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.