Thursday Events

Thursday, September 15th

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Catholic History Pilgrimage Day 2 – Annapolis
: Catholicism in Early America (The Carrolls) (8 am-5:30 pm)

Join Tom and Noelle Crowe, with the American Catholic History Podcast, for a unique Catholic History Pilgrimage! This is Day 2 of the 3-day pilgrimage. You can sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 days. (Discounted ticket for multiple days.)

Depart the hotel at 8am and visit the following sites over the course of the day:

  • Sacred Heart Chapel at Whitemarsh, Bishop John Carroll’s home (Bowie, MD)
  • Charles Carroll House (boyhood home of the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, Annapolis, MD)
  • St. Mary’s (Mass here if we have a priest)
  • exploring and lunch in beautiful Annapolis (several options provided, lunch not included in pilgrimage cost)
  • Naval Academy Chapel
  • Cost for pilgrimage day, including transportation and tours: $95 (discount if booked in conjunction with Days 1 and/or 3)



Hosted by Tom & Noelle.

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, St. John Paul II National Shrine and Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, followed by dinner and a visit to the Lincoln Monument (8:30 am-10:30 pm)

Washington, DC has not only many significant political landmarks, but beautiful religious destinations as well! Visit three of the most significant pilgrimage places in the morning/afternoon, followed by dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and a chance to visit the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments on the National Mall.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America and one of the ten largest churches in the world. It is home to more than 80 chapels and oratories that honor the Mother of God. Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, this great Basilica is our nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States, the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

The St. John Paul II National Shrine (just down the street from the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family) is a place of pilgrimage with a first-class relic of St. John Paul II’s blood available for veneration. A major permanent exhibit highlights significant events in the life of Pope John Paul II and his momentous influence as the spiritual father of one billion Catholics and as a world leader.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is is a national shrine that sustains this 800-year mission of the Franciscan Friars in the Holy Land by serving as a “Little Jerusalem” in America. It’s a U.S. pilgrimage site for those who cannot travel to the Holy Land, and is known for its architectural significance and beauty. It has 42 acres, century-old gardens and full-sized replicas of shrines from the Holy Land. The gardens provide 5-6,000 pounds of produce a year for the city’s poor.

All pilgrimage stops include a short tour along with time for exploring and praying on your own. Mass will be at the National Basilica. Enjoy dinner with fellow participants and a relaxing time to visit the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments on the National Mall before heading home.

Cost: $70 – includes transportation by chartered bus, tours and lunch (selected during the registration process – Firehouse Subs). Dinner cost on your own and donations most welcome at the various shrines.  



Deadline to register extended to September 11th, space available. Only 4 spots left!

Hosted by Johnny.


Mary’s Rock – Shenandoah Valley (8 am – 5 pm)

Mary’s Rock is located about 65 miles west of Westfields Marriott and is moderately difficult with very beautiful views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The hike is a 3.7-mile round trip with an elevation gain of 1200 feet. The highest point elevation is 3500 feet.

We will be carpooling from the Westfields Lobby. First stop is 8:30 am Mass at St. Veronica’s parish, then a quick stop at Sperryville Corner Store for any who need to pick up sandwiches, snacks, water, etc. for lunch/hiking. Drivers are needed for this event, so please indicate if you can drive and how many passengers you can take when you register.

Please wear footwear appropriate for hiking and bring plenty of water and some snacks if you wish. 

Bring money for lunch and $15 for your driver to cover gas and the National Park Pass.


RSVP by September 8th. ($3 Reservation fee.)

Hosted by Steve.

“Behold I Make All Things New”: Evening Healing Retreat (4:30 pm – 9:30 pm)

Join other NCSC participants for an evening of prayer, talks, Mass and dinner. All are welcome, but there will be a special focus for anyone who has been married and divorced/annulled, their children, family, friends, and anyone touched by divorce. Themes will be focusing on the beauty and power in our God-given identity, inner healing, forgiveness, and drawing closer to God through surrender and trust. More details and registration here!


Deadline to register: September 7th.

Informal Social at Westfields Lounge (7 pm – 9 pm)

Arriving Thursday evening or returning from a pre-event? Join fellow NCSC participants in Westfields Lounge (adjoining the restaurant) for some conversation and relaxation. Order a drink from the bar or a bite to eat and enjoy meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones!

Hosted by James. No RSVP necessary.

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