F.A.Q.

We have collected all the common questions that are being submitted to us by the visitors of the Shrine:

CAN I LEAVE AN INTENTION, A NAME?
Yes, of course: let’s make novena to Jesus Christ for this or these people. In particular, we remember every day at 4.30 pm (Sunday at 5pm) when we say the daily prayer in front of the statue of the Infant Jesus.
CAN I CELEBRATE A HOLY MASS?
Yes to both the living and the dead. You must contact the Father Superior directly by writing to santuario@gesubambino.org or by calling +39 0109127386.There is a chance to celebrate the masses  also for missionaries in Africa. If they ask what is the payment, we request 10 euros.

You can also request a celebration of a Mass on this site:

CAN YOU CELEBRATE GREGORIAN MASSES?
Sure. No perpetual mass is possible. Always in agreement with the Father looking for the 30 consecutive dates for the celebrations.
AT WHAT TIME WE HAVE THE HOLY MASSES?
On weekdays at 08.00, 09.30, 11.00 and 17.00.On holidays at 8.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.15, 16.00, 17.30 and July and August at 21.00.

See also the Hours page:

WHEN IS THE SANCTUARY OPENED?

Weekdays from 07.15 until 12.00 and from 14.30 to 18.45. Holidays from 07.15 until 13.00 and from 14.30 to 18.45.
If there is a group you can prolong the opening or calling before you meet.
The same timetable applies to the crib.

See also the Hours page:

WHAT ABOUT THE OPENING OF THE SHOPS?
The shop is open: on weekdays from 09.00 to 12.00 and (summer) from 15.00 to 18.20.On public holidays from 09.00 to 13.00 and (summer) from 14.30 to 18.20.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO CONFESS?
Yes, there are Fathers available for confessions from 08.00  to 12.00  and  from 15.00 to 18.00.
CAN PRIESTS CELEBRATE HOLY MASSES?
Usually the priests who come with groups concelebrate at the Holy Masses. If the priest himself wants to celebrate or at another time (weekdays from 8.30am with everything that ends at 9.30am or 10am or 12pm with everything that ends at 4.30pm or after 5.30), (feast days from 08.45 with everything finishing for 10.00 or 13 with everything that ends at 4.00pm or after 18.45). You try to agree on other booking as well.
CAN WE ANIMATE THE MASS?
Of course! Always see if there were other groups. For choruses, on Sunday at11.00, the chorus of the Shrine animates.
CAN WE CELEBRATE IN OUR LANGUAGES?
If there is a need for some group.
IS THERE AN EXORCIST AMONG YOU?
No. We only do blessings, but for the rest, as prayers for liberation, we refer to exorcists.
DO WE NEED TO PAY FOR THE PARKING?
Yes, it costs 1 euro per hour.In the upper parking lot on weekdays there is a concession for 60 minutes (the time to attend the Mass), during the feast days, 90 minutes. The lower one is reserved for cars and buses, not for camper. For the bus fare is 3.5 euros per hour. To book or have more info: parcheggio@gesubambino.org  or +39 3357412789.

IS THERE A CHANCE TO EAT?
Yes, there is the self-service for pilgrims, open all Sundays and other days on reservation. You must contact Mr. Carlo ristorazione@gesubambino.org or 3341204364. It is a self-service but can ask for service at the table on request. On request it is also open in the evening.

See also Services page.

HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO EAT AT THE SELF FOR PILGRIMS?

There are two types of menus:

  1. classic: first between 2 choices, depending on the choice of 2, fruit or sweets and bottled water, all at 9,80 euros.
  2. Pizza, potato chips and water bottle at 6,50 euros.
IS THERE THE CANTEEN SERVICE?
Yes: it is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 17.30. In the absence of this one can take the coffee at the automatic machines.
WHETHER PEOPLE WELCOMES YOUR STRUCTURE?
Outdoors there are 400 seats, while indoor 130. In emergency situations for so many pilgrims and rain with a spirit of adaptation, you can also dine in other places adapted for the occasion.
IS THERE POSSIBILITY TO PLAY BOYS?
Yes, on the square in front of the church or with arrangements also in the field of the ball of the seminary.
DO YOU HAVE A CONFERENCE HALL?
Yes, at the Seminar Theater, with 200 seats and projection possibilities.
WHAT CAN IT VISIT?
The church with the beautiful white ceramics, the permanent nativity scene, the recently restored missionary exhibition, the botanical garden of big plants, the seminary with its chapel and the panoramic terrace. The tower of the sarajens next to the Shrine.
HOW LONG DOES A GUIDED TOUR TAKE?
Depends on the needs of pilgrims. There are groups that want only two words, some a little more, some more in depth. The ideal thing is to use an hourglass to do things well and calmly. This can include the time of the mass and the shopping at the souvenir room.
THE GUIDED TOUR HAS A PRICE?
No, it’s free. It is animated by fathers of the Shrine that will try to make it nice and suitable for the type of group (children, schools, parishes, seniors). If you want, you are welcome to an offer.

