University of Notre Dame

Game Day




Notre Dame’s Catholic identity prompts this campus to offer some football weekend attributes that visitors might not expect. We’re serious in our invitation to all visitors to come pray with us, and the highest form of Catholic worship—the Holy Mass—is celebrated numerous times before and after the athletic proceedings. The Team Mass, celebrated in the Basilica a few hours before the game, is a private gathering, but why not echo their team spirit in this way too?

Complete Weekly Mass Schedule

Here’s a home game schedule you’re not likely to see everywhere:

Friday Masses:

6:45 a.m. in the Crypt
11:30 a.m. in the Basilica
5:15 p.m. in the Basilica

Saturday Masses:

Post-game Masses are all Vigil Masses for Sunday

6:45 a.m. in the Crypt
10:00 a.m. in the Crypt
30 minutes after the completion of the football game, in the Basilica
30 minutes after the completion of the football game, in Debartolo Performing Arts Center*
30 minutes after the completion of the football game for alumni and family from these residence halls – Alumni, Dillon, Keough, Morrissey, Ryan, Siegfried and Sorin halls

*DPAC Mass will replace Stepan Center Mass

Michigan Game Mass Times

4:00 p.m. in the Basilica
4:00 p.m. Dorm Masses – Alumni, Ryan, Dillion, Morrissey, and Siegfried halls
4:30 p.m. in Debartolo Performing Arts Center

5:00 p.m. Dorm Masses – Keough and Sorin halls

Sunday Masses:

6:30 a.m. in the Crypt
8:00 a.m. in the Crypt
8:00 a.m. in the Basilica
9:30 a.m. in the Crypt
10:00 a.m. in the Basilica
11:00 a.m. in the Crypt
11:45 a.m. in the Basilica
1:30 p.m. – Misa En Espanol – Dillion Hall
4:30 p.m. in the Law School Chapel

The Grotto

This is Our Lady’s University—Notre Dame. You’re invited to join in our devotional prayer at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Of course, you can come and pray, reflect, and light a candle any time day or night in this beautiful setting.

Rosary Devotions — daily at 6:45 p.m. at the Grotto.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The schedule for confessions in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is as follows:

  • Friday: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m., 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon (Game Days only)


Evening Prayer of the Church on Sundays at 7:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The Word of Life Mural … and more

It’s typically called “Touchdown Jesus,” but the beautiful mural on the side of the Hesburgh Library that faces Notre Dame Stadium was designed to honor Jesus as “Christ the Teacher” in the company of saints and scholars throughout the ages. The mural represents the introduction to the Gospel of John:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The campus and its buildings have many spiritually important statues and other pieces of art, plus places and spaces witnessing to Notre Dame’s faith tradition, where visitors can take time to reflect and pray in a respectful environment.