- “PILGRIMAGES: Why do we do them and what are the benefits?” (written by Fr. James 2019/02/03)
- Vatican Instruction on the Parish & Parish pilgrimages to various Shrines
Pilgrimage: to Marquette & Village of Bishop Baraga, – CANCELED – August 31-September 3, 2020 – CANCELED – . He’s known as “The Snowshoe Priest” and the first Bishop of the Upper Peninsula. This year, as we celebrate 150 years since his death, we want to join him in prayer, especially for the Native peoples of the area, who want to see Bishop Baraga recognized as a Saint. Baraga was fluent in eight languages, including Ottawa and Ojibwe, and he created the Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language. “This language is spoken by the Chippewa Indians, as also by the Otawas, Potawatamis and Algonquins, with little difference,” he wrote, providing the dictionary “for the use of missionaries, and other persons living among the above mentioned Indians.” The process toward verifying his sainthood is a very long pilgrimage. Snowshoes will probably not be needed by pilgrims in September while we are there.
Vatican Instruction on the Parish & …
Parish pilgrimages to various Shrines are precious instruments that can serve to strengthen fraternal communion, openness and welcome upon return to the Parish.
31. A Shrine, then, is analogous to a Parish in that it encompasses all the characteristics and services that ought to be found in the parish community, as it represents for the faithful the desired goal of their interior searching and a place where they can encounter the merciful face of Christ in a welcoming Church.
Frequenting Shrines can help the faithful rediscover their being “anointed by the Holy One” (1 Jn 2:20), that is to say their baptismal consecration. At such places, one learns to celebrate with fervour the mysterious presence of God in the midst his people in the liturgy, in the beauty of the evangelising mission of the baptised, and in the call to exercise charity in daily life.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, 2150 Frieze Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.