Blazing a Trail: To the Heart of Jesus

June 17, 2024

Happy Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! As thousands boldly follow Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, he continues to blaze a trail across our nation, pouring out the fire of his infinite love on all who encounter him. The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage travels into three new states this week as well as Washington, D.C. Take a peek at where the Pilgrimage will accompany Jesus next as he draws more hearts closer to his.

Walking in His Infinite Love

Marian Route

Jesus entered the state of Wisconsin this morning on the northern route of the Pilgrimage. As he makes his way through the Diocese of La Crosse and into the Diocese of Green Bay, Our Eucharistic Lord continues to draw more and more souls nearer to his Sacred Heart. Here are some of this week’s highlights:

  • Upon entering the Diocese of La Crosse, a Eucharistic rally called “The Answer” will be held at the La Crosse Center on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  • The Pilgrimage will carry Jesus to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse on Saturday.
  • The Diocese of La Crosse will host an outdoor Sunday Morning Mass and Eucharistic procession celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartosic of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • A Eucharistic Miracle exhibit and mission display at a local parish in the Diocese of La Crosse will show undeniable proof of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
  • The Diocese of Green Bay will host a historic Eucharistic boat procession around the shores of Lake Shawano heading toward Camp Tekakwitha.
  • The Pilgrims will accompany Our Eucharistic Lord on a 7.3-mile Eucharistic procession along Mountain Bay Trail in Green Bay.
The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage in St. Paul, MN on the Marian Route

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route

After visiting the national shrine of this route's namesake last week, the Pilgrimage will continue to make several more historically significant stops along the eastern route. After accompanying Jesus through the Archdiocese of Baltimore, it will visit the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and the Diocese of Greensburg. Then it will enter the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Check out some of the ways Our Lord will be uniting more hearts to his this week:

  • Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate a bilingual Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption—America’s First Cathedral—where U.S. bishops have assembled since the First Council of Baltimore. A Eucharistic procession will follow, with stops at several historic sites along the way.
  • The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will hold Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday morning, followed by a procession with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
  • The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will hold an outdoor Mass on Sunday at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto, celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartchak.
  • Following the celebration of Mass, the Diocese of Greensburg will host a family fun night.
The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage in New York City on the Seton Route

St. Juan Diego Route

Traveling through more of Louisiana and into Mississippi this week, Jesus will continue to pour out his love on the southern route along the Gulf of Mexico. The Perpetual Pilgrims will accompany him in iconic cities and locations in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Diocese of Biloxi. Take a look at some of the events to look forward to:

  • Nearly 700 participants have already registered to attend each event in Baton Rouge during the Pilgrimage’s short time in the diocese. A highlight is a procession with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge to St. Joseph Cathedral, where Bishop Michael Duca will give an address to all in attendance.
  • Archbishop Gregory Aymond will lead a Eucharistic procession from Notre Dame Seminary to St. Rita’s Church in the heart of New Orleans.
  • At the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will celebrate Sunday Mass, followed by a Eucharistic procession led by Archbishop Aymond through the center of the French Quarter.
  • Bishop Louis Kihneman wiII will give one of several talks and testimonies on the Eucharist while lunch is served at the Pilgrimage’s first stop in Mississippi.
  • The Diocese of Biloxi will process the Holy Sacrament to the Gulf of Mexico for a blessing of the sea.
The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage on the Juan Diego Route

St. Junipero Serra Route

On the western route, Jesus will draw more hearts to himself in the Archdiocese of Denver before traveling into the Diocese of Grand Island in Nebraska this week. Check out what’s coming up next as Our Eucharistic Lord transitions from western mountains to midwestern cornfields:

  • Participants in Denver are stamping their Pilgrimage passports at each event location on the route to receive a comic book prize about the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis!
  • The Archdiocese of Denver will honor Servant of God Michelle Duppong with a potluck luncheon and presentation at the parish she was baptized at—St. Joan of Arc Church in Avarda.
  • A celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite will be held at Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in Denver.
  • Hundreds are registered to attend Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. St. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at this Cathedral as part of the World Youth Day celebration held in Denver in 1993.
  • Following a Eucharistic procession through downtown Denver, talks on the Eucharist will be given by the Augustine Institute.
  • After entering the Diocese of Grand Island, the Pilgrimage will walk with Our Eucharistic Lord for seven miles from Sidney to Colton, Nebraska.
The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage in Utah on the Serra Route

Pray for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage as we accompany Jesus walking coast-to-coast, drawing souls into greater union with his Sacred Heart. Every week, visit the Pilgrim’s Digest blog to see where Our Eucharistic Lord is traveling to next!

Journey with Jesus

Check out when the Pilgrimage will be near you on our interactive map, and don’t forget to RSVP to join the journey and encounter the love of Christ in this life-changing way!

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