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Friars gather in front of the Shrine information booth
Friars gather in front of the Shrine information booth

Friars are gathering at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation to minister to the many hundreds of pilgrims who come for the annual Novena to Our Lady of Consolation, culminating in the celebration of the Vigil and Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.

Rev. James W. Sichko, a priest of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, is this year's Novena Preacher. During the Jubilee Year, Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Sichko as one of 100 Missionaries of Mercy in the United States out of 800 worldwide. The evening Novena services take place at 8 p.m. Confessions are heard weeknights during the novena at 7 p.m., and will be available all day on August 14th and until the procession on the 15th.

On August 14, the Vigil of the Assumption, the final prayers of the novena will be prayed from the front steps of the basilica when the statue of Our Lady of Consolation is brought out at 9 p.m. Immediately following is the the candlelight procession to Shrine Park where Most Reverend Daniel Thomas, Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, will preside at the Vigil Mass.DSC_0077

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