Below are the latest updates as we begin to reopen during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
We are happy to share that the Seton Shrine Visitor Center will open to the public on Wednesday July 8th and resume operating hours of Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Visitors must wear a facial covering. Tours will continue to be offered on Fridays and Saturdays. We expect to re-open our Gift Shop on or before July 22.
The health and safety of our visitors and staff is of utmost importance, and we’ve taken care to put precautions in place to keep our visitors and staff safe. For more details, please click the following link:
Sunday Mass will be held at 11am and 1:30pm with Confession available from 12:15-1:15 in the Basilica lobby area. The 11am Mass will be live-streamed. If necessary an outdoor overflow area will be available where visitors can hear the audio from the Mass and also receive Holy Communion. Restrooms will be available but limited. All visitors must wear a facial covering and maintain a social distance of six feet from those not living in your household. Mass at the new time will be livestreamed on Facebook. The Basilica will be open for 10am-5pm. Daily Mass will return to 1:30pm M-F in the Basilica with confessions and Eucharistic Adoration beforehand 12:15-1:15.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Museum & Gift Shop will remain physically closed until further notice.
HOWEVER, we will now have Historic Homes Tours again on Fridays & Saturdays. See our events to learn more.
This Monday 6/15 the Basilica re-opens! Daily Mass will return to 1:30pm M-F in the Basilica with confessions and Eucharistic Adoration beforehand 12:15-1:15. Sunday schedule is still TBD, so stay tuned! Restrooms will be available but limited. Please wear a facial covering and maintain a social distance of six feet from those not living in your household. Mass at the new time will be livestreamed on Facebook. The Basilica will be open for 10am-5pm.
This Sunday 6/14 Mass will be at 11:00am outside at the White House as previously scheduled.
Beginning Sunday, May 31st, Masses will be held outside the historic White House where Mother Seton lived, taught, prayed and died. Mass on Sundays will be at 11am and M-F at 9am. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and/or kneeling pads as seating will not be provided. Restrooms will be available but very limited. Per county regulations, capacity is limited to 250 people. Please wear a facial covering and maintain a social distance of six feet from those not living in your household. All Masses will continue to be live streamed. Confession & Adoration will be available after Mass 12-2pm Sundays and 10-12 M-F.
Our decision to hold Mass outdoors has been done so primarily to protect the vulnerable populations with which the Seton Shrine shares a facility. To learn about when Mass will be held in the Basilica again and other updates, please visit setonshrine.org/coronavirus.
We will be offering outdoor confessions starting May 21st! Our schedule will be Monday – Friday 10:30 – 12 noon and Sundays 12:30 – 2pm. Visitors will be asked to form a line with their cars and remain in their cars until it is their turn. Masks will be required and social distancing from the priest who will also be wearing a mask will be observed.
Due to the directive from Frederick County, MD in response to the Covid-19 crisis the Seton Shrine will remain physically closed until further notice. Our virtual private masses continue and we are producing weekly digital content for you!
Please visit our Facebook page to view livestreams of our private Masses on Sundays at 11am and weekdays at 9am. Please also consider calling our prayer line: 866-202-4934, which remains open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm. Please also consider joining us this week for a Live Stream tour of Mother Seton’s historic Stone House on Thursday at 4pm EST. You can also subscribe to our weekly spiritual reflections.
UPDATE: 3/30/20: In light of Governor Hogan’s stay-in-place order, Archbishop William Lori has ordered the closure of all churches and shrines in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
UPDATE 3/18/20: The Basilica remains open; however, the maximum limit is now ten people. Basilica staff will manage the restriction. The CDC has amended its guidelines by limiting the number of people gathered to 10. This standard will be applied to all situations involving the gathering of people in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
UPDATE 3/17/20: Stations of the Cross have been cancelled in accordance with Archbishop Lori’s directive to cancel all scheduled prayer services.
UPDATE 3/16/20: The Visitor Center (Gift Shop and Museum) will be closed indefinitely out of an abundance of caution for our staff and visitors.
To view all Archdiocesan directives on the coronavirus, please see archbalt.org/coronavirus. Please know that we will do everything in our power to continue to offer the sacraments as close to normal as possible. Let us all ask Mother Seton’s intercession during this difficult time, especially for the weak and vulnerable.
Can’t Make Mass?
Join us in praying the following prayer composed by Pope Francis to the Blessed Mother in response to the Coronavirus
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
The Visitor Center will remain closed out of an abundance of caution for our staff and visitors.
Questions or concerns? Email us at email@example.com or call at 301-447-6606.