Plan Your Group Pilgrimage

If you would like to bring a your parish, church, school, family or any other group of 10 or more people, please choose from one of the following options as you plan your pilgrimage. Please look over the following sample options below to help you plan your day(s) schedule. To set this up, call the Shrine Pilgrimage Department at 205-795-5717 or email us at: pilgrimages@olamshrine.com  Individual pilgrimages are also welcome, but we cannot put together a schedule unless you have 10 or more in your group. If your group is less than 10 persons, you can participate in the activities posted on the Shrine’s Daily Schedule.

 *These group activities MUST be scheduled at least 1 month prior to your visit.*

*Sample Options:

Option 1

  • 7:00 AM Mass

  • 8:00 AM Divine Office/Confessions

  • 8:30 AM Breakfast or Gift Shop

  • 9:30 AM Spiritual Talk

  • 10:30 AM Shrine Tour or JPII Center Tour

  • 11:30 AM Divine Office/Rosary

  • 12:05 PM Lunch

  • 1:00 PM Free Time

  • 2:00 PM Healing Service

  • 3:00 PM Confessions/Divine Mercy Chaplet

Option 2

  • 7:00 AM Mass

  • 8:00 AM Divine Office/Confessions

  • 8:30 AM Breakfast

  • 9:15 AM Gift Shop/Free Time

  • 10:30 AM JPII Center Tour

  • 11:30 AM Divine Office/Rosary

  • 12:05 PM Lunch

  • 1:00 PM Shrine Tour

  • 2:00 PM Healing Service

  • 3:00 PM Confessions/Divine Mercy Chaplet

Option 3

  • 9:00 AM Arrival

  • 9:30 AM Spiritual Talk

  • 10:30 AM Shrine Tour or JPII Center Tour

  • 11:30 AM Divine Office/Rosary

  • 12:00 PM Mass

  • 1:00 PM Lunch/Free Time

  • 2:00 PM Healing Service

  • 3:00 PM Confessions/Divine Mercy Chaplet

Option 4 (half day)

  • 7:00 AM Mass

  • 8:00 AM Divine Office/Confessions

  • 8:30 AM Breakfast or Free Time

  • 9:30 AM Spiritual Talk

  • 10:30 AM Shrine Tour or JPII Center Tour

  • 11:30 AM Divine Office/Rosary

  • 12:00 PM Depart

Glossary of Activities:

Spiritual Talk (1 hour duration) given by a priest, deacon, or professed brother. Takes place in the one of the Conference Rooms inside Castle San Miguel.

Shrine Tour (1 hour duration) – walking and sitting. Begins in Castle San Miguel. Tour includes Castle San Miguel, Creche (Nativity Scene), Main Church, Shroud of Turin Exhibit, Lower Church, etc.

John Paul II Eucharistic Center Tour (1 hour duration). This is a guided tour. The Center is located on the grounds of the Shrine. Tour includes visuals of Old Testament and New Testament scenes with short scriptural videos; timelines of Church history; videos of Eucharistic Miracles; and an interactive area.

Eucharistic Center Capacity: Due to limited space in the Eucharistic Center, we only limit a group of 30 persons per tour. If your group is 30 or more persons, please let us know, and we will run 2 separate tours for your group.

Healing Service (1 hour duration) presided over by a priest or deacon. This service in the Lower Crypt Church consists of devotional prayers, Scriptural reading and homily/meditation, Benediction, and individual blessing with the Eucharist, and Divine Praises.

Divine Office (10-20 minutes duration). These are the daily prayers, psalms, scriptures, etc. that the Nuns chant together 5 times a day in the Temple.

Confessions Offered twice a day at 8AM and 3PM. (No 3PM confessions on Sunday & Monday)

History of the Shrine Talk (20-30 minutes duration). This talk on how the Shrine came to be and the inspiration behind it. Takes place in one of the Conference Rooms inside Castle San Miguel.

CateringWe have caterer’s who can offer breakfast and lunch for your group. These meals take place in the downstairs St. Raphael Dining Hall of Castle San Miguel.

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