 25th – Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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

2019-2020 Holy Days of Obligation & Feast Days


Basilica of Saint Mary Online Masses

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Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 - 12 Noon
1000 Holt Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-4487


Palm Sunday


How can we publicly acknowledge this important day on our calendar when so many of us will be behind closed doors?

The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit posted this idea on their Facebook page:

What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday?

It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks.

Want to join?

We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ.

We are the Church.

Yes, we are. We’ve got this. Let’s do it


Parishioners may pick-up Palms from the Church Office Monday –Thursday, 10 am-2 pm

From the Rectory: 3634 Peake Rd., Norfolk, VA 23502

 Palm Sunday Mass will be “Livestreamed” on Sun., April 5th @ 10 am (available on website later that day)

 Sources for the Palm Sunday readings are available:

In order to better connect to coming Palm Sunday, Triduum, Vigil and Easter Sunday during this time where we unable to be together as a Faith Community,  you are encouraged to create your own prayer environment. It is a wonderful way to spiritually connect to our Father and brothers and sisters in Christ. And please share!

How, and why, to watch Mass online during coronavirus - follow the link below:

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Information coming soon


Commentary for Palm Sunday

This holy season began with the mark of ashes, a sign of how fragile our existence is, that we are dust – and to dust we shall return.

Fr. Austin Fleming once stated in his Palm Sunday homily:

“Although it's at the very heart of our faith, the story of the suffering and death of Jesus is recounted in its entirety only twice a year, and then in the same week, on Palm Sunday and Good Friday.
Though we hear this story infrequently, its characters, words and images are vivid in our imagination.
Particular words and phrases have embedded themselves in our memory and in our hearts, evoking repentance and prayer...  Words like:

“One of you will betray me..."

“Surely, it is not I, Lord?”

"This very night before the cock crows
you will deny three times 
that you know me..."

"Father, if it is possible,
let this cup pass from me;
yet, not as I will but as you will…

"I do not know the man..."

They stripped him,
put a crown of thorns on his head
and spat upon him…

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

He cried out in a loud voice
and gave up his spirit…

“Truly, this was the Son of God…”

Any of these phrases and the images they call forth would be good food for prayer in the days ahead...

We enter the Week we call holy when Christians around the world pause to remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.
During this time of “social distancing,” may the story of his suffering and death refresh our faith in his love poured out for us...

During this uncomfortable challenge of not being together, in this place, may the words of Jesus' passion, embedded in our hearts, bring us his mercy and lead us to the peace [and the Joy] of Easter...”

Prayers of the Faith

Fr. Jim:  My Brothers and sisters, as we hear that Jesus enters victoriously into Jerusalem to do his Father’s will, we know that God will never abandon us. So we cry out with our needs of the world knowing that we will be heard.

Our Response is:      “Lord, Walk with us” 

For the Church: that through our participation in Holy Week, we will draw closer to Christ and gratefully become aware of His life within us – We pray to the Lord

For courage: that God’s love will sustain us in times of suffering and help us to trust in God’s providence each day- We pray to the Lord

For all the human family: that God will deliver us from the Covid-19 virus, keep safe those vulnerable to the disease and protect all healthcare and first responders such as Eric Johnson – We pray to the Lord

For all Christians: that God will fill us and raise us up as we commend ourselves to God and embrace His will– We pray to the Lord

For the sick and those who have asked for our prayers: that God may shelter all under the mantle of his protection, particularly Reginald Jackson - We pray to the Lord

For those who have died: that they may accompany the Lord into paradise (especially ____- We pray to the Lord

We bow our heads, now and remember in silence our own personal intentions pause We pray to the Lord

Fr. Jim:  Loving Father, keep before our eyes the suffering and death of your Son. May we find in Him strength for our journey and victory over every evil. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our brother and Savior. Amen.



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