Blazing a Trail: Walking with Christ

July 1, 2024

Tomorrow, we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. These two great apostles were some of the first followers of Jesus. When Christ gave us the gift of the Eucharist, he gave us a new way to walk alongside him. And 2,000 years later, the Pilgrimage is continuing to follow Jesus in an unprecedented journey across our nation. Take a look at where he will go next:

Marian Route

The Pilgrimage will continue to travel through the Archdiocese of Chicago before making its way around Lake Michigan into the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. Here are some of the upcoming highlights as Jesus travels into the last state of the northern route:

  • Hundreds of young adults are registered to come together for a Young Adult Eucharistic Revival at St. Alphonsus Church in Chicago. The event will include Mass, a Eucharistic procession, and a social.
  • The Archdiocese of Chicago will host a morning of service at several locations, followed by Mass and a Eucharistic devotion at parishes in each of Chicago’s six vicariates.
  • Cardinal Blase Cupich will celebrate Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in the heart of downtown Chicago.
  • A Holy Qurbana (Mass) and procession will be celebrated by Bishop Joy at Mar Thomas Sleeha Cathedral, bringing Our Lord to the Syro-Malabar community.
  • Upon entering the Diocese of Gary, the Pilgrimage will process with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to Whiting Lakefront for a party on the beach on the shore of Lake Michigan.
  • The Diocese of Gary will accompany Jesus in Eucharistic processions spanning 29 miles along the Old Savannah Trail and the Prairie Duneland Trail.
  • All are invited to join Relevant Radio for Mass, a Eucharistic procession, and a 4th of July celebration on the evening of Independence Day.
The Pilgrimage at Holy Hill on the Marian Route
The Pilgrimage at Holy Hill on the Marian Route

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route

The eastern route will continue through Ohio this week, where Jesus will call more and more people to follow him along the way. Take a look at some of the events happening in the Diocese of Columbus and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

  • Hundreds of people are registered to attend Masses celebrated by Bishop Earl Fernandes, including a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Sunday Mass, and a bilingual Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral.
  • The Pilgrimage will conclude its time in the Diocese of Columbus with the last of several picnic dinners at St. Joseph Cathedral in the center of the city.
  • Jesus is coming to meet over 500 parishioners and pilgrims at St. Brigid in Xenia, Ohio, for a 175th Anniversary Eucharistic Celebration including adoration, talks, praise and worship, and a community meal.
  • The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will process with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for over 25 miles in three days.

St. Juan Diego Route

Pilgrims and participants on the southern route will accompany Our Eucharistic Lord in visiting many historic locations in the Diocese of Nashville. Moving closer to the center of our nation, it will travel through the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, and into the Archdiocese of Louisville. Check out some of the moments to look forward to:

  • The Archdiocese of Nashville will celebrate an outdoor Mass at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia this evening. Hundreds are registered to attend!
  • The Pilgrimage will accompany Our Eucharistic Lord in a procession to visit three of the oldest Catholic churches in the Diocese of Nashville, including St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows, which was built in 1844.
  • Bishop J. Mark Spalding will celebrate Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and lead a Eucharistic procession accompanied by the Knights of Columbus and the Nashville Dominican Sisters.
  • The Pilgrimage will process to the Newman Center on the campus of Western Kentucky University for adoration, bringing Jesus to the young adults in Bowling Green.
  • Bishop William Medley will celebrate Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, followed by a time of celebration and food.
  • The Archdiocese of Louisville will celebrate a Mass for Independence Day and then process with Our Lord for 4.5 miles to the Abbey of Gethsemani.
The Pilgrimage at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Juan Diego Route
The Pilgrimage at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Juan Diego Route

St. Junipero Serra Route

From the west, Christ will walk with us through more of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas before transitioning into the Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph, Missouri, and the Diocese of Jefferson City this week. Here are some of the events happening along the way:

  • The Pilgrimage will spend a full day following Jesus in a Eucharistic procession broken into four segments across the archdiocese.
  • At the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, pilgrims will participate in an “Evening of Eucharistic Amazement,” which will include testimonies, praise and worship, and adoration.
  • Archbishop Joseph Naumann from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and Bishop James Johnston from the Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph will be present for a night of Eucharistic adoration hosted by the City on a Hill ministry.
  • Participants in the Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph will collect stamps for their Eucharistic Pilgrimage passports from eight different route locations where they can encounter Jesus.
  • The Pilgrimage will walk for a total of over 21 miles with the Blessed Sacrament along the Katy Trail in Missouri.
  • The Diocese of Jefferson City will host a Eucharistic procession, potluck dinner, talks on the Eucharist, and overnight adoration at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Your prayers for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage are so appreciated as the pilgrims walk alongside Jesus, just as the apostles Peter and Paul did 2,000 years ago. Visit the Pilgrim’s Digest every Friday to stay up to date on where Our Lord is traveling next and check out our interactive map to RSVP to the events nearest you. And click here to share your prayer intentions with the Perpetual Pilgrims!

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