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Local Bishop to Bless Our Lady of America Chapel

Source: Our Lady of America Shrine, Rome City, Indiana ~


We can’t wait to welcome you to the Holy Mass offered here on August 6th, 2020. We are preparing for Bishop Rhoades’s visit to the Our Lady, Patroness of America Center to consecrate our new altar, bless our Chapel, and celebrate Holy Mass. Afterwards we will have an afternoon to celebrate this great gift with a cookout and music. Bring the family.Just recently confirmed, Bishop Rhoades will do one more thing as part of these liturgical events. He will rename the chapel to The Oratory of the Holy Family! He determined this name is more fitting because of the chapel’s canonical status as an oratory. But more so, it is recognition that imitation of the Holy Family is a sure path in obtaining the gift of purity which Our Lady, the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of America wants for us.The Holy Family is the perfect example of the life that Our Lady wants for us. She calls us to imitate the familial life in their little home in Nazareth wherein Divinity and Humanity lived in perfect harmony, peace and purity. Renaming the chapel is yet another example of Bishop Rhoades’s clear understanding of this devotion and Our Lady’s hope for her children.

Help Make the Day Better for Everyone - RSVP To make this day, the best it can be for you, we need to have an idea of how many are attending. Please help us out by completing the RSVP form:

We know that we will have more pilgrims than the chapel can seat, so we will have overflow in the conference room and in a huge outdoor tent with live streaming of the Mass in all overflow locations. Your RSVP does not get you a reserved seat but will help us be better prepares so that all will have a seat. But how well we do is dependent on you letting us know. However, if you forget to RSVP still feel free to attend.

Bishop's Mass Events - August 6th, 2022 Event Start Time

Doors Open 9:00 AM

Confessions 9:30 AM

Rosary 10:30 AM

Holy Mass - Celebrant Bishop Rhoades 11:00 AM, Blessing and Distribution of Lilies

At conclusion of Mass: Free Hotdogs & Hamburgers - Donations Welcomed

1:00 PM Entertainment, games and fellowship

Day's Conclusion 5:00 PM

Caution! Detour The intersection of State Road 9 and Northport Road where you would normally enter the grounds is closed for construction. It is not passable at all. A detour is provided that will get you to the center. The detour will add about 5 minutes to your trip time. Check Current Detour for details:

Special Needs

If you have special needs during your visit, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate. Call the office at 260-303-4990.


If you are unable to attend in person, but would like to participate remotely you may STREAM LIVE HERE

What to pack

If you are staying for the afternoon be sure to pack:

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Favorite beverage (Coolers are welcome)

  • Snacks

  • Sunblock / Sun hats

  • Bug spray – the post Mass events will be outside

  • Lawn Chair


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