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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The Basilica is one of 35 organizations in 22 states to receive a total of $4 million in grant funding to advance long-term and sustainable strategies that strengthen stewardship and asset management, interpretation and programming, and fundraising activities for historic Black churches across the country. This program works to uplift the legacy of often-overlooked Black churches, ensuring their capacities to serve the spiritual and social needs of their communities for years to come.

This funding will support the hiring of senior preservation staff to develop and implement the preservation plan, to ensure the on-going stewardship of our recent renovations.

To preserve America’s historic places, the Lilly Endowment Inc. and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are investing in a $20 million initiative to help historic Black churches and congregations reimagine, redesign, and deploy historic preservation to address the institutions’ needs and the cultural assets and stories they steward.

To learn more about this program and this year’s grant recipients, visit SavingPlaces.org/BlackChurches.


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




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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


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