March 30, 2011 // Local

Palm Sunday’s six-church pilgrim walk highlights Christ’s passion

SOUTH  BEND — The high school age youth and young adults of the diocese are invited along with other interested faithful to participate in a six- church passion walk on Palm Sunday led by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. The pilgrimage will offer the youth an extraordinary opportunity to not only pray the Stations of the Cross and celebrate Mass as a community, but to present a public witness to their faith as well. No registration is required.

The pilgrims of the faith community are invited to gather at St. Joseph Church parking lot, located at 226 N. Hill St. in South Bend, between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 17. The pilgrimage will begin promptly at noon when those in attendance will sing hymns and pray the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. A brief corresponding parish history will be read at each of the six churches on the journey.

Bishop Rhoades will then lead the travelers to St. Patrick Church, located at 309 S. Taylor St., where the pilgrims will begin their meditation on the Lord’s journey to Calvary by praying the first four stations there. The next four stations will be witnessed at St. Hedwig Church, 331 S. Scott St. As the group processes again through the streets of South Bend they will stop next at St. Augustine Church, 1501 W. Washington St., to pray stations 9-12 and finally conclude the Way of the Cross by praying the last two stations at St. Stanislaus Church, 415 N. Brookfield St.

Following the completion of the Lord’s Passion, the pilgrims will exit St. Stanislaus Church for the distribution and blessing of the palms, and the proclamation of the Gospel outside the church. Finally the pilgrimage will route the faithful to Holy Cross Church, 1050 Wilbur, where they will join Bishop Rhoades in the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass at 4 p.m. A simple reception will follow. Buses will be provided to transport pilgrims back to St. Joseph Church.

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