December 1st – Advent begins
December 5th – Christmas tree sales begin at the Basilica School of Saint Mary. They will continue until December 15th. The lot is open for business from 6:00 to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Read more about it here.
December 6th – Memorial of Saint Nicholas. Plenary indulgence day. Second anniversary of our designation as a minor basilica.
– 40 Hours Devotion begins in the Basilica after the 12:10 pm Mass. Sign-up sheets are in the back of the Basilica. Read more about it here.
December 7th – 40 Hours Devotion continues
– Breakfast with Santa and Friends from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Basilica School of Saint Mary
– Saint Nicholas Day party and white elephant gift exchange for young adults. Meet for Mass in the Basilica at 5:00 pm. The party will be in the backyard of 307 and 309 South Royal Street after Mass. Please bring a wrapped gift for the gift exchange (between $10 and $20).
December 8th – 40 Hours Devotion ends before 7:00 am Mass
December 9th – The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass times are at 6:30 am, 8:00 am, 12:10 pm and 5:00 pm.
December 13th – F3 Advent party for middle school parishioners from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in our school gym
December 14th and 15th – Bring wrapped gift for the Giving Tree to the Vigil Mass on December 14th or any of the Masses on December 15th.
December 14th – Advent morning of reflection with Father Hathaway. Hosted by the Catholic Daughters and open to all women of the Basilica of Saint Mary. Begins with Mass in the Basilica at 8:30 am and will conclude by 12:30 pm. More details are available here.
– Young adult Christmas caroling. Meet for Mass in the Basilica at 5:00 pm. Caroling starts after Mass. A reception will follow caroling in the Lyceum.
December 15th – Bambinelli Sunday: Bring the baby Jesus from your Nativity set to be blessed at Mass.
– Lighting of the Basilica’s Christmas tree at 6:00 pm in the Basilica Courtyard
– Lessons and Carols in the Basilica at 7:00 pm
December 17th – Young adult evening of recollection with Father David Dufresne. Begins at 7:00 pm in the Basilica. Confessions will be available.
December 18th – Advent party for high school parishioners from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Casa Frassati (307 South Royal Street).
December 20th – Christmas Dinner Basket Program donation drop-off from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm and preparation from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Lyceum. Click here to learn more and to view a list of needed items.
– Additional Confession time at 6:30 pm
December 21st – Christmas Dinner Basket Program deliveries begin at 8:30 am. Meet at the Lyceum.
December 23rd – Additional Confession time at 7:00 pm
December 24th – Christmas Eve: Masses at 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm in the Basilica. There will also be a Children’s Mass and pageant at 5:00 pm in the school gymnasium.
December 25th – Christmas Day: Masses at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am and 1:00 pm in the Basilica.
See the bulletin and parish website for additional opportunities for Confession.
The United States Council of Catholic Bishops has daily Advent reflections on an interactive Advent calendar. You can access it on the USCCB’s website.
The USCCB also has a printable family Advent calendar with reflections and prayer suggestions. You can download it here.
The Basilica of Saint Mary
310 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
313 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm