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AREA CATHOLICS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN AT HOME PILGRIMAGE
Events Coincide with 150TH Anniversary Pilgrimage to Lourdes

CHICAGO, IL ( July 11, 2008 ) – Catholics from across Chicago and the suburbs are invited to take part in the At Home Pilgrimage scheduled for Archdiocesan parishes and shrines between August 1 and August 8. The week-long series of celebrations is designed to unite all the faithful in the Chicagoland area in prayer with the participants of the Archdiocese of Chicago Lourdes Pilgrimage 2008, and will include torchlight rosary, Eucharistic and Way of the Cross processions, as well as a Mass with the anointing of the sick.

O ne -hundred and eighty Catholic pilgrims from the Archdiocese will accompany Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, to Lourdes, in the south of France, the most visited Christian shrine in the world. The pilgrims will pray at the Grotto of Massabielle, the spot where Catholics believe the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Lourdes attracts over six million pilgrims of all faiths seeking healing and spiritual peace each year.

“The At Home Pilgrimage will allow a great number of worshipers from all over Cook and Lake counties to take part in the experience and spiritual blessings of the pilgrims making the same journey to Lourdes with Cardinal George,” said Todd Williamson, Director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Divine Worship and Director of the At Home Pilgrimage.

The following events comprise the At Home Pilgrimage:

  • A special departure Mass in honor of the pilgrims traveling to Lourdes will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 1, at Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash Ave. in Chicago’s Forest Glen neighborhood. Cardinal George will be the principal celebrant at this Mass. Most Rev. Thomas Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago for Vicariate IV will concelebrate.
  • A special Mass for the opening of the At Home Pilgrimage will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, August 4, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 4640 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The principal celebrant of this Mass will be Bishop Paprocki.
  • A torchlight rosary procession, led by Bishop Paprocki will take place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, on the grounds of the Provincial House of the Felician Sisters, Mother of Good Counsel, 3800 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago.
  • An archdiocesan Mass celebrated by Bishop Paprocki will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, 1850 N. Hermitage Ave., in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Following Mass, Bishop Paprocki will lead torchlight Eucharistic procession through the neighborhood surrounding the parish.
  • A Mass with the Anointing of the Sick will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 7, at Our Lady of the Woods Parish, 10731 W. 131 st St. in southwest suburban Orland Park. The principal celebrant of this Mass will be Bishop Paprocki. Participants will be able to receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation before the Mass.
  • Most Rev. George Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago for Vicariate I will join Bishop Paprocki in leading a torchlight Way of the Cross Procession on the grounds of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary , 1000 E. Maple Ave. in north suburban Mundelein at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 8.
For more information, please contact Todd Williamson, Director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Divine Worship and Director of the At Home Pilgrimage at twilliamson@odw.org or 773-486-5153.

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