The starting date for the walking pilgrimage is May 18, 2024, which, in addition to being the day after the feast of St. Paschal Baylon is the vigil of Pentecost. It is also the birth anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II, author of the encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia.
Here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis we are blessed to have the Serra Route pass through our Archdiocese on July 5-7. The events will include on July 5th at 3 p.m. meeting at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Charles for the Mercy Chaplet and then walking to the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchense and then processing with the blessed Sacrament along side the pilgrims to St. Peter Catholic Church in St. Charles for a meal and then a praise and worship evening, Bishop Rivituso will be offering Adoration and Benediction along with testimony from the Pilgrims. Please let us know that you are coming with your family members so we prepare enough food. Email Alice Rodriguez at [email protected] and let us know your family name and number of family members attending.
July 6th the Pilgrims will be working with the Missionary of Charity Sisters for their day of service. They will be serving food and then together with the sisters have a Holy Hour presided by Bishop Rivituso before taking the Boxes of Mercy that our parishes assemble to the Refugee families in the St. Louis area.
July 7th the Pilgrims will attend Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis 4431 Lindell Ave. with Archbishop Rozanski presiding and then will walk from the Cathedral with the Blessed Sacrament to St. Stephen Protomartyr 3949 Wilmington Ave. approximately 5.5 miles until they depart our Archdiocese for an event in the Diocese of Belleville at Our Lady of the Snows. We are so blessed to have this first ever pilgrimage share so much of their time with us in Archdiocese. Hope many can make plans even if you can’t make it to the Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis to participate in this National Pilgrimage here. I know you will be blessed by Jesus’ presence.
If you are interested in attending the Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, July 17-21. Here is the info for attending. I encourage you to register soon. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email Jane Guenther at [email protected].