National Shrine of
Saint Alphonsus Ligouri


Entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter

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Mass Schedule

Sunday

8:30 am Lithuanian
10:00 am English
11:30 am Traditional Latin Mass

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

12:10 pm Traditional Latin Mass

Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

7:00 am Traditional Latin Mass

Confessions

Sunday

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

11:30 am – 12:00 noon

Saturday

Following the 7:00 am Mass

For Holydays and schedule changes

see Parish Info

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National Shrine of Saint Alphonsus

Rev. Father Joel E. Kiefer, FSSP

Pastor


Announcements

Schedule Changes

10 December: Total Consecration to Our Lady.

16 December: Rorate Mass in honor of Our Lady will be held this Advent on Saturday, 16th December at 6:30 am. This will replace the 7am Mass that day. Donate a candle for your intentions.

Holydays

8 December: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Masses will be offered at 7am, 12:10pm, and 7pm.

25 December: Christmas Day, Masses will be offered on Christmas morn at midnight (Latin), 8:30 (Lithuanian), 10:00 (English), and 11:30 (Latin). Don’t forget to enroll your intentions for the Midnight Mass.

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Location & Free Parking

Free parking is available during Mass on Sundays, until 2:30 pm, in the Charles Center Parking lot on North Liberty Street – near the intersection of Liberty and Saratoga Streets, just one block away.

If you are planning to attend a 7 am Mass, you will find that nearby street parking is free until 8 am.

For midday Masses, however, you will have to “feed the meter.”

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Saint Alphonsus

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

In 1696, God raised up Saint Alphonsus. This Neapolitan nobleman, well known as a barrister, soon renounced his prospects of a brilliant career to devote himself excluseively to the service of God, with the sole desire of pleasing Him. He founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer whose members he sent, following the Saviour's example, into the country, to the towns and villages, to announce the kingdom of God. He vowed never to lose a moment of his time and never in the whole of his life did he commit a mortal sin.

He wrote religious works filled with profound learning and piety and is therefore honoured by the Church as a Doctor. Emphasizing the importance of prayer in the divine plan, he condenses all his treatise on grace in one sentence:
He who prays is saved, he who does not pray is damned.

How meet that the National Shrine of Saint Alphonsus, dedicated in 1845, should have come to be known as the place
“where saints have prayed.”

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Rorate Caeli
Mass in Honor of Our Lady
16 December, 6:30 am

Donate a candle

The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary is offered just before dawn. Rising very early on a wintry morning, some families and individuals travel an hour or more to arrive in time for this stunningly beautiful Mass. The interplay of light and darkness remind us of the meaning of Advent and of the coming of the Light of the world.

The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of the Introit, which are from Isaiah 45:8:

Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.
(Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.)

The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent’s violet. In the dimly flickering light, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.

We will light a candle for you and your intentions at our Rorate Mass this Advent for a minimum donation of $20. As always, 100% of your donation supports the operation of the Shrine.
Thank you for your generosity.

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Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Christmas Mass Intentions

Enrollment of your intentions in our Midnight Mass is now open. Please use the button below to make your donation and submit your intentions. Your donation in its entirety goes to help support the Shrine. Please be generous.

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wall in need of repair

We Need Your Help

We call it our Jericho project. After more than 170 years, the brick wall that surrounds and secures the Shrine’s courtyard is finally tumbling down. It is in need of extensive repairs. The estimate is $44,500 and we will have to break ground on the project in the Spring. Your donation in any amount to help us preserve the Shrine is greatly appreciated.

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Devotion Schedule & Resources

The following are the devotions that immediately follow daily Mass. Included are links to files that you can print (double-sided, on legal-sized paper) if you’d like.

Monday

Litany of Saint Joseph

Wednesday

Miraculous Medal Devotions

Friday

Litany of the Most Sacred Heart

Saturday

Litany of Our Lady

First Saturday

Exposition/Holy Hour/Benediction following 7:00 am Mass

On First Fridays and First Saturdays

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus / Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Contact Us

By Old-Fashioned Mail

114 West Saratoga Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

By Phone

410-685-6090

By Electronic Mail


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