Annual Shrine Tower Tour in September

Annual Tower Tour September 2, 2015

On September 8, 2013, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Knights’ Tower Carillon with the opportunity to journey up into the Tower. This September, the Basilica will once again offer this extraordinary opportunity to view our Nation’s capital from this spectacular vantage point.









Tour opportunities are available on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will ascend the Tower elevator to the observation level where they can take in spectacular views in all four directions. There are no tickets or reservations to take advantage of this unique experience, visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be advised, visitors must be able to climb 85 steps to reach the Tower Elevator, please ensure you are in good physical condition. Visitors who experience claustrophobia, those who do not like elevators, or anyone who suffers from a condition where riding in an enclosed elevator may be uncomfortable should not attend. Children are permitted but parents should consider the stairs in their decision to bring younger children along. Strollers are not permitted into the Tower and no storage is available at the Basilica.

Food and drink are not permitted. Bags, suitcases, camera cases, large purses or other bulky items are not permitted. Photography is allowed but the use of tripods is not permitted. Prohibited items cannot be stored, please leave the items in your vehicle or leave them home.

The Basilica offers ample free parking and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Brookland-CUA Station on Metro’s Red Line. For more information, please call the Basilica at 202-526-8300.

Geline Williams To Be Honored:

At the Mass of Thanksgiving August 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Mrs. Geline B. Williams will be honored during a Mass of Thanksgiving to be celebrated at St. Mary Church in Richmond on August 27 at 6:00 PM.   Father Michael Renninger, Pastor, will be the Presider and Monsignor William Carr, St. Bridget Pastor will be the Homilist.


Mrs. Williams recently retired as Chairperson for the National Right to Life Board of Directors, having served in that leadership position for 34 years.  Throughout her life, Mrs. Williams has been an articulate and passionate advocate for the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.


Geline Williams currently resides in Henrico County and is a former Mayor of the City of Richmond.


The communities of St. Mary Church and St. Bridget Church are sponsoring the Mass, which will involve parishioners from both parishes. The Mass will be followed by a reception in the Parish Commons at St. Mary’s. All are invited to the Mass and reception.


Please let the Parish Office at St. Mary Church know if you will attend:  804-740-4044.

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2nd and 3rd Degree Ceremonies on Saturday August 22, 2014

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Please be aware of the upcoming opportunity to participate in 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies on Saturday August 22, 2014 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Candidates for the 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies should arrive at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., respectively, and should appear in coat and tie.

The degree ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, and will last approximately one hour each with a reception following the 3rd degree ceremony.

Please note that this is a great opportunity for current 1st degree Knights to advance to both the 2nd and 3rd degree in the Knights of Columbus in one morning.

You are eligible for advancement in our Order.

As a Council, those of us who have already achieved this level recommend your taking these important steps toward full Knighthood.

As you witnessed in your 1st degree ceremony, there was a portion of that ceremony intended to portray a lasting impression on how you should view your life, and your stewardship.

You learned the first principle of a Knight, Charity, and we trust that you see that principle in action as you have been working with our Council.

During both the 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies, you learn additional key principles of a Knight, put into perspective so that you will be left with a lasting impression of how it may apply to your life as a Catholic gentleman.

We encourage each of our members who are eligible to advance to the 2nd and/or 3rd degree to do so, as it places more of our Council Brothers on an equal footing with regard to our understanding of what it means to be a Knight.

Advancement Opportunities like this do not come along very often.

Please join in with many of our Richmond Sir Knights on your spiritual journey to service and Knighthood!

Please contact our Council Chancellor & Advancement Chairman Ron Coombs, before July 31, 2015, to confirm you will attend these exemplification ceremonies on  Saturday,  August 22, 2015.

Ron Coombs > or cell: 804-337-9985


Dear Friends,  

We received sad news today that the 10th circuit court ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor. We ask for your prayers at this time as we consider our next steps


Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2015 

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Contact: Melinda Skea


Phone: (202) 349-7224

Court Rules Against Little Sisters of the Poor

Government to force nuns to violate faith or pay massive IRS penalties


Moments ago, in a departure from the U.S. Supreme Court’s protection of the Little Sisters of the Poor last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters must comply with the government’s HHS mandate. This mandate forces religious ministries to violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties.


The following statement can be attributed to St. Loraine Marie Maquire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor:

As Little Sisters of the Poor, we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. And we should not have to make that choice, because it violates our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives. For over 175 years, we have served the neediest in society with love and dignity. All we ask is to be able to continue our religious vocation free from government intrusion.


The following statement can be attributed to Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor:

We’re disappointed with today’s decision. After losing repeatedly at the Supreme Court, the government continues its unrelenting pursuit of the Little Sisters of the Poor. It is a national embarrassment that the world’s most powerful government insists that, instead of providing contraceptives through its own existing exchanges and programs, it must crush the Little Sisters’ faith and force them to participate. Untold millions of people have managed to get contraceptives without involving nuns, and there is no reason the government cannot run its programs without hijacking the Little Sisters and their health plan.


The Tenth Circuit heard oral argument in this case in December of last year, when for the first time since the case began, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, delivered a public statement on the case.


Today the Tenth Circuit ruled that government can force the Little Sisters to either violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties. The court held that participating in the government’s contraception delivery scheme is “as easy as obtaining a parade permit, filing a simple tax form, or registering to vote” and that although the Sisters sincerely believe that participating in the scheme “make[s] them complicit in the overall delivery scheme,” the court “ultimately rejects the merits of this claim” because the court believes the scheme “relieves [the Little Sisters] from complicity.”


The Little Sisters and their attorneys are closely reviewing the court’s decision and will decide soon whether they must seek relief from the Supreme Court.


“We will keep on fighting for the Little Sisters, even if that means having to go all the way to the Supreme Court,” said Daniel Blomberg, Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.


The Court’s order similarly harms Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, the Catholic ministries through which the Little Sisters obtain their health coverage.


For more information, contact the Publications |  410-744-9367  |


Bishop Keane Institute @ Immaculate Conception Parish

Can you please put a link to this webpage on our site?  I have provided some commentary for the link.


Father Sean Prince, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hampton, (our very own Sean Prince!) has reinitiated a Catholic speaker program in his parish.  This is a link to some of the speakers coming to the parish over the rest of this year.

This had been a recognized program in the past and Father Sean is looking to make it one again, where Catholics can come and gather and be nourished by Catholic speakers.

Of note, as you look at the schedule, Father Robert Barron is coming in August, as is Father James Martin in November.

Questions please email Frank at


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2015 Schedule



Tickets Available Jul 18, 2015.


Tickets Available Aug 22, 2015.


Tickets Available Oct 10, 2015.




2150 Cunningham Drive
Hampton, VA 23666


(757) 826-0393,

Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Food Bag Distribution this Weekend



The Catholic Charities Food Pantry has to struggle through the summer months and the food bank is low. Please help distribute food bags after the Mass you attend this weekend. Again, if you run low on bags they are in the back left hand closet.  I plan to be at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Thanks in advance.


Mike K.