pennies to heaven 2022


Join us for the Pennies to Heaven Celebration on
Sunday, August 7th at OLV National Shrine & Basilica!

The "Penny Drop" 

The beloved "Penny Drop" begins prior to 8 a.m. Mass at the Basilica. Families and friends are encouraged to drop off their pennies and loose change on the sidewalk in front of the Shrine's main entrance.    

Father Baker Day Mass

The 86th Annual Father Baker Day Mass begins at Noon. Each year, the special occasion marks the passing of Venerable Nelson Baker and pay tribute to his life and legacy.  

Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ

Nothing goes better with summer than chicken BBQ. This year, the drive-through will be open between 1-5 p.m. (or until we are sold out).  Dinners are $15 and include a half chicken, potato, cole slaw, and a roll.  Pick up yours in the parking lot behind the Basilica.
Sponsorships are an integral part of this event’s success.  Different levels of support are available that include chicken BBQ dinners as well as advertising opportunities.  More information on sponsorships, contact Nicole Ball at 716-828-9444 or [email protected].

New this year!  All are welcome to share their OLV story with us. Come to the bottom floor of the Basilica one hour before (11 a.m.-Noon) OR one hour after (1-2 p.m.) Noon Mass, bring a memory, a photo or a piece of memorabilia from OLV's past. 
Volunteers will be on hand to sit with you and record the memory and upload it onto a special website on which stories will be collected and accessed by others.  Doing so will help us develop an online community of those who have been influenced by our mission!  
Click here if you have a question regarding this new program.


If you have any questions regarding Pennies 2022, call the rectory at (716) 828-9444.  


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors...


OLV Human Services
OLV Charities



Lake Erie Italian Club Bingo
Michalek & Harrington, LLC - Attorneys at Law
The Colonial Memorial Chapels, Inc.



Norman E. Gannon & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home



Marta & Joseph Iannicelli
John J. Kaczor Funeral Home
Knights of Coumbus - Father Baker Council #2243
St. Francis High School
Woyshner's Flower Shop



Dennis & Mary Lou Bodziak
Lilia Bracci
City of Lackawanna & Mayor Annette Iafallo
Imperial Pizza
Murray Roofing Co., Inc.
John H. Twist