Pray at the Basilica

Prayer taking place at the basilica

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the centerpiece of Notre Dame’s liturgical and sacramental life. Masses, baptisms, weddings, ordinations, funerals — whatever the celebration, the Notre Dame community gathers in this sacred space to give thanks for the blessings God has bestowed on us. We invite you to explore some of what the Basilica offers to those both near and far.

Live Broadcast of Sunday Mass

Each Sunday, the 11:45 a.m. Mass at the Basilica is broadcast live on the internet through the link above. The Notre Dame Folk Choir leads music for this Mass each week.

Reliquary Chapel

The Basilica has a side-chapel dedicated to displaying 1,600 relics from nearly 800 saints. Learn more about the Church's relics and the origins of the reliquary chapel at the Basilica.

Marriage at the Basilica

As the home of the Notre Dame community of faith, the Basilica is a fitting place to celebrate weddings that join husband and wife. Planning a wedding and preparing for Marriage are exciting challenges that require a dedication of time and energy. To celebrate a wedding in the Basilica, which is in great demand, a couple must reserve the space nearly a year in advance. The Marriage preparation process begins six to nine months before the wedding. One member of the couple must be Catholic; in addition, one must be a member of Sacred Heart Parish, a student or alum of Notre Dame, or a member of the University's faculty or staff.

Baptisms at the Basilica

The Basilica and the Log Chapel are the historical and spiritual homes for the faith community of the University. Parents who want to raise their child in the Catholic faith often look to these churches as a fitting place to begin that journey with Baptism.

Welcoming a new child into the family and into the Church is a momentous occasion because Baptism is the most important sacrament anyone will receive. It is the sacrament by which we become adopted sons and daughters of God; Baptism conforms our lives to Christ. The decision to baptize an infant is a wise choice because it opens the child to the life of the Church from their earliest days. What could be more important?

Baptisms are celebrated in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart as well as in the Log Chapel. A pre-Baptism class is required for first-time parents. Your child may be Baptized if you are a member of Sacred Heart Parish, a student or alum of Notre Dame, or a member of the University's faculty or staff.

Basilica Liturgy Schedule

You are most welcome to join the Notre Dame community of faith for liturgies at the Basilica. The regular Mass schedule during the academic year is as follows:

  • Saturday Vigil Mass (Women's Liturgical Choir): 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Mass (Liturgical Choir): 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass (Folk Choir): 11:45 a.m.
  • Sunday Vespers: 7:15 p.m.

Home Football Games

On home football game weekends, Mass is celebrated in the Basilica 30 minutes after the game, and in Stepan Center 45 minutes after the game.

Daily Mass

Daily Masses are celebrated in the Basilica Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Friday afternoons between the two daily Masses.

Confessions

Confessions are heard in the Basilica Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m., 4:45 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. (except on Fridays). Confessions are also offered in the crypt on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

The Rosary

The Rosary is prayed at the Grotto every day at 6:45 p.m.

The schedule varies for feast days and during breaks in the academic calendar. For more information, visit the Basilica website.