Bishop Piché to lead Year of Faith pilgrimage to La Crosse shrine

| August 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

People file into church at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

To inaugurate the Year of Faith, Bishop Lee Piché will lead a pilgrimage on Oct. 2 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.

“In these days when we encounter much confusion and divisiveness in our culture, we have the opportunity to journey in solidarity with those we love and with whom we live and work,” said Jean Stolpestad, director of the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life, which is sponsoring the pilgrimage. “We will lay all the intentions of our archdiocese at the feet of our Blessed Mother, asking her to accompany us and show us how to journey to a deeper union with her Son.”

The pilgrimage includes a coach bus ride to and from La Crosse, tour of the shrine, reflection on the Year of Faith by Bishop Piché, Mass, time for individual prayer and Stations of the Cross, lunch and a light dinner on the ride home.

Buses will depart at 7 a.m. from St. Peter in Mendota, St. John the Baptist in New Brighton, Our Lady of Grace in Edina and All Saints in Lakeville.

The Lakeville bus ride includes a 7:30 a.m. pick up at Divine Mercy in Faribault. Buses will return at approximately 7 p.m.

The cost is $65 per person. Register online, or call (651) 291-4488. Space is limited; registration deadline is Sept. 29.

Last October, Pope Benedict XVI announced a special Year of Faith to run from Oct. 11, 2012 — the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council — to Nov. 24, 2013, the feast of Christ the King.

The purpose of the observance, the pope said, is to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing their faith with others.

Pilgrimage organizers said parishes of the archdiocese may wish to keep a petition book in church during the month of September and encourage parishioners to write their intentions.

The book will be sent with pilgrims or can be dropped off at Hayden Center in St. Paul. During Mass at the shrine, the petitions will be brought forth at the presentation of the gifts.

“Making this trip together magnifies and unites the desires of our hearts and our confidence in God,” Stolpestad said. “We recall our earthly journey toward heaven as we take the time for one day to stop our ‘normal activity’ and dedicate ourselves to prayer, placing all our confidence, all our trust in God.”

Archbishop John Nienstedt will lead a similar pilgrimage on May 21. Watch future issues of The Catholic Spirit for more information about that trip.

Want to know more about the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe? Read The Catholic Spirit’s story from last fall.

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