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  • Departure Time: 5:00 am from St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Wellsboro, PA
  • Arrival at Basilica: 10:30 am
  • Rosary: 11:30 am
  • Departure for Home: 6:30 pm
  • Cost: $50/person plus lunch and supper; snacks will be provided.
  • Pick-Up Stops:
    • 5:10 am – CVS Plaza, Mansfield, PA
    • 5:20 am – Blossburg Park N Ride, Blossburg, PA
    • 6:00 am – Burger King 50 Maynard St., Williamsport, PA
  • Comfort/Breakfast Stop: McDonald’s in Dillsburg
  • Dinner Stop: Chic-fil-A in Germantown, MD
  • Daily Mass: 12:10 pm
  • Confessions: 9 am – Noon; 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Tours: 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
  • Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm

About the Basilica: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a large minor Catholic basilica and national shrine in the United States in Washington, D.C., located at 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, adjacent to Catholic University. The shrine is the largest Catholic church building in North America, and one of the largest in the world; the basilica is also the tallest habitable building in Washington, D.C. Its construction of Byzantine Revival and Romanesque Revival architecture began on September 23, 1920, with renowned contractor John McShain and was completed on December 8, 2017, with the dedication and solemn blessing of the Trinity Dome mosaic. The basilica is the national and patronal Catholic church of the United States, honoring the Immaculate Conception as Patroness, accorded by Pope Pius IX on February 7, 1847. Pope Pius XI donated a mosaic rendition of the image in 1923. The shrine has merited several papal visits. More information at

Plenary Indulgence: “For the faithful who are able to devoutly visit the Basilica of the Nation Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the Solemnity of the Saints Peter and Paul and who, while within this church, participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Profession of Faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and offer a prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) (Domus Ecclesiae, 9 November 1989)

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Terrie Thomas at (570) 418-3881.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says to the people: “Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).

In this Bible study, Dr. Pitre takes two aspects of the ancient Jewish Law: the daily “perpetual sacrifice” known as the Tamid and the weekly day of rest and worship known as the Sabbath and shows how Jesus truly fulfilled both of these Jewish feasts in his passion, death, and resurrection from the grave. In this ground-breaking Bible study, you’ll learn about:

• The Jewish Liturgical Year: How the Jews followed a liturgical calendar much like Catholics today, with daily, seasonal, and annual feasts—all of which are fulfilled by Jesus

• The “Perpetual Sacrifice”: How the daily Jewish sacrifice known as the tamid (“perpetual offering”) points forward to and was fulfilled in a unique way by Jesus’ passion and death

• Why Jesus Was Crucified at 3 p.m.: The Evangelists stress that Jesus died at the “ninth hour” (=3p.m.) on Friday afternoon. Why? What would this time have meant to a first-century Jew?

• What the Jewish People were Praying for in the Temple at the Time of Jesus’ Death: The Jewish Rabbis have preserved an ancient form of the “Eighteen Benedictions,” which were prayed by Jews daily in the Temple; find out how God answered their prayers for redemption and the coming of the Messiah at the very moment they were praying for them.

• How Jesus fulfilled the Jewish Sabbath: Why do Catholics worship on Sunday rather than Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath)? How did Jesus’ fulfillment of the Sabbath usher in a new creation?

If you’ve ever been confronted by Seventh-Day Adventist rejections of Sunday worship or if you’ve ever just wanted to understand the mystery of Jesus’ death and Resurrection more deeply, then this Bible study is for you.

Father Bryan is leading this study in Holy Child Hall following the 11:15 am Sunday Mass on April 14th and April 21st.

Light refreshments served.

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