To have a guided tour or all that concerns the welcome: accoglienza@gesubambino.org or +39 3664563285.

See also the page Book your visit.

ARE YOU EQUIPPED FOR THE DISABLED?
Yes and no. With the car, you can reach right next to the shrine and conveniently access the Church to the Chapel of the Blessings and the Souvenir shop. The bathrooms are also available for disabled in the wheelchair at the top parking and in front of the bar. It is more difficult but not impossible to access the crib and the garden of big plants.

To have a guided tour or all about welcome: accoglienza@gesubambino.org or +39 3664563285.

PROVIDE THE POSSIBILITY TO KNOW OR ANY STRUCTURE?
The Shrine does not have a pilgrim house. For few people we have option of 2 self-catering apartments. For information and reservations, Rev. Fr. David: pernottamentofamiglia@gesubambino.org .

We rely on other structures in the city for other types of requests

Exceptions: we have given hospitality to parish groups who want to make a torchlight with a spirit of adaptation sleeping on the ground. Equal speech for scout groups but accompanied by an adult.

Alternatively:

  • Monastery of Deserto di Varazze for scout groups or people seeking spiritual retreats (+39 019918050).
  • Monastery of Bocca di Magra for holidays and retreats (+39 018760911).
CAN I SUBSCRIBE TO “IL MESSAGGERO DI GESÙ BAMBINO” (THE MESSENGER OF INFANT JESUS)?
Of course. Those who want the Shrine offer some complimentary copy and the annual subscription is 20 euros. You can send the address to messaggero@gesubambino.org or +39 109125785. La rivista è solo in italiano altrimenti in lingua proponiamo “amicizia missionaria”.

CAN I RECIEVE A SOUVENIR SHOP ITEMS AT MY HOUSE?
Absolutely: messaggero@gesubambino.org or +39 109125785. Among the available items: Statuettes of the Infant Jesus, Blessed Olive oil, Crowns, Prayer books, Childhood history.
DO WEDDINGS?
Yes, only 2 per month and Saturday or 12.00 or 18.00. Normally to devotees and children of Infant Jesus. Contact tel.: +39 109127386.
DO BAPTISMS?
No. Baptism takes place in the parish of origin.
DO FIRST COMMUNIONS, CONFORMATION AND FUNERAL?
No, they celebrate in the parish of origin.
WHY IS IT CALLED INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE?
Because devotion to this image arose in the city of Prague at the beginning of 1600. Many people prayed and Jesus did many miracles, so that spontaneously people gave him the name of “Prague Infant” and with this name has spread all over the world.
IS YOUR STATUE OF INFANT JESUS THE ORIGINAL ONE?
No. The original one is in Prague and wax figurine. This is a copy on the same model.
BUT THEN WHY THE LINK BETWEEN PRAGUE AND ARENZANO?
Because here in Arenzano one father in September 1900 has exposed a small square and here  many people who have come and prayed the Infant Jesus here have obtained many thanks. Seeing these prodigies, the fathers built the Shrine which has in all respects become a world pilgrimage destination.
WHY IS INFANT JESUS DRESSED IN RED?
Because it is custom in the city of Prague and its sanctuary to change the dress to the Infant Jesus according to the liturgical time. At Arenzano the dress is almost always red, except for Christmas that is white. The Arenzano Infant Jesus has a set 12 embroidered dresses and frequently changed on the statuette.
WHEN IS THE FEAST OF THE SHRINE?
The first Sunday of September and the Saturday preceding this Sunday.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER FESTIVALS?
All the months of the 25th there is a great feast and time of prayer and gathering of many devotees. That day after the Mass of 11.00 there is exposition of Holy Eucharistic, at 4.00pm the catechesis, the blessing of the oil and the anointing of the faithful. Following is solemn Mass. If the 25th Sunday at 4.00pm there is Mass, at 5.00pm the blessing and the anointing and at 5.30pm another Mass. See also the events page.
DO YOU HAVE A CALENDAR OF INITIATIVES?
See the events page.
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
See the page.
HOW CAN I MAKE AN OFFER?
By using the online form on this site, or:

  • Versamento tramite bonifico bancario IBAN: IT21D0760101400000000002170 BIC/SWIFT: BPPIITRRXXX intestato a: Santuario Basilica del S. Bambino Gesù 16011 Arenzano GE.
ARE THE OFFERS DETECTED?
Unfortunately those made directly to the Shrine no. If you need to deduct your donations (for those residing in Italy), you can bid for our missions through “Amicizia Missionaria Onlus” (Missionary Friendship Onlus) at the Tax Code: 95021490107 – Amicizia Missionaria Onlus.
YOU ARE BOLONG TO WHICH ORDER?
We are religious in the Order of the Discalced Carmelites.
ARE YOU THE SAME FATHERS OF THE PRAGUE?
Yes, we are in the same Order.
DO YOU SELL RELIGIOUS ITEMS AND PRODUCTS?
Yes, we have shop in the Shrine and online on this site an e-shop with religious items, cosmetics, food, books etc.

If you do not find, write to us and will answer as soon as possible.

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