JUNE 2nd Feast of Corpus Christi Mass & Corpus Christi Procession with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain
Sunday,June2,2013,11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Location:Holy Rosary Church
The day after I was ordained in 2009, I celebrated my first Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton. Immediately following was their first Corpus Christi procession, which was stunningly well-attended and has been since. Since then, it has been my goal to help make this a reality at any parish to which I was assigned.
After the first year of settling into Saint Joseph and Holy Rosary, the only hurdle was getting the archbishop's permission. So last week I drafted a letter explaining my desire and our modest plans for a procession between the two parishes.
As an afterthought, I wrote in a note inviting him to the procession as well, knowing that this wasn't very likely given his schedule (normally his schedule is planned a year in advance).
Last Saturday, I received a phone call from the archbishop himself (surprise!). In his message, he first gave his permission for the procession, which is enough to make me pretty overjoyed. But before that fully sunk in, he went on to say that he would like to accept my invitation and both celebrate the Mass preceding the procession and join in the procession as well!
So not only are our parishes going to have their first Corpus Christi procession in many years, but the archbishop will be presiding and marching with our congregation! I am enormously grateful for his willingness to foster and encourage Eucharistic devotion - it is a great opportunity to both honor our Lord and witness to our neighbor.
The procession will be on June 2nd after the last Mass at Holy Rosary. We'll process from Holy Rosary to Saint Joseph, where we'll stop for a brief time of prayer and song before returning to Holy Rosary.
The last Mass at Holy Rosary that day will probably be moved up to 11am to accomodate the archbishop's schedule that day, so the procession will most likely be from 12pm to 2pm, start to finish!