1,000 Catholic youth will join Bishop Francis Malooly and carry a 10 by 6 foot wooden cross over three miles through the streets of Wilmington on the day before Palm Sunday, Saturday, April 8, 2017, as part of the eighth annual Diocese of Wilmington’s youth pilgrimage. Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Wilmington, the event features prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass during stops at four Wilmington Catholic churches.
Pilgrimage participants will gather at the St. E’s Center on Cedar Street, on the campus of St. Elizabeth Parish for registration, opening prayer, and a concert by Catholic musician and speaker, Cooper Ray. From St. E’s, the cross will be carried to Saint Francis Hospital on North Clayton Street where a Litany will be prayed for the patients in the hospital, and the Bishop will offer a blessing for the sick and their caregivers. The next stop is St. Anthony of Padua Church on North DuPont Street where pilgrims will have their brown-bag lunch and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. Padua Academy is the next stop where participants will pray the Stations of the Cross, remembering the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The cross will then be carried to St. Paul Church, at West 4th and North Jackson Streets for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. From St. Paul’s, the group will walk to St. Hedwig Church on Linden Street where the Palm Sunday liturgy will begin with the Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem. Finally, pilgrims will process back to St. Elizabeth Church for Mass with Bishop Malooly.
More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s “Love without Measure” Youth Pilgrimage is available online here, or by calling the diocesan Office of Catholic Youth Ministry at 302-658-3800.