Pilgrims from the Diocese of Rockville Centre packed the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 24 as part of the celebration of the Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. More than 65 buses carried over 3,000 people to the shrine where they passed through the specially designated “Door of Mercy,” prayed the rosary, participated in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and celebrated Mass together.
View a slideshow from the day below. All photos by Gregory A. Shemitz.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan poses for a selfie with pilgrims from St. Mary of the Isle Church, Long Beach.
Bishop William Murphy greets pilgrims as they arrive at the basilica.
Bishop Murphy poses for a photo with pilgrims from St. Anthony's High School, South Huntington.
Pilgrims enter the basilica through the Door of Mercy
Bishop Brennan leads the Angelus.
Arline Accardi, left, of Christ the King Church, Commack, and Margie Connick of St. Joseph Church, Kings Park, pray the Angelus.
Associate Professor Christopher Ruddy of The Catholic University of America, a native of Baldwin, gives a presentation on mercy.
Pilgrims pray at the foot of the sanctuary in the upper church.
Pilgrims tour the basilica.
Dorota Jedut of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Copiague, with her son Dominic, prays the rosary in the crypt church.
Michael Wustrow directs the Diocesan Choir during a rehearsal in the rear of the sanctuary.
Senior Jacqueline Ortiz of Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, leads the singing during eucharistic adoration for young pilgrims in the crypt chapel.
Father Robert Ketcham, chaplain at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip, prays with students during adoration.
Members of the Kellenberg Gregorian Consortium sing during adoration.
Auxiliary Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski leads the rosary service in the upper church.
Pilgrims pray during the rosary service.
From left, seminarians Christopher Sullivan, Michael Plona and John Crozier lead the procession at the beginning of Mass.
Father Ed Sheridan, pastor of St. Rosalie Church, Hampton Bays, and other priests process into Mass.
Bishops Zglejszewski, Brennan and Murphy approach the sanctuary at the beginning of Mass.
Seminarians sing during Mass.
Deacon Lawrence Faulkenberry, director of deacon personnel, proclaims the Gospel.
Bishop Murphy smiles as he delivers his homily.
Pilgrims pray during Mass.
Bishop Murphy prays over the gifts.
Members of the Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict receive Communion from Father Michael Duffy of St. Kilian Church, Farmingdale.
Pilgrims from Chaminade High School, Mineola, applaud at the end of Mass.
Bishop Murphy imparts the final blessing.
Buses line up to transport pilgrims back to Long Island.